Most Fun-to-Drive Car of the Year: 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

By Jennifer Geiger

January 17, 2018

The other nominees made it onto this list for offering green — if unconventional — fun with the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV, and extreme off-road thrills with the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor, but the Golf GTI rises to the top. Volkswagen’s hot hatch checks a lot of boxes and is the most well-rounded of the bunch. Its performance-oriented road manners will keep drivers smiling for miles, and its mix of comfort, refinement and affordability is hard to top in this segment. The 2015 GTI won’s $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge, and for model-year 2018, the hatch continues to be a hoot.