Bought my base model manual GTI in April 2013 to use for work.
I drive all over the state of Texas visiting clients for my job and I have never been disappointed with this car.
Equally comfortable on the highway or in town.
Fast, excellent and communicative handling and brakes, great mileage, and big enough to carry all my work stuff.
I call on all types of automotive repair shops and parts suppliers and get a compliment on the car at least once a day no matter if they work on Chevys or Mercedes.
I went with United Gray to make it less conspicuous and have only gotten one ticket in the first 17,000 miles.
Love the car but am considering trading up to a Golf R when I hit 50K.