Other than the sound and a satisfying shifter, this car utterly lacks anything exciting in the acceleration department. Only adequate power, really. Not what I'd call "fast."
Where'd the sports car go? Soft pedal until ABS engagement. Best stop is only 129 feet? Really? No fade, however.
VW appears to have completely written the GTI off as a genuine driver's car. Beginning with the non-defeat stability control and ending with a suspension that's wildly underdamped, there's little left of the enthusiastic GTI we grew to love. Quick steering inputs are met with a huge yaw delay, and the standard all-season tires represent a huge compromise.