For enthusiasts, the Golf range lines up best against the Mazda 3.
They're both a hoot to drive, with the 3 taking crown unless you opt for the well-priced Golf GTI.
Mini's Cooper feels more special inside and out than the Golf, but it gets expensive fast and is something of a polarizing choice for many.
If you're looking to stay mainstream, pair the Golf against the Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cruze; they're both offered as compelling hatchbacks.
The Civic range now includes Si and Type R models that give VW's sportier offerings a real run for their money, while the Cruze is available as a diesel.
VW once offered diesels...
until they got caught repeatedly cheating American emissions standards.
And the recently redesigned Subaru Impreza is also worth a look with its standard all-wheel drive and high-tech interior.
The Impreza begets the Crosstrek, which the Alltrack is doing its best to emulate.
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|2018 Volkswagen GolfBrowse Used Listings||2018 Chevrolet CruzeBrowse Used Listings||2018 Honda CivicBrowse Used Listings||2018 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2018 Subaru ImprezaBrowse Used Listings||2018 MINI CooperBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||N/A||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3|
|Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars||N/A||Minicompact Cars|
|1.8T S Manual||4-Door Sedan 1.4L L w/1SM||LX Manual||Sport Manual||N/A||Oxford Edition FWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||N/A||Manual w/OD|
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