The GTI continues to embody the sporty, practical, and affordable hatchback concept. Whether opting for the manual or dual-clutch automated transmission, the 2.0-liter turbo is punchy and emits a satisfying sound. We got an impressive 29 mpg overall with our manual transmission test car. The GTI is fun to drive by virtue of its lively handling and immediate throttle response. Inside is a high-quality, quiet, and refined interior with comfortable seats. That all adds up to a sporty car that doesn't wear on your patience during a long drive. The infotainment system has an easy-to-use touch screen. Lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and cross-traffic alert are now available. Reliability has dropped below average.