Can You Identify These Hot Hatch Cars?


By: Diana Spasic

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Hatchbacks represent a combination of the spaciousness of a sedan with the convenience of a station wagon. They prove themselves practical when going on long trips or when running errands.

However, HOT hatchbacks are all that and then some. The best hot hatches deliver outstanding performance and a gripping drive, all neatly wrapped up in a practical, affordable, stylish everyday package. There are some amazing hot hatches on sale today, and it might be difficult to choose the perfect one, because the rivals within the industry constantly out-game each other.

The modern driver has an outstanding selection of hot hatchbacks to choose from, ranging from the spacious, fast Hyundai i30 N or Honda Civic Type R, to the smaller and sportier models such as the Peugeot 208 GTi.

The performance of hot hatches is continuously increasing with each new model, but the running costs remain low, which means you can still get to drive a fun, exciting car at a reasonable mile-per-gallon rate.

Manufacturers have perfected the hot hatch formula over the last 40 years, but the original models from the '80s remain popular to this day. Today’s hot hatchbacks are fully powered, and they come in a wide variety of models from a number of manufacturers.

Are you a hot hatch fan? Can you recognize the most popular hot hatchbacks of today? Take this quiz for an exciting drive through some of the most outstanding hot hatches in the world!

Produced in 2017, this hot hatch is as usable as a diesel, but it drives like a race car. What is it called?

Ford Focus RS is the latest of a long line of fast Fords designed with one mission: to bring outstanding performance to people with regular paychecks. The engine feels bigger than it is, and the all-around usability of this car is top notch.


Can you name this polished hot hatch that is actually a subtle upgrade over its famous predecessor?

The BMW M140i is visually identical to M135i, but there is a different engine under the hood. The M140i has replaced the M135i complete with a new engine, and it has taken its place atop BMW’s 1 Series range.


Do you recognize this eye-catching hot hatch that's still popular even though its first model was presented in 1996?

The Audi S3 is a subcompact hatchback that started manufacturing and marketing in 1996. It's now in its third generation of production and is produced by the Audi subdivision of the Volkswagen Group.


Can you identify the car known as the "world's hottest hatch," mainly created for young, enthusiastic riders?

The target audience for the Mercedes-AMG A45 is young drivers in their 30s and 40s, which is much younger than a typical super-saloon buyer. The most powerful hot hatchback on sale is meant to create a place for AMG in the younger market.


You can’t drive this beauty, which packs a 1.6L EcoBoost engine, if you can’t handle a manual transmission. Do you know what this hot hatch is called?

The Ford Fiesta is a subcompact hatchback that’s shown to be a pretty good performance car with a good value. Its turbocharged 1.6l four-cylinder engine delivers 197 horsepower. The only thing that may limit the potential audience is the car’s manual transmission.


This playful car hides a turbocharger under its fun aesthetics, along with a tuned suspension system for better agility. Can you name the hot hatch in the photo?

Not only has the fun, perky Fiat 500 Abarth got the hot hatch aesthetic nailed down, but it also has the performance to match. For some extra cash, you can turn your 500 Abarth into a playful convertible.


Can you identify this powerful beauty equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine?

Although the beautiful Mazda 3 2.5 is one of the most affordable modern hot hatches, this incredible vehicle is no compromise. It packs an amazing powertrain and delivers a whopping 184 horsepower.


Do you recognize this fun electric hot hatch which features a 10.2-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot?

The Chevrolet Bolt delivers 200 horsepower packed in a compact electric car. This cute hatch is very practical thanks to its comfortable and spacy interior, high safety scores and an impressive 238-mile range.


Even though it's rather small, this 2018 hot hatch packs a powerful motor and delivers 181 horsepower. Do you recognize the car in the photo?

When you think of a hot hatchback, you might not think of a small electric car, but that’s because you haven’t driven the BMW i3s. A powerful motor, fun exterior, and typical BMW luxury and quality inside make this pretty guy very entertaining.


What's the name of this sleek hot hatch that hides the most powerful five-cylinder engine in the world under its hood?

