5) Volkswagen GTI
VW Golf GTI has made owners happy for seven generations of the car, starting way back in 1974. It has been VW’s best-selling car for a long time.
The seventh-generation Golf GTI (MK7) has a turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine producing 210 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Performance monitor in the GTI is a customizable digital 3-gauge monitor that can let the driver choose the functions to display.
VW Car-Net lets occupants display select apps from a compatible smartphone on the dash monitor. Rearview camera comes as standard.
Optional extras include a sports suspension, dynamic chassis control with four modes to choose from, variable ratio steering, a bigger engine with 10 hp extra, and a torque sensing limited slip differential.
Interior and aesthetic extras consist of ambient lighting, sports seats, xenon headlights and an 8+1 speaker system from Fender Premium Audio. The 2016 Golf GTI earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). US retail prices start from $25,595.