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.