Owned a 1996 GTi (4 cyl), 2004 GTi (VR6) and now a new "left over" 2012 GTi 4-door with the DSG automatic and moonroof and nav package.
A really solid, well put-together car with a great mix of style, sportiness, economy, and utility.
After two cars with maual transmissions I opted for the DSG this time with no regrets.
Really like the paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
Lots of fun.
Couldn't deal with the cost of an all-wheel-drive Golf R, so I "settled" for the GTi.
DSG transmission, user-friendly stereo, nav, and bluetooth.
The bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights come with the moonroof and nav package and are worth the price.
LEDs are very cool and unique - not that many GTis running around Connecticut with the LEDs.
The bi-xenons actually turn with the steering to light corners.
Heated seats need to be turned on every time you start the car (my '04 GTi allowed you to turn them on once and they would always be on when you start the car - long, cold winters here).
Trunk space is surprising smaller than my '04 GTi.
Not sure if it's because I opted for the 4-door?
Moonroof switch should be lit.
Cannot disable the horn toot when the car is locked.
Why is that?
For that matter, why exactly does any car need the horn to sound when the car is locked?