Had for 1 week now. Although VW has a bad rap for reliability, so far, so good. Build quality is outstanding both inside and out. 2.0L turbo 4 banger is a beautiful motor - torque band starts right off idle practically and pulls cleanly to 6K. Shifter, clutch, steering, seats, real handbrake (a lever, not a stupid foot pedal) - all the drivers controls are excellent. No torque steer, XDS genuinely helpful. Not as fast as a MS3 but much more composed and refined. My only car and is a GREAT commuter IMHO. Reasonable mileage, comfy enough for road trips yet an absolute blast to hit backroads on. Feels much quicker than the numbers suggest. And it's FAST - 100 mph comes up quickly!
Interior, exterior, seats, steering wheel. Dynaudio upgrade is a no- brainer at $476, you must get it. New touchscreen radio, bi-xenon w/ AFS.
"low" bluetooth only (answers calls - that's about it). No option to upgrade like on cc, tiguan, etc. Manual climate control, no homelink option, lots of decontenting by VW to keep the price down. Drive it like you stole it? Mileage will suffer slightly. Mega ticket potential ;o)