This car is awesome. It has 200 hp and 207 lb. feet of torque! It gets up and goes. For those of you who are worried about reliability consider this: previous models where built in Mexico, this GTI is built in Wolfsburg, Germany. Its handling is top notch for a car that weighs 3,000 lbs. It is faster than its main competitor, the Honda Civic Si.
The luxury interior, satellite radio through the head unit, controls on the steering wheel, and the engine sounds and performs great! I love this car's back seat room, 6 disc in dash CD and MP3 player. The iPod link that charges instead of having to used the cig lighter outlet is neat. The metalic paint job is top notch.
I always want more power, so for $500 you could get a Revo Chip put in that will boost HP to 250 and give you 265 lb ft of torque! The Audi S3, sold only in Europe, uses the same engine as the GTI but they get 250 hps out of it because its all about tunning the FSI engine.