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New Alpine A290: fast, stylish and very blue electric hot hatchback revealed
Alpine A290 front quarter
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13 Jun 2024

New Alpine A290: fast, stylish and very blue electric hot hatchback revealed

The electric hot hatch era heats up with the arrival of the new Alpine A290 that offers more performance than the Renault 5 it’s based on
New Volkswagen Golf R: 329bhp super-hatch details and prototype drive
Volkwagen Golf R prototype front quarter
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11 Jun 2024

New Volkswagen Golf R: 329bhp super-hatch details and prototype drive

The hottest Golf gets even faster this year – and we’ve driven the prototype
Hot car deal: Fun-focused BMW 128ti hot hatch for £309 a month
BMW 128ti front quarter
Deals
21 May 2024

Hot car deal: Fun-focused BMW 128ti hot hatch for £309 a month

The most driver-focused model in BMW’s 1 Series lineup can be yours for just £309 a month
New MINI John Cooper Works first look! Petrol and electric hot hatch coming this year
MINI John Cooper Works camo front quarter
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20 May 2024

New MINI John Cooper Works first look! Petrol and electric hot hatch coming this year

First glimpse of the MINI John Cooper Works reveals a suitably sporty-looking hot hatch
New Cupra Leon gets a shark-inspired redesign and more power for 2024
Cupra Leon front quarter
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29 Apr 2024

New Cupra Leon gets a shark-inspired redesign and more power for 2024

2024 brings a facelift to the Cupra Leon, with new style, new tech and new engines
BMW M135i review – a fast and practical hot hatch, but lacks character
BMW M135i driving
In-depth reviews
29 Apr 2024

BMW M135i review – a fast and practical hot hatch, but lacks character

“The latest BMW M135i is undoubtedly fast, and a recent update has added some of the old car’s character”
Bargain Volkswagen Golf R: Hot hatch lease deal
Volkswagen Golf R driving
Deals
26 Apr 2024

Bargain Volkswagen Golf R: Hot hatch lease deal

Our hot car deal for 26 April is a performance hero; the Volkswagen Golf R for £354 a month
Audi S3 Sportback review – now it’s fun as well as fast
Audi S3 Sportback front dynamic
In-depth reviews
23 Apr 2024

Audi S3 Sportback review – now it’s fun as well as fast

“The Audi S3 is still a subtle hot hatch, but its driver will now have a much broader smile”
New Audi S3 revealed: £47k hot hatch brings greater focus on handling
Audi S3 saloon front quarter
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17 Apr 2024

New Audi S3 revealed: £47k hot hatch brings greater focus on handling

New facelift for the Audi S3 packs more power and a raft of chassis upgrades, with some models topping £50k
Ford Focus ST review – a great handling hatch, made hotter
Ford Focus ST Track Pack front 3/4
In-depth reviews
11 Apr 2024

Ford Focus ST review – a great handling hatch, made hotter

"The Ford Focus ST is one of the most exciting hot hatchbacks on sale, but it's no longer a cheap option next to its rivals"
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N review - sensationally quick and engaging
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Carbuyer drive
In-depth reviews
20 Mar 2024

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N review - sensationally quick and engaging

“The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N sets the benchmark for fast EVs, but all its tech doesn’t come cheap”
New Volkswagen ID.3 GTX: the electric hot hatch era takes off
Volkswagen ID3 GTX front quarter
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13 Mar 2024

New Volkswagen ID.3 GTX: the electric hot hatch era takes off

The new Volkswagen ID.3 GTX adds some hot hatchback spice to the family EV
2024 Audi S3 promises to be sportier than ever with 328bhp – prototype review
Audi S3 prototype front quarter
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13 Feb 2024

2024 Audi S3 promises to be sportier than ever with 328bhp – prototype review

Audi’s hot hatchback will receive a facelift this year along with multiple performance upgrades – we drive the prototype
New Volkswagen Golf GTI is here with 20 extra horsepower
2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI static quarter
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23 Jan 2024

New Volkswagen Golf GTI is here with 20 extra horsepower

The grandfather of hot hatchbacks is revised for the Mk8.5 generation, with visual tweaks and more power
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New Volkswagen Golf GTI: hot hatch icon gets a refresh
VW Golf GTI tracking front quarter
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9 Jan 2024

New Volkswagen Golf GTI: hot hatch icon gets a refresh

Iconic performance car will receive tweaks for its mid-life facelift, including visual changes and a potential bump in power
Volkswagen Golf R review – the ultimate Golf
Volkswagen Golf R driving
In-depth reviews
5 Jan 2024

Volkswagen Golf R review – the ultimate Golf

“The Volkswagen Golf R is one of the hottest Golfs ever, and handles very well”
The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
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2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024

While hatchbacks might normally be used for trips to the shops, the hot hatch power war has resulted in the fastest models being quicker than most spo…
Top 10 best hot hatchbacks 2024
Best hot hatchbacks
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2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best hot hatchbacks 2024

A hot hatch should combine driving thrills with everyday usability at a reasonable price – we round up the best
Smaller and cheaper electric Hyundai N car on the way
Hyundai N car
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25 Dec 2023

Smaller and cheaper electric Hyundai N car on the way

The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 N could be joined by a smaller electric performance car, according to a senior figure at the company
Honda Civic Type R review - the ultimate hot hatch?
2023 Honda Civic Type R - front
In-depth reviews
7 Dec 2023

Honda Civic Type R review - the ultimate hot hatch?

