2022 Volkswagen Golf vs. Its Competition

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Brian Wong Brian Wong West Coast Editor

The GTI battles against other compact performance sedans and hatchbacks including the new kids on the block, the Hyundai Elantra N and Hyundai Veloster N, which offer compelling features and fun from behind the wheel.

The Subaru WRX got a recent redesign as well, offering AWD fun.

Mazda’s 3 Turbo also puts a premium on handling and a minimalistic interior, while the Honda Civic with its Si and forthcoming Type R trims promise value and performance as well.

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Quick Specs
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The 2022 VW GTI is a good hot hatch, but the Golf R fully realizes the platform’s potential.
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The 2022 Honda Civic remains a go-to economy car, with low-key performance and high-economy powertrains.
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The 2022 Hyundai Elantra excites us with its styling and gas mileage, but loses us with interior quality.
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The 2022 Hyundai Veloster N continues to take up rent-free space in the Civic Type R’s head—for now.
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The 2022 Mazda 3 makes a play for upscale compact-car buyers with a rich interior and cut-above handling.
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Practical and sporty, the 2022 Subaru WRX is a fun car to drive every day.
MSRP From     
$29,545$22,350$19,950$32,500$20,800Coming Soon
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 56 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4N/A
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsN/A
Style Name     
2.0T S ManualLX CVTSE IVTManual2.0 FWDN/A
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity     
55545N/A
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSedanSedanHatchbackSedanN/A
Transmission     
Manual w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
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