The 2015 model year marks the introduction of the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf. Despite looks that are similar to the outgoing model, this totally redesigned hatchback is based on an all-new platform that was designed in tandem with the Audi A3. Even though the 2015 Golf and A3 share a lot of engineering and parts, the cars aren’t meant to be compared. Autobytel’s Road Test Editor, Christian Wardlaw, checked out an all-new 2015 Golf to see what VW’s brought to the latest generation. Upon closer inspection, there are some subtle exterior details that help distinguish the new model, such as sharper body lines, a well-integrated fuel door, and a stylish new 18-inch wheel design, wrapped in Pirelli performance rubber. The Golf SEL is powered by a version of the 1.8-liter turbo 4-cylinder that’s been a staple of the VW lineup for years, and for good reason. This engine offers a fun driving experience combined with solid fuel economy, and comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain provides 170 horsepower and solid response across the entire rev range, and is rated by the EPA for fuel economy of 25 MPG city and 36 MPG highway. Sporty front seats offer exceptional comfort, and the cabin is thoughtfully trimmed. The SEL trim level of the Golf, seen here, starts at $26,995.