Volkswagen knew it needed to replace the antiquated Beetle. But with what? The German automaker answered that question in 1975 with the Rabbit. A thoroughly modern hatchback, it featured angular styling, front-wheel drive and a water-cooled engine mounted at the front of the car. In other words, it was completely unlike the icon it replaced.
Seven generations later, the Rabbit has seen its name changed to Golf, back to Rabbit, and then back to Golf again. In addition to traditionally sporty driving characteristics, the current Golf impresses with an optional diesel engine good for 42 mpg highway, a high-quality interior and more cargo space than many of its competitors.