The top alternative to the Volkswagen Golf is definitely the Ford Focus.
which is offered in a very flamboyant, Euro-influenced hatchback and also influenced technology, features, and driving enjoyment—the latter perhaps a bit more in the Focus than the standard Golf.
The Mazda 3 is another top rival, and from the driver's seat it's one of the most fun-to-drive compact cars.
The newest Mini Cooper, which has a novel three-cylinder turbo and lots of performance extenders, is smaller and perhaps less versatile than the Golf, but it's zippy and great for city streets.
And a sporty hatchback version of the Honda Civic returns for 2016, so competition for the Golf will surely escalate.
And yet another model to consider, for those especially budget-conscious, is the new Scion iM—essentially a sporty hatchback version of the Toyota Corolla.
Keep in mind that none of these rivals can match the Golf's wide range of powertrain choices, from base-model gasoline to eGolf electrics and high-performance GTI and Golf R models.
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