Driving my GTI is a pure pleasure! Especially after I chipped it with APR. I now have 252 HP and 303 lb of torque! You can get more then 300 hp with just some basic modes. The ride is a little stiff at highway speeds, however if I have the family (2+2) with me the ride is better. I have the 4 door so it is much more practical then 2 doors. I notice that some body seams are wider then others (especially the hatch door seams) but over all, I LOVE it!!
6 speed manual, seats, standard features, fun to drive, bang for the buck!
Power seats with memory, Homelink (cheaper cars offer this standard), better stereo, and push button ignition (no need to insert key), improve quality.