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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
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Skoda Octavia vRS

Full 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS engine range detailed

Skoda’s engine range for the Octavia vRS topped by a 242bhp turbo petrol
3 Jul 2020
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Volkswagen Golf R

2020 Volkswagen Golf R ready for launch

The new Mk8 VW Golf R is gearing up to join the Arteon R and Tiguan R
1 Jul 2020
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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
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Skoda Octavia vRS hatchback

Skoda Octavia vRS review

Not the most fun, but well-rounded and good value too
21 May 2020
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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
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport spied ready to rejoin GTI range

Get ready for the return of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport, with more power, more focus and plenty of rivals to squash
13 May 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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SEAT Leon Cupra

New 2020 Cupra Leon revealed

Cupra’s launched not just one, but a whole range of hot Leons to rival the rapidly expanding hot hatch class in 2020
21 Feb 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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