Hot hatchbacks

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
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 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
VW Up GTI - Front
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
Ford Escort RS Cosworth buying guide
Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Ford Escort RS Cosworth buying guide

28 years old in 2020, we look back at what made the Escort 'Cossie' significant - and what to look for when buying
9 Jan 2020
CTC Suzuki Swift Sport review
Suzuki Swift Sport

CTC Suzuki Swift Sport review

The Suzuki Swift Sport might have the ingredients of a great junior hot hatch, but it's never quite all come together – does CTC fix its issues?
3 Jan 2020
Best hot hatches 2020
Hot hatchbacks

Best hot hatches 2020

The hot hatchback class is continually evolving, but for the moment these 10 cars are the cream of the crop
3 Jan 2020
Ford Focus RS Mk1 – review, history, prices and specs
Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS Mk1 – review, history, prices and specs

It could be unruly but the hottest of the first-generation Focus models was a blisteringly quick and rewarding machine
28 Dec 2019
Best French cars – the greatest performance cars from France, past and present
Hot hatchbacks

Best French cars – the greatest performance cars from France, past and present

If you’re liable to be seduced by some Gallic charm there are plenty of French performance cars to choose from – both new and old
25 Dec 2019
2020 Mini GP JCW revealed
MINI John Cooper Works

2020 Mini GP JCW revealed

Wider track, dropped suspension, a stripped-out interior, and those wheel spats... The new Mini John Cooper Works GP is finally here
21 Nov 2019
Mountune takes Volkswagen Golf GTI to 306bhp
Volkswagen Golf GTI

Mountune takes Volkswagen Golf GTI to 306bhp

Healthy power and torque increases, plus a security mode, for only £715
18 Nov 2019
BMW M2 CS revealed to rival Porsche Cayman GT4 
BMW M2 coupe

BMW M2 CS revealed to rival Porsche Cayman GT4 

The range-topping BMW M2 CS is finally here, with specs to match Porsche's 718 Cayman GT4
5 Nov 2019
Hyundai i30 N v the North Coast 500
Hyundai

Hyundai i30 N v the North Coast 500

Steve Sutcliffe has never driven the North Coast 500, so Adam Towler took him for a Scottish adventure in a pair of Hyundai’s latest hot hatches
1 Nov 2019
Renault Megane RS vs Honda Civic Type R vs Volkswagen Golf R 
Hot hatchbacks

Renault Megane RS vs Honda Civic Type R vs Volkswagen Golf R 

Renault’s trick new Mégane RS is out to steal its crown back from Honda’s Civic Type R, but could Volkswagen’s Golf R actually be the hottest hatch of…
25 Oct 2019
All-electric Renault Zoe RS to replace Clio RS?
Renault Clio

All-electric Renault Zoe RS to replace Clio RS?

Renault bosses reveal that a hot variant of the all-electric Zoe could be on the way to replace the Clio RS
11 Oct 2019
Renault Mégane RS review – capable of toppling the Civic Type R?
Renault Megane RS hatchback

Renault Mégane RS review – capable of toppling the Civic Type R?

It might not drive like the other Renault Sport Méganes we’ve known and loved, but this version is still mightily impressive
9 Oct 2019
Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019
Limited-run Abarth 695 70th Anniversary unveiled 
Abarth 595

Limited-run Abarth 695 70th Anniversary unveiled 

Abarth has revealed yet another special-edition 695, this time with a race-inspired adjustable spoiler 
4 Oct 2019
Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - price and specs
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR - price and specs

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR to sign off the current Golf GTI before the all-new Mk8
1 Oct 2019
2020 Abarth 595 Pista arrives with 162bhp
Abarth 595

2020 Abarth 595 Pista arrives with 162bhp

The supermini has been given a new Garrett turbocharger, paint options and tweaks inside
13 Sep 2019
2020 Renault Mégane RS spied testing ahead of reveal
Hot hatchbacks

2020 Renault Mégane RS spied testing ahead of reveal

Mégane RS spotted high-altitude testing in Spain with a fresh new look
4 Sep 2019
Honda Civic Type R review - ignore the looks, this is an astounding hot hatch
Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type R review - ignore the looks, this is an astounding hot hatch

Aesthetically displeasing perhaps, but the FK8 Civic Type R is magnificent. An honest real-world superhero
23 Aug 2019
2019 Ford Fiesta ST Performance Edition review - did the best just get better?
Ford Fiesta ST hatchback

2019 Ford Fiesta ST Performance Edition review - did the best just get better?

Ford's already brilliant Fiesta ST has been given some choice upgrades and a familiar new livery, but is the Performance Edition worth the extra cost?
19 Aug 2019
Hyundai N Performance track day
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Hyundai N Performance track day

Forty evo subscribers were invited to Brands Hatch to try Hyundai’s new i30 N and i30 Fastback N models.
16 Aug 2019