A car that returns to trade on past glories. The game's moved on, Subaru.
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.
Incredibly competent, deceptively fast, but needs to be at warp speed before it gets interesting.
A capable machine, but more GT than hot hatch. Think mature rather than arm-wangly Italian
Overlook the fact it’s so good that it’s almost joyless: the latest Golf GTI is very desirable indeed.
A fun car with a practical side, but no longer one of the sharpest hot hatches on sale
A well-considered first effort from Kia: a hot hatch nicely suited to the everyday real world.
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
Well done Audi, this one's a proper little stonker: fast, small, fun, a 4wd hot hatch done properly.
Peugeot’s back on form, though it’s a GTI in an R/RS world and it struggles to engage.
Softer and a little disappointing: the new RS isn’t what it was. Still fun, but we hoped for more…
Peugeot has at last rediscovered some hot hatch form. Not the most startling small fast hatch, but a good effort.