VW Golf R

The most famous hot hatch you can buy is better than ever in its latest guise

Price: £33,100 (DSG)Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl turboPower: 296bhpTorque: 380Nm0-62mph: 4.9 secondsTop speed: 155mph

The most famous hot hatch you can buy is better than ever in its latest guise. The 2.0-litre turbo has 217bhp in standard tune but you can go for a Performance Pack that adds another 10bhp and a limited slip-differential. The standard car is already fantastic, though – as ever, it’s comfortable enough to use every day but has a nicely balanced chassis that’ll keep you entertained every time you find a nice piece of road. Or you could go nuts, and splash out on the outrageously quick VW Golf R version, which takes all the standard Golf GTI attributes, and magnifies them with almost a third more power and four-wheel-drive. The result is ballistic performance that’s knocking on the door of supercar territory, and if you’re after the ultimate in family practicality there’s even an estate version of the Golf R too.

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