Under the hood of the new Audi RS3 is the famous 1.5 liter TFSI turbocharged engine that’s well-known for its remarkable (and unique) firing order along with its inimitable sound.


This hardcore hot hatch has the same advanced technology as Formula 1 cars. Can you name it?

Renault is famous for its incredible hot hatches, but the latest generation goes one step further than the competition. By using tech from Formula 1 cars, Renault managed to create the Megane RS Trophy that rages in 296 horsepower.


Can you name this feisty beauty which has set a Nürburgring lap record for a front-drive car in 2017 of seven minutes and 43.8 seconds?

The Honda Civic Type R is the most powerful, highest-performing version of the Honda Civic line. The hot hatch features a stiffened, lightened body, upgraded brakes and chassis and a specially tuned engine.


Do you recognize this beautiful front-wheel-drive vehicle which features a sport-tuned suspension system and delivers 252 horsepower?

The Ford Focus ST gets 252 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is more than enough for everyday driving. The car provides a fine balance of a smooth ride and sharp handling.


The 2018 subcompact car in this photo competes with models like the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent. Can you identify it?

Although the Chevrolet Sonic Premier is a smart compact car, it comes in a powerful hot hatch version, too. It's powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, and its lowered suspension adds a touch of sportiness.


This powerful car is a limited edition full-blooded hot hatch which features a powerful 1.8-liter supercharged engine. What is it called?

The Toyota Yaris GRMN was one of the most desirable hot hatchbacks when it was introduced. All 400 European samples were sold instantly. With its beautiful exterior and powerful 1.8-liter engine, it was one of the most in-demand hatches of the year.


Can you name the vehicle that's known as the "boss of all hatchbacks" and one of the most praised performance cars on the market?

The Volkswagen Golf R is one of the best all-around performance cars on the market. It’s the ultimate hot hatchback with its powerful engine and crisp styling, and there is also a "superhatch" version available, with a more premium appearance and more horsepower.


The car in this photo may be small, but it's so extreme it can easily outpower much bigger rivals. Can you name this exciting hot hatch?

The Mini Cooper John Cooper Works is the most extreme Mini hot hatch on sale. The motorsport-inspired specification list makes it a hardcore motorcar. You might not have much space in the back, but you’ll have tons of fun.


Do you recognize this brand new 2019 one-of-a-kind hot hatch that has a unique exterior you won't see anywhere else?

The Hyundai Veloster got fully redesigned for 2019. The R-Spec comes with an exclusive short-throw shift kit and a six-speed manual shifter. With sharper responses and less body roll than before, this hot hatch ranks high in its class.


Can you name this 2019 luxury vehicle which represents a powerful example of automotive cross-pollination?

Why settle for one type of car when you can have two? The BMW X2 is the love child of a compact, luxury SUV and a hot hatchback, and it delivers the optimal balance of style, power and comfort.


Do you recognize this little devil equipped with the popular 2.0-liter turbo engine from the Golf GTI?

The feisty Audi S1 is one of the most favored supermini hot hatchbacks. It’s an eager little beast with a whopping 273lb ft of torque when the turbo starts roaring. It may be expensive for a mini, but it’s worth every penny.


Can you identify the beauty in this photo known as the quickest and most powerful road car a certain company has ever made?

For many people, the Seat Leon Cupra 300 represents the very definition of a hot hatchback. It’s a more hardcore version of the Leon Cupra R, and it looks and feels incredibly stylish and powerful with 306 horsepower.


Its ancestor, the Impreza, was extremely popular fifteen years ago. Can you identify this legendary uber-hot hatch car?

The Subaru WRX STI is among the first super-hot hatchbacks to appear featuring all-wheel drive, Brembo brakes, a 305 horsepower turbocharged engine, performance tires, and a front helical. Many experts compare it to the old Impreza.


Can you name this comfortable hatch that stands right up there with the Honda Civic Type R and the Renault Megane RS?

Hyundai’s first serious attempt at building a hot hatch resulted in the i130N, which battered established rivals such as the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI. The engineering team behind the powerful performance model is led by ex-BMW M division chief Albert Biermann.


What's the name of this hot hatchback that's has been around since 2013 and still keeps evolving?

