The hot hatch as a genre has morphed multiple times over the years, as the breed came in and out of general favour with buyers. As the young of the early 2000s found themselves with a bit of spare cash to splash, so too did fiery versions of small cheap cars come to meet them at dealers. This was something of a renaissance for the breed, so we’ve gone through the selection from the era and picked our favourites.
Video: The best hot hatches of the 2000s
From the 8,000rpm-revving Honda Civic Type R, to the rabid turbocharged diff-equipped first-generation Ford Focus RS, to the driver’s darling that was the Renault Clio 182 Trophy, these are we think the cream of the crop. Are there any we missed that you think deserve a spot? Are there any in there that aren’t deserving? Speak your mind…
Love the video? Read the full list: The six best noughties hot hatches
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