The 2010 Volkswagen GTI lands somewhere between sporty hatchbacks like the Civic Si and Mazdaspeed3, and more mature, entry-level sporty luxury hatchbacks like the MINI Cooper.
Both the Civic and Mazdaspeed3 have the look and feel of more youthful drivers, but they're by no means less expensive or much more capable.
The closest rival to the GTI could be the MINI Cooper, with its flat windshield, turbocharged thrust, and classically boxy stance.
It can be far more expensive, though, and it's much smaller inside, too.
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|2010 Volkswagen GTIBrowse Used Listings||2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3Browse Used Listings||2007 Honda Civic SiBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Turbocharged I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2-Door HB Manual||5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport||Si 2-Door Coupe Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2 Door HB||5 Door Wagon||2 Door Coupe|