The Golf R is, without a doubt, the best hot hatch available in the US. One minute you’re blending in with every other Golf, the next you’re slaloming though the corners like a WRC driver.
Fans of the hot hatch will be pleased to know that the performance-oriented Elantra Sport model is also available in GT form.
The wait, enthusiasts, is over. We watched helplessly as Ford’s European division launched the first Focus RS in 2002 and greedily kept it to themselves. Again, we were spurned with the launch of the European-only second generation Focus RS in 2009. Ford’s return to a single, all-new Focus […]
The hot hatch Cold War has gone hot again. With horsepower levels reaching 300 or more and all-wheel-drive now part of the equation, the VW Golf R and Ford Focus RS are on a path towards mutually assured destruction. But it didn’t have to be this way. VW […]
List a few iconic cars. Perhaps you thought about the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Corvette, or the VW Beetle. Did you consider the VW Golf? Maybe you should. Perhaps not the original hatchback, the Golf is none-the-less the progenitor of all modern hot hatches. It’s dominance paved the […]
32 years ago, Volkswagen paired a sporty fuel-injected four-cylinder engine with its Golf hatchback. The combination sparked a revolution and coined the “hot hatch” phrase. 2015 marks the launch of the 7th generation GTI, and it arrives at dealerships with a trophy case of awards. Winning Motor Trend’s […]
The Fiat 500 is a hot hatch in caricature: small, nimble, and visceral. But like any good caricature, the most prominent features are accentuated to the extreme. Among its counterparts, it’s rather small, darty, and very vocal. I mean loud. Disturb the neighbors loud. It’s all part of […]
The Ford Fiesta is a brilliant little car. It’s the ideal mass market subcompact; well built, efficient, and enjoyable to drive. For an enthusiast, though, the Fiesta doesn’t stand out from the crowd. The hot hatchback market is full of cars that are more exciting to look at […]
Ford has had great success with the release of the Focus ST. Now the smaller Fiesta is getting the same ST treatment. Despite being on the market for just over a year, Ford has learned a lot of lessons from the Focus ST. First, they found they could make […]
More power: a simple formula to turn an ordinary car into a performance machine. Mazda, with its performance roots, bestows a select few of its models with that special treatment. The results are badged Mazdaspeed. Adding “speed” to the name of a model is a bold move. What […]