2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. Its Competition

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
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.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI2020 Volkswagen Golf
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Quick Specs
Even with a pared lineup for a short model year, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf is a solid, if stoic, choice among compact hatchbacks
The 2020 Honda Civic sets the pace among affordable compact cars.
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is a well-equipped value.
The Mazda 3 punches above its weight class with an upmarket interior, good handling, and optional all-wheel drive.
The 2020 Subaru Impreza is a rational choice among compact cars, especially for those who need foul-weather traction.
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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24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 36 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4N/ARegular Unleaded I-4
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Compact CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsN/ACompact Cars
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel Drive
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Manual w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/ACVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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