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2015 Volkswagen GTI vs. Its Competition

 
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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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The 2015 Volkswagen GTI keeps its hot-hatch edge, but boosts its day-to-day charm with more fuel efficiency and comfort.
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Even without considering the top-performance ST, the 2014 Ford Focus is one of the best-driving small cars on the market--with the impression of being an accessible premium car, not a spruced-up econobox.
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Affordable small cars don't need to be bland, whether in appearance or from behind the wheel. And the 2014 Ford Fiesta is proof of that.
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The 2014 Mazda 3 stands out from the small-car crowd, with its sport-car-influenced proportions and sporty driving experience; but its tight, noisy cabin means that it’s not at all the best pick for pragmatists.
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The 2014 MINI Cooper is a fun, smart, and practical way to get around, without giving up its sporty, quirky side.
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The 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX and STI are fun to drive, tractable in a wide range of conditions, and surprisingly comfortable and versatile; but the lack of an automatic transmission and poor fuel economy are factors that might limit their appeal.
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Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3N/A
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55554N/A
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