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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.

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?

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