Speed Week: The Hot Hatches
Aspirational, affordable, and with blistering performance. And perfect for the school run. What more could you possibly want?
Posted: 28 Jul 2014
Off we go, in Cupra mode for sharper steering, a more alert throttle and a marginally meaner engine note (still a fairly dull sound compared with the other three). Around a few corners, a little squirt of power. Feels neat and balanced, if a touch non-theatrical. So far... so Golfy. But then you turn off the traction control, which lets the front wheels off the leash and gives the diff something to do. And that's when it really earns its keep.