Price: $23,995

Complex Says: Nobody can fault you for buying a GTI. It's the ur-hot-hatch and as a result VW has refined it to a point where it does virtually nothing poorly. It's tons of fun, but can still fit as many friends as you want and most of your stuff. It might not be as mechanically impressive as some of the other entries on this list, but it doesn't ask for any compromises whatsoever.