The distinction between a hot hatch and a warm hatch is not set in stone. Often there will be a more fiery version of the car in question that will qualify as hot, while the cheaper, more tepid model slots into the folder marked ‘warm’.[Read more…] about Buying Your First Warm Hatch: Here are the top 4 contenders
Exactly when the genus ‘Hot Hatch’ came into being is a point that will be debated for as long as there are cars on the road. There is one particular model that’s more widely recognised as the originator of the breed than any other, however, and so it simply has to be the Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 that sits at the far end of our hot hatch timeline. First shown at the Frankfurt motor show in 1975, the Golf GTI is hot hatch genesis.[Read more…] about Evolution of the Hot Hatch: from Golf GTI to Fiesta ST
By 2012 Renault’s fast car division seemed unable to put a foot wrong when it came to building hot hatches. It was no surprise therefore when that year’s Renault Megane 2.0 Renaultsport 265 proved to be an instant hit, nor indeed that it continues to make a fine purchase six years on with good examples now available for around half of the original £24,825 list price. In fact, at this moment in time it might just be the most interesting Half Price Hot Hatch of them all.
In the history of the hot hatch the Renaultsport Clio 200 will surely come to be regarded as the pinnacle of the old school formula. A car where stuffing a big, naturally aspirated motor into a supermini body was still the name of the game, rather than the current trend for smaller turbocharged engines and flappy paddle gearboxes.