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One Sweet Fun Ride
Pros: Fit and finish is beyond belief
Cons: Really cannot think of anything I do not like about this carBeautiful car to look at with timeless appeal inside and out. 2010 redo design cues taken directly from Audi A4. Fit and finish beyond belief and far better than 3 series No cheap plastics like the 3.
The Original Hot Hatch Rocks
Pros: Engine performance
Cons: Exterior Styling, Front wheel driveIn all honesty, you'd be hard pressed to find a better, all around sporty economy car. The interior is top-notch, and the drive is simply stunning. For a front wheel drive car, it handles incredibly flat, and the steering is very precise. The 2.0T is an absolute gem, with oodles of torque down low, making merging and passing people on the highway a breeze. I even use mine to participate in autocross events, and I've surprised many BMW and Porsche owners with how fast my little car car run. If you're looking for a sporty car that get great fuel economy while maintaining enough space to be practical, this is the car for you.
Over exceeded expectations...
Pros: Acceleration and exhuast note
Cons: NothingI've been very impressed with my 2010 VW GTI. The interior quality is outstanding, the car has great acceleration, and I get lots of compliments on the exterior looks. The best part is the exhaust note when you rev the engine up in the 3-5k range. Overall the car has greatly exceeded my expectations, especially given the $24k price.
Pros: The touch screen stereo system with complimentary XM Radio for 6 months
Cons: There are no dislikes
Advice: By this car from a VW dealer the last day of the month to get the best dealI purchased the 2010 GTI with the DSG transmission and 18' rims in early October of '09. This was the first car I've purchased that I actually waited for based on all the reviews read prior to its unveiling. And it was certainly worth it. It has go-cart handling much like the Mini-Cooper S, but with a distinctive German road handling feel to it. The interior design is elegant and understated with the leather package. I did purchase a few extras like heated seats and the upgraded stereo system which pushed the price to 30K. I didn't pay that, but expect this 'niche' vehicle to be a little more than the price projected here. You will love this car.