Having read all the reviews and wanting something with enough performance i was looking for a WRX/207 GTi/Golf GTi/Clio. I think the WRX days were behind me and went to view a Golf GTi.
It looks good even being 6 yrs old.
It goes great - it is an extremely fun car to drive.
It is great on fuel (even if you give it a squirt).
It is extremely practical - there is competent handling yet the ride is not too harsh.
This model being 6 yrs old now has a few rattles and squeaks. The biggest shock is the servicing costs. Hot tip dont take it to a dealer and search around.
Bottom line: I love driving it and am looking at the new Mk7 when it comes out (even though a drive away Mk6 atm is enticing).