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Hot hatch cars

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How we define hot hatch cars

Best hot hatch car

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta ST is more expensive than it used to be, but youโ€™ll still struggle to find as much driving pleasure at this sort of money

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Our top ten hot hatch cars

Name Starting from Target price What Car? rating

Ford Fiesta ST

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 5 out of 5
Ford Fiesta

BMW 1 Series M140i

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 4 out of 5
BMW 1 Series

Ford Focus RS

ยฃ32,795 ยฃ32,795 Rated 5 out of 5
Ford Focus RS

Renault Renault Megane RS

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 4 out of 5
Renault Megane

Suzuki Swift Sport

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 3 out of 5
Suzuki Swift

Volkswagen Golf R

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Audi S3

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A3

Volkswagen Golf GTI

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Mercedes-AMG A45

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 4 out of 5
Mercedes-AMG A Class

Ford Focus ST

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 4 out of 5
Ford Focus

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Also in this category

Name Starting from Target price What Car? rating

Peugeot 208

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 3 out of 5
Peugeot 208

Volkswagen Up

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Up

Hyundai i30

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 4 out of 5
Hyundai i30

Peugeot 308

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 3 out of 5
Peugeot 308

Audi RS3

ยฃ44,700 ยฃ44,755 Rated 4 out of 5
Audi RS3

Vauxhall Corsa VXR

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 2 out of 5
Vauxhall Corsa VXR

Abarth 595

ยฃ15,460 ยฃ15,515 Rated 3 out of 5
Abarth 595

Renault CLIO RS

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 4 out of 5
Renault CLIO RS

Audi S1

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 4 out of 5
Audi S1

Skoda Octavia

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 3 out of 5
Skoda Octavia

Seat Leon

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 3 out of 5
Seat Leon

Honda Civic

ยฃtbc ยฃtbc Rated 5 out of 5
Honda Civic

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How we define hot hatch cars

A popular choice with UK buyers since the days of the original Golf GTI, the hot hatchback mixes everyday practicality with higher performance and the sort of handling and agility thatโ€™s ideally suited to British roads. A good hot hatch should be fun and, since itโ€™s likely to be your daily drive, it should also deliver respectable running costs.

The Golf GTI remains one of the best hot hatches on the market, along with the Ford Focus ST. But there are some terrific options for less money than both of these cars. We're big fans of the no-frills but fun-focused Suzuki Swift Sport โ€“ an absolute steal at its price โ€“ although of you can find another couple of grand the Ford Fiesta ST is one of the best hot hatches ever.

If youโ€™ve got even more money to spare, there are even faster models available, such as the Audi RS3. We find it hard to justify this sort of money, though, so if you want a seriously fast and premium hot hatch, weโ€™d go for cheaper but even more entertaining BMW M140i.