Inspired by the track and tested on it, the Golf R pushes the limits of what you'd ever expect to be able to do with a hatchback. While its look is certainly sleek and appealing, it's definitely got way more going on than you'd guess at first glance. The all-new 2015 Golf R comes out swinging with a turbocharged 2.0T inline-4 engine that gets 292 horsepower along with 280 lb-ft. of torque. Put that together with progressive variable-ratio steering, DCC Dynamic Chassis Control with three modes, and XDS+ with electronic differential lock, and you've got a winning combination of power and handling.
What might be the most remarkable thing about the Golf R is its versatility. Yes, it can kill it on the track, but that doesn't stop it from being everything you need for a daily drive as well. Not even close. Think up to 30 highway miles per gallon, and 60/40-split rear seats that can offer up to 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space. If you've ever felt forced to choose between a practical car and one you can really shake things up in, the Golf R is a solid case for never settling.