Hot hatchbacks

2022 Honda Civic Type R teased at the Nürburgring ahead of reveal
Civic Type R Nurburgring
Honda Civic Type-R hatchback

2022 Honda Civic Type R teased at the Nürburgring ahead of reveal

It's already broken one lap record, but might the new Honda Civic Type R be about to break the biggest of them all?
17 Jun 2022
JDM Toyota GR Corolla Morizo and RZ revealed
JDM GR Corolla Morizo – profile
Toyota Corolla

JDM Toyota GR Corolla Morizo and RZ revealed

Right-hand-drive Japanese market GR Corollas have been detailed, including the stripped out two-seater GR Corolla Morizo
2 Jun 2022
Hyundai i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition UK specs released
Hyundai i30 N Drive-N UK – front quarter
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition UK specs released

Hyundai's limited edition i30 N Drive-N will cost £38,190, with 75 units coming to the UK
1 Jun 2022
Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years debuts – is this the Mk8 range-topper we’ve been waiting for?
Golf R 20 years
Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years debuts – is this the Mk8 range-topper we’ve been waiting for?

Small tweaks across the engine, gearbox and chassis could all add up to make a real difference
24 May 2022
AC Schnitzer ACS1 2022 review – tuned BMW M135i takes on Mercedes-AMG A35
AC Schnitzer ACS1
BMW M135i

AC Schnitzer ACS1 2022 review – tuned BMW M135i takes on Mercedes-AMG A35

Brilliantly judged chassis upgrades unearth the desirable hot hatch lurking within BMW’s M135i xDrive
11 May 2022

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Honda Civic Type R (2017-2022) review
Honda Civic Type R GT MY21 – front
Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type R (2017-2022) review

The Civic Type R is one of the most alluring performance cars on sale regardless of price
9 May 2022
Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally special series revealed
695 Abarth
Abarth

Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally special series revealed

Next limited-run Abarth 695 special edition to channel iconic 131 Rally
5 May 2022
Mini Cooper review
Mini – 3dr front tracking
Mini Cooper hatchback

Mini Cooper review

Accomplished, but not entertaining, Mini’s core model now feels old and a bit awkward. The next-gen car can’t come quickly enough
3 May 2022
Three-door Ford Fiesta ST gets the chop, five-door to remain
Fiesta header
Ford Fiesta

Three-door Ford Fiesta ST gets the chop, five-door to remain

Ford’s chosen to end three-door Fiesta production, resulting in the demise of the three-door ST, but 5-door models will continue on
22 Apr 2022
550bhp Golf R review – can this modified Golf take on an A45 S?
VRS Golf R twin – opener
Volkswagen Golf

550bhp Golf R review – can this modified Golf take on an A45 S?

Volkswagen tuner VRS’s 480bhp and 550bhp Golf R conversions have AMG in their sights
15 Apr 2022
Renault Sport Clio 197/200: history, specs and buying guide
Renault Sport Clio 197/200
Renault Clio hatchback

Renault Sport Clio 197/200: history, specs and buying guide

Starting from just under £5000, a Renault Sport Clio is an extremely tempting used buy. We explain what to look for
11 Apr 2022
Renault Mégane RS (2017-2022) review – the last stand for an iconic moniker
Megane RS Trophy 2022 – nose driving
Renault Megane RS hatchback

Renault Mégane RS (2017-2022) review – the last stand for an iconic moniker

The current Renault Mégane RS might only just be clinging to life, but in recently updated form it’s a better all-round hot hatch than ever
5 Apr 2022
Renault Clio RS16 – Dead on arrival
Renault Clio RS16
Renault Clio

Renault Clio RS16 – Dead on arrival

With 271bhp, a manual gearbox and a weaponised chassis, this ‘SuperClio’ could have restored the Renault Sport Clio’s reputation, but instead it had t…
31 Mar 2022
2022 hot hatchback battle: the final
Hot hatchbacks 2022 final – header
Hot hatchbacks

