The humble hot hatchback, or hot hatch as it's more commonly known as. Since the introduction of hot hatchbacks in the '70s, manufacturers have continued to offer enhanced performance versions of their best-selling hatchbacks. Cars such as the Mk1 VW Golf GTI and Peugeot 205 GTI ensured the working class could have high performance thrills in a compact, affordable and fun package.
It's no wonder the hot hatch popularity has never slowed. Thanks to keeping hatchback practicality, there's something heroic about such a car with pumped up looks, a high-powered engine and various other performance enhancements.
Today there is a superb array of cars available for less than £20,000, all featuring character, style, speed and practicality. We cannot see the want for hot hatches slowing any time soon. Out of our cars below, which one would you go for?
Our list demonstrates that multiple manufacturers, just like us, love a hot hatchback.
The sheer rate of evolution means that cars like the BMW M140i, Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R have pushed the game on so much in terms of performance, meaning that if a sports car simply won't cut it, you can still get sports car speed with the added bonus of comfort and practicality.
The list also proves power isn't everything, with most of these cars offering a fun driving experience that you can take full advantage of time after time.