When my 2.4ti was nearing 3 years old, I had a test of the then just launched GQV .....it's not fit to shine the shoes of the 2.4 ti in my opinion.
It had a better ride, everything else was poorer, fit, finish, squeaks, torque, gearshift, steering feel and the tight footwell
I didn't feel disappointed getting back in the Ti, especially with the 18 grand difference unspent!
I fancied one in 8c red, with 8c wheels, leather and a Tom Tom ......but I wasn't impressed.
That said, I really don't like cars in that 'golf' type class, never have.