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Volkswagen Golf GTI Sport
The hot hatch segment was pretty much invented by the Volkswagen GTI back in the ‘70s, and the 2017 version is plenty capable of maintaining the car’s reputation for fun and exciting driving. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder delivers 220 horsepower, while maintaining 25/33 mpg. The car can be had for around $30K, yet is rewarding to drive quickly in the same way that a Porsche or Ferrari is, but with good everyday value, great fuel economy, and as expected from a German marque, the best interior in the segment. You can get it with two or four doors, manual or auto transmissions, while the Sport model includes 10 more horsepower, a limited slip differential, and bigger brakes. The ride is firm without being harsh, and about what you would expect from a car with the handling pedigree of a GTI.

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