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Abarth 595

The Abarth 595 is a car you buy with heart rather than head, with practical shortcomings and a high price, but it's great fun to drive.

Abarth 595 Esseesse test drive

As something to give you a bit of a laugh, the Abarth 595 Esseesse is a compelling thing. If we’re honest though, it’s a bit rubbish as a serious hot hatch.

Honda Civic Type R

The Honda Civic Type R is a high-performance version of the regular Honda Civic five-door family hatchback. The current model was launched...

Cupra Ateca

The Cupra Ateca has received generally good media reviews, which have praised its impressive performance and unique proposition in the marketplace.

Audi A1 S line Competition test drive

The go-faster Audi A1 S line Competition is an appealing hot-hatch prospect – if you can stomach the £25,000 price tag.

Mini Clubman John Cooper Works test drive

The Mini Clubman John Cooper Works is a unique proposition — a small family car with estate-like looks, genuine character and hot hatch performance.

Renault Megane RS

The Renault Megane RS has received very good scores from the UK media, with the top-spec 300hp models generally receiving better ratings than the 280hp model.

Mercedes-AMG A 35

The Mercedes-AMG A 35 has received good reviews from the UK media, with praise for its performance and interior, but criticism for a lack of driver engagement.

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.

Cupra Ateca test drive

The Cupra Ateca may be expensive, but it’s an attractive under-the-radar performance SUV. It’s practical, well-made and it goes like the clappers too.

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.

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