It's hard to design a five-door hatch that doesn't scream "economy car," but the slick look of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf is founded on a strategy embraced by American designers decades ago: longer, lower, and wider. Its short overhangs, all-turbocharged engine lineup, and confidently chiseled haunches move the needle ever closer to Audi territory. [Price TBD; vw.com]
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