It looks more like a Corolla Hatchback then a golf. Don't like the sloping hood. Don't like the headlights. Don't like the rear. I think it's a big step backwards in design but maybe I'm just old. Love the MK6/MK7. The MK8 may be the end of the love affair. Funny that I think the new Mazda 3 looks sweet with the skinnier headlights and taillights.
I don't know how to feel about it yet. I really like every single generation of GTI, even the Mk3, for different reasons.... but right now this one isn't speaking to me. Maybe my feelings will change when I see it in person.