Hatchbacks are Hot. No, Really.
Not since the VW Rabbit arrived have hatches generated so much buzz.
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.