BAD turbo lag, LONG delay on multiple downshifts with DSG, poor lateral support from standard seats, small gas tank, audio interface is full of bugs (my car has been in 4 times already; it ate my cd's & the dealer couldn't extract them), iPod interface is horrible & slow. Passenger door alignment was poor. Lots of creaks from the body as you drive. If you're a halfway serious driver, avoid this car; at least get the stick-shift. The DSG will will leave you for dead in any "competitive" situation. It doesn't even get good mileage. I get 13.9mpg in combined city/highway driving with a somewhat leaden foot. I do really like the cars' exterior and interior design and its' good quality materials.
Interior design & materials. Dynaudio sounds great. Exterior design ( I like hatchbacks).
VW needs newer, better engine, at least for a performance oriented car. Fix turbo-lag. Fix DSG. Get a high quality audio supplier. Lighten the car.
Glad I'm not alone.
I keep seeing these comments saying "great low end torque" and wonder what are these guys thinking.
Honestly I can't tell if it has turbo lag or not, because I can never feel any appreciable rush of power from idle to redline.
Maybe my mazdaspeed 3 spoiled me with the power it had.
Don't get me wrong, the gti is very classy and grown up compared to the ms3 and handles like a dream but when it comes to power this thing is much slower than it's 63 hp deficit on paper suggests.
Huh? I drove my friend's 2011 GTI for two days. The DSG Tranny was absolutely perfect and the lag is hardly, hardly noticeable.
The car's weight is pefectfly fine given its size. I think you must have gotten a lemon?