The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the most popular hatchbacks in the automobile sector since its launch in 1976. Whether it is any popular celebrity, sportsperson or any common person they all prefer Golf GTI as it gives both sporty look and performance. In 1976, the Golf GTI Mk1 was launched at a base price of $180 (price according to today’s conversion) with FWD and was a huge success, the German Manufacturer does not expected that the hatchback would become such popular that its demand will be so much in the market. Since then there had been several versions of Golf GTI have been launched and all of them were Front-Wheel-Drive (FWD).
The newest version of Golf GTI i.e. Golf GTI Mk8 possesses satisfactory specifications as it comes with a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces 240 hp power and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Mk8 has been criticized heavily due to its silly control system due to which people have started looking into other options. So we have mentioned 8 FWD cars that are more fun to drive than a Golf GTI.
1. Honda Civic Type-R
The Honda Civic Type-R is a red hot in form car that has been always favorite for the people who loves to drive a hatchback but also wants a sports car look. Honda Civic Type-R comes with a 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that gives a 306 hp power along with a max. speed of 169 mph. It can go from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.15 seconds. It can be bought at a price of $37,985.
2. Chevrolet Cobalt SS
Initially Chevrolet Cobalt SS had a supercharged 2.0L inline-4 under its hood but later it was changed to turbocharged. Chevrolet Cobalt SS is the only coupe that comes under this category and its inline-4 engine provides a 260 hp power due to which it can go as fast as 158 mph and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.9 sec. It has a price tag of $24,995.
3. BMW 128ti
The BMW 128ti is a car that you do not want to miss out on. Compatible with both towns and sports tracks this car also has FWD that equips a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which provides a horsepower of 265 hp and has a base price of $56,900. It has a top speed of 155 mph and 0-60 mph time of 6.0 sec.
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4. Skoda Octavia vRS
Not a very popular and familiar one Skoda Octavia vRS is available in hybrid along with gasoline. This car also has an option of all-wheel-drive, which makes it more fun to drive than a Golf GTI. A 2.0L 4-cylinder engine comes under its hood that helps to generate 227 hp, its 0-60 time is 6.4 seconds, and can achieve a top speed of 155 mph. $35,000 is the nearabout price of this car.
5. Ford Fiesta ST
Considered by many the best compact hatchback, Ford Fiesta ST has a general hot hatch engine and is powered by a 1.5L turbocharged inline-3 producing nearly 200 hp. It has a top speed of about 144 mph, an acceleration time of 6.2 seconds for 0-60 mph, and a retail price of $14,260.
6. Renault Megane RS
The Renault Megane RS comes only with an automatic transmission and does not have manual one. It is one of the most good looking hatchbacks with sheer performance thanks to its FWD. It comes with a 1.8L turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces 280 hp and gives a top speed of 148 mph. Coming with a price tag of $33,000, it can go from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds.
7. Mini Cooper JCW GP
One of the most famous mini cars with a sporty look is Mini Cooper JCW GP. It was launched in the early 2000s and since then it had a really great success. This car equips with a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4, due to which it produces 302 hp high power and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.2 sec. It has a max. speed of 165 mph and priced at $45,750.
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8. Hyundai i30 N
The Hyundai i30 N is a FWD car and was designed to provide competition to the likes of VW Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type-R. This hatchback equips with a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 engine that provides 280 hp, a top speed of 155 mph, and an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 6.6 sec. The price of this hatchback is $48,000.
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