History of Hot Hatches in ten cars
Ten fast, diminutive hatchbacks that chart the hot hatch genome
Posted: 04 Feb 2014
1976 Golf GTI Mk1
Introduced in 1976, the Mk1 GTI is often considered the spiritual father of hot hatchery. And while it wasn't the first, it was one of the earliest, polished fast hatchbacks. Lightweight construction meant it could outrun Ferrari 308s on country lanes, and a 0-60mph time of 9seconds meant it wasn't far behind at the lights. And you could get a chest of drawers in the boot.