13: Volkswagen Golf GTI MK4
The GTI MK4 is one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles you can find. A turbocharged engine coupled with a luxurious interior for a compact car makes for a winning combination of comfort. The GTI is known to grip the road like you’d expect from a German sports car. A lot of the engineering you’ll find under the hood of the GTI is also used on Audi models. This means you are getting a sports car that is comparable to a TT for a lot less money.
Reliability on the GTI isn’t bad either and it’s pretty easy to work on and repair. As the car was updated through the generation, repairs became more tedious. But the MK4 is perhaps one of the most well-rounded generations of the car you can get. A lot of the underpinnings are also shared with the New Beetle and the Jetta.