Since it first arrived back in 2013, with a choice of either 265bhp or 280bhp, the Seat Leon Cupra has kept evolving. The Leon Cupra 300 is efficiently and effortlessly fast; it gets from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds.


What about this chic little gem, which has been in production since 2009? Can you identify it?

The new Alfa Romeo MiTo is probably one of the cutest, most stylish small hot hatches out there. It’s instantly recognizable, just like all Alfas, but it doesn’t offer the option of five doors like its rivals. Instead, it gives you three engines to choose from.


Can you name this car, which is still relevant to the hot hatch market even though it hasn't been produced since 2015?

The pace and feel in hard driving of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution allow it to still rank high on many hot hatchback lists. The new Evo is expected to be part hybrid, which might not sit well with the loyalists.


Can you identify one of the original hot hatchbacks with four decades of history and a huge fan base?

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the first hot hatchbacks, and it still holds steady as one of the best examples on the market to this day. It’s derived from the Golf, and it received more power and refreshed styling in 2018.


Produced in 2018, this evolutionary little hot hatch is one of the fastest in its price range. Can you name it?

The exciting new Mini Cooper S and its John Cooper Works trim-line are incredibly fun to drive. This hot hatchback runs faster lap times than most three series sedans. It’s available in three-door and five-door variants.


Do you recognize this practical yet powerful Czech hot hatchback that delivers a total of 242bhp?

The Skoda Octavia vRS 245 is the most powerful Octavia to have made production to this day. This hot hatchback’s standard specification list is as long as they get, which makes this grey Skoda very desirable.


Can you name this turbocharged hot hatchback which rocks figures like 155 mph and 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds?

The new Vauxhall Astra VXR features a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 276 horsepower and 295lb ft of torque. This hot hatch is a bit of an animal, going from zero to 62mph in 5.9 seconds flat with a top speed of 155mph.


Can you identify this incredible hot hatch that's been known for bringing brilliant performance at a reasonable price?

The BMW M135i is a fine, powerful car that easily breaks the 300 bhp barrier. It’s packed with a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 322 bhp and 332 lb ft of torque, all of it wrapped up in a dynamic, stylish package.


What's the name of this car, which switched from the popular VTEC engine to a 1.5 L turbo?

Honda Civic has gone incredibly far in just two years. A full redo of the Civic line brings a five-door hatch available in two variants: Civic Sport and Type R. It’s sexy, it’s affordable and it means business.


Can you identify this exotic beauty "born" in 2018 with a powerful engine and a roomy, comfortable interior?

The 2018 Kia Soul SX Turbo comes powered with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 201 horsepower. Not only does this hot hatch provide much peppier acceleration from other sedan models, it’s also more fuel-efficient.


What about this high-performance, practical hot hatch with a four-wheel steering system and incredible speed results? Can you name it?

The beautiful French hot hatch called Renault Megane IV RS is packed with a turbocharged 1.8-liter TCE engine that produces 275 horsepower. It accelerates from 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds.


Can you identify the hatch that currently holds the record for the fastest front-wheel-drive car at the famous Nürburgring circuit?

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S is the most powerful production Golf ever, but it’s also the fastest front-wheel-drive production car to lap the Nürburgring. It managed 7:49.21 seconds around the Green Hell, which is 1.5 seconds faster than the Honda Civic Type R.


Do you recognize this elegant hot hatchback which might lack high performance compared to its rivals, but certainly delivers style and comfort?

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport is proof you can squeeze 201 horsepower out of an Elantra for a fairly reasonable price. The GT hatchback comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a choice of manual or automatic transmission.


What's the name of this hot hatch which started production in 2018 as a powerful small car with lots of room?

The Honda Fit Sport is one of the most practical and most affordable cars on the market today. The Sport trim is new for the 2018 model year, and it turned out to be a solid step up from the base model.


The car in the photo is a 2018 hot hatchback version of a regular model that's very popular. Can you name this powerful machine?

Although the Kia Forte needs a little tweaking and upgrading to achieve a full hot hatchback status, it’s still a good starting point. The Forte5 SX hatchback comes with a 1.6-liter engine that delivers 201 horsepower.


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