Superb family all-rounder will politely give rivals a bloody nose.
A Top Gear award winner in 2016, and rightly so – Skoda’s big crossover is all things to all families.
Well done Audi, this one's a proper little stonker: fast, small, fun, a 4wd hot hatch done properly.
Peugeot has at last rediscovered some hot hatch form. Not the most startling small fast hatch, but a good effort.
Overlook the fact it’s so good that it’s almost joyless: the latest Golf GTI is very desirable indeed.
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
Softer and a little disappointing: the new RS isn’t what it was. Still fun, but we hoped for more…
You might not like to admit it, but the BMW X5 is a damn good car.
The Megane RS has a newfound maturity. Better for tackling the Golf GTI, worse for tackling your local trackday
An immensely fast and capable car to drive. But Golf R remains better to drive.
Peugeot’s back on form, though it’s a GTI in an R/RS world and it struggles to engage.
A fun car with a practical side, but no longer one of the sharpest hot hatches on sale
Incredibly competent, deceptively fast, but needs to be at warp speed before it gets interesting.
A well-considered first effort from Kia: a hot hatch nicely suited to the everyday real world.
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
Big, comfy and tech-heavy, but plain and ultimately unremarkable.