Traded my RX-8 for it and don't regret my decision. It feels good to be back in the VW family. Missed owning a Veedub but the new GTI was worth the wait. It is a fun little car. It is easy to drive fast with all the torque. I keep having to remind myself that I don't have to rev the hell out of it like the RX-8. It has a top-notch interior and cool exterior looks.
The torque and neutral handling are definitely at the top of the list. I also love the plaid seats (I had to get the plaid).
For the money, it can't get any better, except maybe increasing the boost pressure for a few extra horses.