Hot hatches

New Hyundai i30 N Fastback DCT prototype review
Hyundai i30 N

New Hyundai i30 N Fastback DCT prototype review

Will a new dual-clutch automatic improve the updated Hyundai i30 N? We try out a prototype version to find out…
16 Sep 2020
New BMW 128ti prototype review
BMW 1 Series

New BMW 128ti prototype review

The new BMW 128ti has its sight set on the Volkswagen Golf GTI
15 Sep 2020
New Audi S3 2020 review
Audi S3 Hatchback

New Audi S3 2020 review

Storming new Audi S3 Sportback joins standard hatch in line-up, but what’s it like on the road
15 Sep 2020
New Volkswagen Golf GTI 2020 review
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI 2020 review

We sample the eighth generation Volkswagen Golf GTI hot hatch on British roads
11 Sep 2020
New 2020 Honda Civic Type R: UK prices revealed for updated line-up
Honda Civic Type R

New 2020 Honda Civic Type R: UK prices revealed for updated line-up

The lightweight limited edition model has sold out, but the subtle Honda Civic Type R Sport Line model now joins the range
7 Sep 2020
MINI JCW GP vs Renault Megane R.S.
Car group tests

MINI JCW GP vs Renault Megane R.S.

More power and a higher price tag places the MINI JCW GP into the firing line of the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy
5 Sep 2020
Ford Focus ST Mountune m330 review
Ford Focus ST Hatchback

Ford Focus ST Mountune m330 review

The easy-fit Mountune upgrade boosts the Ford Focus ST hatchback to 326bhp and a huge 515Nm and offers great value.
28 Aug 2020

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New 2021 Hyundai Kona N spotted tearing around the Nurburgring
Hyundai Kona

New 2021 Hyundai Kona N spotted tearing around the Nurburgring

Hyundai’s Kona N hot SUV will rival the Volkswagen T-Roc R when it goes on sale next year
14 Aug 2020
New 2020 Audi S3 Sportback blasts in with 306bhp
Audi S3

New 2020 Audi S3 Sportback blasts in with 306bhp

Audi’s latest hot hatch keeps four-cylinder power but turns up the wick and level of standard tech
11 Aug 2020
New 2020 Ford Puma ST teased ahead of September launch
Ford Puma

New 2020 Ford Puma ST teased ahead of September launch

The hot Ford Puma ST will make its debut on 24 September, sporting the same 197bhp 1.5-litre engine as the Fiesta ST
10 Aug 2020
New Suzuki Swift Sport Hybrid 2020 review
Suzuki Swift Sport Hatchback

New Suzuki Swift Sport Hybrid 2020 review

Hybrid power is a real boost for the Suzuki Swift Sport hot hatch, but it comes at a cost
24 Jul 2020
New 2021 Hyundai i20 N spied tearing around the Nurburgring
Hyundai i20

New 2021 Hyundai i20 N spied tearing around the Nurburgring

Hyundai’s i20 N hot hatchback will make its debut next year, offering new competition for the Ford Fiesta ST
23 Jul 2020
New Skoda Octavia vRS 2020 ride review
Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback

New Skoda Octavia vRS 2020 ride review

We get our first taste of 242bhp Skoda Octavia vRS with Skoda tech development boss Christian Strube in the driver’s seat
10 Jul 2020
New Cupra el-Born electric hot hatch offers 310-mile range
Cupra el-Born

New Cupra el-Born electric hot hatch offers 310-mile range

The sporty Cupra el-Born is the Spanish brand’s first all-electric vehicle – and it has a maximum claimed range of 310 miles
8 Jul 2020
New 2020 Volkswagen Golf R: prices, specs and launch date
Volkswagen Golf R

New 2020 Volkswagen Golf R: prices, specs and launch date

Our spy photographers have snapped the new Volkswagen Golf R inside and out, ahead of its expected launch later this year
7 Jul 2020
New Skoda Octavia vRS line-up completed as petrol and diesel models arrive
Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback

New Skoda Octavia vRS line-up completed as petrol and diesel models arrive

Skoda has unwrapped the complete Octavia line-up, which now offers a choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid powertrains
3 Jul 2020
New MINI JCW GP 2020 review
MINI MINI JCW

