When we gaze back at this period in history from the vantage point of years hence it might well be viewed as a golden age for the hot hatchback. The last 12 months have ushered a cavalcade of fire-spitting, tyre-smoking hooligans onto the fast hatch scene, talented newcomers in a line of cars built to thrill with their looks, speed and tantalising affordability.
We’re here to revel in a vintage year for the hot hatch
What makes the current bumper crop of hot hatches all the more remarkable is that this is a market under threat. The super-rich will always find a handy wad of disposable to fund a bonkers supercar or absurdly powerful grand tourer purchase but the traditional hot hatch buyer has been feeling the squeeze in an ever-tightening financial vice.
Hot hatch shoot-out: the contenders
Ford Fiesta ST
The Ford Fiesta ST is the cheapest of our trio. In basic guise, it comes in under £17,000 but we’ve got the up-spec ST2 version. It costs £1,000 extra but yields equipment levels more closely in line with its rivals here.
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