Hot hatches

New Audi RS 3 sets Nurburgring lap record for compact cars
Audi RS3 2021 ring record cornering
Audi RS3

New Audi RS 3 sets Nurburgring lap record for compact cars

The upcoming Audi RS 3 has usurped the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R as the fastest compact car around the Nordschleife
3 Aug 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
Best hot hatchbacks 2021
Best hot hatchbacks
Hot hatches

Best hot hatchbacks 2021

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

Ford Focus ST review

The Ford Focus ST is neither the fastest nor the cheapest hot hatch, but it’s up there with the very best
2 Jul 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
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

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BMW 128ti vs Volkswagen Golf GTI
BMW 128ti vs Volkswagen Golf GTI
Car group tests

BMW 128ti vs Volkswagen Golf GTI

The new BMW 128ti goes up against the latest iteration of the car that kicked off the hatch segment - the Volkswagen Golf GTI
27 Feb 2021
New Renault Megane R.S. 300 Trophy 2021 review
Renault Megane R.S. 300 Trophy - front
Renault Megane Renaultsport

New Renault Megane R.S. 300 Trophy 2021 review

The Renault Megane R.S. 300 Trophy has been updated for 2021 and it's now only available with an EDC automatic gearbox
1 Feb 2021
Toyota GR Yaris vs Ford Fiesta ST Edition
Toyota GR Yaris vs Ford Fiesta ST Edition - tracking
Car group tests

Toyota GR Yaris vs Ford Fiesta ST Edition

Can the Ford Fiesta ST Edition knock the Toyota GR Yaris off its perch?
30 Jan 2021
Updated Abarth 595 range launched with fresh interior
Abarth 595 2021 - main
Abarth 500

Updated Abarth 595 range launched with fresh interior

Subtle styling tweaks and a more emissions-friendly engine range for revised Abarth 595
22 Jan 2021
Volkswagen up! GTI review
Volkswagen up! - front driving
Volkswagen up GTI

Volkswagen up! GTI review

The VW up! GTI is the smallest car to wear the fabled badge, but it produces the biggest grin
11 Jan 2021
New Ford Focus ST automatic 2021 review
Ford Focus ST automatic - front
Ford Focus ST Hatchback

New Ford Focus ST automatic 2021 review

Does an automatic gearbox make sense in the popular Ford Focus ST hot hatchback? We find out…
7 Jan 2021
New Skoda Octavia vRS line-up completed with arrival of new diesel variant
Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback

New Skoda Octavia vRS line-up completed with arrival of new diesel variant

Trio of hot Skoda Octavia vRS models offer choice of petrol, plug-in hybrid or diesel power for UK buyers
6 Jan 2021
Best used hot hatchbacks 2021
Best cars & vans

Best used hot hatchbacks 2021

Our picks for the best used hot hatchbacks in the UK for 2021
1 Jan 2021
New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hits the road from £37,315
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hits the road from £37,315

The 296bhp front-driven Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport hot hatch is the fastest accelerating Golf GTI ever, and laps the Nürburgring 13 seconds faster …
3 Dec 2020
New 316bhp Volkswagen Golf R on sale from £39,270
Volkswagen Golf R

New 316bhp Volkswagen Golf R on sale from £39,270

Mk8 edition of the Volkswagen Golf R is on sale now, and out-muscles its closest rivals with 316bhp and 420Nm
3 Dec 2020
New MINI JCW electric hot hatch due in 2021
MINI

New MINI JCW electric hot hatch due in 2021

Official spy shots show the new all-electric MINI John Cooper Works hot hatch testing ahead of its arrival by the end of 2021
1 Dec 2020
New 2022 Honda Civic Type R: prices, specs and release date
Honda Civic Type R

New 2022 Honda Civic Type R: prices, specs and release date

Eleventh-generation Honda Civic will get a new range-topping Type R performance model – and our exclusive image previews how it could look
30 Nov 2020
Audi S3 vs Mercedes-AMG A 35
Car group tests

Audi S3 vs Mercedes-AMG A 35

The latest Audi S3 renews its rivalry with the Mercedes-AMG A 35 - we find out which is the better hot hatchback
28 Nov 2020
New Ford Fiesta ST Edition 2020 review
Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

New Ford Fiesta ST Edition 2020 review

The new Ford Fiesta ST Edition's upgrades have made an already great hot hatchback even better
27 Nov 2020
New Hyundai i30 N Fastback DCT 2020 review
Hyundai i30 N

New Hyundai i30 N Fastback DCT 2020 review

Will a new dual-clutch automatic improve the updated Hyundai i30 N Fastback? We find out...
11 Nov 2020
New 2020 Toyota GR Yaris: £29,995 starting price for four-wheel drive hot hatch
Toyota GR Yaris - front 3/4 static
Toyota Yaris

New 2020 Toyota GR Yaris: £29,995 starting price for four-wheel drive hot hatch

The 257bhp, four-wheel-drive, rally-inspired Toyota GR Yaris is now on sale in the UK
10 Nov 2020
New Toyota GR Yaris 2020 review
Toyota Yaris

New Toyota GR Yaris 2020 review

The new Toyota GR Yaris has arrived with 257bhp, but what's it like on the road?
10 Nov 2020
Hot Hatch of the Year 2020: Honda Civic Type R
Honda Civic Type R

Hot Hatch of the Year 2020: Honda Civic Type R

The Honda Civic Type R is the 2020 Auto Express Hot Hatch of the Year, with the Ford Focus ST and Mercedes-AMG A 45 S commended
13 Oct 2020
New BMW 128ti to take on VW Golf with 261bhp
BMW 1 Series

New BMW 128ti to take on VW Golf with 261bhp

The new BMW 128ti revives the brand’s famous ‘ti’ badge after a 15-year hiatus
6 Oct 2020
New limited Ford Fiesta ST Edition launched
Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

New limited Ford Fiesta ST Edition launched

The new Ford Fiesta ST Edition is a limited-run hot hatch targeted at driving purists, which features manually adjustable coilover suspension
5 Oct 2020
New 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS iV PHEV prices revealed
Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback

New 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS iV PHEV prices revealed

Hot new Skoda Octavia vRS iV plug-in hybrid will have a starting price of £35,020
2 Oct 2020
New Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 2020 review
Honda Civic Type R

New Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 2020 review

The new Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition has already sold out, and those buyers are in for a treat
30 Sep 2020
New Honda Civic Type R 2020 review
Honda Civic Type R

New Honda Civic Type R 2020 review

We find out if the revised Honda Civic Type R can stay at the top of the hot hatch class
22 Sep 2020
Commemorative MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition launched
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Commemorative MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition launched

Special edition MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition pays homage to the Monte Carlo-winning 1964 classic
21 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