The 5 Best Hot Hatches

Want some fun on a mountain road while driving a practical hatchback?

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1. Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI

The 205 GTI is one of the best hot hatches of all time, discard the lesser 1.6 and go straight with the 130bhp 1.9L engine that takes it from 0-100kph (60mph) in 7.9sec and with a top speed of 228kph (142mph), making this is one of the fastest hot hatches of his generation.

If you want to have real fun you can take this to a mountain road and make use of all of the handling capabilities of this amazing FWD chassis.

2. Peugeot 106 GTI

Yes, a Peugeot again. I couldn't write about hot hatches without writing about the 106 GTI, the last great hot hatch from Peugeot.

This agile FWD car, with a 1.6l 16v this little pocket rocket can top 204kph (127mph) and reaches 100kph (60mph) in 8.7sec.

With this you get all you want in a hot hatch. An agile, pratical and fun car.

3. Volkswagen Golf GTI MK5

Oh the Golf, the standard choice for a hatchback.

Well built, practical and reliable. It's a car for people who don't have much time to mess with their car, they just want to get in and enjoy it. And 197bhp makes this 2.0l engine really nice to attack some corners.

4. Renault Clio MK3 RS CUP

The Clio, one of France's most popular hatchback turned in into a pocket rocket by Renault Sport, one of our favorite hot hatch makers in the world.

The MK3 model is my favorite hot Clio ever.

Stripped out of most of the weight and with a 2.0L engine making 197bhp this car can go from 0 to 100kph (60mph) in 7.3sec and reach a top speed of 226kph (141mph).

This is a car to enjoy your favorite twisty roads with the engine as your sound track...

5. Hyundai i30N

Hyundai has been evolving greatly in the last 5 years, snagging up top engineers from BMW M division, or even Ford RS department.

As you guys know, top talent makes great cars and this is one is awesome, from the great sounding exhaust to the design and build quality Hyundai as presented in their latest models.

This corners like a bat out of hell, looks depart even in baby blue and coupling a 275bhp engine with a 6 speed box makes it my favorite hatch, even dethroning the FK8 Type R.

These are my choices, what are yours? Leave a comment below!

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Comments (109)

  • Alfa 147 GTA. Maybe not the best, definitely the best-sounding.

      1 year ago
    • It's all well and good until you come across a corner. At which point you'll find the steering wheel doesn't actually steer anything.

      But I agree, that engine is something else.

        1 year ago
    • Used to have one identical to the pic (same black and tan interior) but with a sun roof. A seriously flawed car but, oh boy, what an engine!

        1 year ago
  • Peugeot 306 Gti6? I feel like there are too many great hot hatches to limit a list to just 5. Even the Lancia delta intergrale should make the list or even the Fiat Uno turbo, the Mk2 Golf Gti 16V was another great one. Toyota Starlet turbo is another one that springs to mind it could even be argued that an Ae86 is a hatch too. I think the hot hatch debate is an extensive one

      1 year ago
    • I loved my GTI-6, until the timing belt went!

        1 year ago
    • That sucks man. I live in SA and we only have 5 left of the 15 or so that came here. Mine is one of the 5. A phase 2 car with phase 3 headlights and interior.

        1 year ago
  • Lancia Delta and the rest are good

      1 year ago
  • What about the Mini JCW or GP? 231 bhp.. 0-62 in 6.1 seconds (with automatic gb) a top speed of 153mph... plus amazing road holding and rally qualifying traction... it should be featured in any respectable hot hatch list, surely... drive a mini once, and you never want to go back to Golf, ST and co...

      1 year ago
  • The i30N is truly a gem. It looks good too

      1 year ago