The hot hatch class has arguably never been as competitive as it is these days. Just about every manufacturer has rival for the venerable Volkswagen Golf GTI – which is still probably the best all-rounder in the class in recent years.
However, there has been a resurgence from all corners of the globe that has seen the iconic Golf GTI shaded in terms of outright performance to the extent that it is left trailing. Sure, the Golf 8 GTI is expected to be revealed late next year, but until then the aging Golf 7 GTI tries its best to match up to its rivals, but fails dismally in the power and performance stakes. For that reason, it has been omitted from this recent test.
And with the Golf GTI out of the picture, the UK’s Carwow has decided to see which hot hatch currently rules the roost. They have devised a three stage test – a standing start drag race, a rolling race, and a brake test to see which is the ‘best’ performance hot hatch on the market.
And for this, they have assembled five of the best hatches available in the UK – with all being front-wheel drive. And to further ensure it’s a level playing field, all are equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission.
So, lining up on the start line is the high-tech 1.8-litre turbocharged Renault Megane RS280 Cup (with 205kw and 390nm), the limited-edition Golf 7 R-engined SEAT Cupra R (with 228kw and 380nm), the lightweight 1.6-litre turbocharged Peugeot 308 GTi (200kw and 330nm), the Nürburgring-conquering Honda Civic Type R (235kw and 400nm) and the new 2.0-litre turbocharged Hyundai i30N Performance (202kw and 353nm).
If you are a betting man (or woman), which hot hatch is your hard earned rands on to win the test?