2016 Volkswagen Golf R

292-hp 2.0L Turbo from the Audi S3 scoots this tiny VW along with authority, and the versatile AWD system (called 4Motion here and Quattro in Audi products) gives plenty of grip. Fantastic suspension with great steering feel and stiff (but not too stiff) ride. Smooth-shifting 6-speed is geared low enough for 3-mph traffic crawls and a 4.5-second blast to 60 mph. Clean exterior design, high-quality interior materials. Several dynamic driving modes change the nature of the car.