Hot hatches

History of the Volkswagen Golf GTI: all eight hot hatch generations driven
Volkswagen Golf GTI - group
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

History of the Volkswagen Golf GTI: all eight hot hatch generations driven

How has the Volkswagen Golf GTI evolved over 45 years? We test every generation of the legendary hot hatch to find out
15 Oct 2021
Facelifted Ford Focus ST launched for 2021 with 276bhp
Ford Focus ST - front
Ford Focus ST Hatchback

Facelifted Ford Focus ST launched for 2021 with 276bhp

Ford has made some styling tweaks and a few technological changes to the Focus ST, including a new 13.2-inch infotainment system
14 Oct 2021
Used Volkswagen Golf (Mk7, 2013-2019) review
VW Golf Mk7.5 - front
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

Used Volkswagen Golf (Mk7, 2013-2019) review

An impressive all-rounder, the evergreen VW Golf is a family hatchback that blends upmarket premium appeal with everyday practicality and affordable r…
13 Oct 2021
New Audi SQ2 2021 review
Audi SQ2 - front
Audi Q2 SUV

New Audi SQ2 2021 review

Audi’s updates have given the SQ2 a little more kerb appeal, but there’s no getting around the fact that there’s better value to be found in a traditi…
12 Oct 2021
Used Audi A1 (Mk1, 2010-2018) review
Audi A1 - front tracking
Audi A1 Hatchback

Used Audi A1 (Mk1, 2010-2018) review

The Audi A1 has been a wildly successful premium supermini for over a decade, and continues to sell well in its latest generation. Here’s how to buy t…
11 Oct 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI review
VW Golf GTI - Mk8
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI review

The Volkswagen Golf GTI remains a tremendous all-rounder with its typically sophisticated take on the hot hatch formula
7 Oct 2021
New Hyundai Tucson scoops 2022 Carbuyer Car Of The Year award
Hyundai Tucson Carbuyer COTY
Hyundai Tucson SUV

New Hyundai Tucson scoops 2022 Carbuyer Car Of The Year award

The striking Hyundai Tucson SUV has won the big one in our sister title’s Best Car Awards 2022
6 Oct 2021

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New 2022 Honda Civic Type R teased as Nurburgring testing begins
Honda Civic Type R 2022
Honda Civic Type R

New 2022 Honda Civic Type R teased as Nurburgring testing begins

Honda unveils new Civic Type R in pre-production form as Nurburgring testing commences
4 Oct 2021
New Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 review
Ford Focus ST Edition - front
Ford Focus ST Hatchback

New Ford Focus ST Edition 2021 review

The Ford Focus ST Edition hot hatchback is a fine swansong for the outgoing Focus range
30 Sep 2021
New Ford Focus ST Mountune m365 2021 review
Ford Focus ST Mountune m365 - front
Ford Focus ST Hatchback

New Ford Focus ST Mountune m365 2021 review

Has Mountune managed to extract just the right amount of performance from the Ford Focus ST with the new m365?
23 Sep 2021
What is Skoda vRS? History and best cars driven
Skoda vRS range
Skoda

What is Skoda vRS? History and best cars driven

To mark 20 years of Skoda’s vRS badge, we rounded up some of the performance cars from the past two decades that have worn the subtle green badge
17 Sep 2021
New 2022 Ford Fiesta ST facelift gets fresh face and more torque
Ford Fiesta ST
Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

New 2022 Ford Fiesta ST facelift gets fresh face and more torque

Ford has treated its peppy little Fiesta ST hot hatchback to a new front end, a few interior revisions and an extra 30Nm of torque
16 Sep 2021
Fast car, slow driver vs slow car, fast driver! - CarThrottle video
Hyundai i20 N - front
Hyundai i20 N

Fast car, slow driver vs slow car, fast driver! - CarThrottle video

Alex and Ethan from our sister site CarThrottle go head-to-head to find out what's the quickest combo: a fast driver in a standard car, or a slow driv…
15 Sep 2021
Audi S3 Sportback: long-term test review
Audi S3 long termer - first report header
Audi S3 Sportback

Audi S3 Sportback: long-term test review

First report: our new S3 Sportback isn’t perfect, but it feels like a typical Audi
25 Aug 2021
New Ford Focus ST Edition adds extra track performance
Ford Focus ST Edition - front action
News

New Ford Focus ST Edition adds extra track performance

The new Ford Focus ST Edition boasts chassis upgrades and specific styling tweaks for £35,785
24 Aug 2021
Best used hot hatchbacks 2021
Best used hot hatchbacks - header
Best cars & vans

Best used hot hatchbacks 2021

Our picks for the best used hot hatchbacks in the UK for 2021
18 Aug 2021
Mountune releases 360bhp power upgrade kit for Ford Focus ST
Mountune Ford Focus ST
Ford Focus ST Hatchback

Mountune releases 360bhp power upgrade kit for Ford Focus ST

Performance specialist Mountune reveals m365 package for Focus ST, offering 30 per cent power increase
10 Aug 2021
New 395bhp Audi RS 3 hot hatchback priced from £50,900
Audi RS 3 Sportback - front
Audi RS3

