Top 10 Compact Cars

5) Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen GTI 2017

VW Golf GTI has made owners happy for seven generations of the car, starting way back in 1974. It has been VW’s best-selling car for a long time.

The seventh-generation Golf GTI (MK7) has a turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine producing 210 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Performance monitor in the GTI is a customizable digital 3-gauge monitor that can let the driver choose the functions to display.

VW Car-Net lets occupants display select apps from a compatible smartphone on the dash monitor. Rearview camera comes as standard.

Optional extras include a sports suspension, dynamic chassis control with four modes to choose from, variable ratio steering, a bigger engine with 10 hp extra, and a torque sensing limited slip differential.

Interior and aesthetic extras consist of ambient lighting, sports seats, xenon headlights and an 8+1 speaker system from Fender Premium Audio. The 2016 Golf GTI earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). US retail prices start from $25,595.

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