Hot hatch of the year 2018

FROM A SLIDE HAPPY NEW FI­ESTA ST TO A YARIS THAT THINKS IT’S A RALLY CAR, 2018 IS THE YEAR OF THE HOT HATCH. BUT WHICH IS THE HOTTEST OF THE LOT?

CAR (UK) - - News - Words James Tay­lor, Chris Chilton & Jake Groves | Pho­tog­ra­phy John Wy­cher­ley

Eight hatch-based mas­ter­pieces, in­clud­ing the Fi­esta

ST, Me­gane RS and Yaris GRMN. One win­ner

WE’VE NEVER HAD it so good. If ever there was a hot hatch golden age, it’s right now. From chilli-pep­per city cars to su­per­hero su­per­mi­nis, road-le­gal rally reps to Porsche-slay­ing hy­per-hatches, bril­liant driver’s cars oc­cupy ev­ery cor­ner of the mod­ern hatch­back king­dom. A good ex­cuse for a party if ever there was one, so we’ve brought to­gether eight of the best, in cel­e­bra­tion and with the aim of crown­ing a king.

The rules? There are no rules: size doesn’t mat­ter, and nei­ther does price – sim­ply put, which is the best to drive? Which most com­pre­hen­sively stuffs ev­ery mile with good clean fun? Re­place­ment tyres at the ready, let’s go.4

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