FIVE OF THE WORST HOT HATCHES
1 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI MK3 A hot hatch by name badge alone and symptomatic of the terrible state the genre had got itself into after its golden era. The Mk3 GTI was nothing to look at and no fun to drive and it took VW two generations to recover the ground it lost. 2 PEUGEOT 207 GTI Another sheep desperately trying to cover its inadequacies by exploiting a past it did not deserve. A joyless driving experience from a genuinely poor car made all the worse by the knowledge of how far Peugeot had slipped, and how fast. 3 RENAULT SPORT CLIO V6 MK1 By all objective measures, a terrible car. Too heavy, too soft and too short in the wheelbase, it was slow as well as vicious on the limit. The looks and V6 give it a certain charm but not enough to make up for its shortcomings. 4 ALFA ROMEO ARNA The Japanese were brilliant at building cars, the Italians superb at designing them. So what did Alfa and Nissan provide? A car designed by the Japanese and built by the Italians. You couldn’t make it up. And once you’d driven it, you’d wish they hadn’t. 5 MG METRO TURBO The MG Metro was just about adequate in its poorly built and rather limited fashion. The Turbo version raised the price point but not the ability level, leaving a car that was still slow but now with added expense and turbo lag.