Hatchbacks are Hot. No, Really.

Not since the VW Rabbit arrived have hatches generated so much buzz.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012


Back in 1983, the VW Rabbit GTI hit U.S. shores and showed that a small, boxy underdog—with a four-cylinder engine—could run circles around gas-guzzling muscle cars like the Trans-Am. But over the next 30 years Americans just didn't buy into the European "hot hatch." That's about to change. These explosive and stylish next-generation models offer maximum fun in a minimal package.

Volkswagen Golf R

Quicker than many new sports cars but with room for four, this jaunty German entry is simply the best VW hatch in history: all-wheel drive, 256 hp, and enough metal and black leather to impress any Berlin night owl.

$34,760; vw.com

Photographs courtesy of each manufacturer.
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