Toyota GR Yaris
There’s been talk in recent years that hot hatches are on the way out, but if any car could revitalise the genre it’s the Toyota GR Yaris. The new GR Yaris was built as a rally car, incorporating tech and knowledge from the WRC to create something that would be just as home navigating an off-road track as it is motoring down the M1. With a 1.6 litre, three-cylinder Turbo engine, it’s got all the power you’ll need, while the low and wide exterior is designed to be aerodynamic. Lightweight, fast and fun-to-drive, this hot hatch will be one to watch.
Honda Civic Type R
If you want to live out your race driver fantasy, then the Honda Civic Type R could be the hot hatch for you. With its distinctive red H logo and interior to match, the Type R makes a statement when driving in city streets, but its low-level seating will make you feel more like you’re Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone. The 2.0 VTEC Turbo engine, advanced suspension and light brakes make it fun to drive while features including lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning will help you stay safe at speed.
Ford Focus ST
Described by Ford as the ultimate driving experience, the Ford Focus ST is a perennial favourite. It’s designed to be as responsive on the road as possible with a low centre of gravity allowing for precision cornering and 0-62mph in less than six seconds. The interior is comfortable but has enough tweaks to let you live your race car fantasy including an ST branded interior, flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, and aluminium gear shift.
Hyundai i30 N
If you love driving, you’re sure to fall for the Hyundai i30 N. It’s been designed for fun, giving you all the performance and speed you could need without skimping on interior comforts. That means you’ll get 0-62mph in just 5.9 seconds but also benefit from a touch-screen navigation, high-end audio, and heated seats and steering (ideal for icy mornings!) The engine is highly responsive while the statement front bumper helps improve the car’s aerodynamics and reduce turbulence at speed.
Volkswagen Golf GTi
The VW Golf GTi has earned itself a bit of a reputation. Not that it’s a bad thing; if you’re looking for speed and a car that makes a statement, then the GTi is a bold choice. And with its manufacturers aiming to give drivers goosebumps every time they get behind the wheel, it’s not for the faint-hearted. A 2.0 I TSI engine will give you all the power you need, whether you’re tackling the motorway or a winding country road while the sporty exterior boasts extended side skirts, a roof spoiler, and chrome-plated tail plates.
Renault Megane RS
The Renault Megane RS stands out from the crowd thanks to its four-wheel steering. Not only does this help you negotiate tight corners without having to sacrifice speed but it also provides extra stability when powering down the motorway. Stability is a key word; the Megane feels solid with an imposing width and sleek lines – once you get used to the breadth of the wings, you’re sure to feel confident behind the wheel. The interior isn’t flashy, but this hot hatch is all about performance and drive.