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
16 December 2018

BMW M140i
Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Golf GTI badge is well known among hot hatch drivers. It's been around for a long time, and the current version continues the tradition of being fun, fast and easy to live with. It's more expensive than some rivals, but it does have a high quality interior and impressive resale values.

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6. BMW M140i

BMW M140i

No list of the greatest hot hatchbacks would be complete without the BMW M140i. With an eyebrow-raising 335bhp at its disposal, this go-faster version of the 1 Series is certainly quick, and lively handling only sweetens the deal. Inside, you'll find a comfortable interior complete with BMW's excellent iDrive infotainment system.

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5. Volkswagen Up GTI

New Suzuki Swift Sport vs Volkswagen Up GTI

Don't judge a hot hatchback by its size, because the Up GTI, despite being based on a city car, is still an absolute corker to drive. It might only have a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet, but it's a gutsy engine, and the Up's featherweight status helps it to feel faster than it is. It's also one of the cheapest hot hatches around.

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