Wednesday, February 4th 2015. | Advanced Technology, Auto & Motor, Car

In the not-so-distant past, we Americans weren’t exactly spoiled for choice when it came to picking a hot hatchback. Sure, we’ve always enjoyed plenty of tire-roasting drag racers, but these machines could never quite satisfy when it came to cornering prowess and practicality. Call it the grass-is-greener syndrome if you like, but the fact remains that many drivers in the U.S. felt slighted when gazing across the Atlantic, dreaming of high-strung, boosted engines stuffed in front of rounded rooflines over an odd number of doors.

Thankfully, that time is behind us, because the hot hatchback is coming to these star-spangled lands in droves. No longer need fans of the do-it-all, agile super-commuter feel jealous of folks overseas. Finally, automakers have realized the potential sales of affordable, power-to-weight superstars. 

Two of these vehicles, the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R, represent two of the best hot hatches that money can buy. Both are turbocharged. Both have AWD. Both promise a combination of worry-free highway cruising, copious space to carry things, and enough race-inspired engineering to embarrass the average sports car. 

But which is better?

Click past the jump to learn which car is the best: the new Focus RS or Golf R.

2016 Ford Focus RS VS. 2016 Volkswagen Golf R originally appeared on on Wednesday, 4 February 2015 08:00 EST.

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