2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. Its Competition

2020 Volkswagen Golf
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Detroit may have exited the small car game, but European and Asian automakers are still giving it their all.

A new Mazda 3 debuted last year and is more refined than ever, even if its price tag matches the automaker’s aspirations.

The Honda Civic remains a favorite for its broad lineup and zippy feel, though its looks may not be for everyone.

A surprise redesign last year was the Toyota Corolla, which arrived first in hatchback and then in sedan configurations.

It’s worth considering, especially in miserly hybrid guise.

The Subaru Impreza offers all-wheel-drive traction, but the rorty WRXs are really showing their age.

The goldilocks of this bunch might be the Hyundai Elantra with its comfortable ride, optional turbo engine, and satisfying GT hatchback.

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Even with a pared lineup for a short model year, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf is a solid if stoic choice among compact hatchbacks
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It’s still among the more mildly flavored mass-market sedans, but the 2020 Toyota Corolla has dropped the bland from its diet.
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Safety upgrades this year make the 2019 Honda Civic as compelling as ever.
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The 2019 Mazda 3 keeps the zoom, but all-wheel-drive practicality and a vastly upgraded interior make it much more than that.
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The 2019 Subaru Impreza is a sensible, right-price, low-compromise compact car.
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