Honestly, I can't say enough about this car. The quality of the build is fantastic, and the engineering is amazing. For a daily driver, or a summer fun car, it's perfect.
Every small detail is very well thought out, and there are so many little details that make it a pleasure to drive. Everyday I find something new about it.
Yes, it's fast. It goes like a bat out of hell if you want it to. You don't really notice the speed because it handles so well. These little cars stick to the road like glue.
The "automatic" DSG transmission is an amazing piece of technology. A Manual transmission with 2 automatic clutches!!! You have 100% control over it when you want. It's nothing like the typical auto transmission with a "manual mode". It's actually the other way around!
Comfort wise, the cloth (interlagos) sport seats are a lot better than one would think. They hug your body and keep you firmly in place when taking a quick corner. they are even comfortable on a long commute.
I really have no complaint about this car at all.
As far as running costs. It does take premium gas, which is expensive, but with the distance you go on one tank, it more than makes up for it. I usually get around 530kms city and around 680kms highway.
The regular service can be pricey, but there are no real repair costs, so it's all good. Don't believe what you hear about import parts being more expensive. Parts themselves are actually cheaper than parts for my chevy.
Service from the manufacturer and dealerships is second to none. They stand behind their product. The only drawback is the parts do come from Germany, so there is a wait at times. For example, my stereo was scratched when I bought it (detailing guy scratched it) I've had the car 8 weeks and the new stereo still hasn't arrived from Germany.
For major issues (mechanical) the dealership can have you turned around and back on the road the same day. VW always gives you a nice courtesy car as well.
If you are considering this car. Do it. You will have no regrets.