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Mercedes-AMG A35 test drive

The Mercedes-AMG A35 is a fantastic bit of kit. It looks smart, has an excellent interior, and has the performance to take on the best hot hatches.

Audi SQ2 test drive

The Audi SQ2 is a very capable car, with great performance and all the trimmings you expect. The only frustration is the easily-confused gearbox.

Twin test: Renault Megane RS vs. Honda Civic Type R

Two of the best hot hatches on the market go head to head as the new Renault Megane RS Cup takes on the mighty Honda Civic Type R.

Abarth 695C Rivale test drive

The latest Abarth 695C Rivale is one of its most special Fiat 500-based hot hatches yet – a daft pocket rocket with bags of character.

Vauxhall Corsa GSi review

While an adequate warm hatch, it offers no price advantage and suffers from a significant performance disadvantage against the Ford Fiesta ST.

Peugeot 308 GTi review

The 308 GTi is a very good hot hatch – suitable as an everyday car but with enough performance, handling and grin factor to please enthusiastic drivers.

Suzuki Swift Sport review

The Suzuki Swift Sport is a complete package that offers all the performance one needs without the compromises.

Mini Cooper S hatch test drive

The new Mini isn’t a big change, but the updates help freshen up what’s now a four-year-old car. The result is eye-catching and feels premium.

Hyundai i30 N review

Hyundai has launched a performance hatch – but can the i30 N really offer more than the much coveted GTI and ST badges?

Honda Civic Type R review

The new Honda Civic Type R is a much more complete performance hatch than its predecessor, more potent, but also significantly more practical as a daily driver.

Honda Civic Type R review (2015-2017)

Based on a first drive, the new Civic Type R is a worthy wearer of the famed red Honda badge and a car that enthusiasts will love – on both road and track.

Ford Focus ST review

What is it? Ford' Latest version of the Focus hot hatch. Key features: Diesel engine option, hatch or estate body variant.

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