The VW Polo GTI DSG is more fun than winning the lottery.

The VW Polo GTI DSG is more fun than winning the lottery. In fact, this hot-hatch - and I rarely say this - is almost impossible to fault. Why? Because the 1.4-litre 180PS petrol engine propels money winners to 62mph in only 6.9 seconds, for starters, and it averages a pleasing 47.9mpg. This complements the superb handling. Highlights include its beautifully weighted steering, solid cornering, and the six-speed auto transmission that flicks quickly between the cogs. Motorists can even swap from full-auto to semi-auto mode to select the gears manually. Also, unlike some powerful cars that ride so harshly they shake the change from your wallet, this GTI has a nice ride. It is therefore comfortable enough to drive all day.

The VW Polo GTI DSG has a high equipment specification to complement its super-speedy performance. Highlights include the: electronic stability programme for safer cornering, air-con, Bluetooth, and – in the specific vehicle I tested – rear parking sensors and cruise control. However, these optional extras cost £310 each. This fashion statement also has a respectable 280-litre boot, so lottery winners can carry their monstrous piles of cash. And there is more... this is a VW. That ensures every switch, knob, and handle on this three/five door beauty feel beautifully screwed together. Polo GTI DSG prices range from £19,330 to £19,995. That is low considering its virtues, so even most non-lottery winners can afford it.