It's pricey, but the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R offers a very appealing mix of performance, utility and rarity.
- Strong turbocharged engine
- Standard all-wheel drive
- Sharp handling characteristics
- Hatchback versatility
- Two- or four-door configurations
- Interior sophistication.
- Considerably more expensive than the regular GTI
- Lack of interior storage space
- Manual gearbox only.