German engineering is over rated...The new DSG paddle shifting automatic transmission was a problem. On 3 occasions, the transmission refused to go from reverse to drive. The "D" symbol had a flashing box over the letter and would not engage. Everyday for two years when putting the car in drive it would take 5 or more seconds to engage a gear. Numerous trips to VW service was a waste of time despite describing the problem in detail the issue was never solved. Paint quality is poor, clear coat over the black paint would chip off, starting on the roof. Flaws in the paint job from day one we. Front seats were too narrow between the bolsters, uncomfortable. Very poor dealership support!!
MPG for the level of performance. Good suspension and handling. Nice steering wheel and good cockpit ergonomics.
Train VW maintenance personnel beyond "Plug in black box and read codes". Solve the DSG dual wet clutch automatic transmission. Remove the paddle shifters. Redesign front seats with more room between bolsters. GTI is far too heavy a vehicle for its size. There are far better cars for the money!