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Here’s why hatchback horsepower is the sweet spot for driving

I am fed up with 1,000hp+ hypercars if you couldn't already tell...

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Two years ago I posted an article titled: 'why you don’t need more than 500hp’ and now I want to add to that by writing this one. I’m not retracting my statement from a couple of years ago, but what I am doing is taking it down a step and saying why exactly hatchback horsepower is the sweet spot for all driving.

Yes, this was my actual car before it got written off by a lorry on a dual carriageway.

Yes, this was my actual car before it got written off by a lorry on a dual carriageway.

I have driven very few cars in my time of holding a licence which you can look at as being a big hindrance to my case, but from the ones I have driven, I have found hatchbacks to be the most enjoyable.

Let’s start off by comparing my first car which was a Ford KA with a Porsche 981 Boxster S I drove once. Now, these are both very different cars but I found myself loving the 69hp KA even more. This is simply because it was so much less stressful to drive and you could use all of its power wherever you went, espcially around tight country roads. I’m not saying the Porsche wasn’t fun, but I was definitely aware I was driving a far more valuable car with a lot more power heading to the rear wheels.

From this experience alone, I have come to the conclusion that little horsepower is the way you can have the most fun. And I don’t think I’m alone in this as esteemed motoring journalist Chris Harris too feels as though the most fun you can have is in a car of a smaller size and fewer horsepower output. For example, some of his most favourite cars are his Citroen 2CV and Peugeot 205 Rallye - two deeply underpowered cars by today’s standards yet have more charm and character than any modern supercar on sale today.

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Image - Porsche

I am not saying you can’t have fun in a car with 1,000hp, but realistically, what do you do with it? You can’t use the majority of it on the public roads, hiring a race track is just too costly, and you are always nervous about it getting damaged. So why would you want to put yourself through that when you could get a fun little hatchback for the price of a couple month’s fuel in a Lamborghini Aventador?

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Comments (43)

  • Get this man a drink, he speaks the truth

      1 month ago
  • I agree 100%, unless you have a track to drive on every weekend, you don’t need a crazy amount of horsepower. I have way more fun zipping around in my 150hp MX5 than I ever had in my Mustang GT that had double the hp.

      1 month ago
    • Argh. This comment makes me want to get an MX-5 now! Damn you😂

        1 month ago
    • The MX5 is just the perfect example indeed. I love it too bits. What a beautiful car you have. We traded in the NB for an ND Sport Recaro edition two years ago

        1 month ago
  • I agree

      1 month ago
  • Absolutely. Hatches are the ultimate in toss able machines. No need for 800hp causing understeer. No, I got most of my speeding tickets in modest hatches. Fun to blast down the twisties in a hatch. I've done a few cars with power. I had more fun with less power. You can push them past the limits without fear of catastrophic events unfolding. You can reel them in easily. Super fun on snow and ice. Have had much more fun in snow with a front drive hatch than any other type of vehicle and I have done donuts everything including a 27' flatbed, forklift and a few other odd vehicles. Hatches are always more fun. I practices driving on a hockey rink in my first car - a 82 Tercel SR5 hatch with a monster stereo. Now I can drive on ice and snow without issue. Hatches are the way. I really don't enjoy having a sedan. Longroof lover even if it's a short longroof.

      1 month ago
  • All of these excessively powered cars are only able to use the first two cogs. That doesn’t make for a great driving experience!

      1 month ago
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