I hope GM is taking notice on what VW has done with the new Golf, more specifically the GTI. VW has a winner on their hands, especially with the GTI.
-Gorgeous interior with tight, precise panel gaps and fits.
-Exterior is "meh" because it's a Golf. The DRLs and HIDs look good though, in typical VW/Audi fashion.
-Fuel efficiency looks awesome at 25 city/33 highway for the GTI. 37 MPG highway for the Golf (I think 27 city).
-Sporty handling for the Golf, class leading handling for the GTI. (Word is it out handles the current 3 Series). Torque steer is nonexistent especially with the Limited Slip Differential.
Those are just a few highlights, but I was originally torn between an ATS, A3 or 3 Series but now the GTI is the leader in the clubhouse for my next set of wheels. I really hope GM has something in store for customers in the high $20-low $30k premium market soon. The Verano Turbo doesn't cut the mustard.