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Looking for the best price/performance/feel car out there, you're bound to end up looking at the 4 cars that are up for comparison today: the BMW M135i, Volkswagen Golf R, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and Subaru WRX STI.
Even though usually, the BMW is the trendsetter in any car comparison, this time the 1er is relatively new to the cars that it's going against. The Subaru WRX and the Mitsubishi Lancer are currently benchmarks in the segment and cars with an impressive legacy, compared to the youngest BMW.

The M135i has a 3-liter 6-cylinder turbocharged engine with 320 HP and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) and is the most powerful car in the contest. The Subaru comes second, with 296 HP and 407 Nm (300 lb-ft) of torque pushed out of the 2.5-liter turbo engine.

The Evo is next in line, with its all-aluminum engine that kicks out 290 HP and 366 Nm (270 lb-ft) of torque, followed closely by the Volkswagen Golf R with 252 HP and 330 Nm (240 lb-ft) of torque (for Australia, Japan and South Africa versions).

Overall, every car has its ups and downs. The Evo has the best handling, with its high-performance 4-wheel-drive system but feels cheap inside and not that comfortable.

The Golf is comfortable but too slow and almost uncontrollable. The Subaru comes last, with its soft suspension, extremely laggy turbo and lack of power delivery.

And then, there's the BMW. It may be the most expensive car in this line-up, but at the same time, it claims the title. Even though the F20 is a relatively new car on the scene, it managed to out best iconic cars like the Evo and WRX and that says a lot.

The car is fun to drive, performant and as comfortable as a sports car can be, without losing points for handling. It may be $15,000 dollars more expensive than the Golf R, but at least you know where the extra money went.

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