Hot hatchbacks aim to offer the best of both worlds – squeezing a powerful engine into a practical hatchbacks body means keen drivers can have their cake and eat it too. In addition, many cost little more than a mid-range compact executive saloon meaning more buyers have access to this level of performance.
We’ve put together a list of the most powerful hot hatchbacks out there to help you pick which one you’ll want to seek your thrills in – many of them will embarrass much pricier sports cars, too. Following are the top 10 most powerful hatchbacks:
10. Renault Megane Renaultsport Trophy-R: 217bhp
Big name, big power. Renault’s Nürburgring-honed weapon of track destruction has lapped the fabled Green Hell in 7m 54s, a ludicrous time for any front-drive hot hatch. Much has been stripped out of the cabin. There’s a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot on board with 271bhp, and with just 1280kg to shift, it’ll go from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds.
9. Vauxhall Astra VXR: 276bhp
Officially the moment Vauxhall went properly crazy. The first VXR might have been a mere sip of the Kool-Aid; the new one has a bottle on intravenous drip. That’s because the current (and now rather old) VXR features a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine producing 276bhp and 295lb ft of torque, to produce a 0-62mph time of six seconds flat and top speed of 155mph.