I’ve owned the GTI less than 48 hours and I’ve put almost 300 miles on it going no place in particular. I just giggle the entire time I drive it.
It’s not super fast, but it’s quick enough to toss you back in your seat and take you past the speed limit very quickly. It also handles insanely well, I don’t know how much of that has to do with the Continental DWS 06 tires though. Not to mention it’s just a really nice place to be with a nice stereo, and tight but comfortable heated cloth (!) seats.
The only “downside” I’ve came across so far is that it takes premium fuel, and with how much better fuel economy I’m getting over the Silverado it’s a moot point.