Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback

£26,580 - £28,650

Introduced in 1976, the Volkswagen Golf GTI was the original hot hatchback. Since then, countless manufacturers have copied the idea, with cars such as the Ford Focus ST and Vauxhall Astra VXR adding more power and faster engines to the conventional family hatchback. The Golf GTI is as practical as the standard VW Golf, but packs a 217bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that takes it from 0-62mph in just 6.5 seconds.

On the outside, the car has 18-inch alloy wheels, aggressive bumpers and a sporty red line that runs across the front grille and through the headlights. Inside, there's a set of tartan GTI seats, a sporty steering wheel and beautifully made trim with lots of high-quality materials.

In summary, the Golf GTI is a well made, desirable and fun car, with enough room for all the family and impressively low running costs – especially if you choose the diesel Volkswagen Golf GTD.