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...
4. Hyundai i30N
Hyundai has gone from zero to hero with the i30N, bettering established rivals such as the 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.
3. Renault Megane RS
The Megane RS isn't the fastest hot hatchback in the world, but Renault instead focussed on acceleration and handling fun, and boy has it delivered. The Megane RS offers agile handling and quick, accurate steering, but is 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.
2. 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 all-important 0-62mph sprint in just 6.5sec. It also offers superb handling and a great driving position, but falls just short of the number one spot.