FIVE ODD­BALL FAST HATCHES

Autocar - - HOT HATCH HEROES -

1 DAIHATSU CHA­RADE GTTI

The orig­i­nal rocket-pow­ered roller skate de­fined by its tiny en­gine that felt like it would never stop revving. The Gtti was also de­cent to sling down a good road and ca­pa­ble of hum­bling far more pow­er­ful, al­legedly sport­ing cars.

2 NIS­SAN ALMERA GTI

The re­ally weird thing about the Almera was why Nis­san de­cided to build it and who the firm thought would buy it. In a class where char­ac­ter was all, this 140bhp chunk of noth­ing­ness was per­haps its most anony­mous in­hab­i­tant.

3 RE­NAULT 11 TURBO

Re­nault has prob­a­bly made more great hot hatches than any other car man­u­fac­turer. And then just oc­ca­sion­ally, it’d pro­duce one that was just so ut­terly bland and for­get­table that you won­dered why it both­ered. This was that car.

4 SUZUKI IGNIS SPORT

This is what hap­pens when you de­cide to take your cheap and cheerful shop­ping car ral­ly­ing and then re­alise that you have to make some road-go­ing ver­sions first. Far more cred­i­ble than it looks.

5 PRO­TON SATRIA GTI

Okay, this is prob­a­bly the least cool hot hatch in his­tory, but get be­hind the head­lines and you’ll find de­cent per­for­mance and a chas­sis tuned by Lo­tus. If ever a car was bet­ter than it looked, this surely is it.

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