AutoPacific: There was some strong competition in the image compact segment, but owners dubbed the Volkswagen GTI a 2008 Motorist Choice Award® winner. The GTI won with high marks for great interior fabrics and materials, along with driver’s-seat comfort and handling. The highest marks for overall satisfaction in the segment helped seal the deal. IntelliChoice: In a class that features a wide range of vehicles — from hybrids to convertibles and wagons — the Volkswagen GTI is competing against some tough competition. While the GTI has average ownership costs in retained value, fuel and repairs, what makes the GTI a 2008 Motorist Choice Award® winner is its stellar performance within the AutoPacific survey.