We’ve been experiencing something of a performance car renaissance lately, and it’s spread so widely across the industry that there are plenty of options even at the affordable compact end of the spectrum. Four of those cars, the Hyundai Elantra N, Subaru WRX, VW Golf GTI and Honda Civic Si are the true standouts in this segment, and automotive YouTuber Savagegeesse decided to compare them head-to-head to see which the best is .
Of the four, the Hyundai is the most powerful with 276 hp (280 hp / 206 kW) and 289 lb-ft (392 Nm) of torque. Hot on its heels is the WRX, which boasts 271 hp (275 hp / 202 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque, but also sends this power to the rear and front wheels. The third most powerful is the GTI with 241 hp (244 hp / 180 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. The weakest of the bunch is the Civic Si, which puts out 200 hp (203 hp / 149 kW) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque.
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Prices also follow that order, with the four base model cars increasing in price as they get more powerful (the only exception being the GTI, which is $275 more expensive than the WRX), and all four cars are powered by turbocharged inline-four manuals Transmission.
In the drag race it was the WRX first, followed by the GTI, then the Elantra and then the Civic. The top three finished within one car length of each other, and the Civic was the lone outlier, finishing about two car lengths behind the others. On the track, the Hyundai was the fastest, followed by the Subaru, the Civic Si and the GTI. GTI and Si are so good on the road that they compromise their performance. Likewise, the Elantra and WRX are so competent on the track that they have to make some compromises when it comes to their comfort and refinement.
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In terms of interior trim, the Civic is described as sort of a jack-of-all-trades with plenty of functionality and solid driver inputs. The Elantra’s cabin is subtle with plenty of physical knobs and switches, and its standout feature is its phenomenal sports seats. The GTI is the most comfortable and refined of the group, as well as the most practical, being the only hatchback. Finally, there’s the WRX with what has been described as a fairly dated interior, but it has by far the best visibility and driver inputs.
Overall, each of the four vehicles is fairly well rounded in its own way, so it really comes down to what you’re looking for as an owner. If you want absolute performance, go for the Hyundai. If you’re looking for maximum practicality and liveability, get the GTI. If all-weather performance is what you need, the WRX is your friend. And if affordability is high on your list, the Civic is your best option.
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