The fine people over at Autocar are pretty good at listing cars by bestness. They make a habit of it. And devotees might notice that one car makes its way onto most of these lists of bests: the Golf. This one is no exception.

Yesterday Autocar published a list of the best second-hand cars to buy for less than £10,000. Among the two-seater sportscars and the massive luxo-barges, the MkVI Golf GTI was named the best all-rounder.

“It’s refined, comfortable and undemanding,” writes Autocar’s Mark Pearson. “No other hot hatch can match its overall competence.”

Really, though, it’s the performance that impressed. “There’s strong grip and accurate steering and the handling is a joy: eminently chuckable, instantly recoverable and immense fun.”

While it should come as no surprise that the GTI is a great car in every respect, it’s always nice to be reminded.

Unfortunately, though the premise of the Autocar article is great, the money they’ve used makes no sense (what’s a quid, anyway?). So what if you used real money? What do you buy for less than $10,000? Do you play it safe?


Do you go for a classic and weigh the pros and cons of tuning?


Or do you abandon the GTI premise and go for something even more classic?  Let us know what you think.