These cars are strictly for enthusiasts.
Every enthusiast loves supercars and sports cars, but with outrageous price tags and performance that’s difficult to enjoy, sports cars aren't for everyone. Hot hatches, however, have always been incredible vehicles that enthusiasts can not only enjoy at the limit, but can also use every day. Not to mention they are relatively affordable. If you ask us, hot hatches are the ultimate cars for any enthusiast and these are our top five that would make anyone happy.
It’s only right to start out with the craziest hatchback—the Ford Focus RS. The latest entry to the hot hatch segment has a 2.3-liter turbo four that makes 350 hp and can help the car get to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Buy one and never look back.
The Germans make great sports cars, so it would only make sense that hatchbacks from the country are just as good. With the Volkswagen Golf R’s 292-hp 2.0-liter four, the hot hatch sprints to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and is a beast when properly tuned.
This may be a bit of a stretch since the next hot hatch isn’t on sale in the US, but dang it’s going to be a beast. There’s no official word on when Honda will bring the Civic Type R over, but it’s a car that’s worth waiting for. Unlike other modern Hondas, the Type R is engineered to be fun on and off the track. The hot hatch can even beat proper sports cars around a track, which is no easy feat. The Type R’s turbocharged 2.0-liter puts out 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the other aforementioned hatchbacks, the Type R puts its power down through the front wheels. Trust us, this thing will be a monster and it’s worth waiting for.
Ford has a stronghold on the hot hatch market and it’s due to another amazing car—the Fiesta ST. The reason as to why the Focus ST and even the Focus RS is being overlooked boils down to this little beast. This is the benchmark for all hot hatches in the US.
The Fiat 500 Abarth may be the least powerful hatchback on the list, but its 1.4-liter turbo four makes an exotic sound that would embarrass some supercars. It’s not the quickest, the most enjoyable to drive, or even the prettiest, but the noise it makes is intoxicating.