7 of the Best: Hot Hatches you can buy TODAY
Hot hatch... a term originally given to the MK1 Volkswagen Golf GTI when it debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1975. Since then, we've had endless waves of Manufacturers' takes on the hot hatch. Here are some of the best you can buy TODAY.
1) - Volkswagen Golf R - MK7.5
Starting with a car which is close to my heart, we have the hottest of the hot hatches available from Volkswagen. With a 2.0 petrol engine, 310ps and a sublime AWD system, this Golf R launches from 0 to 60mph in 4.6 seconds. Deemed to have a fantastic chassis, and endless amounts of grip, this is high up on my recommendations.
2) - Ford Focus RS
Drift mode... right? Ford released their most recent revision of the Focus RS back in 2016, engine problems aside, this is a fantastic car. Manual gearbox, great AWD system and DRIFT MODE! With a 2.3 litre 350ps engine from the factory, the RS reaches 60mph in 4.7 seconds. In addition to this you have options from tuning partner Mountune for their 375bhp option.
3) Ford Fiesta ST MK8
I've still not had any time out in the new Fiesta ST, but leading on from the massive success of the MK7. Ford released the revision in 2018, with a downsized 1.5 litre engine packing a healthy 197bhp, this really is a pocket rocket. This car isn't about straight line speed however, with increased rigidity from the previous model, the Fiesta ST is an incredibly nimble car, and a real B-road hero.
4) Audi RS3 Facelift
Coming in at a higher price point, over and above every car on this list is the recently face-lifted Audi RS3. Packing a whopping 395bhp, and a warbling 2.5 5 cylinder engine, this really is the "big daddy" of the hot hatch market. Admittedly the handling of the older model wasn't fantastic, but with the revision comes improvements. 3.9 seconds to 60mph will see you grinning your way down the road, just like a cheshire cat.
5) Hyundai i30N
I haven't forgot about the i30N, a car which has taken the hot hatch world by storm, and one which is deemed to be the GTI killer. Starting from £24,995 makes this the most accessible new car on the market. Standard guise sees 247bhp, whilst the performance pack increases this to 271bhp. An extremely fun and agile car, from a carmaker who are taking their first steps into this market. Congratulations Hyundai, you've made a brilliant car.
6) Honda Civic Type R - FK8
Well... here we are, can we really have a hot hatch list that doesn't include the Honda Civic Type R? Whether you love it or hate it, Honda have definitely made a fantastic car here. With a 2.0 turbocharged engine, and styling based on the current MK10 Civic, Honda have extracted 310bhp from the engine, and through the FWD chassis, propels the car from 0-62 in 5.7 seconds, and a top speed of 169mph!
7) Renault Megane RS 280 Cup
So here we have Renaults take on the hot hatch market with the incredibly successful RS range. The fourth-generation Megane RS Cup is an incredibly rigid car, with a harsh, but sport ride and direct steering. On the topic of steering, the Megane RS 280 Cup has 4 wheel steering, which in essence reduces its wheelbase through the twisty roads. Renault graced the Megane with a 1.8 litre, four cylinder engine, that produces a little less than the Civic Type R and Golf R. I've never had an opportunity to take this new model out, but if it's anything like the past generations, it will be a true drivers car.
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