Volkswagen Golf GTI
Volkswagen didn’t invent the hot hatch and wasn’t the first to slap the letters ‘G’, ‘ T’ and ‘I’ on to the rear of a car. But it made both its own with the Golf GTI. Crank it up to 11 and it’ll reward you with sports car performance. The steering feeds back the road surface in minute detail, and loads up remarkably in bends – it’s a superb feeling, and there is a huge amount of grip. Not that the engine isn’t up to much – it pulls cleanly to 7000rpm and has a sub 9 second 0-60mph time. In 1976 – and in a hatchback – this was genre defining. Today, it’s still pretty amazing.