2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)
I've had the car for almost a month now and have loved every minute of it. The interior layout is simple, sophisticated, and functional. It is deceptively large on the inside, and very comfortable. The drive is much like an entry level sports car, smooth, quick, and tight. Fuel economy could stand to be a bit better, but then again, you gotta pay to play. Also, I've experienced better than advertised gas mileage on the highway in my car.
Great price for the standard features and the engine. Excellent safety. Stereo is fantastic. To get the same performance and features out of any other car you would have to pay thousands more.
Maybe a six speed manual instead of the five to increase fuel economy and performance a bit. Also, arm rests for the front seats.