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The 2016 Mini Clubman is the biggest and most premium Mini yet, but it's still a Mini: quite small, playful and quirky. This odd balance of lilliputian luxury puts the Clubman in a class of its own.
With up to $14,000 in credits or rebates available, the 500e is fun and engaging city car that many can afford.
The 2016 Scion iM is an attractive, value-priced compact car with good space, but ultimately middling efficiency and underwhelming driving dynamics.
The GTI Clubsport will be the most powerful production GTI ever when it debuts in Frankfurt next week.
More powerful, more efficient and with a broader appeal, the Volt is way better for 2016, but still a very niche car.
It has more power than any JCW that came before, but also a fair bit more polish. Is that a good thing?
It's a pricey upgrade over the already excellent GTI, but the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R packs the power and all-wheel drive performance to rival Subaru's WRX STI.
Larger, with more doors and a more powerful engine, the 2015 Mini Cooper S, in 4-Door trim, broadens its appeal while retaining its unique looks -- but tread carefully on the option sheet as the price can get very high.
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI continues to improve without straying too far from the blueprint that makes the original hot hatchback so great.
The flexible, fun 2015 Honda Fit loses a bit of its sporty edge for this generation, but continues to stand out as a strong, driver-friendly choice in a very crowded segment.
The 2014 BMW i3 looks and feels like the compact car of the future, but its high price tag will be a huge sticking point for thrifty small-EV drivers.
Five doors and 300 horsepower is a good mix for those who want their practicality with a strong dose of performance.
Three years after its predecessor debuted, the 2015 Ford Focus Electric is still a good choice for a compact battery-powered car, but the newer competition offers slightly greater range and faster charging.
The 2014 Volkswagen e-Golf is a solid electric car, offering comfort and good driving dynamics, but its range and feature set do not distinguish it in any particular way from its competitors.
With an all-wheel-drive system, more than two seats, and cargo space, the FF holds a few SUV characteristics, but its handling and engine note are pure Ferrari.
Though big for a Fiat model, the 2014 Fiat 500L is still small for a wagon or crossover that boasts so much interior volume. However, limited tech and performance have us reconsidering the competition.
With its new Drive Modes feature, the new GTI goes from comfortable urban runabout to canyon carver at the push of a button.
The 2014 Scion tC delivers a strong power-train and a well-sorted suspension on a budget, leaving it to the driver to add most of the tech via the aftermarket.