New 395bhp Audi RS 3 hot hatchback priced from £50,900

The latest Audi RS 3 giant-slaying hyper hatch can sprint from 0–62mph in 3.8 seconds and has claimed the Nurburgring lap record for compact cars
9 Aug 2021
New Hyundai i30 N Performance DCT 2021 review
Hyundai i30 N Performance DCT - front tracking
Hyundai i30 N

New Hyundai i30 N Performance DCT 2021 review

Can the addition of an automatic gearbox turn the Hyundai i30 N DCT into a hot hatch champion?
28 Jul 2021
New MINI JCW Anniversary Edition celebrates 60 years of Cooper
MINI JCW Anniversary Edition - front
MINI MINI JCW

New MINI JCW Anniversary Edition celebrates 60 years of Cooper

The new MINI JCW Anniversary Edition packs 227bhp, but just 60 are coming to the UK
16 Jul 2021
New electric R5 Alpine hot hatch and SUV to join brand’s line-up
R5 Alpine - front (watermarked)
Alpine

New electric R5 Alpine hot hatch and SUV to join brand’s line-up

Alpine’s ‘dream garage’ will be bolstered by a hot version of the Renault 5 and an SUV. Our exclusive images preview how both could look
16 Jul 2021
New 286bhp Hyundai Kona N on sale now priced from £35,395
Hyundai Kona N - front
Hyundai Kona

New 286bhp Hyundai Kona N on sale now priced from £35,395

The Korean brand’s first performance SUV has arrived with up to 286bhp, launch control and a 0–62mph time of 5.5 seconds
16 Jul 2021
New Abarth F595 celebrates marque’s single-seater links
Abarth F595 - front
Abarth 500

New Abarth F595 celebrates marque’s single-seater links

The Abarth F595 is the latest limited run version of the hot hatch, and it comes with unique design elements and a new exhaust system
15 Jul 2021
Hyundai i20 N vs Hyundai i30 N: Track Battle
Hyundai i20 N vs i30 N
Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20 N vs Hyundai i30 N: Track Battle

Hyundai hot hatches go head-to-head! Have the i20 N and i30 N got the talent to hit the high notes on track?
13 Jul 2021
Performance Car of the Year 2021: Toyota GR Yaris
Toyota GR Yaris - header
Toyota GR Yaris

Performance Car of the Year 2021: Toyota GR Yaris

The Toyota GR Yaris is the 2021 Auto Express Performance Car of the Year, with the Ferrari Roma and Porsche 911 commended
7 Jul 2021
Hot Hatch of the Year 2021: Hyundai i20 N
Hyundai i20 N - header
Hyundai i20

Hot Hatch of the Year 2021: Hyundai i20 N

The Hyundai i20 N is the 2021 Auto Express Hot Hatch of the Year, with the Honda Civic Type R and Cupra Leon commended
7 Jul 2021
New Hyundai i20 N 2021 review
Hyundai i20 N - front
Hyundai i20 N

New Hyundai i20 N 2021 review

We get behind the wheel of the new 201bhp Hyundai i20 N hot hatch
6 Jul 2021
New 2021 Cupra Leon: prices and specifications
Cupra Leon 242bhp
Cupra Leon

New 2021 Cupra Leon: prices and specifications

The Cupra Leon is available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain or a 296bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine; prices start from £31,555
2 Jul 2021
New limited-edition Abarth 695 Esseesse hot hatchback launched
Abarth 695 Esseesse - front
Abarth 500 Hatchback

New limited-edition Abarth 695 Esseesse hot hatchback launched

The new flagship Abarth 695 Esseesse boasts a 178bhp engine and a lightweight aluminium bonnet
2 Jul 2021
New 2021 Volkswagen Polo GTI facelift unveiled with 204bhp
Volkswagen Polo GTI - front
Volkswagen Polo GTI Hatchback

New 2021 Volkswagen Polo GTI facelift unveiled with 204bhp

The new Volkswagen Polo GTI hot hatch packs more power than key class rivals, including the Ford Fiesta ST and Hyundai i20 N
30 Jun 2021
New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 2021 review
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 - front
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 2021 review

The new special edition Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 is one of the best cars ever to wear the GTI badge
23 Jun 2021
Cupra Leon review
Cupra Leon 300 - front
Cupra Leon

Cupra Leon review

Brilliant to drive, well-equipped and offering decent value for money, the Cupra Leon is a hot hatchback worthy of serious consideration
22 Jun 2021
Hot new Hyundai i20 N on sale in the UK now from £24,995
Hyundai i20 N
Hyundai i20 Hatchback

Hot new Hyundai i20 N on sale in the UK now from £24,995

Hyundai’s new hot supermini hits the market with an all-inclusive approach to equipment
17 Jun 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport vs Cupra Leon 300
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport vs Cupra Leon 300
Car group tests

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport vs Cupra Leon 300

The capable Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport goes up against its new Cupra Leon 300 sibling in this hot hatch battle
12 Jun 2021