Hot hatchbacks

2023 Toyota GR Corolla – specs and availability
Toyota GR Corolla US – cornering
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2023 Toyota GR Corolla – specs and availability

The Toyota GR Corolla is the most exciting car to bear the name since the AE86 Levin and Sprint Trueno, but like those icons it's not for European con…
8 Dec 2022
​Best hot hatchbacks 2023 – the best everyday performance cars you can buy
Hot hatch best 2023
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​Best hot hatchbacks 2023 – the best everyday performance cars you can buy

Some familiar names have disappeared, but new arrivals have helped breathe fresh life into one of evo’s favourite sectors of the market
1 Dec 2022
New Honda Civic Type R FL5 2022 review
Honda Civic Type R FL5 review
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New Honda Civic Type R FL5 2022 review

It comes at a high price, but the all-new FL5 Civic Type R proves to be one of the finest hot hatchbacks from the word go
30 Nov 2022
Renault Sport Clio V6 – review, history, prices and specs
Renault Clio V6
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Renault Sport Clio V6 – review, history, prices and specs

Two decades on, the Clio V6 still seems gloriously bonkers. We discover the truth about its troubled birth – and remind ourselves what it was like to …
28 Nov 2022
Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years 2022 review
Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – white front tracking
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Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years 2022 review

The new Golf R 20 Years edition is the best Mk8 yet, but comes at a very high price
24 Nov 2022

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Abarth 500e revealed – hot Italian supermini goes electric
Abarth 500e – front tracking
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Abarth 500e revealed – hot Italian supermini goes electric

The all-electric Fiat 500e has spawned a hot Abarth variant; are we looking at the first hot electric supermini?
22 Nov 2022
2022 FL5 Honda Civic Type R – prices and specs to be revealed Nov 30
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2022 FL5 Honda Civic Type R – prices and specs to be revealed Nov 30

Finalised UK specs including power, availability and price to be confirmed November 30
18 Nov 2022
Mini Cooper S review
Mini Cooper S 2022 – front tracking
In-depth reviews

Mini Cooper S review

Not the groundbreaking hot hatchback it once was, the modern Mini Cooper S is now more of a premium supermini
16 Nov 2022
Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – UK pricing confirmed at £48,095
Golf R 20 – NRing tracking
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Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – UK pricing confirmed at £48,095

New range-topping Golf R 20 has key improvements from the chassis and powertrain
31 Oct 2022
Tolman Peugeot 205 GTI 2022 review
Tolman Peugeot 205 GTI
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Tolman Peugeot 205 GTI 2022 review

Today’s best hot hatches originate from the Far East, but 30 years ago Europe was the epicentre. So how does one of the icons from that era perform wi…
29 Oct 2022
Honda Civic Type R EP3 – review, history and specs
Honda Civic Type R icon – tracking
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Honda Civic Type R EP3 – review, history and specs

The early noughties Civic overcame opinion-dividing looks and flawed dynamics to become a legend in its own lifetime. To rev it is to love it
27 Oct 2022
Updated 2023 Mercedes-AMG A35 and A45 S revealed
Mercedes-AMG A35/A45 – front
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Updated 2023 Mercedes-AMG A35 and A45 S revealed

AMG’s hyper hatchback gains updated style and tech, but no power upgrades
26 Oct 2022
Ford Focus ST review
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In-depth reviews

Ford Focus ST review

An imperfect hot hatchback, but one with appeal if you don’t mind some rough edges
25 Oct 2022
Mini JCW GP v Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R v Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S
Mini JCW GP v Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R v Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S
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Mini JCW GP v Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R v Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S

It’s got them covered on paper, but has Mini’s latest Works GP got the moves to outperform Renault’s rival Mégane RS Trophy-R and VW’s benchmark Golf …
20 Oct 2022
401bhp Audi RS3 Performance Edition revealed
Audi RS3 Performance Edition
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401bhp Audi RS3 Performance Edition revealed

Audi Sport’s limited-run specials continue, this time based on the excellent RS3
17 Oct 2022
Vauxhall Astra GSe revealed
Vauxhall Astra GSe – front quarter
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Vauxhall Astra GSe revealed

New performance sub-brand kicks off with 222bhp Astra hybrid
27 Sep 2022
New Ford Focus ST Track Pack lifts its game to rival Honda Civic Type R
Ford Focus ST Track Edition – front
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New Ford Focus ST Track Pack lifts its game to rival Honda Civic Type R

The recently updated Focus ST has gained a new Track Pack option
26 Sep 2022
Ford Fiesta ST review
Ford Fiesta ST MY22 – front
In-depth reviews

Ford Fiesta ST review

A class stalwart, maybe, but the Fiesta ST drives with real enthusiasm, engagement and sophistication
22 Sep 2022
Renault 5 Turbo: review, history and specs of an icon
Renault 5 Turbo
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Renault 5 Turbo: review, history and specs of an icon

