The Volkswagen Golf is the original hatchback. It was the first to merge practicality with power when it introduced the GTI version. Since then, the VW Golf has featured in nearly every ‘best-of’ list at the end of the year. The 2014 version is no difference, showing up in countless top tens. This year’s Golf GTI is the best yet. Volkswagen have honed its perfect hot hatchback even further. Every year they make it just a little bit better. The GTI was originally out on its own in the market. No other manufacturer mixed the power and fun of a sportscar with the practicality of a hatchback. Recently the GTI has had to defend its position. The Ford ST is a valiant competitor. In fact, on paper, the Ford ST is a more impressive car. It has more power than the Golf. Yet, Ford haven’t quite mastered the art of fun in the same way VW have. Is it the best car released this year? Quite possibly.