FIVE ODDBALL FAST HATCHES
1 DAIHATSU CHARADE GTTI
The original rocket-powered roller skate defined by its tiny engine that felt like it would never stop revving. The Gtti was also decent to sling down a good road and capable of humbling far more powerful, allegedly sporting cars.
2 NISSAN ALMERA GTI
The really weird thing about the Almera was why Nissan decided to build it and who the firm thought would buy it. In a class where character was all, this 140bhp chunk of nothingness was perhaps its most anonymous inhabitant.
3 RENAULT 11 TURBO
Renault has probably made more great hot hatches than any other car manufacturer. And then just occasionally, it’d produce one that was just so utterly bland and forgettable that you wondered why it bothered. This was that car.
4 SUZUKI IGNIS SPORT
This is what happens when you decide to take your cheap and cheerful shopping car rallying and then realise that you have to make some road-going versions first. Far more credible than it looks.
5 PROTON SATRIA GTI
Okay, this is probably the least cool hot hatch in history, but get behind the headlines and you’ll find decent performance and a chassis tuned by Lotus. If ever a car was better than it looked, this surely is it.