Hot hatchbacks

Ford Fiesta production ends after 47 years
Ford Fiesta ST
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Ford Fiesta production ends after 47 years

After almost half a century as one of Britain's most popular cars, the final Ford Fiesta has rolled off the production line
7 Jul 2023
Ford Focus ST review
Ford Focus front
In-depth reviews

Ford Focus ST review

An imperfect hot hatchback, but one with appeal if you don’t mind some rough edges
6 Jul 2023
Vauxhall Astra GSe 2023 review
Vauxhall Astra GSE
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Vauxhall Astra GSe 2023 review

Vauxhall’s new hybrid-powered Astra range-topper looks the part. Don’t be deceived…
6 Jun 2023
£65,000 Volkswagen Golf R 333 Limited Edition sold out
Volkswagen Golf R 333 Limited Edition
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£65,000 Volkswagen Golf R 333 Limited Edition sold out

The Golf R has gained 333 Limited Edition trim with boosted performance, but each example has already been accounted for
2 Jun 2023
Ford Focus ST Track Pack 2023 review
Ford Focus ST Track Pack
Reviews

Ford Focus ST Track Pack 2023 review

A suite of upgrades sharpen the Ford Focus ST's already-capable formula, but it still lacks the outright engagement of some rivals
25 May 2023
New Mini John Cooper Works 1to6 Edition launched to celebrate the manual gearbox
Mini JCW 1to6 Edition – front tracking
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New Mini John Cooper Works 1to6 Edition launched to celebrate the manual gearbox

The third generation Mini is on the verge of being replaced, but UK customers can snap up one of 150 JCW 1to6 Editions before its demise
17 May 2023
All-electric Abarth 500e on sale from £34,195
Abarth 500e – twin static
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All-electric Abarth 500e on sale from £34,195

Abarth is opening a new, all-electric chapter with the Abarth 500e, which will arrive as a compact hot hatch to rival the Mini Cooper E
4 May 2023
Volkswagen Golf GTI MK8 review
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport – front cornering
In-depth reviews

Volkswagen Golf GTI MK8 review

The eighth VW Golf GTI isn't one of the very best, but it's still a formidably fast and capable hatchback
4 May 2023
Honda Civic Type R v Volkswagen Golf R v Hyundai i30 N v Audi RS3
Honda Civic Type R v Volkswagen Golf R v Hyundai i30 N v Audi RS3
Group tests

Honda Civic Type R v Volkswagen Golf R v Hyundai i30 N v Audi RS3

The all-new FL5-gen Civic Type R is here, and expectations are sky-high. Waiting for it are the rapid and capable Golf R and Audi RS3 and the brillian…
30 Apr 2023
BMW M135i 2023 review
BMW M135i review
Reviews

BMW M135i 2023 review

BMW’s hot hatch is a good car, but no longer a unique one, and misses the mark for pure fun
27 Apr 2023
Litchfield Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2023 review
Litchfield Golf GTI - drift
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Litchfield Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2023 review

With a 400bhp motor, Nitron suspension and a host of other goodies, the Litchfield GTI Clubsport is a manic interpretation of the staple hot hatch
25 Apr 2023
Honda Civic Type R sets FWD Nürburgring record (again)
Honda Civic Type R FL5 Nurburgring record
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Honda Civic Type R sets FWD Nürburgring record (again)

Not only is the FL5 Civic Type R the most engaging hot hatch on the market, it’s also now the fastest in its class around the Green Hell
21 Apr 2023
Mercedes-AMG A35 2023 review
Mercedes-AMG A35
Reviews

Mercedes-AMG A35 2023 review

The AMG A35 does an impressive job of being fun and fast, but it isn’t the last word in engagement
13 Apr 2023
Fastest hot hatchbacks 2023 – the top 10 on evo's leaderboard
Fastest hot hatchbacks - header
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Fastest hot hatchbacks 2023 – the top 10 on evo's leaderboard

The best hot hatches punch above their weight for sheer excitement and capability – here’s a list of the fastest we’ve ever tested
5 Apr 2023
Skoda Octavia vRS 2023 review
Octavia vRS FF – action
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Skoda Octavia vRS 2023 review

The current Octavia vRS doesn’t just repackage a Golf GTI into a more practical form, it adds in more style and polish, too.
24 Feb 2023
Renault Sport’s greatest cars
Renault Sports greatest cars
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Renault Sport’s greatest cars

Best known for its world beating hot hatchbacks, we run down the history of Renault Sport and its finest creations
17 Feb 2023
Toyota GR Yaris review
2021 Toyota GR Yaris black - header
In-depth reviews

Toyota GR Yaris review

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.
10 Feb 2023
Volkswagen Golf R review
evo Volkswagen Golf R PP – front cornering
In-depth reviews

