Hot hatchbacks

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
Toyota GR Yaris 2021 review - a true homologation superstar
2021 Toyota GR Yaris black - header
Toyota Yaris

Toyota GR Yaris 2021 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.
26 Mar 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

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2021 Audi RS3 nears production – will it finally match Mercedes-AMG A45 S?
Audi RS3 mule 2021 - front quarter
Audi RS3

2021 Audi RS3 nears production – will it finally match Mercedes-AMG A45 S?

Audi Sport is putting the final touches on its new RS3 hot hatch and saloon
24 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 R 2021 review – does it have the A35 and M135i beaten?
Volkswagen Golf R 2021 review - header
Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R 2021 review – does it have the A35 and M135i beaten?

The new Golf R is more refined and capable than ever, but driven hard exposes a genuinely wild side
10 Mar 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
10 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
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
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
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 Trophy-R
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