Compared this car with the Subaru Legacy, but settled on the GTI based on friend's recommendation and fun driving experience. I only have 2,700 miles on it so far, but it's been very fun to toss this car around. Friends and family alike have been impressed with looks and performance. DSG takes a little time to get used to (tend to be jerky at low speeds), but once you get the hang of it, very fun and intuitive and the middle gears (2-4) pulls very well. Regular drive mode is useful when you don't feel like messing around with gear changes (i.e. traffic). Overall, very satisfied with this car. Hopefully, long term reliability and dealer service will not be a hassle.
Acceleration, handling, looks, interior ergonomics, DSG, decent mileage (average 28 mpg on mostly highway commute to work), and Xenon lights. Urge to race everyone at stoplight.
Ride can be very choppy over rough roads (stock 17" wheels and all-season tires). Some minor rattling throughout interior. HVAC system doesn't blow very hard.