Interesting comparison here of the VW Golf GTI against the MINI Cooper and the Suzuki SX4 Sportback.
To be perfectly clear, this is not a conventional comparison. We knew before we even left our parking garage that the Mini Cooper would be more refined and better driving than the Suzuki and that the GTI, likewise, would have a clear edge over the non-turbocharged Mini. The question then, was whether these advantages could be mitigated, perhaps even eliminated by the appeal of some very useful extras. Would the niceties on the SX4 make us forget about the more appealing Mini? And do the custom bits on the Mini really add up to a car we’d pick over a GTI?