Best and worst hot hatches 2020

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...

New Renault Megane RS vs Honda Civic Type R vs Volkswagen Golf R

1. Honda Civic Type R

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The Civic Type R has never been a wallflower, but all the outlandish-looking bodywork on the latest version has a practical purpose, helping to keep this turbocharged 2.0-litre-engined car glued to the ground. It offers awesome performance and precise handling, yet it’s also a practical and comfortable everyday car. That’s why it’s our reigning Hot Hatch of the Year.

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And the hot hatches to avoid...

Abarth 595

Abarth 595

This go-faster version of the Fiat 500 is startlingly quick and wonderfully stylish. Unfortunately, this isn't backed by composure in corners and the bouncy ride can become extremely wearing.

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Skoda Octavia vRS

Skoda Octavia vRS

While you won't be disappointed by the way the Octavia vRS accelerates, it's feeling its age in other areas, in particular in the way it handles. Unless you need the vast space it offers, there are plenty of better choices.