Golf GTI: used car buying guide - Which one should I get?
Your only real decision is which body style to go for. Three-door models look slightly racier than the five-door versions, yet access to the back seats isn't particularly restricted. There's not much difference in price, either.
This is one of the few cars where white paint shouldn't adversely affect residual values, because it's popular on the GTI.
The DSG semi-automatic gearbox was a desirable option, especially when combined with steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles. However, purists will prefer to change gear for themselves and look for the slick six-speed manual 'box.
The anniversary GTI Edition 30 of 2007 had an extra 30bhp. This dropped the 0-62mph time by 0.6 of a second to 6.6 seconds, and it also came with larger alloys, a different bodykit, plus unique seats and cabin trim. Only 1500 were made, so don't expect to find many on the market.