Even in its last year before a complete redesign, the 2014 Volkswagen Golf holds its own against the sportier competitors within the compact hatchback segment.
It looks like a Golf has looked for almost 40 years, and its handling, premium interior, and choice of engines are almost unparalleled.
But it faces a host of redesigned 2014 competitors, so the 2015 Golf will likely face off more directly against those.
The all-new Mazda 3 for 2014 promises supreme fuel efficiency to add to its hug-the-road handling and distinctive lines, though we haven't driven it yet.
And for 2014, both the Kia Forte compact and its Soul sibling in the tall-wagon category are all-new, stylish, and likely to offer strong value for money and high feature content.
Then there's the Subaru Impreza offers rewarding handling of its own--and standard all-wheel drive--at a far lower price, though that shows up in its interior.
The Ford Focus is stylish, handles well, and has a nice interior as well--but can approach VW Golf prices at the high end.
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|4-Door HB Automatic PZEV||4-Door Sedan S||5-Door Wagon Manual Base||4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV||4-Door Manual 2.0i|
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