The Volkswagen Golf GTI is fun to zip around in and will turn heads while you’re at it. Well-respected among car afficionados and considered the benchmark for versatility, this sporty car has a punchy engine. For those who love the old-school stick, the GTI is available with manual transmission. While it’s compact, it’s great for winter driving, with anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control. The 2017 Golf GTI even earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
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