Renault 9335 points
R9 was not the first modern, compact car from Renault, but this 4-door saloon had a much better acceptation than R14 hatchback. What is more, the manufacturer has had a successful 3-box car in this segment ever since. Even a veteran OHV power line with lateral camshaft was no deterrent for its recorgnition by the Jury and the consistent commercial trajectory. Functionality, comfort and roadholding were its best points, while availability of 5 speed gearbox was very uncommon then in an affordable car.