I did a lot of researching for my car and finally decided on the GTI. I wanted something fuel efficient, cool looking, fast, but not too pricey. Compared to any Honda (Civic, Accord), Mazda (3), Mini Cooper and Audi (A3), this car by far took the cake. Some of the best handling I've ever experienced. This is an extremely fun and fast car which has a very subtle look about it, but shines when you'd like it to. VW may not be on peoples' radar for amazing cars, but the GTI has my full backing 100%. This is easily the best investment I've ever made.
The interior old school plaid seats are awesome. They really look good as opposed to the leather. The in dash lights are also really cool to stare at. The overall look of the car is simply stunning.
Performance wise, pretty perfect, perhaps a bit more storage space around the car, excluding the trunk, which is fine. Wouldn't mind a bigger glove box.