I had an '06 GLI for a few years. It was a pleasure to own honestly. I had a GIAC tune on it and the 2.0t was a great engine for daily driving. Good MPG, solid torque and good enough power for most situations. Part of me misses how trouble free it was, and the dealership was very easy to deal with. The fit and finish was solid for a 30k (new) car. I bought it used and was impressed with it for the most part. FWD got old pretty quick.
I will certainly be looking heavily at the GTI when I need a DD. I have heard the quality/fit and finish is decent at best in the new Jetta/GLI.