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  2011 Volkswagen Golf 2-door HB Man Side Exterior View 2011 Kia Soul 5dr Wagon Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View
Invoice $17,275 $13,040
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Bottom Line The 2011 Volkswagen Golf has an upscale feel that's a notch above competitors; the TDI diesel gets exceptional, hybrid-like fuel economy. Read Full Review The 2011 Kia Soul is fashion-forward and fun-to-drive—and unlike most of its urban-wagon rivals, it's just as practical as it looks. Read Full Review
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  • Rich and upscale cabin
  • Solid build feel
  • Ride is well-damped
  • TDI and DSG are winning combo
  • Great visibility


  • Frumpy styling
  • Five-cylinder doesn't get great gas mileage
  • Three-door has less room than expected


  • Adorable, angular shape
  • Fun to drive at city speeds
  • Spacious interior
  • Generous feature list
  • Strong safety


  • Long travel for manual shifter
  • Road noise
  • Sluggish at higher speed
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