With all that’s changing in the world of cars at the moment, we can take comfort with how familiar the current crop of hot hatches feels. Yes power, tyre profiles and tech specs are mighty meaty compared to the scrappy French tin cans of yesteryear, but these are still cars with honest simple fun hard-baked into their DNA. The usual suspects are all still here – Ford Fiesta ST, Honda Civic Type R, Volkswagen Golf GTI – albeit upgraded for the 2020s. There are some newcomers too, though sadly nothing from France, perhaps the country with the richest hot hatch history. Not to worry. In Renault’s and Peugeot’s absence, there are a number of fantastic performance family machines on offer in 2022.
The ten best hot hatches to buy in 2022
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