"It's hard not to be a believer in Volkswagen's aluminum intensive MQB platform at least when it comes to sportier applications. It underpins the Audi S3, which is a rockin' compact sports sedan, the upcoming third-generation Audi TT is definitely more fun to wheel around, and now I've had a sampling of it on this 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI 4-Door, which is also very impressive.
"The GTI has always been ahead of the other usual suspects in the sport compact world like the Ford Focus ST, Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 and Honda Civic Si in the ride refinement department. The Mazda has a very firm ride bordering on an almost jarring ride, while the Honda is alright but doesn't possess the solidity that VW does. The Ford is probably the closest in ride comfort.
"A younger me didn't care very much about ride quality and equated a rough and tumble ride to a high performance machine. However, as I've gotten a little older I've come to appreciate a car that's good for daily running. What do I appreciate more? A car that's good for regular drive and for the times when I want to light things up a little be it on my favorite stretches of road or on road course during an open track day." -- Autoweek