2022 hot hatchback battle: the final

The cream has risen to the top in our three heats, but what's the best hot hatchback on sale right now?
29 Mar 2022
2022 hot hatchback battle: the middleweights
2022 hot hatchback battle the middleweights
Hot hatchbacks

2022 hot hatchback battle: the middleweights

Round 3 of our search to find the best hot hatch on sale sees the middleweights get in the ring. Which will go on to the finale: Leon, Mégane, i30 N, …
28 Mar 2022
2022 hot hatchback battle: hyper hatches
2022 hot hatchbacks battle – header
Hot hatchbacks

2022 hot hatchback battle: hyper hatches

(Long read): Welcome to the first of three contests to find the greatest hot hatch on sale right now. Round 1 sees the new Mk8 Golf R take on the bril…
24 Mar 2022
European-spec Honda Civic e:HEV detailed – forerunner to the next Type R
Honda Civic EU – front quarter
Honda Civic

European-spec Honda Civic e:HEV detailed – forerunner to the next Type R

Honda’s EU-spec Civic to feature a single hybrid powertrain, until the Type R finally arrives
23 Mar 2022
Used Ford Fiesta ST (2018-present) review and buyer’s guide
Used Ford Fiesta ST
Ford Fiesta ST hatchback

Used Ford Fiesta ST (2018-present) review and buyer’s guide

The brilliant Fiesta ST is the hottest of small hatches and a fantastic used buy
8 Mar 2022
Hyundai Elantra N 2022 review – a delicious piece of forbidden fruit
Hyundai Elantra N
Hyundai

Hyundai Elantra N 2022 review – a delicious piece of forbidden fruit

We love the i30 N hot hatch, so it’s little surprise that a saloon spin-off is similarly satisfying
26 Feb 2022
Best superminis 2022 – quick compact hatchbacks reviewed and rated
Best superminis 2021
Best cars

Best superminis 2022 – quick compact hatchbacks reviewed and rated

The best high-performance superminis on sale now, offering hot hatch thrills in more compact and affordable packages
31 Jan 2022
​Best hot hatchbacks 2022 – our favourite hot hatches right now
best hot hatchbacks 2021
Hot hatchbacks

​Best hot hatchbacks 2022 – our favourite hot hatches right now

It’s a simple notion, but the hot hatchback can be as exciting as any supercar, and just as enticing
31 Jan 2022
Cupra Leon VZ Cup revealed – but it’s a non-starter for UK customers
Cupra Leon VZ Cup – front quarter
Cupra Leon

Cupra Leon VZ Cup revealed – but it’s a non-starter for UK customers

The conservatively-styled Cupra Leon ia set gain some visual volume in new VZ Cup form
26 Jan 2022
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 found wanting, and it’s a loss for the class
24 Jan 2022
Hyundai i30 N review – verdict, prices and rivals
Hyundai i30 N 22 – nose
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N review – verdict, prices and rivals

Updated i30 N’s small tweaks yield big results, making this the hot hatch of the moment
19 Jan 2022
Hardcore Toyota GRMN Yaris debuts for the JDM market
Toyota GRMN Yaris – hero
Toyota Yaris

Hardcore Toyota GRMN Yaris debuts for the JDM market

Toyota’s Gazoo Racing hasn’t held back its ultimate GRMN Yaris model, but it’s limited to 500 units
14 Jan 2022
Hyundai i20 N 2022 review – hot supermini zeros in on the Ford Fiesta ST
Hyundai i20 N eCoty – front cornering
Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20 N 2022 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…
7 Jan 2022
Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 2022 review – the greatest hot hatchback of all time?
Honda Civic Type R LE – splash
Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 2022 review – the greatest hot hatchback of all time?

The ultimate turbocharged front-wheel drive hot hatch, and arguably one of the greatest cars to ever wear the ‘hot hatch’ tag full stop
5 Jan 2022
Hydrogen-powered Toyota GR Yaris concept revealed
 Toyota GR Yaris concept – front quarter
Toyota GR Yaris

Hydrogen-powered Toyota GR Yaris concept revealed

The combustion-powered Toyota GR Yaris has been fitted with a hydrogen fuel system in this latest concept car
2 Dec 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
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