Had a 2008 GTI and my ex wife has it now. Car has been trouble free and great. Bought it used with under 14k miles from auction and she loves it. For the money the quality, fit and finish, and fun to drive are truly unmatched if you look at the car as a whole. Some might be quicker but they drive harder and the interior is no where near as nice. The last generation GLI is a little more sporty and has better fit and finish than the gurrent gen and on the used car market you get a lot of car for the money. I would strongly consider one if I were you. This coming from someone who has owned a 2006 e90 330i sport, 2008 X3 Msport, and 2010 328i Sport all with manuals. My sister also had a wolfsberg edition Jetta with the 2.0T and DSG and the car had no issues at all either. The new VWs are much more reliable now and I would easily recommend them to anyone. Feel free to PM me with any questions as I do have experience with the models.
2010 AW e90 328i: 6 speed, Black Leather, Dark Wood trim, ZPP, ZCW, ZVP,ZSP, Nav, Xenon
BMW Performance CF Rear spolier and Gloss black grills
2008 Candy White MKV GTI 2.0T 6 Speed Manul Gone
2008 AW X3 3.0si: 6 speed Returned
2006 AW e90 330i: 6 speed Dinan Stage 1 Returned