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The Evolution of the Hot Hatch: The Ten Best Hot Hatches Of 2012


Since the introduction of the VW Golf GTi in 1976, hot hatches have gained a cult following and, if the most recent sales statistics are anything to go by, Britain’s love for hot hatches is unlikely to slow down any time soon. With this in mind, we have created a list of some of the most favourable hot hatches that can be purchased today, either as brand new or used cars. All border on or surpass 200 bhp and sport an athletic edge over the models that they have been based on.



Seat Ibiza Bocanegra



The Seat Ibiza Bocanegra has been centred upon the Ibiza supermini yet, as we would expect, has been equipped with sportier features and greater engine power. The vehicle features a 1.4-litre twin-charger petrol engine capable of producing a maximum power of 178 bhp at 5800 rpm, giving it a maximum speed of 140 mph and a 0-60 mph interval of 7.2 seconds. Its interior features sports seats while its exterior boasts 17 inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.



Ford Focus RS




While the Ford Focus RS is a relatively old model, it remains in competition with more modern hot hatches. With a classic sports exterior, this vehicle delivers 300 hp at 6500 rpm and is able to reach a maximum speed of 163 mph. For those seeking a powerful hot hatch, the Focus RS is the ideal model. However, it does not compromise on a quality driving experience and remains in possession of sufficient response handling.



Renaultsport Clio 200



The Clio 200 lacks the same level of styling typically associated with performance cars yet retains an ability to perform powerfully. The model can reach a maximum speed of 141 mph and is associated with a 0-60 mph interval of 6.9 seconds. The Clio 200 also offers climate control and steering wheel adjustment.



Vauxhall Corsa VXR



The Corsa VXR may be associated with supermini origins but is undoubtedly powerful. Equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, the vehicle is capable of delivering a maximum of 280 hp and a maximum speed of 155 mph. Its exterior features include extended side skirts and a twin exhaust while its interior features include a flat bottomed steering wheel and sports seats.



Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf




The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf offers a fine mix of power, stylishness and practicality. The vehicle delivers a power output of 232 hp while the maximum speed that it can reach is 150 mph. The Cloverleaf is able to deliver a 0-60 mph interval of 7.2 seconds and, to complement its sporty nature, features an aerodynamic exterior complete with muscular wheel arches, hidden rear door handles and deep side skirts. Interior highlights include cruise control and luxurious leather upholstery.



Mazda3 MPS




The Mazda3 MPS is a sophisticated addition to the hot hatch market, featuring a distinctive exterior design. To complement its sleek exterior, the vehicle has been fitted with a 2.3-litre petrol engine of a power output of 256 hp and a maximum speed of 150 mph. One of the vehicle’s main draws is its stop and start system, which facilitates fuel conservation.