What matters most – style, or substance? Renault knocked the latter out of the park with the Renault 5, launching a clean, crisp hatchback that defined the shape of small cars pretty much for the next half century. Underneath, it used proven Renault 4 engines and gearboxes at first, but eventually evolved into a refined, comfortable small supermini – and a potent rally car, too.
Like many Renaults, it had unequal wheelbases left and right, and soft suspension that delivered a ride modern cars rarely emulate. It’s set to be recreated in electric form soon as Renault recognises one of its most important designs.