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Toyota GR Yaris v Mercedes‑AMG A45 S v Hyundai i30 N v Honda Civic Type R
Hot hatch test final four
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Toyota GR Yaris v Mercedes‑AMG A45 S v Hyundai i30 N v Honda Civic Type R

The rally-bred Toyota GR Yaris, bombastic Mercedes‑AMG A45 S, thrillsome Hyundai i30 N and dazzling Honda Civic Type R are each brilliant in their own…
26 May 2024
BMW M135i 2024 review – a match for the Volkswagen Golf R?
BMW M135i review
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BMW M135i 2024 review – a match for the Volkswagen Golf R?

BMW’s hot hatch is a good car, but no longer a unique one, and misses the mark for pure fun
22 May 2024
Renault Sport Clio 172 Cup (2002 - 2003): a rally homologation special for under £10,000
Renault Sport Clio 172 Cup
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Renault Sport Clio 172 Cup (2002 - 2003): a rally homologation special for under £10,000

A race-bred special, the Clio 172 Cup is one of the lightest – and purest – Renault Sport models ever
22 May 2024
Acura Integra Type S 2024 review – a Honda Civic Type R with added restraint
Acura Integra Type S
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Acura Integra Type S 2024 review – a Honda Civic Type R with added restraint

It’s not officially coming to the UK, which is a great shame because this close relation to the Civic Type R is every bit as brilliant in its own way
21 May 2024
The new Mini John Cooper Works will debut at the Nürburgring 24 Hours
New Mini JCW race car – front
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The new Mini John Cooper Works will debut at the Nürburgring 24 Hours

Mini’s flagship JCW hot hatch will be unveiled in both petrol and EV forms later this year
19 May 2024

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Volkswagen Up GTI (2017-2023) review – a modern-day Mk1 Golf GTI?
Volkswagen Up GTI
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Volkswagen Up GTI (2017-2023) review – a modern-day Mk1 Golf GTI?

The Up GTI was an instant hit when it arrived in 2017, packing a characterful three-pot engine in an affordable, Mk1 Golf GTI-sized package.
13 May 2024
The Abt Audi RS3-S is a 478bhp five-cylinder BMW M2 rival
Abt Audi RS3 S
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The Abt Audi RS3-S is a 478bhp five-cylinder BMW M2 rival

German firm Abt Sportsline has developed a new Audi RS3 tuning package to sit beneath its limited-run RS3-R upgrade
2 May 2024
Honda Civic Type R (FL5) review: the undisputed king of hot hatches
Honda Civic Type R – front
In-depth reviews

Honda Civic Type R (FL5) review: the undisputed king of hot hatches

The FL5 is more exciting, tactile and rewarding than any other current hot hatchback, and one of the best everyday performance cars you can buy
30 Apr 2024
Hyundai i30 N (2018 - 2024) review
Hyundai i30 N 22 – front cornering
In-depth reviews

Hyundai i30 N (2018 - 2024) review

The i30 N sits at the top of a very talented field. With a truly engaging chassis and a punchy powertrain, it's a fantastic thing to drive
25 Apr 2024
Audi S3 Sportback 2024 review – finally a driver’s hot hatch?
2024 Audi S3
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Audi S3 Sportback 2024 review – finally a driver’s hot hatch?

The S3 disappointed us with lacklustre dynamics at its launch, but chassis tweaks have injected some much-needed engagement in its mid-life update
22 Apr 2024
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The new Audi S3 costs £46,925
2024 Audi S3
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The new Audi S3 costs £46,925

Audi’s S3 hot hatch has been given an update for 2024, gaining powertrain tweaks, a design update and the RS3’s torque-splitting rear axle
17 Apr 2024
Toyota GR Yaris review
Toyota GR Yaris (2020 - 2024)
In-depth reviews

Toyota GR Yaris review

Toyota’s road-going rally special is a great driver’s car of the type we worried we’d never see again. It’s a little gem
16 Apr 2024
Hyundai i20 N (2021 - 2024) review – a cracking supermini hot hatch
Hyundai i20 N eCoty – front cornering
In-depth reviews

Hyundai i20 N (2021 - 2024) review – a cracking supermini hot hatch

An inspiring hot hatch from Hyundai N. Agile, and with a limited slip differential that offers superb mid-corner traction, it's a formidable Fiesta ST…
11 Apr 2024
Ford Focus RS Mk1 (2002 - 2003): a rally-inspired hot hatch icon
Ford Focus RS
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Ford Focus RS Mk1 (2002 - 2003): a rally-inspired hot hatch icon

It could be unruly but the hottest of the first-generation Focus models was a blisteringly quick and rewarding machine
11 Apr 2024
Mercedes-AMG A35 review: a fast and effective hot hatch, but is it exciting?
Mercedes-AMG A35
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Mercedes-AMG A35 review: a fast and effective hot hatch, but is it exciting?

