The best all-arounder you can ask for.
August 28, 2018
The VW GTI is the answer to almost every car need: it's practical, spacious, comfortable, compact, amazing to drive, awesome on fuel consumption (regularly get 32+ hwy, 22 city, 26-28 avg) and seats 4 comfortably (5 in a pinch). It is excellent in stop-and-go traffic due to having a very light and responsive clutch. The seats have great support and bolstering without being intrusive, and are comfortable for long trips. The back seats have a surprising amount of room and even people over 6ft can sit back there comfortably. The general ergonomic design of excellent and well thought-out. The entire car feels well-built and sturdy, with no creaks, squeaks, or loose panels. It's easily the best single car I've owned and I can't recommend any car more highly for someone who's looking for one daily driver that does it all.
There are a couple downsides. Maintenance (as with all German cars)- little electronic things will go wrong, and certain sensors needed replacement (wheel speed sensor, oil pressure sensor). But overall mechanically reliable and a great little 4-banger engine.
Another downside would be that the Bluetooth tech is showing it's age. It's slow and the mic picks up a lot of wind noise.