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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.
The Honda Fit EV shows range similar to that of other compact electric cars on the market and drives well enough, but ultimately feels like a retrofit project car rather than a fully realized futuristic production vehicle.
Inexpensive yet high-performing, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST rewards people who enjoy driving, while cabin electronics support all those mundane tasks that need doing when not on a twisty back road.
Comfortable, high-tech, and fairly efficient, the Audi RS 7 is a total-package car with a healthy dose of horsepower.
Ford's chosen to unveil it's new compact at Mobile World Congress, a week ahead of the big auto show in Geneva. It packs better tech inside, new driver aids, and a subtly revised exterior.
With its 1.6-liter engine, the 2014 Ford Fiesta makes for a mild-mannered urban runabout, but Sync and MyFord Touch add some compelling tech features.
Like other electric cars, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV offers limited usage scenarios due to its range, but its drivetrain is ultraefficient and surprisingly powerful.
The 2013 Audi S7 features a phenomenal amount of tech both in the cabin and under the hood. An impressive sport driver, its fuel economy remains decent enough for a daily commute.
The 2013 Chevrolet Spark includes some intriguing features for its price, but bizarre limitations in the cabin electronics and low horsepower create too many compromises.
The 2012 Nissan Leaf offers a good blend of affordability and all-around performance for city dwellers and suburbanites looking to go zero-emission, but its cruising range limits its appeal for long hauls.