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...

Renault Megane RS

4. Renault Mégane RS

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The Mégane RS isn't the fastest hot hatchback in the world, but Renault instead focused on handling fun, and boy has it delivered. The Mégane RS offers agile handling and quick, accurate steering, but it's also a quiet cruiser by the standards of this class. Add in the fact that it's cheaper than most rivals and it's easy to recommend, particularly in Cup form.

Hyundai I30N Fastback 2019 front right tracking shot

Hyundai has gone from zero to hero with the i30 N, bettering established rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST with its first serious attempt at building a hot hatch. There are two versions: the regular car and the more hardcore Performance model. However, we reckon you'll have more fun on the road in the former.

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2. Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Fiesta ST

With a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine under its bonnet, the latest Fiesta ST isn't short of punch; in fact, it puts out 197bhp, meaning you can cover the 0-62mph sprint in just 6.5sec. It also offers superb handling and a great driving position, but it falls just short of the number one spot.

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