I like them ... and loved that engine in a Golf GTi Edition 30 that I had ...
The Edition 30 is 230bhp so less power ... or it was until I mapped it ! The engine at 265bhp is probably a good combination for the chassis and I would love a go in one.
I miss my mapped Edition 30 (which was probably running at about 280bhp though the mappers RR showed 299bhp).
FWIW I used to get 28mpg where I now get 37mpg in my LCI 330d ... so they are not too bad for a petrol ! Nice smooth engine too. I loved the DSG but have got fed up with manuals so now only look to autos.