Hot hatchbacks

Volkswagen Golf R review – has the hottest VW still got it?
evo Volkswagen Golf R PP – front cornering
Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R review – has the hottest VW still got it?

Undercooked and irritating in equal measure, the Mk8 Golf R’s execution is left wanting, and it’s a loss for the class
26 Nov 2021
Ford Focus ST Edition 2022 review – will newfound focus make this ST worry a Civic Type R and i30 N?
Ford Focus ST Edition on track – front cornering
Ford Focus

Ford Focus ST Edition 2022 review – will newfound focus make this ST worry a Civic Type R and i30 N?

The new Focus ST Edition runs things closer to its very talented competition, but it’s still no cigar
25 Nov 2021
2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI pricing revealed – chunky pricing for VW's i20 N rival
2021 Volkswagen Polo GTI
Volkswagen Polo GTI

2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI pricing revealed – chunky pricing for VW's i20 N rival

The updated 2022 Polo GTI has been priced nearly £1500 above an i20 N, and even more than a Fiesta ST
18 Nov 2021
BMW 128ti 2021 review – does BMW's first front-drive hot hatch have the GTI beat?
BMW 128ti B660 – front
BMW 1 Series

BMW 128ti 2021 review – does BMW's first front-drive hot hatch have the GTI beat?

BMW's first front-drive hot hatch has some issues against more focused rivals, but is very well priced and does enough to worry the basic Golf GTI
4 Nov 2021
Mercedes-AMG A45 S review
AMG A45 S review
Mercedes-AMG A45

Mercedes-AMG A45 S review

The A45 proves Mercedes-AMG has found the formula for not just a fast hot hatchback, but a genuinely involving one
29 Oct 2021

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US-market Honda Civic Si previews bits of incoming 2022 UK-spec Civic Type R
Honda Civic Si – interior
Honda Civic Type-R hatchback

US-market Honda Civic Si previews bits of incoming 2022 UK-spec Civic Type R

The US’s warm Si variant reveals more insight into our new Civic Type R
27 Oct 2021
Ford Fiesta ST review – super supermini still appeals, especially in Edition trim
Fiesta ST Edition – rear cornering
Ford Fiesta ST hatchback

Ford Fiesta ST review – super supermini still appeals, especially in Edition trim

A class stalwart, maybe, but the Fiesta ST drives with real enthusiasm, engagement and sophistication
25 Oct 2021
Toyota GR Yaris review – the modern homologation special at its very best
2021 Toyota GR Yaris black - header
Toyota GR Yaris

Toyota GR Yaris review – the modern homologation special at its very best

Toyota’s new road-going rally special is a great driver’s car of the type we worried we’d never see again. It’s a little gem.
15 Oct 2021
2022 Audi RS3 Sportback passenger ride – new hyper hatch takes aim at AMG A45 S
2022 Audi RS3 Sportback – front quarter static
Audi RS3

2022 Audi RS3 Sportback passenger ride – new hyper hatch takes aim at AMG A45 S

We experience the 2022 Audi RS3’s newfound dynamic focus
27 Sep 2021
Updated 2022 Ford Fiesta ST debuts – Hyundai i20N nemesis refreshed and refocused
2022 Ford Fiesta ST – front
Ford Fiesta ST hatchback

Updated 2022 Ford Fiesta ST debuts – Hyundai i20N nemesis refreshed and refocused

Ford’s given the entire Fiesta range a makeover, including its ST hot hatchback
16 Sep 2021
Ford Focus ST Edition revealed – tweaks aplenty for Ford’s Golf GTI rival
Ford Focus ST Edition – tracking
Ford Focus ST hatchback

Ford Focus ST Edition revealed – tweaks aplenty for Ford’s Golf GTI rival

Following in the footsteps of the excellent Fiesta ST Edition, Ford’s applied the same idea to the larger Focus ST
24 Aug 2021
Get it while (if) you can – is the Fk8 Honda Civic Type R the new 911 GT3?
Best hot hatchbacks 2021 - Civic Type R nose
Honda Civic Type-R hatchback

Get it while (if) you can – is the Fk8 Honda Civic Type R the new 911 GT3?

Swindon’s closure has meant the Honda Civic Type R has become hot property with pre-reg cars hitting £10k over asking
4 Aug 2021
Litchfield Toyota GR Yaris 2021 review – superstar hatchback picks up expert UK-tuning
Litchfield Toyota GR Yaris – front cornering
Toyota GR Yaris

Litchfield Toyota GR Yaris 2021 review – superstar hatchback picks up expert UK-tuning

Litchfield’s been fiddling with Toyota’s brilliant GR Yaris with predictably fantastic results
31 Jul 2021
Honda Civic Type R review
Honda Civic Type R GT MY21 – front
Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type R review

The Civic Type R is one of the most alluring performance cars on sale regardless of price
20 Jul 2021
Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 review – to wing or not to wing
Honda Civic Type R Sport Line – rear
Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 review – to wing or not to wing

Another cracking Honda Civic Type R, and its extra civility doesn’t come at the expense of capability
17 Jul 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 2021 review – stickers and stripes, but little else
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 – front blur
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 2021 review – stickers and stripes, but little else

Hot Golf 8s are getting there, but the GTI Clubsport 45 suffers the same niggles and lapses of judgement as its siblings
25 Jun 2021
Hyundai i20 N revealed – Ford Fiesta ST rival priced from £24,995
Hyundai i20 N car pictures
Hyundai i20 hatchback

Hyundai i20 N revealed – Ford Fiesta ST rival priced from £24,995

N division's second model set to shake up the junior hot hatch establishment
17 Jun 2021
VW Up GTI review
VW Up GTI - Front
Volkswagen Up GTI hatchback

VW Up GTI review

It might be the entry-level car in Volkswagen’s GTI range, but the Up GTI has masses of charm
16 Jun 2021
​SEAT Leon Cupra (2014-2021) review - more excitement than a Golf GTI?
SEAT Leon Cupra hatchback

​SEAT Leon Cupra (2014-2021) review - more excitement than a Golf GTI?

