Best and worst hot hatches 2019

What's the best hot hatch money can buy? Here we count down our current top 10 – and reveal the models that are best avoided...

Audi RS3 Quattro S Tronic
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6 Oct 2019 09:40

7. Audi RS3

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The new Mercedes-AMG A45 has taken the RS3's title of most powerful hot hatch, but Audi's offering is still incredible fast, thanks to a 394bhp five-cylinder engine that's also used in the TT RS sports car.

Volkswagen Golf 2019 GTI TCR front cornering

Few people haven't heard of the Golf GTI. And the latest version continues the tradition of being fun, fast and easy to live with. It's more expensive than some rivals, but compensates with a high quality interior and impressive resale values.

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5. Volkswagen Up GTI

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A gutsy engine and tidy handling make the Up GTI the best budget hot hatch you can buy today. And while it's ultimately not going to set any speed records, the car's small size helps it feel faster than it is.

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