Looked for a car that had the utility of a four door hatch and was fun to drive - the GTI beats almost every other car on the market in the Fun-To-Drive category. There are some great forums for this car and some cool mods you can put on it. I'm getting 30 mph even when I drive it like an F1 car. Fun, Fun, Fun 'til my wife takes the GTI away......... Oh, yea - don't forget the Launch Control. It's a blast with the DSG and makes the car, with the paddle shifters, the coolest little hatchback on the planet.
Gas Mileage, Handling, Launch Control with DSG, Paddle Shifters, Steering Wheel that you'd want to put under your pillow at night, Ease of use when commuting.
The center console could use some work to be more comfortable, and the car needs more interior storage (enclosed door pockets, more room in center console)