9. Volkswagen Polo GTI/R
Following the trend of sporty hatchbacks that aren’t available in America is Volkswagen‘s tiny Polo. While the standard Polo isn’t much to be excited about, the GTI is quite drool-worthy. It features a peppy engine, solid, unoffensive styling and isn’t very expensive at all. The GTI can even hit 60-mph in about seven seconds.
The Polo GTI uses a 1.4-liter engine that makes 180-hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. It’s a serious subcompact, thanks to its twin-charging system that uses both supercharging and turbocharging.
However, introducing the Polo here in America might just eat into the popularity and success of Volkswagen’s Golf, so its easy to see why the German automaker is holding back the sub-compact car. That, and it would likely be so expensive no one would buy one anyway.
Making matters worse is that VW is even teasing a Polo R, which would use the same twin-charging system, but make something closer to 200-hp.