Just picked up mine this past Friday! Haven't taken many pics, but it's a big upgrade from my 2018 Mazda CX-9 (or the Japanese Manatee as I endearingly referred to it as) in terms of performance. The CX-9 was a lease but trade-in values on it actually increased in recent months that made it worthwhile to me to drop it early and grab a leftover 2019 GTI (nice to have the People First Warranty!). The CX-9 wasn't a bad vehicle by any means, btw. It handles really well considering its size and it's an excellent family vehicle. I give Mazda a lot of credit for making a *really* nice family SUV except for the crappy tires that came with it from the factory. I replaced them after only about a year or so because they were downright dangerous in the winter. I kept them for too long.
My wife otherwise has an SUV if we need something with more space and my little kiddo fits really nicely with a front-facing child's seat in the GTI. He talks about how much he likes it every time we go for a drive!
I had a black 2008 GTI DSG and a 2010 GTI manual a while ago (posted quite a bit in GolfMKV and GolfMK6 back then too). Took a long break, but now I'm happy to be back in another GTI! My brother and I are car enthusiasts and we've each had faster and arguably fancier cars (he has a BMW M235i now, but he says he'll likely get another GTI when he's done with it), but we always talk about how the GTIs have been our favorite cars.
The handling of the MK7.5 is obviously way better than the MKV and MK6 were, especially since this has an LSD. I wanted a manual, but I'm really happy with the DSG too. I'm looking forward to getting back into things around here and with this GTI!
I'm thinking of buying these wheels. Did they feel much lighter than the stock wheels? Supposedly they are under 19 lbs. Also, did you find the holes for the lug nuts to be really small? Someone told me once that they could hardly fit the lug bolt in the hole. Seems odd to me?
My 2017 SE DSG in deep black pearl. I've had it for almost 2 months now and I'm loving it. Though I think I've cleaned it more in the past 6 weeks than I cleaned my old car in 6 years, but when it's clean it does look great.