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2010 Volkswagen Golf vs. Its Competition

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2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
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On fuel economy alone, the 2010 Volkswagen Golf/TDI makes a strong case to compact-car buyers.

There are many engaging competitors, though.

The Honda Civic is a perennial favorite here, though its latest design isn't a favorite.

The Hybrid version has TDI-trumping fuel economy.

The latest Ford Focus matches the Golf with two body styles, and buyers tend to be attracted to its powerful SYNC entertainment system, but it's styled poorly.

The Mazda3 is the perennial favorite for handling, but it can't match the VW's solid feel, even after a full redesign this year that thoroughly upgrades the interior.

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI2010 Volkswagen Golf2010 Mazda32010 Mazda MAZDA32011 Ariel Atom Mugen limited edition2007 Honda Civic Classic
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The 2010 Volkswagen Golf/TDI feels more upscale than its competitors, and the diesel's exceptional fuel economy is an unexpected bonus in the class.
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The 2010 Mazda3 engages drivers like few other compact cars, though a little more room and less noise couldn't hurt.
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Gas Mileage  
22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I5Gas I4N/A
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Style Name  
2-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual i SVN/A
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door HB4 Door SedanN/A
Manual w/ODManual w/ODN/A
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