JUST MISSED THE CUT – BUT WE LOVE ‘EM ANYWAY
It’s hard not to be impressed with the DS’s magic carpet ride, beautiful handling and tech that must have seemed otherworldly to 1950s buyers – but in the end we reckoned the SM was an even bigger assault on the automotive senses.
All the Mini’s chuckability crossed with baby 911-esque dynamics was how we summed up the ‘Whizzkid’ when we tested one back in 2013. We love the revvy three-pot engine and the way it devours tight, twisty roads.
Four-wheel drive and the chilling howl of a turbocharged five-pot engine was enough to earn Audi’s gamechanger victory on the world’s rally stages, but in the end our countdown was dominated by classics with more analogue thrills. Perhaps the quattro’s so far ahead of its time that we haven’t caught up with it yet.
Another champion of affordable driving fun, but this one narrowly missed out. There’s something addictive about the way in which a Beetle involves you in the drive, and the flat four’s offbeat ‘wuffle’ – no wonder associate editor David Brown loves his.