Once upon a time, small sedans were all about affordable basic transportation, and their performance models were cheap cars that went fast instead of slow. Leave any such ideas behind when you try out the all-new 2021 Mazda3 Turbo or the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI.
These two cars each provide well over 200 horsepower, but their speed also comes with high-end style, refinement, and luxury features. The Mazda3 Turbo shoehorns a powerful engine under the hood of a critically acclaimed vehicle sold as both a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. The Jetta GLI is the sedan version of the storied Volkswagen Golf GTI. We tested both fast sedans to see how they compare against eight categories. Keep reading to learn what we found, and to see which one is our overall winner.