2009 Volkswagen Rabbit S 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
I believe the Rabbit is the best buy for the buck. My wife has an A-4 3.2 and this is like a cousin. The German feel. Great acceleration and just simply fun to drive. The Corolla and Civic appear very refined but are just mini town cars. Compare and you have the most features for your dollar. ESP standard in 09.
Great driving experience. I have never owned a small car and am impressed. If I had it to do over I would buy it again and again.
The tires, similar to what came on the Audi. They are long gone. I am not a tire snob but know when something is not up to the quality of the rest of the car.