The 2.0T (TSI on this model year) has a wide powerband and excellent low-end performance making daily driving a pleasure.
The Interlagos plaid seats are well-bolstered. Interior fit and finish are excellent with few "plasticy" bits.
Despite being FWD, it displays very little torque steer and it a joy to take through the twisties.
Among similar "hot hatch" models, the GTI gets the best fuel economy by 5-10 mpg.
Touchscreen, six-disc, in-dash CD changer standard, with optional Dynaudio speakers. Rear side airbags optional.