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The Volkswagen Golf TDI is sporty, fuel efficient and roomy. Its diesel powertrain gets 42 mpg on the highway and 30 in the city with both manual and automatic transmissions. The two-door model seats five and has 15 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseats. The Golf is one of the most powerful subcompact cars on the market, with its diesel engine making 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, so you won’t feel like you’re driving a clown car in a world of gigantic SUVs. Plus, the TDI models have a sport suspension, which means it doesn’t handle like a golf cart.

Want even better performance? Check out the VW GTI.

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