Aspirational, affordable, and with blistering performance. And perfect for the school run. What more could you possibly want?
Welcome to the hatchback portion, where almost all contenders have a hatchback. Of course, we could have employed a strict door policy, but then the BMW M235i came along. Clearly, it's a coupe, yet it's based on the M135i - one of our favourite hatches - and therefore qualifies for this group. Besides, with modern platforms and whatnot, the basic hot-hatch layout can be squished or stretched, so what was once a stout five-door could now be a curvy coupe. Being a BMW, it's also rear-wheel drive, which mixes things up a bit more. And why not? After all, it joins a front-wheel-drive Seat Leon Cupra and the four-wheel-drive VW Golf R and Audi S1. The Golf, Audi and Seat use the same - or near as dammit - 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo. The BMW has a 3.0-litre, straight-six turbo.
[Read more about Speed Week in issue 29 of TopGear Singapore]