MotorTrend has done a very handy comparison between the VW Golf GTI, the Mini Cooper and the Volvo C30. It’s surely a selection many potential buyers will consider.
Who’s the winner? Well, not that you had some doubts about that, right?
What the GTI lacks in looks, it makes up for in performance and practibility. Despite having the worst power-to-weight ratio of the group, the 200-horse GTI was the champ in ever measure at the track, posting a 6.1-second 0-to-60 time and a 14.7-second quarter mile. We couldn’t decide what was more surprising, how easily the GTI smoked the much more powerful C30 or how handily it outflanked the Mini.
“This is the most effortless of the three. Its power is quick and smooth, and whether you use paddles to shift the DSG or leave it to Sport mode, it’s wonderful,” says Harwood. “Handling, steering, suspension all feel like they were designed to work together.”
Kiino sums it up best: “For the money, the GTI is tough to beat in this group-make that unbeatable. It offers the best combo of performance, utility, and value. It may not be the most fashionable, but the GTI flat-out works.”
Source: Motor Trend