So happy with the GTI, considering an R next (or maybe just mod this one!) Consider the performance package. The larger brakes and front differential are worth the price difference. The rear seats are useable, but don’t necessarily warrant 4 doors. Hope VW continues to offer the 2 door and brings it back with the R.
Super fun to drive, held two adults and two kids easily but close quarters for long trips. Great acceleration, awesome handling, stiff ride but it's a sports car, tight steering, nice interior, 8/10 for audio, but 6/10 for storage and roominess. Mine was in the shop three times in the second year (under warranty!) for mysterious fuel system problems. They replaced the fuel pump three times and i guess got it right the third time - no more problems! No other repairs during the three years I had it. The only built-in problem was it's a torque-y little car with low profile, summer tires. Great when it's sunny and dry but not when roads are slick and don't bother in the snow. I got separate rims with snow tires and they helped a little. Bottom line - great car if you enjoy a spirited ride AND don't need to transport a family AND don't need to drive in snow. If I could have a second car for sunny weekend, wife-and-me-only getaways, this would be it.
Most impressive GTI in 40 years. Great power with 2.0 Liter Turbo and DSG with Normal, Sport, Custom Modes. Fuel Economy up to 40 MPG Highway Driving, Low Maintenance Cost with 5 year/50K VW Service Contract, Exceptional Leather Interior, Easy Entry/Exit for Back Seat Passengers, Huge Carpeted Trunk with Under Floor Storage and Spare Tire, Great A/C System works well in hot or cold climates, Comfortable on long trips, Good Visibility in all directions, Fog Lights are Standard, Multi-function Instruments are easy to understand, Sirius XM Satellite Radio has good reception on all bands and includes CD or SD Card Slot To Record and Play Music, Minimal Warranty Issues (Fuel Rails) given this was an early model.(2014 build date)
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.