I've had my GTI for almost two years now, and it's easily the finest car I've ever driven. There were so many duds that followed the 1983 original, but Volkswagen finally got serious again about this iconic model. The engine is the star here, propelling what's not a light vehicle with gusto. It pulls from below 2000 rpm, which means there's virtually no turbo lag. Great car for darting around Manhattan traffic, but the open road is where it shines. Buckets of torque make passing a breeze, and the VW is unflappable at high speed. Overall reliability has been surprisingly solid. Fuel economy has been atrocious.
2.0L turbo engine sourced from Audi, xenon headlamps, quality interior materials, induction "tube" that pipes in engine/exhaust sounds into cabin.
The stereo is a joke, despite the myriad speakers. There are numerous rattles coming from the dashboard and other parts of the interior, as well as clunking noises from who knows where. The ride is sometimes harsh, and the shifter feel could be better. Blue instrument lighting is getting tired.