The car drives like something far more expensive. The ESP is nice when you need it, but if you wanna roll, turn it off and the car is a madman! it's easy to park and the extra room always comes in handy. This car is hot!
The motor! You will love the torque! The 6-speed manual transmission is a perfect combo for real drivers. I love the 17 inch wheels, leather seats, and steering wheel. I got into a nasty accident with my '02 Golf, which totaled it so, you can feel safe in this car. That probably is why it's so heavy.
The gas tank cover cheap! Also, it is hard to do basic maintenance on i.e. change the light bulbs, tune ups. Also, it thing loves to suck fuel.