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2009 Volkswagen GTI vs. Its Competition

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The 2009 Volkswagen GTI lands somewhere between less-mature small, sporty coupes and hatches, like the Civic Si and Mazdaspeed3, and more mature, entry-level sporty luxury coupes like the BMW 1-Series.

The Volvo C30 is perhaps the most direct rival to the GTI, though the C30 is decidedly sportier in appearance.

Audi’s A3 is a slightly larger alternative to the GTI, with five doors for those who want something closer to a wagon.

It is admittedly quite a bit more expensive.

Yet another rival for the GTI is the MINI Cooper S; many urbanites might appreciate its smaller, nimbler feel.

2009 Volkswagen GTI 2009 Volkswagen GTI2009 Audi A32009 Audi A32008 Volvo C302008 Volvo C302007 Honda Civic Si 2-door Coupe Manual w/ST Angular Front Exterior View2007 Honda Civic Si
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The 2009 Volkswagen GTI is the most conservative-looking of sporty hatches—and a bit pricey for a dressed-up Rabbit—but it redeems itself with the driving experience.
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The 2009 Audi A3 is more than a spruced-up VW hatchback, thanks to the fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark.
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The 2008 Volvo C30 is a satisfying, high-quality hatchback that connects "small" and "premium" in all the right ways.
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Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas Turbocharged I4Gas I4I5 TurboGas I4
EPA Class   
CompactSmall Station WgnCompactCompact
Style Name   
2-Door HB Manual4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV2-Door Coupe Manual Version 1.0Si 2-Door Coupe Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
2 Door HB4 Door HB2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual
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