Hot hatchbacks

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 (2019-2020) review - is Renault's record breaker worth its price tag?
Renault Megane RS Trophy-R
Renault Megane RS

Renault Megane RS Trophy-R (2019-2020) 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
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
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
Audi S3 review
Audi S3 Sportback - Front
Audi S3 hatchback

Audi S3 review

The Audi S3 is fast and well built, but lacks the character or outright handling brilliance so many in this class portray
8 Jul 2020
Honda Civic Type R FN2 – review, history, prices and specs
Honda Civic Type-R hatchback

Honda Civic Type R FN2 – review, history, prices and specs

Earlier Type Rs are more beloved and later ones faster, but the last naturally aspirated Type R can still entertain
11 Jun 2020
Skoda Octavia vRS (2014-2019) review
Skoda Octavia vRS 245 Estate - Front
Skoda Octavia vRS

Skoda Octavia vRS (2014-2019) review

Not the most fun, but well-rounded and good value too
21 May 2020
New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI tech insights revealed - plus details on the GTE and GTD
Volkswagen Golf GTI

New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI tech insights revealed - plus details on the GTE and GTD

Petrol, diesel and plug-in hot hatches will once again join the Golf family, and could be better than ever
15 May 2020
Hyundai Veloster N previews next i30 N’s new dual-clutch gearbox
Hyundai

Hyundai Veloster N previews next i30 N’s new dual-clutch gearbox

We’re still not getting the Veloster N, but we will get its new eight-speed dual-clutch ’box in the updated i30 N later this year
7 May 2020
Renault 5 GT Turbo – review, history, prices and specs
Renault

Renault 5 GT Turbo – review, history, prices and specs

Not as wild and bonkers as the mid-engined Turbo, the Renault 5 GT Turbo was still a rather fine hot hatch
1 Apr 2020
Volkswagen Golf GTI turned to 380bhp by Mountune52 
Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI turned to 380bhp by Mountune52 

For just over £2000, you can pump your Golf GTI to Golf R-smashing power figures
30 Mar 2020
Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S coupe UK review
Mercedes CLA45 AMG hatchback

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S coupe UK review

The more stylish version of eCoty 2019’s bronze medallist is as impressive on UK roads as it was overseas
28 Mar 2020
335bhp Cupra Leon Competicion adopts 3D printed components
SEAT Leon Cupra

335bhp Cupra Leon Competicion adopts 3D printed components

In order to streamline the development process, Cupra has opted for 3D-printed components in its track-only Leon Competicion
26 Mar 2020
Hooning around was a rite of passage, for Porter’s generation at least…
Hot hatchbacks

Hooning around was a rite of passage, for Porter’s generation at least…

In just a few weeks our mate had got a car, learnt to drive it and then broken it beyond repair. It was textbook
6 Mar 2020
New 2020 Hyundai i30 revealed with new look, tech and transmission
Hyundai i30 N

New 2020 Hyundai i30 revealed with new look, tech and transmission

Hyundai’s i30 gets a refresh, and the new i30 N is on its way too
25 Feb 2020
AC Schnitzer previews upgrade parts for latest BMW 1-series
BMW 1 Series

AC Schnitzer previews upgrade parts for latest BMW 1-series

Prolific BMW tuner unveils its first parts for the predominantly front-wheel-drive 1-series
20 Feb 2020
BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe review - enough to take on the Mercedes-AMG CLA35?
BMW M235i

BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe review - enough to take on the Mercedes-AMG CLA35?

Not the best way to spend 37 grand on a new car
20 Feb 2020
250bhp Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch in the pipeline
Toyota Corolla

250bhp Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch in the pipeline

Following in the footsteps of the GR Yaris homologation special, Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division is to launch a hot Corolla
13 Feb 2020
BMW M2 Competition 2020 review
BMW M2 coupe

BMW M2 Competition 2020 review

Competition upgrades unlock the latent potential of the BMW M2, making it one of the most entertaining coupes money can buy
27 Jan 2020
Mercedes-AMG A35 2020 review – AMG’s shot at the VW Golf R
Mercedes A-Class hatchback

Mercedes-AMG A35 2020 review – AMG’s shot at the VW Golf R

Mercedes-AMG’s A35 successfully feels like a first step on the AMG ladder, but as the A45 S proves, the A-class has plenty more to give
24 Jan 2020
SEAT Leon Cupra R ST Abt 2020 review – spicy Spanish dish gets even more sizzle
SEAT Leon Cupra

SEAT Leon Cupra R ST Abt 2020 review – spicy Spanish dish gets even more sizzle

50 horsepower boost puts extra pep in the Leon Cupra’s already athletic step
23 Jan 2020
Renault Megane RS sport chassis (2017-2020) review – forget the Trophy, basic is best with the Megane RS
Renault Megane RS 280 Sport
Renault Megane RS hatchback

Renault Megane RS sport chassis (2017-2020) review – forget the Trophy, basic is best with the Megane RS

With a softer set-up than the Trophy and Cup, Renault Sport’s basic Megane could be the pick of the range
22 Jan 2020