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Hot hatches

MG 4 XPower

The high-performance MG 4 XPower has received a mixed bag of review scores, with praise for its pace and criticism for its driving dynamics.

Abarth 500e

The all-electric Abarth 500e is a nimble performance-enhanced city car with sporty looks and character, but its petrol siblings are faster.

Ford Focus ST (2012 to 2018)

The third-generation Ford Focus ST wasn't the most agile hot hatch around, but its performance and practicality made it an appealing package.

Ford Fiesta ST (2013 to 2017)

Other hot hatches may have offered a better interior, but when it came to driving thrills, the Ford Fiesta ST was a unanimous reviewer favourite.

Honda Civic Type R

Like its predecessor, the latest Honda Civic Type R has been earmarked as one of the best hot hatches around, despite its hefty price tag.

Volkswagen Polo GTI

The Volkswagen Polo GTI is a very well-built and mild-mannered small hot hatch that reviewers agree lacks the raw fun of its rivals.

Ford Fiesta ST

The Ford Fiesta ST has received many outstanding media reviews, several awards and holds an outstanding Expert Rating of 88%.

Mini JCW GP (2019 to 2020)

The limited-edition Mini John Cooper Works GP was a very fast hot hatch with a high-quality interior but hindered by a slow gearbox.