It is super safe and super fun to drive a the same time.
People say it is so much more money to have to fix Volkswagens, but if you treat them like you would any other car, it is perfect. I have put 2000$ into my 06 gti over the last 3 years with over 130k and she runs beautifully. The brakes are really good, they have saved me a few times somebody stopped short in front of me. The turning radius and overall performance of the car is unbelievable, I plan on buying another gti when the time comes.