Coming from the owner of a MkV GTI, this car has improved in almost every aspect. Ride feels better and handling much improved. The biggest improvement was in the interior. The 2010 model comes with one unmatched by anything this side of 30k. Far better than that of the Mazdaspeed3 or Civic Si, not in the same league as the WRX and American hot hatches.
Seats are great, engine is great, overall feel is completely solid. Premium audio is a bargain at under $500 for the kit you get. DSG gives you the best of both worlds.
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