Hot hatchbacks

Cupra Leon 300TSI now on sale – 296bhp range-topper priced from £35,660
Cupra Leon
Cupra

Cupra Leon 300TSI now on sale – 296bhp range-topper priced from £35,660

The Cupra Leon’s three hatchback variants have been priced, with ST models to follow
24 Feb 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
BMW 128ti 2021 review – the Golf GTI’s worst nightmare
BMW 128ti - cornering
BMW 1 Series

BMW 128ti 2021 review – the Golf GTI’s worst nightmare

BMW’s first front-wheel drive hot hatch isn’t only good, we think it will have a Golf GTI beat
5 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

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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
Volkswagen Polo GTI review
Volkswagen Polo 6 GTI - front cornering
Volkswagen Polo GTI

Volkswagen Polo GTI review

VW's Polo GTI is polished and capable, but lacks the intensity of most rivals
6 Jan 2021
Hot hatchbacks under threat – new French car tax laws and what they mean for performance cars
Renault Megane RS Trophy front
Hot hatchbacks

Hot hatchbacks under threat – new French car tax laws and what they mean for performance cars

France’s new car tax laws have essentially made the hot hatch non-viable due to huge tax hikes
14 Dec 2020
Mini Cooper S review
MINI

Mini Cooper S review

Mini’s middle-ground hot hatch is fun, but keen drivers will get more from a Ford Fiesta ST
10 Dec 2020
Audi RS3 review (2015-2020)
Audi RS3 hatchback

Audi RS3 review (2015-2020)

Audi’s RS3 and RS3 Saloon have been rejigged to meet new emissions laws, but it hasn’t upset the recipe
8 Dec 2020
2020 Volkswagen Golf R priced from £39,270
2020 Volkswagen Golf R front
Volkswagen Golf R

2020 Volkswagen Golf R priced from £39,270

The new Volkswagen Golf 8 R has new-found focus on dynamics and driver involvement, and order books are open now 
3 Dec 2020
New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport – priced from £37,215 in the UK
GTI Clubsport front
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport – priced from £37,215 in the UK

VW Golf 8 GTI Clubsport ready to rival high-power front-drive hot hatches such as the Civic Type R and Renault Mégane RS
3 Dec 2020
BMW M2 review
BMW M2 coupe

BMW M2 review

The last of its generation, the M2 is a throwback to a golden age of small, rear-wheel-drive performance models from Munich
30 Nov 2020
Ford Focus RS review
Ford Focus RS hatchback

Ford Focus RS review

The Focus RS impresses with strong performance and great handling
25 Nov 2020
Toyota GR Yaris 2020 review - a true homologation superstar
Toyota Yaris

Toyota GR Yaris 2020 review - a true homologation superstar

Toyota’s new road-going rally special is a great drivers’ car of the type we worried we’d never see again. It’s a little gem.
24 Nov 2020
2021 Honda Civic revealed – previews next-generation Civic Type R
Honda Civic

2021 Honda Civic revealed – previews next-generation Civic Type R

Honda has revealed the all-new Civic, which will soon spawn a reboot of one of our favourite hot hatchbacks
18 Nov 2020
Renault Megane RS Trophy-R 2020 review - is Renault's record breaker worth its price tag?
Renault Megane RS

Renault Megane RS Trophy-R 2020 review - is Renault's record breaker worth its price tag?

The Trophy R is arguably the most focused, and extreme hot hatch ever made, albeit at a eye-wateringly high price.
17 Nov 2020
Volkswagen Golf 7 R review (2013-2020)
Volkswagen Golf R hatchback

Volkswagen Golf 7 R review (2013-2020)

The Golf R turned from a flat-footed heavyweight to a dynamic and spritely hot hatchback. It’s brilliant, but not the best hot Golf of its generation …
3 Nov 2020
Hyundai i20 N revealed – 200bhp supermini ready for some Ford Fiesta ST baiting
Hyundai i20 hatchback

Hyundai i20 N revealed – 200bhp supermini ready for some Ford Fiesta ST baiting

Long-awaited second N division model set to shake up the junior hot hatch establishment
20 Oct 2020
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2020 review – eight generations new, the GTI still has the goods
Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI 2020 review – eight generations new, the GTI still has the goods

A very good hot hatch, but a great Golf GTI, the new mk8 excels where required to form a very desirable offering
19 Oct 2020
Cupra Leon eHybrid 2020 review – are hybrids and hot hatchbacks still mutually exclusive?
Cupra

Cupra Leon eHybrid 2020 review – are hybrids and hot hatchbacks still mutually exclusive?

Cupra’s hybrid hot hatch isn’t really sure what it wants to be – wait for the regular Cupra instead
16 Oct 2020
A beginner’s guide to the Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb
Abarth

A beginner’s guide to the Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb

If a hillclimb sounds like something your 73-year old neighbour would do in his Triumph Vitesse, think again…
4 Oct 2020
Manual transmission dropped on updated Renault Mégane RS
Renault Megane RS

Manual transmission dropped on updated Renault Mégane RS

The facelifted Renault Mégane RS is now available for order, but it has lost the six-speed manual in favour of a dual-clutch auto
2 Oct 2020
Five fast Ford Fiestas – celebrating small, hot Fords
Ford Fiesta hatchback

Five fast Ford Fiestas – celebrating small, hot Fords

Not only is the Ford Fiesta one of Britain’s most popular cars, it’s also one of the most accessible ways into a real driver’s car. We look at five of…
22 Sep 2020
Honda Civic Type R GT 2020 review – still king of the hot hatch crop?
Honda Civic Type-R hatchback

Honda Civic Type R GT 2020 review – still king of the hot hatch crop?

Subtle tweaks have made the Type R an even more formidable hot hatch, but we’re keen to try one again soon to understand fully the changes to the susp…
22 Sep 2020
Audi S3 2020 review – the original posh hot hatch reformed
Audi S3

Audi S3 2020 review – the original posh hot hatch reformed

Probably the best S3 yet, but still not a class-leading entertainer
15 Sep 2020
2020 Honda Civic Type R UK prices revealed
Honda Civic Type-R

2020 Honda Civic Type R UK prices revealed

All four derivatives of the mildly updated Civic Type R have been priced for local markets
7 Sep 2020
Ford Racing Puma vs RenaultSport Clio 182 Trophy
Ford Racing Puma

Ford Racing Puma vs RenaultSport Clio 182 Trophy

Two affordable exotics battle it out: it’s Renault vs Ford at their finest
29 Aug 2020
Mountune52 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2020 review – is this tuned GTI an alternative Clubsport S?
Volkswagen Golf GTI

Mountune52 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2020 review – is this tuned GTI an alternative Clubsport S?

Stage 2 tuning kit gives the Mk7.5 Golf GTI a real kick
15 Aug 2020
2020 Audi S3 Sportback and S3 saloon revealed – the four-wheel drive Golf GTI
Audi S3

2020 Audi S3 Sportback and S3 saloon revealed – the four-wheel drive Golf GTI

Audi’s next S3 Sportback follows a well-trodden path, filling a gap it once defined
11 Aug 2020
Hyundai i30 N review – verdict, prices and rivals
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N review – verdict, prices and rivals

An superbly entertaining, charismatic and playful hot hatchback that shows its deep-rooted rivals a thing or two
22 Jul 2020