The top rival to the Volkswagen Golf is the Ford Focus; with a flamboyant, Euro-influenced design and an emphasis on technology, features, and driving enjoyment, it remains a strong alternative to the VW.
The Mazda 3 has been one of the most fun-to-drive compacts on the market.
We'd say the same of the newest MINI Cooper, which has a novel three-cylinder turbo and lots of performance extenders.
The Hyundai Elantra GT has an entirely different, more swoopy design than its sedan counterpart, as well as a strong roster of features for the money.
Finally, Honda still has its Civic Si, but we're no fans of the current car's duller handling.
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