Hot hatchbacks

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
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
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
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
New Volkswagen Golf R 2019 review
Volkswagen Golf R hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf R 2019 review

With no major flaws, yet a real depth of character and a peerless image, the Golf R is popular for good reason. It’s brilliant.
15 Aug 2019
Mini John Cooper Works review
Mini John Cooper Works hatch 2019 facelift pan
Mini John Cooper Works hatchback

Mini John Cooper Works review

The JCW is certainly fast and relatively sophisticated for a hot hatch but it’s doesn’t quite have the fun factor of its chief rival
25 Jul 2019
SEAT Leon review
SEAT Leon - 2017 profile driving
SEAT Leon hatchback

SEAT Leon review

SEAT's Leon is much more than a Volkswagen Golf understudy
15 Jul 2019
Mini Cooper review
MY18 Mini Cooper hatch - front
Mini Cooper hatchback

Mini Cooper review

The latest Mini Cooper is a very different hatchback to the original R50, but remains fun to drive and is more polished than ever
12 Mar 2019
Volkswagen Golf GTI review
Golf GTI Performance
Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI review

We can think of few more rounded, gratifying and superbly executed everyday performance cars. Classless, understated and utterly wonderful
24 Jan 2019
Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG review
Mercedes-AMG A45 - Front
Mercedes A45 AMG

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG review

Dramatic performance and plenty of grip for AMG's smallest offering, but you can find more fun for less money elsewhere
8 Jan 2019
Cheap first cars for fast car fans - evo fun on a budget
Features

Cheap first cars for fast car fans - evo fun on a budget

A wide variety of late-90s to late-00s hero hatchbacks and roadsters can now be picked up from just £500-£3000
3 Jan 2019
New Ford Focus ST spied testing
Ford Focus ST spy - front
Ford Focus ST hatchback

New Ford Focus ST spied testing

The hottest of the new generation Focus models, till the RS arrives, should have what it takes to be a class leader
25 Oct 2018
Mini Cooper S GT Edition – a modern-day Mini 1275GT?
Mini Cooper S GT Edition - front
Mini Cooper S hatchback

Mini Cooper S GT Edition – a modern-day Mini 1275GT?

Mini’s latest retro limited-edition car will only be available in France
5 Oct 2018
Vauxhall Corsa GSi prices announced – to start at £19k
2018 vauxhall Corsa GSi
Vauxhall Corsa hatchback

Vauxhall Corsa GSi prices announced – to start at £19k

Priced the same as the new Fiesta ST, the Corsa GSi has a tough battle ahead with its warm supermini
9 Jul 2018
Renault Clio R.S. 18 pricing announced
Renault Clio 220 Trophy

Renault Clio R.S. 18 pricing announced

Renault’s limited edition Clio R.S. 18 will be strictly limited to 15 units at just over £24k
1 May 2018
Audi S1 quattro review - Fast but expensive
Audi S1 hatchback

Audi S1 quattro review - Fast but expensive

The Audi S1 brings speed, premium appeal and impressive build quality to the junior hot hatch segment.
1 Feb 2018
Abt RS3 Power R – supercar-baiting 493bhp hot hatch
Abt RS3 Power R - Front
Audi RS3 hatchback

Abt RS3 Power R – supercar-baiting 493bhp hot hatch

Extra power extracted from the RS3’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine reduces 0-62mph time to 3.7sec
19 Jan 2018