I have driven many different cars, from Ferraris to Citroens to Yugos. As an everyday car, the GTI is excellent. Great power, economy, and comfort. I can't ask for more at $20,000. My last two cars have been BMWs but I don't miss their handling and the GTI is much quicker so I am very satisfied. It works great in the snow even with upgraded sport rims and tires! I am very impressed with this aspect. It proves the car has great balance.
Turbo, seats, sunroof, sport rims, excellent reliability so far (27,000 mi).
The cupholder is in a bad location. A little less torque steer would be nice. Some creaks in the back end but only on rough roads.