Never a big fan of the MkV, I thought the quality feel took a turn for the worse, over a Mk4
IMHO MkV GTi is a really nice car. Was disappointed when the MkVI came out TBH, but it has grown on me. Traditional wisdom says that MkIII and Mk IV were the let downs in the series...
Owned a MkV GTi, very, very nice car. Suitable for pretty much anything. Not too posh for the supermarket / school run, wouldn't look out of place in the car park of a swish country house hotel. Polished, accomplished, refined.
Only "problem", was that the "fun" part of the tacho was almost always above the legal speed limit.
That's were our current Abarth 500 trumps the Golf time and time again. It is an absolute hoot to drive at any speed.