The best hot hatches are quick and exciting to drive, but they also need to offer everyday practicality – and all for a reasonable price. After all, hot hatches are sometimes the only car in the household, so in addition to offering the sort of pace that puts a smile on your face, they need to be relaxing to drive on a congested school run, and refined enough to cope with the odd journey on a motorway. It’s not an easy formula to meet.
Ford Fiesta ST-2Best buy £15,000 - £20,000
Fast Fords haven’t always been great, but the
new Ford Fiesta ST is sublime.
Suzuki Swift SportBest buy less than £15,000
The Suzuki Swift Sport’s rev-happy engine and
sharp handling make it a great hot hatch.
Renault Renaultsport MeganeBest buy over £22,000
This is the fifth time the Megane has won the top-priced hot hatch gong. Due a facelift this year, but grip, composure and pace mean it still provides thrill-a-minute motoring.