I don't know, I just know that in my opinion it is not a VW Golf. Just because some magazine calls the Golf GTI their car of the year (well before the fact ) doesn't make this some grand decision made by consensus or vote in the whole wide world of automobiles. Just some editors drove it in a diverse pack of cars that was however lacking numerous contenders. They liked it and felt it was a good bargain. That's it. One of those guys is extremely biased, owning two of them himself. It is very important, especially in such a subjective "competition."