Hot hatchbacks

Skoda Octavia vRS review
Skoda Octavia vRS hatchback

Skoda Octavia vRS 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 hatchback

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
Mercedes-AMG A45 S review - a new high water mark?
Mercedes A45 AMG

Mercedes-AMG A45 S review - a new high water mark?

The A45 proves Mercedes-AMG has found the formula for not just a fast hot hatchback, but a genuinely involving one
12 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
All-new Audi RS3 spied testing
Audi RS3

All-new Audi RS3 spied testing

Audi’s new A3 Sportback has yet to reach showrooms, but the RS3 isn’t waiting around
20 Apr 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
​SEAT Leon Cupra review - more excitement than a Golf GTI?
SEAT Leon Cupra hatchback

​SEAT Leon Cupra review - more excitement than a Golf GTI?

The SEAT Leon Cupra is at the end of its lifespan, but has only become better with age
25 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
2020 Audi RS3 review
Audi RS3 hatchback

2020 Audi RS3 review

Audi’s RS3 and RS3 Saloon have been rejigged to meet new emissions laws, but it hasn’t upset the recipe
11 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
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
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 2020 review – forget the Trophy, basic is best with the Megane RS
Renault Megane RS hatchback

Renault Megane RS sport chassis 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
VW Up GTI review – VW’s smallest GTI tested on UK roads
Volkswagen Up GTI hatchback

VW Up GTI review – VW’s smallest GTI tested on UK roads

It might be the entry-level car in VW’s GTI range, but the Up GTI has masses of charm
20 Jan 2020
Ford Focus RS500 v Audi RS3 – new v used
Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS500 v Audi RS3 – new v used

One’s an eight-year-old Ford, the other a brand new Audi. But which of these five‑cylinder superhatches deserves your £45k?
18 Jan 2020
Volkswagen Up GTI returns for 2020
Volkswagen Up GTI

Volkswagen Up GTI returns for 2020

After an emissions-related hiatus, the VW Up GTI is back atop a refreshed Up range
10 Jan 2020