The top rival to the Volkswagen Golf in the U.S.
will likely be the Ford Focus; with a flamboyant, Euro-influenced design and an emphasis on technology, features, and driving enjoyment, it will remain a strong alternative to the VW.
The Mazda3 has been one of the most fun-to-drive compacts on the market; it's new for 2014.
Subaru's Impreza is the way to go if you want all-wheel drive in a fashionable hatchback, while the Kia Forte5 is probably the best pick here from a value standpoint, even though it's the most dated design.
The Hyundai Elantra GT has an entirely different, more swoopy design, as well as a strong roster of features for the money.
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