2014 Volkswagen Golf Is World Car of the Year

When it comes to hatchbacks, few are as popular or as instrumental in shaping its specific market as the 2014 Volkswagen Golf. The VW hatch is now in its seventh generation, and is setting a standard of agressive-yet-refined styling, and the availablity of diesel propulsion. So popular is the Golf, that is just took top honors as 2013 World Car of the Year, announced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The Golf may be just getting to the American market, but zee-Germans and other European automakers love to put their vehicles on sale in the motherland before bringing it over to the unwashed masses of the United States. This is the second year in a row that Volkswagen has won this presitgeous award, taking the 2012 edition of WCOTY with the VW Up! and the fourth win for VW in the last five years. Other winners have been the Volkswagen Polo and the previous-generation Volkswagen Golf. This is rather impressive as it underscores just how important hatchbacks are in the world market. We love the Golf TDI, with its diesel powertrain, which is another crucial element of vehicles in the world car market. Runners-up for this award included the Land Rover Range Rover, Audi A3 and the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ. Probably the hardest toss-up would be the BRZ, but upon further review, the Golf is a more complete car, with a well-constructed interior and plenty of creature comforts. PHOTOS: See more of the 2014 Volkswagen Golf