primeautobug 5pts AUTOMOBILE goofed on this one. The GTI doesn't deserve this because there's another in it's class that is better in almost every way and over $4,000 cheaper. Namely, the CHEVROLET COBALT SS, especially the coupe. It looks better, in my opinion, for starters. It's turbo 4 puts out 60 more horses pushing a car that's 200 pounds lighter. The SS smokes the GTI to 60 mph by more than a half-second and easily beats it in the quater-mile. The SS chassis is better, consistently posting over .9g on the skidpads and way faster numbers in the slalom tests. The brakes are better and the steering seems to be about the same. The SS gets better gas mileage as well. In addition, it set the front-wheel-drive production car record at the Nurburgring. What more can you ask for? Sure, the interior materials are rather cheap-but don't forget that you're getting all of this class-leading performance for a savings of $4,000 over the GTI. The COBALT SS needs to get the respect it richly deserves.