Hot hatches

New Hyundai i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition to cost £38,190
Hyundai I20 N Drive-N - front
Hyundai i30 N

New Hyundai i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition to cost £38,190

Drive-N Limited Edition specifications brings tweaks inside and out to Hyundai i30 N hot hatch
10 Jun 2022
Ford Fiesta ST vs Volkswagen Polo GTI vs Hyundai i20 N: 2022 group test review
Fiesta ST vs Polo GTI vs i20 N - three cars tracking 1
Car group tests

Ford Fiesta ST vs Volkswagen Polo GTI vs Hyundai i20 N: 2022 group test review

Does the revised Ford Fiesta ST have the beating of the Hyundai i20 N? Or is the VW Polo GTI finally worthy of its famous badge?
4 Jun 2022
Cupra Leon 245 VZ1 review
Cupra Leon 245 VZ1
Cupra Leon

Cupra Leon 245 VZ1 review

Few Cupra Leon buyers opt for this entry-level version of the car. Is it a hidden gem, or the derivative to avoid? 
1 Jun 2022
New Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years unveiled as most powerful production Golf ever
VW Golf 20 Years - side tracking
Volkswagen Golf R

New Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years unveiled as most powerful production Golf ever

Built to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mk4 Golf R32, the new special edition boasts 328bhp and will be available to order for a limited time
25 May 2022
New 2023 BMW 1 Series spied in hot M135i guise
BMW 1 Series facelift spy - front static
BMW 1 Series

New 2023 BMW 1 Series spied in hot M135i guise

The facelifted BMW 1 Series will receive plenty of changes inside and out
6 May 2022
New Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally pays homage to rallying legend
Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally - action
Abarth 500

New Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally pays homage to rallying legend

Huge adjustable rear wing, plus redeveloped exhaust system and tweaked suspension feature on rally-inspired limited edition Abarth
5 May 2022
New 2022 Honda Civic Type R prototype takes FWD Suzuka lap record
Honda Civic Type R - dynamic
Honda Civic Type R

New 2022 Honda Civic Type R prototype takes FWD Suzuka lap record

A pre-production version of Honda’s latest hot hatch has beaten the FK8 Type R LE around the Japanese Grand Prix track
8 Apr 2022

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“Toyota's GR Corolla exposes the 'drift mode' hot hatches for the frauds they really are”
Toyota GR Corolla opinion header
Toyota Corolla

“Toyota's GR Corolla exposes the 'drift mode' hot hatches for the frauds they really are”

The sensational new hot hatch, which won’t be coming to the UK, prompts Matt Robinson to consider what a ‘proper’ hot hatch really needs
1 Apr 2022
New Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch revealed with 295bhp
Toyota GR Corolla - front
Toyota Corolla Hatchback

New Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch revealed with 295bhp

The first hot Toyota Corolla in around two decades has been revealed, but sadly it won't be coming to the UK
1 Apr 2022
Automatic Toyota GR Yaris in development
Automatic GR Yaris - 1
Toyota GR Yaris

Automatic Toyota GR Yaris in development

Toyota entered a GR Yaris with an automatic gearbox in its Gazoo Racing Rally Challenge
21 Mar 2022
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…
18 Mar 2022
New all-electric Abarth 500 coming soon
Abarth 500 EV
Abarth 500

New all-electric Abarth 500 coming soon

An Abarth 500 hot hatch will be the first electric car from Fiat’s sporty sub brand
14 Mar 2022
Audi RS 3 vs Mercedes-AMG A 45 S: 2022 twin test review
Mercedes-AMG A45 vs Audi RS3 twin test
Audi RS3

Audi RS 3 vs Mercedes-AMG A 45 S: 2022 twin test review

Two of the hottest hatches on sale do battle as we pitch the new Audi RS 3 against the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S
5 Mar 2022
Cupra Leon TSI 300: long-term test review
Cupra Leon long termer - final report header
Cupra Leon

Cupra Leon TSI 300: long-term test review

Final report: we’ve got mixed emotions as the Cupra Leon hot hatch leaves our fleet
3 Mar 2022
Hot Alpine R5 version of Renault 5 electric hatch to get 215bhp
R5 Alpine - front (watermarked)
Alpine

Hot Alpine R5 version of Renault 5 electric hatch to get 215bhp

As part of its ‘dream garage’ lineup, Alpine will release a high performance version of the forthcoming, reborn Renault 5 with 215bhp
31 Jan 2022
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
Best used hot hatchbacks 2022
Best used hot hatchbacks - header
Best cars & vans

Best used hot hatchbacks 2022

Our picks for the best used hot hatchbacks in the UK
7 Jan 2022
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
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 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
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