Hot hatches

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 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900
Audi RS 3 Sportback - front
Audi RS3

New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900

Full exterior and interior reveal for Audi RS 3, with aggressive styling and racy cabin to match strong performance
19 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

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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
New Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 review
Honda Civic Type R Sport Line - front
Honda Civic Type R

New Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 review

The new Honda Civic Type R Sport Line turns down the styling, but does it still deliver the thrills?
28 May 2021
Sporty new Hyundai i20 N Line on sale now from £22,395
Hyundai i20 N Line
Hyundai i20

Sporty new Hyundai i20 N Line on sale now from £22,395

The new Hyundai i20 N Line trim acts as a stop-gap between the standard supermini and the i20 N hot hatchback, with a sporty makeover inside and out
27 May 2021
High-power AWD Cupra Born hot hatch “can be expected”
Cupra Born - front detail
Cupra Born

High-power AWD Cupra Born hot hatch “can be expected”

Cupra R&D boss Dr Werner Tietz hints at higher power version of firm’s new Born electric hatchback in the future
25 May 2021
New Volkswagen Golf GTI manual 2021 review
Volkswagen Golf GTI manual - front
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI manual 2021 review

The manual hot hatch is the entry point into the Volkswagen Golf GTI range
21 May 2021
New Cupra Leon 2021 review
Cupra Leon - front
SEAT Leon Cupra

New Cupra Leon 2021 review

The new Cupra Leon shares much with the VW Golf GTI Clubsport, but is more focused and cheaper
13 May 2021
Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in an Abarth 695 70th Anniversario
Abarth 695 75th Anniversario Shelsley Hill Climb
Abarth

Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in an Abarth 695 70th Anniversario

We tackled the fearsome Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in Fiat's 178bhp hot hatch
6 May 2021
Icon Review: Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 (1976 - 1983)
Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

Icon Review: Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 (1976 - 1983)

In the first instalment of our Icon Review series, we drive the hot hatch that started it all - the Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI
30 Apr 2021
New 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 on sale now
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

New 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 on sale now

Volkswagen’s commemorative 45th anniversary edition of the Golf GTI is priced from £39,980
30 Apr 2021
New 2021 Hyundai i30 N facelift on sale now from £33,745
New Hyundai i30 N 2021 - front
Hyundai i30 N

New 2021 Hyundai i30 N facelift on sale now from £33,745

The updated Hyundai i30 N gets refreshed styling and an optional eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox for the first time
29 Apr 2021
New 2021 MINI John Cooper Works facelift unveiled
MINI JCW 2021 facelift
MINI MINI Convertible JCW

New 2021 MINI John Cooper Works facelift unveiled

MINI updates flagship John Cooper Works hot hatch, with a more aggressive face and some extra equipment
21 Apr 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTD vs BMW 120d
VW Golf GTD vs BMW 120d - main
Volkswagen Golf GTD Hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTD vs BMW 120d

Can the Volkswagen Golf GTD or BMW 120d prove diesel isn't dead?
10 Apr 2021
New Skoda Octavia vRS 2021 review
Skoda Octavia vRS - front
Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback

New Skoda Octavia vRS 2021 review

The petrol-powered Skoda Octavia vRS is affordable, practical and fun to drive
26 Mar 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport vs Volkswagen Golf R
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport vs Volkswagen Golf R - front
Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport vs Volkswagen Golf R

We bring the fastest versions of the Volkswagen Golf Mk8 together to find the best performance variant
17 Mar 2021
Toyota GR Yaris review
Toyota GR Yaris
Toyota GR Yaris

Toyota GR Yaris review

Developed as a ‘World Rally Car for the road’, the Toyota GR Yaris is no ordinary supermini
17 Mar 2021
New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2021 review
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport - front
Road tests

New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2021 review

Does more power and a finer chassis mean the latest Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport is the hot hatch to have?
5 Mar 2021