I just sold mine after three and a half years and 37000 miles, but only because I needed something bigger. Really, this is a remarkable car for the money. It gives a satisfying and solid feel to drive, like a more expensive German car would, but is inexpensive to buy and operate. I had absolutely no trouble with mine. The engine is very smooth, the controls are fluid, the handling/ride compromise is pretty ideal for the kind of suburban driving that I do. Two relatively small complaints. First, the seat adjustability could be better (note that my car was the S model, and didn't have power seats). Second, the wheels are more prone to cosmetic damage from curbs than is necessary. The face of the wheel is approximately flush with the sidewall of the tire.
I love this car, it is my daily driver and the interior is extremely comfortable. For the price point, I really have no complains. It is a hatchback, FWD, so don't expect it to be as fast as a Ferrari. realistically, it is a very good car.
Just coming up on the three-year mark with the GTI (with performance package) and I love it every bit as much as the first day. It is everything I hoped it would be in terms of acceleration and handling - and I had high expectations. The odometer is closing in on 45,000 miles and the GTI has been trouble free. So far, just routine oil changes. Haven't even had to replace brake pads. However, early on I did replace the original all-season tires with summer tires and bought a second, mounted set of winter tires. I wish I had known that it could have been ordered with summer tires to begin with. I must say that the technology does leave a bit to be desired. Only one USB port and needed a special adapter to connect my iPhone to entertainment system. I got the navigation but wouldn't buy it again. My iPhone nav is much better.
If I had to do it all over again I would not have purchased my 2015 GTI. The warranty covers nothing. I have had a speaker fail twice. The second one I paid for. The speaker repair was 500.00. I had to replace the cutch due to the salve cilynder failing and polluting the clutch with brake fluid, that was a 2400.00 repair event though the car was still under warranty. Volkswagen considers all clutch components a wear item no matter how low the mileage is on your car. Two wheel sensors failed. 90.00 each. Rear spoiler came lose. Valve cover gasket oil leak. I just completed the 40k service for close to 1000.00. The last repair was replacing a leaking break caliper. Mechanically the car is junk in my opinion. I wouldn't consider another Volkswagen.