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

Hyundai i30N

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.

Read our full Hyundai i30N review or see how much we could save you on an i30N

3. Renault Megane RS

2018 Renault Megane RS 280 Cup review - price, specs and release date

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.

Read our full Renault Megane RS review or see how much we could save you on a Megane RS

2. Ford Fiesta ST

2018 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.