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.
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|2009 Volkswagen GolfBrowse Used Listings||2009 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2008 Volvo C30Browse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Turbocharged I4||Gas I4||I5 Turbo|
|Compact||Small Station Wgn||Compact|
|2-Door HB Manual||4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak||2-Door Coupe Automatic Version 1.0|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2 Door HB||4 Door HB||2 Door Coupe|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic|
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|2009 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2009 Audi A3||2009 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2008 Volvo C30|