Best hot hatches 2019 (and the ones to avoid)

What's the best hot hatch money can buy? We name our favourites and reveal the ones to avoid at all costs...

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What Car? team
04 June 2019

Used Honda Civic Type R (2017-present)

1. Honda Civic Type R

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.

Read our full Honda Civic Type R review or see how much we could save you on a Civic Type R

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.

Read our full Abarth 595 review

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.

Read our full Skoda Octavia vRS

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