The Volkswagen GTI remains a front-wheel-drive model, which helps it achieve somewhat better fuel-efficiency than the Subaru WRX.
The new Ford Focus ST has shaped up to be its strongest rival in the U.S.
market; and with a strong turbocharged four-cylinder engine, great seats, and awesome handling, the ST is arguably more fun to drive without much of a comfort sacrifice.
The Mini Cooper S is a step smaller, but it has a driving personality that goes against the GTI--and the Mini is a step ahead in fuel economy.
Otherwise, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is poised to go against all of these cars, potentially at an even lower price.
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