Hot hatchbacks

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
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 …
23 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
Cupra Leon hatchback pricing revealed – 296bhp Leon TSI 300 priced at £35,000
Cupra

Cupra Leon hatchback pricing revealed – 296bhp Leon TSI 300 priced at £35,000

The Cupra Leon’s three hatchback variants have been priced, with ST models to follow
11 Nov 2020
2020 Volkswagen Golf R revealed – 316bhp and torque-vectoring rear differential
Volkswagen Golf R

2020 Volkswagen Golf R revealed – 316bhp and torque-vectoring rear differential

The new Volkswagen Golf 8 R is hotter than ever, with new-found focus on dynamics and driver involvement
4 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
Hot Cupra Formentor spied testing – with a five-cylinder warble
Cupra

Hot Cupra Formentor spied testing – with a five-cylinder warble

Is Cupra about to get hold of Audi’s brilliant five-cylinder petrol engine?
19 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
New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport revealed – now with nearly 300bhp
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport revealed – now with nearly 300bhp

VW Golf 8 GTI Clubsport ready to rival high-power front-drive hot hatches such as the Civic Type R and Renault Mégane RS
13 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