The AMG A35 does an impressive job of being fun and fast, but rivals from Hyundai and Cupra are ultimately more involving
3 Apr 2024
Alpine's A290 electric hot hatch will be unveiled at Le Mans
Alpine A290 concept
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Alpine's A290 electric hot hatch will be unveiled at Le Mans

Alpine will pull the covers off its A290 hot hatch on 13 June, coinciding with the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2 Apr 2024
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​Best hot hatchbacks

Traditional hot hatchbacks are dying out in 2024, but the models that remain are some of the best everyday performance cars you can buy
28 Mar 2024
Honda Civic Type R (FK8, 2017 - 2022): a sure-fire future icon
Honda Civic Type R FK8
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Honda Civic Type R (FK8, 2017 - 2022): a sure-fire future icon

The FK8 Civic Type R is a hot hatch with engineering obsession on a different level, making it one of our top 25 cars of the last 25 years
28 Mar 2024
Renault Sport Megane R26.R (2009): the most significant hot hatch of the last 25 years
Renaultsport Megane R26.R
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Renault Sport Megane R26.R (2009): the most significant hot hatch of the last 25 years

For much of the last 25 years, Renault ruled the hot hatch world. The ultimate expression of its brilliance, the R26.R
27 Mar 2024
The new Toyota GR Yaris costs £44,250 – too much for a hot supermini?
Toyota GR Yaris Gen 2 – front
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The new Toyota GR Yaris costs £44,250 – too much for a hot supermini?

Our early impressions of the Gen 2 GR Yaris suggest that it’s an improvement in every area that counts, but can it be worth £18k more than an i20 N?
27 Mar 2024
Toyota GR Yaris Gen 2 2024 review – first drive of the production ready hot hatch
Toyota GR Yaris – front
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Toyota GR Yaris Gen 2 2024 review – first drive of the production ready hot hatch

The GR Yaris now carries a punchy £44,250 asking price, but the early signs are that it moves the goal posts for small hot hatches once again
26 Mar 2024
322bhp Volkswagen ID.3 GTX hot hatch eyes the MG4 XPower 
Volkswagen ID.3 GTX
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322bhp Volkswagen ID.3 GTX hot hatch eyes the MG4 XPower 

The affordable performance EV market is hotting up as Volkswagen unveils its first electric hot hatchback 
14 Mar 2024
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New Lancia Ypsilon HF: iconic badge returns for electric hot hatch
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New Lancia Ypsilon HF: iconic badge returns for electric hot hatch

Hot Lancias are making a comeback, beginning with the 237bhp Ypsilon HF
14 Mar 2024
The new Audi A3 has arrived, and an updated 328bhp S3 is on the way
Audi A3 – front
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The new Audi A3 has arrived, and an updated 328bhp S3 is on the way

Audi’s premium family hatch gets a new face and more equipment, with the forthcoming S3 hot hatch set to offer 328bhp
11 Mar 2024
Renault Sport Clio 182 Trophy (2005): review, history, prices and specs
Renault Sport Clio 182 Trophy
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Renault Sport Clio 182 Trophy (2005): review, history, prices and specs

The ultimate Renault 182 came close to hot hatch perfection, making it one of our top 25 cars of the last 25 years
6 Mar 2024
Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Coupé 2024 review – Audi S3 rivals gains mild-hybrid tech
Mercedes-AMG CLA35 coupe
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Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Coupé 2024 review – Audi S3 rivals gains mild-hybrid tech

Subtle updates for Merc’s mini CLA 35 saloon-coupe, but not enough to make it a stand-out driving experience
1 Mar 2024
Renault Sport Mégane RS Trophy‑R – the car world's greatest misses
Renault Sport Mégane RS Trophy‑R
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Renault Sport Mégane RS Trophy‑R – the car world's greatest misses

Targeting a Nürburgring lap record proved the undoing of a potentially all-time-great hot hatch
29 Feb 2024
Hyundai i30 N and i20 N axed
Hyundai i30 N and i20 N
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Hyundai i30 N and i20 N axed

Production of petrol-powered Hyundai N hot hatches has come to an end in Europe, with electric N models picking up the baton
23 Feb 2024
Alpine A290 prototype review – first taste of the electric hot hatch
Alpine A290 prototype
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Alpine A290 prototype review – first taste of the electric hot hatch

evo drives Alpine’s highly anticipated hot hatch in prototype-form as it concludes cold-weather testing in Sweden
22 Feb 2024
Toyota GR Yaris v Audi S1 – four-wheel-drive hatches go head-to-head
Toyota GR Yaris v Audi S1
Group tests

Toyota GR Yaris v Audi S1 – four-wheel-drive hatches go head-to-head

They’re two dinky performance cars with startlingly similar recipes, but how does the decade-old Audi S1 compare to today’s much-hyped Toyota GR Yaris…
17 Feb 2024
The new Alpine A290 hot hatch is just around the corner
Alpine A290 – front
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The new Alpine A290 hot hatch is just around the corner

Alpine’s Renault 5-based hatch will arrive this year – here’s our first look at the new EV in prototype form
16 Feb 2024
New Skoda Octavia vRS revealed - the more practical Golf GTI ups its game
Skoda Octavia vRS – front
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New Skoda Octavia vRS revealed - the more practical Golf GTI ups its game

The facelifted Skoda Octavia vRS arrives hot on the heels of the Mk8.5 Golf GTI, equipped with the same upgraded 261bhp engine
15 Feb 2024
MG4 XPower review – the price-to-performance king
MG4 XPower front
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MG4 XPower review – the price-to-performance king

MG’s 429bhp electric hatch is blindingly quick, but it doesn’t live up to its promise as an involving driver’s car
14 Feb 2024
The Mercedes-AMG A45 S Limited Edition is a 415bhp matte green hyper hatch
Mercedes-AMG A45 S Limited Edition
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The Mercedes-AMG A45 S Limited Edition is a 415bhp matte green hyper hatch

The A45 S hot hatch has been given a visual overhaul with a new ‘Limited Edition’ model, adding bold design touches inside and out
13 Feb 2024