I wanted to trade down from a Passat and was interested a sport hatch. Looked at Mini Cooper, Mazda3 5 door and Audi A3 as well as Acura TSX. The GTI 5 door is the A3 without the steep price tag and the roof-length sunroof. This car is tremendous value. If you want leather, you'll pay about the same as you would for the Acura. Stick to the traditional plaid cloth, it's not only retro, it's comfortable and durable.
DSG, turbo, supportive front seats, grip when cornering, maneuverability in parking lots. Formula 1 steering wheel with paddle shifts is real cool.
Radio set-up has one quirk - volume must be re-adjusted every time you turn it on. There is an off-switch for stability control, but not the traction control. I got Candy White, but didn't know that you had to buy a ground effects kit to get a car that's all white. 5 doors have black rocker panels.