26. BMW 1-Series
Similar to the Mercedes A-Class, BMW has presented the 1-Series as their entry-level compact model. But in contrast to the front-wheel-drive Mercedes A-Class, BMW stayed true to their roots. In fact, they produced a rear-wheel-drive car that was the only compact hatchback with their drivetrain layout.
Having rear-wheel drive in a small body proved interesting to drive. That was because it offered superb driving dynamics in a small package, putting all other compact cars to shame. But in 2016, BMW presented the most powerful model in the form of the BMW 140i. It produces 360 HP, thanks to the 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine and 4.6-second 0 to 60 mph time. Compared to all other front or all-wheel drive hot hatches, the BMW 1-Series is a unique driving experience. Sadly, it’s not for sale in America yet.