I purchased the GTI as a commuter car. Own a 911, lx 470 and a bmw 330i convertible.looking for something fun while economical and well built. My car has a DSG which I am impressed with the quickness of its shift. When you down shift the engine revs up a bit. If you use the down shifting to reduce speed on steep down hills you need to account those few seconds of speeding up before it starts to slow down. On making aggressive turns feels a bit nose heavy and u need to down shift if you want to punch it out of the turn, else there is a bit of delay. Handling is fun not as neutral as the bmw 330i get 25/32 mpg. finish and comfort is above my exp. The room inside is also above my exp
The seats are great!.The lack of auto climate settings is not missed. There is a vent in the center for the rear passengers that are very convenient. There is also a reading light for the rear passengers . The navigation is at times a bit bit confusing when it provides you with the 3 options
I would like a bit stiffer suspension for better cornering. Overall I am very please every time I drive it, and as my urban assault vehicle I could not ask for better.