Oppo, thoughts on a MK7.5 Golf GTI?

So, due to a various mixture of health/financial/bank stupidity reasons, we’re looking to trade in our ND on a newer car. While the Civic Si and Corolla Hatch are top of the list, I’ve thought about looking at the GTI as well. Looking for a 2015-2017, as we’d prefer the two door over the four door. It seems like there is a decent amount of GTI owners on here, so I’d appreciate the feedback.

Doesn’t help that Volkswagen changed every trim and what it includes each year between 2015-2018, which is beyond frustrating in trying to find something that has what we want without too many extras.

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My main concern though is reliability in general, major issues to look out for, etc. Also a big concern is just daily driving fun - as even in mild traffic the ND tends to have a entertaining and lively personality that keeps the better half happy while commuting to work - hoping the GTI would have that same feeling.

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