Volkswagen GTI 4-Door/GLI/Golf R 4-Door
Base Price: $25,390/$24,740/$35,590
Output: 200 hp, 207 lb-ft/200 hp, 207 lb-ft/256 hp, 243 lb-ft
Why It Made the List: The GTI blends hatchback utility with excellent handling dynamics and an accessible price point.
We like the Volkswagen GTI. We like it so much that we’ve named it to our All-Stars list multiple times and crowned it Automobile of the Year in both 2007 and 2010. We love the pep of the 2.0-liter turbo four, the well-tuned and robust chassis, and the high-quality interior. It’s the pinnacle of the compact performance class.
A family-friendly hatchback body style and a low entry price make this hot hatch a winner for fun-seeking families. Those who want a more traditional three-box design don’t have to miss out on the fun, either: Volkswagen also offers the Jetta GLI, which has all the GTI’s performance upgrades under the skin of the Jetta compact sedan. Finally, for those thrill-seeking VW enthusiasts, there’s also the limited-run Golf R with 256 hp and all-wheel drive.