I have been researching the hatchback market for awhile and finally settled into a 4-door Rabbit. It's superior in so many ways to the Dodge Caliber, Toyota Matrix, Honda Civic and Mazda 3. I love it's looks, refined interior, long list of standard features, performance, ride, fit & finish and how it is so quiet. It has everything I'd want in a car at a very reasonable price. It is a small economical car with NO compromises.
The Tiptronic transmission with sport mode and manual option is unbelievable. The stereo and quiet ride. The handling, performance and low end torque. The efficient use space. I also love the heated seats, sunroof, climate control, and tons of standard safety features.
Quality and reliability are the only other things I'm looking for, but with VW's 5 year warranty and roadside assistance they've already given me some peace of mind. This car has everything I'd want in a small vehicle.