The VVT engines are meant to be better in general. And definately better in terms of tuning potential! Don't think any of the AGUs would take the serial port tuning and have to be physically chipped.
That saying, my AGU was an excellent engine. Someone mentioned above that the turbo didn't kick in til 3k. Nope.. it was there and solid from 2k! (I'm talking pre-chip here btw
I've driven a couple of other AGUs and neither was as strong as that one. I think I got a really really good solid one, probably built midweek, as far away from Friday and Monday as you can get!
Then the chip went in and nothing really mattered anymore!
Once thing to mention about the 2000.5k and earlier ones. They all had superb cloth Recaro seats. VW ditched them after that and fitted their own which aren't really as good.
What I'd ideally aim for though is a 2001 or above, climate, leather recaros and at least 200 quid spare to get the remap in.