The Golf is a notch above other compacts in terms of sophistication, interior ambiance, and driving experience, and it is priced accordingly. Performance from the smooth, strong 170-hp, 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder feel effortless, and we got 28 mpg overall in our tests with the six-speed automatic. Handling is very responsive, making the Golf fun to drive. The ride is comfortable, the rear seat is relatively roomy, and the quiet cabin contributes to the Golf's solid and upscale feel. A high-performance all-wheel-drive Golf R and an electric eGolf complete the line. Recent additions include lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and cross-traffic alert. Reliability has been below average.