They’re practical, agile and getting faster all the time – so which hot hatchbacks are the ones to watch in 2019? Here’s eight of our favourites for the year…
Peugeot 308 GTi
Keeping it continental is the Peugeot 308 with its 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. Don’t be fooled, it may be compact but this little rocket is a welcomed alternative to the German interior often associated with the VW Group. It has distinct character from the chassis, and a great small steering wheel to go with that 266bhp.
Volkswagen Golf R
One for the grown-ups, the Volkswagen Golf R is the golden standard of hot hatchbacks. Considered to be much less of a gamble compared to other models, this is the car for lovers of R32s but with the topped-up horsepower to 306bhp. However, snap it up while you still can as, in 2020, the Golf R is taking a brief hiatus and returning under the guise of the MK8.
Mercedes A45 AMG
If you’ve got the need for speed, it’s safe to say the Mercedes A45 is fast. Very fast. Blink and you’ll miss it! With a staggering 376bhp, the power output puts the Mercedes A45 into sports car territory despite being a four-wheel-drive and a seven-speed, twin-clutch automatic.
Abarth 595 Turismo
The Abarth 595 is proof that size isn’t everything. This pocket rocket may be compact but its exaggerated Italian styling more than compensates for what it lacks in power. With a 1.4 litre engine, it is unquestionably a sleek way to get you from A-B. However, if power is a dealbreaker for you, opting for the Competizione version will put you up a notch to 177bhp. Better yet, you can even go up a gear further with the stripped-out Biposto.
Hyundai i30 N
Somewhat of a dark horse is the Hyundai i30 N. No doubt about it, the South Koreans have set out to create an all-out rival to the Golf GTI hot hatch and, for the most part, they’ve succeeded. It’s hardly surprising that this is top of the list for 2019 – it’s 271bhp of fun, easy on the eyes and a proper driver’s car if we’ve ever seen one.
FK8 Honda Civic Type R
You’re sure to hear this one coming. Certainly not for retiring wallflowers, the FK8 quite literally screams “hot hatch” but please don’t let that put you off. From its rear spoiler, to its front splitter and interior, this car is as bold as it is slick. With a 2.0-litre, turbocharged engine, this one comes with a short-throw, six-speed manual gearbox and a whopping 316bhp.
Ford Focus RS
Assuredly a popular choice in 2019, its 2.3-litre engine isn’t the only reason the Focus RS is a stand-out within its category. Ford’s legendary handling expertise really makes itself at home in this car; and it’s just ‘0-62mph in under five seconds’ shy from asserting itself in the sports car territory.
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