Tons of fun for the money and Teutonic build quality. GTI's love the back roads and the turbo has no lag for immediate and decent burst. Best at high revs but an additional 20-30 bhp would be nice. In town or traffic it is easy and quiet. Highway I am getting around 30 mpg. Lot of rear leg room - better than 3 series BMW or Audi A4 - and hatchback flexibility. This car has almost everything and I didn't bother to look at anything else, it meets all my practical and fun needs. Taken me 30 years of driving and admiring the GTI to finally buy one and have absolutely no regrets.
Build quality, Detroit 18" wheels (hear they will be standard on the 2011), fun and practical mix, rear space, all round visibility.
couldn't find a 4 door manual with 18" Detroit wheels in red!