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I happened to mention that the Golf TDI reminds me of the lighter, smaller (and, to me, more elegant) 3 Series cars BMW used to build. "I know what you mean," Ed replied. "This car's a delight in the twisty sections, it is indeed 3 Series-esque.
And listen, if you're among those still suffering from manual myopia, still blithely blaspheming double-clutch trannies, I've got some troubling evidence to share. This 97-pound-heavier, four-door DSG-equipped sibling to the manual two-door reached 60 mph three tenths sooner and returns 1-mpg-better highway mileage. Shifts faster too. And you can keep both hands on the wheel in the corners, and...look, need I continue? It's time to move on, troops
1ST PLACE: VOLKSWAGEN GOLF TDI DSG
The TDI wins this round too, but only by a few strokes. The Golf's bigger tires, faster steering, and conventional styling make for an interesting counterpoint to the mileage-is-everything Prius.
2ND PLACE: TOYOTA PRIUS III
Futuristic, intellectually entertaining, and certainly the fuel-economy choice for non-car enthusiasts. The Prius's problem is that ain't us.