For starters, I'm not a racerboy nor a true sports car fan. I wanted a great balance of features, fun, and practicality. I did a ton a research before landing on the GTI (3 months worth!). Fit and finish are above the competition it really feels like an Audi or other premium brand. I can haul people or cargo and still accelerate quickly into any pocket on the freeway or sneak a parking space on a crowded street. It handles really well and is silky smooth if you use a light touch. It can feel a little jerky depending on the road, but overall a great ride. I don't know if I can ever go back to a regular sedan or compact. I decided on this after a lifetime of Toyotas and Hondas, but this is fun
The seats feel great, really high quality. And the steering wheel is superb. Has all the bells and whistles in terms of technology, but ultimately, the car wants to make a driver out of you. Love the xenon headlights that turn with the steering; love the details like the lighting in the footwells...
Colors are pretty limited; options are packaged in a way that one has to make compromises; reliability was a concern, but Consumer Reports shows that VW has taken quite an upswing in quality the last few years, but they do have that reputation still there; not a lot of interior storage room.
I really hope you are still happy. I have had very bad VW/Audi experiences, and although I still find their cars appealing I don't trust them (or the company as a whole). It you notice this comment and are so inclined. would you post an update?