Best and worst hot hatches 2018
What's the best hot hatch money can buy? We name our favourites and reveal the ones to avoid at all costs...
The Civic Type-R has never been a wall-flower, but all that outlandish looking bodywork has a practical purpose – it helps to keep the turbocharged 2.0-litre-engined Civic glued to the ground. At speed the Type-R feels utterly planted – an although it may be a fraction of a second slower than a VW Golf R or Ford Focus RS on paper, it doesn’t feel like its lacking when it comes to performance.
Just as impressive is the practicality of this sizeable hot hatch. There’s enough leg room in the back seats for lankier teenagers, and the boot is massive by class standards, meaning families don’t have to make too many compromises to live with a Type-R.
It remains to be seen whether the Type-R will retain its crown when the latest versions of its pint-sized rivals, Ford’s Fiesta ST and the Suzuki Swift Sport, arrive on the scene. For now, though, the Type-R’s combination of awesome performance, capable handling and practicality make it our favourite hot hatchback.
Our pick: 2.0 VTEC Turbo Type-R 5dr
The hot hatchbacks to avoid
Alfa Romeo's Mito QV, or Quadrifoglio Verde to give it its full title, falls behind key rivals in too many areas, making it impossible to recommend.
Nissan Juke Nismo RS
Nissan's sporty crossover offers fast performance, but it has niche appeal at best.