2019 Volkswagen Golf vs. Its Competition

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

No lineup matches the breadth of the VW Golf, although some automakers come close.

For sporty, frugal commuting, the Mazda 3 is a favorite—but its infotainment system frustrates at every opportunity.

The Honda Civic lineup lacks a practical wagon body, but the sedans and hatchbacks are polished, poised, and well-priced.

Look to the Subaru Impreza for its standard all-wheel drive and its Crosstrek and WRX siblings for four-wheeling and sporty driving.

The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte are good value choices with excellent tech—and the Elantra GT nearly matches the Golf GTI’s performance.

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The practical 2019 VW Golf is a smart choice whether as a frugal hatchback or a zippy GTI.
Safety upgrades this year make the 2019 Honda Civic as compelling as ever.
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra delivers good handling and a lot of value for the money.
The 2019 Kia Forte pairs stylish good looks with a lot of features, making it a compact sedan standout.
The 2019 Mazda 3 keeps the zoom, but all-wheel-drive practicality and a vastly upgraded interior make it much more than that.
The 2019 Subaru Impreza is a sensible, right-price, low-compromise compact car.
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