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...

BMW M135i front three quarters

7. BMW M135i

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With a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine under its bonnet, instead of the six-cylinder unit of its M140i predecessor, the M135i is less of a traditional hot hatchback. It's no less appealing, though; it's fun to drive, with sharp, enjoyable handling. 

Mercedes-AMG A45 2019 left front cornering

The figures are mightily impressive: 415bhp (in range-topping S form) and a 0-62mph time of 3.9sec, but even more impressive is that the A45 produces all this power from a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. The A45 is not only ballistically fast but also agile and entertaining through the twisty bits. 

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5. Ford Focus ST

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2019 Ford Focus ST

The Focus is a fine mid-performance hot hatch, offering grin-inducing handling, decent pace and a pretty good ride. It's also spacious enough to accommodate a family and the interior is well equipped.