New owner here. 200 miles on the odometer. Funny, but my favorite part of this car is something nobody mentioned yet….the sublimely smooth 6MT. Perhaps this is because my last car was a Honda (V6-6MT). Honda’s horrible drive-by-wire software made it very difficult to coordinate the throttle and clutch smoothly. It’s rhythm, if that word makes sense in this context, would endlessly change based on rpm and load. Plus the clutch had a delay valve to prevent “too quick of a release” and hurt any fast shifting. And lastly, Honda’s sychros hate fast shifts.
But the GLI/GTI’s clutch feel is so perfect - light, smooth, consistent. I know my opinion does not count for much, but in the last 6-months of car research, I drove a MT Mustang, a few Genesis G70s, a Mazda6, Type R Civic, 2.0T Accord, and a WRX. In the first few seconds driving a GLI I could tell it had the best MT of all those cars mentioned, by a wide margin. Even driving this GLI slowly is a pure joy.