The Mini is an excellent hatch, but does it have to be so grown up?
A job well done. The Golf is better, but not by much.
Peugeot's hot hatch renaissance continues. The 308 GTI has a joyously wild streak
A very rational car in standard form, which will make your life easy, but not exciting. The i30 N hot hatch manages to make it easy AND exciting. It's ace
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
Seat’s strongest car in a long time, the Leon is now a Golf-baiting player.
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.
The e-Golf is an EV that works for most of us, most of the time. A truly convincing electric car.
Overlook the fact it’s so good that it’s almost joyless: the latest Golf GTI is very desirable indeed.
After a classy cabrio but don't have Audi-like cash? Try this. GTI expensive but worth it; R perhaps not
A fun car with a practical side, but no longer one of the sharpest hot hatches on sale
This Focus, if you get the better rear suspension, is the sweetest drive in the mainstream hatch class
A fantastic everyday proposition, a hot hatch that's easy to live with. Mostly for good
Solid, gimmick-free all-rounder that’s slightly less good at everything than a Golf, but cheaper for it.
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.
Brilliant, fearsomely potent, and never less than addictive to drive.
A thoroughly capable family car that handles far better than it really needs to
Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. The weeniest bit boring
The Clubman has charm but, although roomier, it’s not as fun to drive as it was.
A cute, fine little convertible. Although the emphasis is on the little: the boot is tiny and the interior packaging is odd.
Not a marketing exercise but an awesome machine.
Bigger and better than ever, the Superb offers a whole lot of car for the cash.