After almost a year of ownership - I continue to appreciate the quality and refinement of this car.
My Golf, a 2017 SEL (early model) before the model changeover - is simply the greatest car I have ever owned. Great acceleration, Great Mileage, fun to drive.
And it spoils you - I have every option available - or the SEL trim, Drivers and Technology Packages. No, it doesn't have leather, or a manual transmission option (The 6-speed non-DSG automatic is standard, with sport mode and paddle shifters), or a full panoramic sunroof (ala Audi A3), but it does everything so insanely well, that I overlook these minor things. I could go to a GTI or R and get those things, but I would not get the Drivers Assistance Package (adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance, front and rear sensors, cross traffic alert, self-park mode, blind spot monitor, etc.). Also, when I was looking, the only manual Golfs in the entire Seattle Metro Area were base models.
My last six cars have been BMW's (and yes, I always used the turn signals) - so my bar was set high, to begin with. This car is impressive - fun to drive, tossable, gets great gas mileage, the Fender stereo is phenomenal, and it swallows cargo like you would not believe.
In December I took a road trip to Northern California from Seattle - I left the interstate and took US 101, CA 1 down and back. What a remarkable car - fun to drive and nearly 36 mpg at 75 mph...firm but not unsettling suspension, easy to use controls, and comfortable.
I was ready to sign on the line for a Ford Focus Titanium when I test drove this car - the Focus became a distant memory.
There is a reason this car has been around for four decades, and why it is consistently in the ranks of the best cars to own.