What we are looking for

  • It’d be easy to simply say that a hot hatch must be fun, and end it there. And indeed, an exciting drive – the sort that’ll make you grin until your cheeks ache – is a priority. But that’s not all a hot hatch must do. When you just want to get home or get the shopping in, it needs to be comfortable and docile, and when you want to carry passengers or luggage, it should be practical, too. Not just a jack of all trades, then – but a master of them.