Ford Fiesta MK6 ST VS VW Polo IV GTI

In this rivalry, we compare two very popular B-Segment hot hatches from the 00's. On the left, the Ford Fiesta MK6 ST/XR4 that launched in 2004 with a naturally aspirated 2,0 liter engine, praised for its great handling capabilities. On the right, the VW Polo IV GTI debuted in 2006 with a turbocharged 1,8 liter engine and was also available in a more practical 5 door bodystyle. Both cars had a power output ...

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Fiat Bravo 20VT HGT VS VW Golf IV GTI

In this rivalry, we compare two C-Segment hot hatches from the late 90's. On the left, the Fiat Bravo 20VT HGT 155 from Italy, a stylish, comfortable, fast and affordable hot hatch exclusively available in 3-door bodystyle. On the right, the VW Golf IV GTI 150 from Germany, a solid, mature, practical and well equipped hot hatch available in both 3-door and 5-door bodystyles. For the purpose of this comparison, we chose the 155 ...

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Seat Leon MK2 Cupra VS Opel Astra H OPC

In this rivalry, we compare two C-Segment hot hatches from the mid-00's, with very similar specifications. In one corner, we have the second generation of the Seat Leon Cupra and in the other corner there is the mighty Opel Astra H OPC (also known as the Holden or Vauxhall Astra VXR). Both came fitted with turbocharged 2.0 liter engines and aggressive bodykits, however one of them had a more practical 5-door bodystyle ...

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VW Golf MK2 GTI VS Ford Escort MK4 RS Turbo

In this rivalry, we compare two C-Segment hot hatches from the 80s - the VW Golf MK2 GTI and the Ford Escort MK4 RS Turbo. The first one was the segment leader - the mighty Golf GTI - while the second one was the most powerful version of its stronger competitor - the Ford Escort RS Turbo.So lets start with a design battle before we move on to their specifications. Exterior ...

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Toyota Starlet GT Turbo VS Renault Clio 16S

In this rivalry, we compare two B-Segment hot hatches from the 90s with similar specifications but very different characters - the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo (P80) and the Renault Clio I 16S. The Japanese pocket rocket had a turbocharged 1.3 liter engine in contrast with the French contestant with a naturally aspirated 1.8 liter unit, however their power and torque figures were almost identical. Both cars were designed for performance, offering ...

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Top 10: Featured Owners of 2018

With the new year just around the corner, we decided to create a top 10 feature with our favorite owners of 2018. It was very difficult to select only 10 cars, but we based our list on personal preference, photo quality, rating, modifications and rarity,  in combination with the cool factor of the cars.10. Rhys Phillipson and Maddy Ainsley – Suzuki Swift SportWe start our list with two identical Suzuki Swift Sport from ...

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Renault 19 16S VS Citroen ZX 1.9i Volcane

In this rivalry, we compare two C-Segment hot hatches from France, coming from the early 90s - the  Renault 19 16S and the Citroen ZX 1.9i Volcane. Those yougtimers were known for their great handling and performance, featuring naturally aspirated engines, uprated brakes and sporty suspension settings. Visually, both of the cars had deeper, body-coloured bumpers with red accents, larger rims and small interior touches to distinguish them from the ...

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Missed Opportunities: Toyota Corolla E110

We love hot hatches because they combine driving pleasure with every day practicality in an affordable package. Despite the popularity of the hot hatch market, not all companies share our excitement. In the "Missed Opportunities" articles, we are going to talk about hatchbacks that never got the "h0t" version they certainly deserved. What did we get? The 8th generation of the Toyota Corolla launched in 1995 (Japan) with other markets following in 1997 and 1998.The ...

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Suzuki Swift Sport VS Abarth 595

The A-Segment may be populous but only a handful of city cars have a hot hatch version nowadays. Among the A-Segment hot hatches currently available are the Suzuki Swift Sport, the Abarth 595 (facelift) and the VW Up! GTi. We decided to compare the first two, as they are closer spec-wise.The Suzuki Swift Sport, launched in 2017 based on a new platform with a brand new 1.4 liter K14C Boosterjet engine, reclaiming the title of the ...

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Top 10: Hot Hatch Concepts

Over the years, car brands have shared their vision for hot hatches through concept cars, taking advantage of the lack of limitations they provide. In this top 10 list we have included our favorite hot hatch concepts that we would love to see in production form, although we know that in most of the cases they were created only as design and engineering studies.10. Nissan Pulsar Nismo Concept (2015)Nissan launched ...

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