Volkswagen Golf R review

The Mk8 Golf R’s execution is found wanting; it’s less resolved, more complicated and not as engaging as previous iterations
6 Feb 2023
Audi RS3 review
Audi RS3 FF RSR – front tracking
In-depth reviews

Audi RS3 review

The latest RS3 now has the chassis to match its powertrain, and it might even be the best bit
3 Feb 2023
Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years 2023 review
Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – white front tracking
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Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years 2023 review

The new Golf R 20 Years edition is the best Mk8 yet, but still doesn't hit the highs of its most capable rivals
30 Jan 2023
Renault Mégane RS Ultime marks the end of Renault Sport
Renault Megane RS Ultime – yellow front
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Renault Mégane RS Ultime marks the end of Renault Sport

The ultimate Renault Sport Mégane RS is here. Unless you live in the UK that is
11 Jan 2023
2023 Toyota GR Corolla – specs and availability
Toyota GR Corolla US – cornering
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2023 Toyota GR Corolla – specs and availability

The Toyota GR Corolla is the most exciting car to bear the name since the AE86 Levin and Sprint Trueno, but like those icons it's not for European con…
8 Dec 2022
Renault Sport Clio V6 – review, history, prices and specs
Renault Clio V6
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Renault Sport Clio V6 – review, history, prices and specs

Two decades on, the Clio V6 still seems gloriously bonkers. We discover the truth about its troubled birth – and remind ourselves what it was like to …
28 Nov 2022
2022 FL5 Honda Civic Type R – prices and specs to be revealed Nov 30
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2022 FL5 Honda Civic Type R – prices and specs to be revealed Nov 30

Finalised UK specs including power, availability and price to be confirmed November 30
18 Nov 2022
Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – UK pricing confirmed at £48,095
Golf R 20 – NRing tracking
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Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – UK pricing confirmed at £48,095

New range-topping Golf R 20 has key improvements from the chassis and powertrain
31 Oct 2022
Tolman Peugeot 205 GTI 2022 review
Tolman Peugeot 205 GTI
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Tolman Peugeot 205 GTI 2022 review

Today’s best hot hatches originate from the Far East, but 30 years ago Europe was the epicentre. So how does one of the icons from that era perform wi…
29 Oct 2022
Honda Civic Type R EP3 – review, history and specs
Honda Civic Type R icon – tracking
In-depth reviews

Honda Civic Type R EP3 – review, history and specs

The early noughties Civic overcame opinion-dividing looks and flawed dynamics to become a legend in its own lifetime. To rev it is to love it
27 Oct 2022
Updated 2023 Mercedes-AMG A35 and A45 S revealed
Mercedes-AMG A35/A45 – front
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Updated 2023 Mercedes-AMG A35 and A45 S revealed

AMG’s hyper hatchback gains updated style and tech, but no power upgrades
26 Oct 2022
Mini JCW GP v Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R v Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S
Mini JCW GP v Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R v Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S
Group tests

Mini JCW GP v Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R v Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S

It’s got them covered on paper, but has Mini’s latest Works GP got the moves to outperform Renault’s rival Mégane RS Trophy-R and VW’s benchmark Golf …
20 Oct 2022
401bhp Audi RS3 Performance Edition revealed
Audi RS3 Performance Edition
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401bhp Audi RS3 Performance Edition revealed

Audi Sport’s limited-run specials continue, this time based on the excellent RS3
17 Oct 2022
Vauxhall Astra GSe revealed
Vauxhall Astra GSe – front quarter
News

Vauxhall Astra GSe revealed

New performance sub-brand kicks off with 222bhp Astra hybrid
27 Sep 2022
New Ford Focus ST Track Pack lifts its game to rival Honda Civic Type R
Ford Focus ST Track Edition – front
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New Ford Focus ST Track Pack lifts its game to rival Honda Civic Type R

The recently updated Focus ST has gained a new Track Pack option
26 Sep 2022
Ford Fiesta ST review
Ford Fiesta ST MY22 – front
In-depth reviews

Ford Fiesta ST review

A class stalwart, maybe, but the Fiesta ST drives with real enthusiasm, engagement and sophistication
22 Sep 2022
Renault 5 Turbo: review, history and specs of an icon
Renault 5 Turbo
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Renault 5 Turbo: review, history and specs of an icon

A hot hatch icon with major league rally pedigree, the Renault 5 Turbo has stood the test of time
15 Sep 2022
Renault 5 Turbo group test – hot hatch icons go head-to-head
Renault 5 Turbo group test
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Renault 5 Turbo group test – hot hatch icons go head-to-head

42 years after its unveiling, we've gathered together 3 Renault 5 Turbos to see how the legend is faring
15 Sep 2022
Cupra Leon range expanded with new lower-powered petrol options
Cupra Leon
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Cupra Leon range expanded with new lower-powered petrol options

The Cupra Leon's distinction from a lesser SEAT grows yet thinner with new entry-level models
5 Sep 2022