“The latest Honda Civic Type R could go down in history as one of the hot hatch greats, but its high price tag could prove a step too far for some ent…
UK Hyundai Ioniq 5 N pricing announced, starting from £65k
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
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26 Oct 2023

UK Hyundai Ioniq 5 N pricing announced, starting from £65k

The Ioniq 5 N gets 641bhp in a bid to be the ultimate enthusiast’s EV, and we’ve had a chance to drive the latest prototype
New Skoda vRS hot hatch could be a cut-price VW ID.2 GTI
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23 Oct 2023

New Skoda vRS hot hatch could be a cut-price VW ID.2 GTI

Volkswagen ID.2-based supermini could spawn a hot vRS version, if Skoda can make a credible case
Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback review
Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback front 3/4 tracking
In-depth reviews
17 Oct 2023

Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback review

"Favouring precision over power, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is a sophisticated hot hatch"
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Updated Volkswagen Golf GTI hot hatch inbound for next year
Facelifted Volkswagen Golf GTI
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10 Oct 2023

Updated Volkswagen Golf GTI hot hatch inbound for next year

Volkswagen’s Golf Mk8.5 is set to come back fighting, armed with a slew of updates to take on rivals
Cupra Leon hatchback review
2022 Cupra Leon - driving 1
In-depth reviews
14 Sep 2023

Cupra Leon hatchback review

"The Cupra Leon is a stylish, high-performance take on the standard hatch that's a desirable alternative to mainstream rivals"
Ford Puma ST SUV review
Ford Puma ST Powershift 1
In-depth reviews
9 Aug 2023

Ford Puma ST SUV review

"The Ford Puma ST is great to drive, has a brilliant engine and offers all the practicality of an SUV with hot hatch thrills"
Mercedes-AMG A 45 hatchback
Mercedes-AMG A 45 S
In-depth reviews
3 Aug 2023

Mercedes-AMG A 45 hatchback

"Incredible power sets the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S apart but its price tag is almost as breathtaking"
Volkswagen Polo GTI hatchback review
Volkswagen Polo GTI facelift driving
In-depth reviews
31 Jul 2023

Volkswagen Polo GTI hatchback review

“What it lacks in excitement, the Volkswagen Polo GTI makes up for with fantastic all-round appeal and a classy interior”
Ford Focus ST Estate review
Ford Focus ST Estate
In-depth reviews
3 May 2023

Ford Focus ST Estate review

"The Ford Focus ST Estate is just as good to drive as the hatchback but has a much bigger boot"
New Honda Civic Type R on sale now from £46,995
2023 Civic Type R front driver side
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30 Nov 2022

New Honda Civic Type R on sale now from £46,995

Honda’s sixth-generation hot hatch is now on sale and set to take on the Volkswagen Golf R
Abarth 595 hatchback review
Abarth 595 on track
In-depth reviews
11 Nov 2022

Abarth 595 hatchback review

"The Abarth 595 is a sporty hatchback based on the Fiat 500 that is characterful and fun to drive"
Audi RS 3 review
Audi RS 3 Sportback Launch Edition driving
In-depth reviews
18 Oct 2022

Audi RS 3 review

“The Audi RS 3 is fearsomely quick but can be just as easy to drive as the regular A3”
New Cupra Leon V1 manual starts from £29,515
Cupra Leon V1 - front
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12 Oct 2022

New Cupra Leon V1 manual starts from £29,515

Cupra’s hatchback gets two new entry-level powertrains and one is available with a six-speed manual transmission
Hyundai i20 N hatchback review
Best Hot Hatchback: Hyundai i20 N
In-depth reviews
4 Oct 2022

Hyundai i20 N hatchback review

"The impressive Hyundai i20 N is the strongest rival to the Ford Fiesta ST"
Honda Civic Type R vs Ford Focus ST vs Volkswagen Golf R: which should you buy?
Honda Civic Type R vs Ford Focus ST vs Volkswagen Golf R header
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18 Aug 2022

Honda Civic Type R vs Ford Focus ST vs Volkswagen Golf R: which should you buy?

We’ve picked three of the best hot hatches currently on the market to see which is worth your money