A hot hatch icon with major league rally pedigree, the Renault 5 Turbo has stood the test of time
15 Sep 2022
Renault 5 Turbo group test – hot hatch icons go head-to-head
Renault 5 Turbo group test
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Renault 5 Turbo group test – hot hatch icons go head-to-head

42 years after its unveiling, we've gathered together 3 Renault 5 Turbos to see how the legend is faring
15 Sep 2022
Volkswagen Golf GTI MK8 review
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In-depth reviews

Volkswagen Golf GTI MK8 review

The eighth VW Golf GTI is a potent and engaging hatchback, but isn’t the indomitable package it once was
12 Sep 2022
Cupra Leon range expanded with new lower-powered petrol options
Cupra Leon
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Cupra Leon range expanded with new lower-powered petrol options

The Cupra Leon's distinction from a lesser SEAT grows yet thinner with new entry-level models
5 Sep 2022
Audi S3 2022 review
Audi S3 2022 – blue front
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Audi S3 2022 review

The S3 used to be noted for its premium, expensive-feeling take on the hot hatchback formula. Now it’s merely a high-spec A3…
1 Sep 2022
Honda Civic e:hev Sport 2022 review – is there any Type R DNA inside?
Honda Civic e:Hev – front tracking
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Honda Civic e:hev Sport 2022 review – is there any Type R DNA inside?

Honda’s precision engineering has been applied to its mainstream Civic, making it an extremely good sign for the incoming FL5 Type R
26 Aug 2022
New personalised performance upgrades available for Toyota GR Yaris
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New personalised performance upgrades available for Toyota GR Yaris

Toyota’s factory-refurbishment and upgrade program has been extended to the GR Yaris
24 Aug 2022
Mercedes-AMG A35 2022 review – has the AMG beaten the Golf R at its own game?
Mercedes-AMG A35 – front cornering
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Mercedes-AMG A35 2022 review – has the AMG beaten the Golf R at its own game?

The AMG A35 does an impressive job of being fun, fast and not too compromised, but it isn’t the last word in engagement
8 Aug 2022
F87 BMW M2 (2015-2021) review
In-depth reviews

F87 BMW M2 (2015-2021) review

The M2 is a throwback to a golden age of small, rear-wheel-drive performance models from Munich
3 Aug 2022
Renault Sport Megane R26.R (2009) review – an all-time great hot hatch
Renaultsport Megane R26.R
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Renault Sport Megane R26.R (2009) review – an all-time great hot hatch

Renault Sport’s Mégane R26.R is still the hot hatch road racer benchmark 12 years on from its launch, while Corsica, the home of the most spectacular …
2 Aug 2022
Skoda Octavia vRS 2022 review – a more practical and more resolved Golf GTI
Octavia vRS FF – action
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Skoda Octavia vRS 2022 review – a more practical and more resolved Golf GTI

The current Octavia vRS doesn’t just repackage a Golf GTI into a more practical form, it adds in more style and polish, too.
19 Jul 2022
David Brown Mini Remastered Oselli Edition 2022 review – restomod Mini taken to the extreme
David Brown Mini Remastered Oselli Edition – tracking
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David Brown Mini Remastered Oselli Edition 2022 review – restomod Mini taken to the extreme

Restomodded Mini comes with a 123bhp motor, an abundance of enhancements and an eyebrow-raising price tag
9 Jul 2022
Limited-run Abt RS3-R upgrades Audi RS3 to 493bhp
Abt RS3-R – nose
Audi RS3

Limited-run Abt RS3-R upgrades Audi RS3 to 493bhp

German tuner Abt has revealed its ultimate take on the Audi RS3 hyper hatch
8 Jul 2022
Volkswagen Polo GTI review
Volkswagen Polo GTI 2022 – header
Volkswagen Polo GTI

Volkswagen Polo GTI review

More fast Polo than real hot hatchback, the GTI falls short again. As you were, Hyundai i20 N and Ford Fiesta ST
1 Jul 2022
Hyundai i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition UK specs released
Hyundai i30 N Drive-N UK – front quarter
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition UK specs released

Hyundai's limited edition i30 N Drive-N will cost £38,190, with 75 units coming to the UK
1 Jun 2022
AC Schnitzer ACS1 2022 review – tuned BMW M135i takes on Mercedes-AMG A35
AC Schnitzer ACS1
BMW M135i

AC Schnitzer ACS1 2022 review – tuned BMW M135i takes on Mercedes-AMG A35

Brilliantly judged chassis upgrades unearth the desirable hot hatch lurking within BMW’s M135i xDrive
11 May 2022