New MINI JCW GP 2020 review

The new MINI JCW GP is the brand’s fastest ever hatch, but it's also its most expensive
30 Jun 2020
New 2020 Audi RS 3 to be revealed soon with 400bhp+
Audi RS3

New 2020 Audi RS 3 to be revealed soon with 400bhp+

The launch date for the new Audi RS 3 superhatch is drawing near – and Audi has hinted that it’ll be powered by a five-cylinder engine
29 Jun 2020
New 415bhp Mercedes AMG GLA 45: UK prices and specs revealed
Mercedes GLA 45 AMG

New 415bhp Mercedes AMG GLA 45: UK prices and specs revealed

Junior GLA 35 on sale from £43,565, while range-topping GLA 45 S tops out at almost £65,000
9 Jun 2020
New 2022 Honda Civic Type R hot hatch set to stick with tradition
Honda Civic Type R

New 2022 Honda Civic Type R hot hatch set to stick with tradition

The next Honda Civic Type R will grow in size, but it won’t use a hybrid powertrain. Our exclusive image previews how it could look
5 Jun 2020
New Hyundai i30 N 2020 review
Hyundai i30 N

New Hyundai i30 N 2020 review

Subtle updates make the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch even better suited to UK roads
22 May 2020
New 296bhp Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport on the way
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

New 296bhp Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport on the way

The track-focused Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport is set to get a big power boost and new Nurburgring developed chassis settings
15 May 2020
The greatest hot hatchbacks of all time
Best cars & vans

The greatest hot hatchbacks of all time

What are the best hot hatchbacks ever? We’ve picked our top 10s from the 80s, 90s and 2000s to settle the argument…
14 May 2020
Best hot hatchbacks 2020
Hot hatches

Best hot hatchbacks 2020

The best hot hatches offer giant-killing performance and a gripping drive, all wrapped in a user-friendly package
7 May 2020
Ford Focus ST review
Ford Focus ST - front tracking
Ford Focus ST Hatchback

Ford Focus ST review

The new Focus ST isn’t the most powerful or the cheapest on the market, but it’s still a great hot hatch.
28 Apr 2020
The Ford Focus RS is dead: no flagship hot hatch for Mk4 Focus
Ford Focus RS Mk1: 2002 - 2003
News

The Ford Focus RS is dead: no flagship hot hatch for Mk4 Focus

Hot versions of the new Focus will be capped at ST level, after Blue Oval confirms next-generation RS project is dead
20 Apr 2020
New Cupra Leon Competicion touring car features 3D printed parts
Cupra

New Cupra Leon Competicion touring car features 3D printed parts

The Cupra Leon Competicion is a track-bred racer, with a smattering of 3D printed components and a 335bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine
26 Mar 2020
New 2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Hybrid launched
Suzuki Swift Sport Hatchback

New 2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Hybrid launched

The Suzuki Swift Sport Hybrid adds a dinky electric motor to its turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine
18 Mar 2020
New 2020 Toyota GR Yaris: pricing announced
Toyota GR Yaris - front 3/4 static
Toyota Yaris

New 2020 Toyota GR Yaris: pricing announced

The 257bhp, four-wheel-drive Toyota GR Yaris will go on sale in the UK shortly, with prices starting from £29,995
5 Mar 2020
New Volkswagen up! GTI 2020 review
Volkswagen up GTI

New Volkswagen up! GTI 2020 review

Emissions regulations have done little to spoil the Volkswagen up! GTI pocket rocket
5 Mar 2020
New 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS iV plugs in with 242bhp
Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback

New 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS iV plugs in with 242bhp

The new hot Skoda Octavia vRS plug-in hybrid makes its debut.
3 Mar 2020
New Cupra Leon revealed with hybrid power and up to 306bhp
Cupra Leon Estate - front 3/4 static
Cupra

New Cupra Leon revealed with hybrid power and up to 306bhp

Cupra, SEAT’s performance brand, has got its hands on the Leon hatch and the new Cupra Leon is the result
20 Feb 2020
Hyundai i30 N review
Hyundai i30 N - front tracking
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 N review

Hyundai’s first attempt at a hot hatchback is close to being a class-leading one, despite well-established competition
16 Mar 2018