19. Volkswagen Golf Mk3 VR6
You may think the first V6 Golf was the mighty, all-wheel drive, limited production Mk4 R32, but that’s not true. From 1992 to 1998, Volkswagen offered its famous VR6 engine in the Mk3 body shell. And this was the most powerful Golf you could buy at the time. Successful when they first introduced it, the VR6 was fast. It produced 170 HP, which was quite a lot for a front-wheel-drive hatchback. The performance was vivid, so even today, a well-maintained VR6 can hold its own against 20-year younger hot hatches. So if you are interested, you can find them at an affordable price.
However, the VR6 engine could be difficult to maintain. Your best bet is to look for cars with a full service history. Also, the tuning potential is not the best, so if you are looking for a car you want to modify inexpensively and easily, look for something else. However, if you want a good-looking, decently equipped hatchback with lots of power and stealthy looks, the VR6 is the perfect car for you.