OK I have owned my 09 GTI for one week and find it not only a sharp and comfortable but great performer or run it smartly to get great gas mileage. Mine has the six speed auto and I find the shift petals on the steering wheel not only a great location but fast response from the gear box. My GTI came loaded with leather seats Satellite radio and many more features which makes for a very comfortable ride
Shifter on the steering wheel, fast engaging turbo, and great looks.
Down side to this car is open a rear window and the vibration from wind creates a very uncomfortable noise!