I changed from a Mini Clubman S to the GTI.
The mini was fun but got tired of the torque steer.
The GTI is a great balance of handling and speed.
As a person who prefers a stick to an auto the DSG transmission in this car is excellent, as I use all 3 modes, the manual mode being the best for spirited driving. The interior is exremely welcoming and comfortable. I am always disappointed when I arrive at my destination.
I look forward to many miles of happy motoring, and hope not to many tickets.
The DSG transmission, comfortable fabric heated seats.
Audio controls on steering wheel should be standard on base model.