I purchased this car to be my everyday car. It is very fast and fun to drive. The auto trans shifts to quick, it is twitchy. The build quality is not what you would expect a nearly 30,000 car. The factory ipod connect is bad! Fuel economy is not that great if you get on the gas. Over all it is a good car but I just feel that for the price you should get more and better quality. My rear cup holder broke like in 2 days. There is some cabin noise and the seats are not that comfortable. It does have considerable blind spots even when turning your head to switch lanes. I say you owe it to your self to drive the competition before you buy, I did not.
the plastic rear cup holders,I-pod connector,chair comfort,drop a gear on 6 speed auto tranny
Needed something with a back seat, and also wanted a car with decent gas mileage. But mostly the car had to be FUN to drive, since I was giving up my roadster. I drove Toyota's, Subaru's, Chevys and Mazdas, but once I drove the GTI, I knew I was buying one. I've always been a manual transmission guy. But a salesman encouraged me to try the DSG transmission, I did, & loved it. I bought the 4-door in white, really looks classy, sporty, yet practical.
Body style, it's different than most 4- doors, good solid car, sun roof, Denver rims, and Turbo performance and sound.
This car acts as:
(1) a sport scar because it is a blast to drive,
(2) an suv because it hauls lots of people/stuff and is very user friendly/utilitarian,
(3) a city runabout due to small size/easy to park and good on gas (31-35 mpg on highway depending on speed).
This car is as fun to drive as my boxster S. Not overly flashy or showy but still looks "hip". I think VWs leather is plasticky so I got the cloth. Can be chipped for around $600 to get about 40 more hp if so inclined. The weak points of this car are well known due to tuners upgrading them to 300+ hp and no major issues if left stock or slightly modified. DSG is amazing and satisfies both automatic and manual drivers.
Turbo acceleration makes you want to push this car faster and faster. It is extremely willing. Very communicative handling and very nimble car. Interior excellent. Interior usability is exc. DSG simply amazing. Do a test drive in S mode and also try the manual shift. DSG blows me away everyday.
Higher road noise than some other cars but not bad. Some rattles on the interior which can be fixed via VW's spray lubricant but it is still a bit annoying. 2.0 turbo is excellent motor but louder at idle than what I am used to.
Great Car! Owned 2000 Golf, 2002 Jetta GLI, 2006 Jetta GLI and now the 2008 GTI and it is the best yet. I went with the 4 door model because i got a kid and it just makes it easier. Love the leather package and the stereo. Oil changes on these cars are expensive so I opted for the dealer package that covers this. Hope I don't have problems with the air conditioner compressor and condenser that has plagued newer vw's.
Steering wheel, 10 airbags, awesome sound system, xenon lights, leather, dsg transmission, paddle shifters easy to use. Sport mode is awesome, fun to drive in.
turbo is mildly tuned, could use some more psi, also exhaust could sund sportier and led taillights...
I went to the dealership for a 25k miles revision on my Mazda 6, the same day i test driven the GTI, it was an instant decision. I had the GTI for the past 3 weeks and is totally awesome, great driving experience and a great reason to get up in the morning and drive to work. I also have not used my HD Sporter since.
DSG trans, cool steering wheel, seating comfort and robust response of the engine. A great feeling of excess ( 10 speakers,10 airbags & 200 horses.)