Hot hatches

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
20 Jan 2022
Audi S3 Sportback: long-term test review
Audi S3 long termer - boot
Audi S3 Sportback

Audi S3 Sportback: long-term test review

Final report: our Audi S3 wasn't perfect, but it did show many strengths
19 Jan 2022
Volkswagen teases upcoming high performance Golf
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2022
News

Volkswagen teases upcoming high performance Golf

A more sporting Volkswagen Golf is in the works, and could sit above the GTI Clubsport and R as a hardcore special
17 Jan 2022
Extreme Toyota GRMN Yaris limited edition arrives with major performance upgrades
Toyota GRMN Yaris - main
Toyota GR Yaris

Extreme Toyota GRMN Yaris limited edition arrives with major performance upgrades

Toyota GR Yaris receives a host of upgrades to create new hardcore GRMN Yaris hot hatch
14 Jan 2022
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…
7 Jan 2022
Cupra Leon TSI 300: long-term test review
Cupra Leon long termer first report - header
Cupra Leon

Cupra Leon TSI 300: long-term test review

First report: Can the RHD version of the Cupra Leon hot hatch impress as much as the LHD model?
22 Dec 2021
MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition: Meeting the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner
Paddy Hopkirk Edition MINI - main
MINI MINI Hatchback

MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition: Meeting the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner

As MINI launched a special-edition model to celebrate his stunning achievement, we caught up with Paddy Hopkirk - the legendary driver who won the 196…
15 Dec 2021

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New 2022 Honda Civic Type R tackles testing at Suzuka
Honda Civic Type R testing at Suzuka - front
Honda Civic Type R

New 2022 Honda Civic Type R tackles testing at Suzuka

Finishing touches being applied to the Honda Civic Type R’s chassis as next-generation hot hatch nears
14 Dec 2021
New Toyota GR Yaris H2 is a hydrogen powered hot hatch
Toyota GR Yaris H2 - front
Toyota GR Yaris

New Toyota GR Yaris H2 is a hydrogen powered hot hatch

The hydrogen-powered Toyota GR Yaris H2 concept showcases future potential for hydrogen – but not as a fuel cell car
2 Dec 2021
Toyota Yaris GR Sport adds sporty flavour to regular supermini
Toyota Yaris GR Sport
Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris GR Sport adds sporty flavour to regular supermini

Racier looks for new Toyota Yaris GR Sport but same efficient hybrid powertrain and will hit the UK in 2022
2 Dec 2021
Ford Focus ST Edition vs Volkswagen Golf GTI: 2021 group test review
Ford Focus ST vs Volkswagen Golf GTI
Ford Focus ST Hatchback

Ford Focus ST Edition vs Volkswagen Golf GTI: 2021 group test review

The Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI have been close rivals over multiple generations, can we separate the latest iterations?
27 Nov 2021
New Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch teased in cryptic social media post
Toyota GR Corolla teaser
Toyota Corolla Hatchback

New Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch teased in cryptic social media post

Instagram post from Toyota’s US division subtly hints at hot VW Golf GTI rival, which is likely to arrive in 2023 and use GR Yaris power
24 Nov 2021
New 2023 Acura Integra revealed with VTEC power and manual gearbox
Acura Integra 2021 - front
Honda

New 2023 Acura Integra revealed with VTEC power and manual gearbox

Honda sister brand Acura has offered an early look at the new Integra, which features a six-speed manual gearbox and a “high-output” 1.5-litre VTEC en…
12 Nov 2021
New Audi RS 3 Sportback 2021 review
Audi RS 3 - front
Audi RS3 Sportback

New Audi RS 3 Sportback 2021 review

The new 395bhp Audi RS 3 hot hatch offers the perfect blend of speed, comfort and usability
26 Oct 2021
BMW M135i xDrive updated for 2022 with chassis tweaks
BMW M135i xDrive - front
BMW 1 Series

BMW M135i xDrive updated for 2022 with chassis tweaks

BMW says its revisions have made the M135i even sharper to drive – and there’s a new enhanced driving sound for the car’s stereo
20 Oct 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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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 N

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