Controversies over ram-raiding, joyriders and ‘twoccing’ (Taking Without the Owner’s Consent) in the 1990s nearly killed off the hot hatch market. Soaring insurance rates and an undesirable image saw people deserting the category in favour of the coupes which proliferated at the end of the decade.
Thankfully a new millennium dawned, everyone calmed down a bit and some famous badges returned to the showrooms in the 2000s. The choice was certainly thinner than it had been in the previous two decades but there were some gems and here are our favourites.
If you love hot hatches, you'll love our list of the six best 1990s hot hatches.