Love it. Test drove lots of others (Civic Si, Mazdaspeed3, 350z), and none come close to having this car's combo of speed, handling, practicality, fuel economy and build quality. The interior is driver-focused and fit-and-finish is Audi-esque. Handling is near perfect (although I budgeted for them, suspension upgrades may not be necessary at all). Most importantly, it's the impression of speed that is so great in this car: it feels faster than other cars, even if it isn't actually. For the performance, styling, fit-and-finish and the all- important fun-to-drive factor, this car is arguably perfect. Great fuel econ and massive cargo space make it a great all-around value
Great 6-speed manual! Low-end torque is plentiful and turbo pickup is smooth and predictable (little or no lag). Love the HIDs, multifunction info display and the seats - amazing. Standard stereo sounds great to me (I'm no audiophile, however).
Better iPod integration, wish auto climate control (Climatronic) was available (VW deleted it from GTIs in 2008).