The Golf still offers that German car driving feel and interior quality thatVW'sare famous for. Even the base version is fun to drive.
While the Golf is great, critics complain that the newJettamisses the mark. They say Volkswagen is stripping out all that makes VW's great in pursuit of lower prices. Luckily that philosophy hasn't hit the Golf, yet. (By the way... The new Jetta's selling well so, for better or worse, the low-price strategy's working.
Price: $16,270 - $22,765 Mileage: 28 City / 38 Hwy
Just hitting the market now, Ford's new Focus is a huge change from the outgoing version.
The Focus has long been just an OK car, but the new Focus feels all wound up and ready to rock.
The suspension is firmer, the steering is tighter, the engine's stronger and transmission is quicker.Its technology package, is amped up, too. This new Focus has so much tech that there are literally buttons on its buttons. In fact, some may say Ford's gone a little overboard this time.
The Fit has become a stand-by in the subcompact segment with its good performance and its roomy and very flexible interior space. With rear seats that fold in a few different ways, the Fit almost makes compactSUVsunnecessary.
The Mazda3 is surprisingly comfortable and roomy while still being fun to drive. It offers a nice package of technology options. In an ever more competitive market, newer models threaten to overtake even this excellent small car but it remains one you've got to consider.
The Fiesta's a cool-looking, fuel efficient and fun little car. It's high-tech transmission—the same sort of twin-clutch six speed found in the larger Focus—helps provide the Fiesta's feeling of responsiveness.
It's not the roomiest car you can get in this class, though, and its entertainment controls can be a little confusing.