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

Audi RS3 Quattro S Tronic

7. Audi RS3

The new Mercedes-AMG A45 has taken the RS3's title of most powerful hot hatch, but Audi's offering is still incredible fast, thanks to a 394bhp five-cylinder engine that's also used in the TT RS sports car.

Read our full Audi RS3 review or see how much we could save you on an RS3

6. Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf 2019 GTI TCR front cornering

Few people haven't heard of the Golf GTI. And the latest version continues the tradition of being fun, fast and easy to live with. It's more expensive than some rivals, but compensates with a high quality interior and impressive resale values.

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5. Volkswagen Up GTI

New Suzuki Swift Sport vs Volkswagen Up GTI

A gutsy engine and tidy handling make the Up GTI the best budget hot hatch you can buy today. And while it's ultimately not going to set any speed records, the Up's small size helps it feel faster than it is.