After a lot of deliberation and a lengthy thread a few months back, I settled on a '16 GTI SE stick 4-door. So far so good, have put around 6k on it since 9/27, averaging around 34mpg in that time. Nothing's broken yet, so I figure with a VW, that's all I can ask. Surprisingly a ton of fun to drive, and just as 'nice' as my F30 was in day-to-day driving.
Day after I picked it up, took a ride up to the Bangor area (~380 miles or so from my house):
Lighting package was around $1200 from VW, I skipped it and picked up some golf R reps to swap in for $400:
In the spring it'll get a mild 1" drop via standard fixed coils, and a catback. Holding off on an APR tune until it's logged more miles and I know how reliable it'll be.