The tC is very nice, but the GTI was made performance oriented in the first place. Not to say the tC wasn't, but it's a cool budget car. The GTI's suspension is tighter, stability and weight distribution is better, and it gets off a little quicker. Stats aren't everything my friend. Bang for the buck, you get a faster car in the GTI but your also putting out more cash, and their reliability has been mixed. IMHO, the tC is much better looking, I hope everything concerning the purchase goes well.