The Toyota Starlet Glanza V is the top model of the Starlet series, a series which has always produced speedy cars despite their compact size. The front-engine front-wheel drive (FF) 1.4-liter 4-cylinder DOHC turbo 4E-FTE engine produces 133hp and 115.7 lb-ft.
Weighing in at a mere 2,030 lb, it has top-class dynamics capabilities, and, as long as you can maintain its turbo band, it is well capable of beating cars from the next class up on winding roads with tight corners.
It will take corners even faster if you can find just the right balance between traction and steering. Care should be taken to avoid rough driving, however, as it still shows its uncontrollable streak at times. Priced relatively cheap, it is ideal for beginners.