The SEAT Leon Cupra is at the end of its lifespan, but has only become better with age
10 Jun 2021
Best superminis 2021 – quick compact hatchbacks reviewed and rated
Best superminis 2021
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Best superminis 2021 – quick compact hatchbacks reviewed and rated

The best high-performance superminis on sale now, offering hot hatch thrills in more compact and affordable packages
13 May 2021
Full Cupra Leon range now on sale – 308bhp Cupra Leon ST to start at £38,475
Cupra Leon
Cupra

Full Cupra Leon range now on sale – 308bhp Cupra Leon ST to start at £38,475

All of the Cupra Leon variants have now been priced in the UK, with Estate models starting at just under £39k
30 Apr 2021
2021 Hyundai i30 N UK prices revealed
2021 Hyundai i30 N – tracking
Hyundai i30 N

2021 Hyundai i30 N UK prices revealed

Hyundai’s updated i30 N has been given a price hike, priced on-par with Golf GTI and Focus ST
29 Apr 2021
SEAT Ibiza updated for 2021 – debuts all-new interior
SEAT Ibiza 2021 update front
SEAT Ibiza FR

SEAT Ibiza updated for 2021 – debuts all-new interior

SEAT’s supermini picks up new tech and a fresh interior, but still no Cupra…
15 Apr 2021
Hyundai i20 N 2021 review – hot supermini zeros in on the Ford Fiesta ST
Hyundai i20 N - front tracking
Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20 N 2021 review – hot supermini zeros in on the Ford Fiesta ST

An inspiring new hot hatch from Hyundai N. Agile, and with a limited slip differential that offers superb mid-corner traction, it’s a formidable Fiest…
26 Mar 2021
Best hot hatches 2021
best hot hatchbacks 2021
Hot hatchbacks

Best hot hatches 2021

It’s a simple notion, but the hot hatchback can be as exciting as any supercar, and just as enticing
11 Mar 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTD 2021 review – fast Golf diesel no hot hatch, but a great daily
Volkswagen Golf GTD 2021 review - header
Volkswagen Golf GTD

Volkswagen Golf GTD 2021 review – fast Golf diesel no hot hatch, but a great daily

Frugal yes, but fiery? Not really. VW’s Golf GTD is a refined, comfortable and desirable daily, but doesn’t offer many thrills
5 Mar 2021
Mercedes-AMG A35 saloon vs BMW M135i vs SEAT Leon Cupra R ST Abt
Header ALP
Hot hatchbacks

Mercedes-AMG A35 saloon vs BMW M135i vs SEAT Leon Cupra R ST Abt

Three all-wheel drive, turbocharged four-cylinder performance machines, three different body styles
3 Mar 2021
386bhp Cupra Formentor VZ5 revealed – crossover gets hot new powertrain
Cupra Formentor VZ5 revealed grey
Cupra

386bhp Cupra Formentor VZ5 revealed – crossover gets hot new powertrain

Cupra unveils a new Formentor flagship with a familiar five-cylinder and a halo status
22 Feb 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2021 review – has the Honda Civic Type R been usurped?
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport - cornering front
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2021 review – has the Honda Civic Type R been usurped?

It feels genuinely fast, and there are plentiful signs that its dynamics are very impressive, but until we drive a GTI Clubsport with DCC and 19-inch …
8 Feb 2021
Renault Megane RS 300 2021 review – less is more with this GTI rival
2021 Renault Megane RS300 DCT - cornering
Renault Megane RS hatchback

Renault Megane RS 300 2021 review – less is more with this GTI rival

The new Renault Megane RS shines in its lesser trim, with a fluidity and poise that makes for a fantastic road-biased hot hatchback
29 Jan 2021
Ford Focus ST review
Ford Focus ST
Ford Focus ST hatchback

Ford Focus ST review

Not quite a class leader, and surprisingly expensive, but the latest Focus ST can be great fun on the right roads
29 Jan 2021
2021 Abarth 595 range detailed – subtle changes across the range
2021 Abarth 595 range - front
Abarth 595

2021 Abarth 595 range detailed – subtle changes across the range

Abarth’s aging 595 gets a nip and tuck for 2021, no sign of a hot 500e in the wings
22 Jan 2021
UK-based tuner Litchfield announces Toyota GR Yaris tuning programme
Litchfield GR Yaris test
Toyota

UK-based tuner Litchfield announces Toyota GR Yaris tuning programme

One of our favourite tuners is getting its hands on one of our favourite new cars
12 Jan 2021
Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 2021 review – does it have one over a Trophy-R?
Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition - sideways
Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 2021 review – does it have one over a Trophy-R?

The ultimate turbocharged front-wheel drive hot hatch, and arguably one of the greatest cars to ever wear the ‘hot hatch’ tag full stop
11 Jan 2021