2010 Volkswagen GTI vs. Its Competition

2010 Volkswagen GTI
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2010 Volkswagen GTI lands somewhere between sporty hatchbacks like the Civic Si and Mazdaspeed3, and more mature, entry-level sporty luxury hatchbacks like the MINI Cooper.

Both the Civic and Mazdaspeed3 have the look and feel of more youthful drivers, but they're by no means less expensive or much more capable.

The closest rival to the GTI could be the MINI Cooper, with its flat windshield, turbocharged thrust, and classically boxy stance.

It can be far more expensive, though, and it's much smaller inside, too.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Volkswagen GTI sits more upright, as usual-but its punchy turbo engine, crisp handling, and paddle-shifted gearbox are anything but stodgy.
Overall the 2010 MazdaSpeed3 delivers pulse-quickening thrills for the back roads—or weekend track forays—all on a tight budget, without sacrificing too much practicality for everyday commuting.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas Turbocharged I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Style Name  
2-Door HB Manual5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 SportSi 2-Door Coupe Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door HB5 Door Wagon2 Door Coupe
ManualManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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