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Photos of the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen GTI front view

Fascia strakes, perhaps the new GTI's most controversial design element, add some visual interest.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen GTI front quarter view

Still obviously a Golf, but now with more aggressive proportions and more sophisticated surfacing.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf TDI front quarter view

The Golf TDI doesn't look as sporty as the GTI, but arguably appears more upscale in SEL trim.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Ford Focus ST front quarter view

Opinions differ on the Focus ST's styling: sleeker and more exciting, or a bit much?

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen e-Golf front quarter view

e-Golf has distinctive LEDs in the fascia, blue highlights through the headlights, and aero alloys.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen GTI side view

No lens trickery here. The new GTI is longer and lower than the old one.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen GTI rear quarter view

The new GTI looks especially athletic from the rear quarter.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: GTI interior

Black leather is more upscale (and feels more upscale than it looks) but plaid cloth is more fun.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen e-Golf interior

The e-Golf interior has a less serious ambiance. Console trim satin rather than black.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Ford Focus ST interior

Focus ST has a more dramatic interior, but many people feel cramped by the bulging center stack.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf TDI instrument panel full width

Compact, simply designed instrument panel enhances perceived roominess. Two-tone leatherette in TDI.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: GTI instrument panel

GTI gets sportier flat-bottomed steering wheel. Controls generally easy to reach and operate.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: GTI plaid driver seat

Though more aggressively bolstered than the seats in the Golf, GTI's buckets not overly tight.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen GTI rear seat

More rear seat room than Americans expect in cars this size. Dark with red-stiched black leather.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen e-Golf cargo area

Thanks to intelligent packaging of its battery pack, the e-Golf can carry as much cargo as the GTI.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen GTI cargo area seats folded

The new, slightly longer Golf can carry about 15 percent more stuff than the old one or the Focus.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen GTI engine

As is now usually the case, open the hood, see a plastic cover.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen GTI engine uncovered

New 2.0-liter turbo four is slightly more powerful but much torquier than the old one. And more mpg.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf TDI engine uncovered

Fuel line pressure in the new diesel engine can reach 30,000 psi.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen e-Golf motor uncovered

The e-Golf motor. It's probably not a good idea to touch the orange bits with the power on.