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Audi S3

Sportback - The turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-litre engine produces a mighty 261bhp and 258lb-ft of torque, with the turbo lag of previous versions reduced by Audi's engineers. This means that the 0-62mph sprint takes place in just 5.8 seconds, placing it up against cars such as the BMW Z4, Ford Focus RS a [...]

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SEAT Ibiza

1.6 TDi Sport - Attaching the word Sport to the Seat Ibiza in 1.6-litre turbodiesel form is bound to raise expectations of performance and pace. Group 4 insurance is easy on the wallet for a sporting car, while 65.7mpg combined economy is excellent. The 112g/km carbon dioxide emissions are also commendable as they [...]

Road Test Reports Says 3 star ratingFull Report
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SEAT Ibiza

Bocanegra - Other than the blacked-out grille, some badging and a few trim changes, it’s hard to see how Seat can justify asking a further £700 for the Bocanegra over the standard Ibiza Cupra model. They both share the same engine, suspensions, gearbox and performance.

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Mazda 3

MPS - The first Mazda 3 MPS was a pleasant surprise: it was a pretty able hot hatch, just noisy enough to encourage you to rev it just a little more than you knew was strictly necessary. That’s no longer enough, though, since the Ford Focus RS came along and changed the game. So Mazda has launched a new v [...]

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Vauxhall Insignia

VXR - The Vauxhall Insignia VXR is one of those hotly anticipated cars that get some car fans in a bit of a tizzy, especially those Vauxhall fans who love cars that carry VXR badges. Vauxhall’s VXR cars always have a sense of ‘Sturm und Drang’ about them: they tap into the primal urges of petrolheads with [...]

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Audi S6

The new Audi S6 is a more eco aware model than it predecessor, swapping a 5.2-litre V10 motor for a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. This doesn’t mean a loss of pace as the new S6 is capable of 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed electronically tagged to 155mph. This is the niche where Audi has the j [...]

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Vauxhall VXR8

The Australian-built VXR8’s combination of power and rear-wheel drive makes it a true muscle car – and a welcome addition to Vauxhall's model range. Of course, it’s not cheap to run, but it is pretty cheap to buy: £35,105 gets you entry into the relatively exclusive (thanks to its limited availabili [...]

Road Test Reports Says 3.5 star ratingFull Report
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Vauxhall Corsa

VXR Arctic White Edition - Frankly you’re not an exciting hot hatch if you don’t have a super-duper special edition in your midst and those engineers at Vauxhall have decided the exciting VXR edition of their supremely popular small car just needed a little extra spice. Getting behind the wheel and hearing the engine snarl is [...]

Road Test Reports Says 4 star ratingFull Report
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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

GSR FQ300 SST - Japanese maker, Mitsubishi has given us the new Lancer Evolution, now in its tenth generation. The rally-bred road car has been redesigned when comparing it to the ninth variation. Enthusiasts are wary as they claim that this car may not be as hardcore as previous Evos. However the proof is in the t [...]

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SEAT Ibiza

FR TDI - Ten years ago, the very idea of a diesel hot hatch would have had performance car purists snorting derisively. But a lot has changed in the car industry over the last decade, with the refinement of diesels one area that has changed almost beyond recognition. The latest variant of the Seat Ibiza, the [...]

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Audi S4 Saloon

The new Audi S4 has all the hallmarks of being as disappointing as the previous version, with the engine downsized from a 4.2-litre V8 to a new 3.0-litre V6 and 11bhp less power. However - and this is where Audi's engineers have demonstrated their genius once again - this downsizing has captured the [...]

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Peugeot 207

GTi - The Peugeot 205 GTi is an iconic car that petrolheads have been lusting over for a quarter of a century. It’s been a benchmark for hot hatches ever since its introduction in 1984, so the 207 GTi was eagerly anticipated when it was launched in 2007. Could Peugeot conjure up a thrill-maker for the 21s [...]

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Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Ralliart - Mitsubishi's Evolution X, a supercar for those without jobs in hedge funds, is quick, powerful and has huge levels of grip. But prices still start at £27K, rising to £38K if you want a fully specced FQ360. The Lancer on which the Evo is based is a lot cheaper – £10,499 to £18,499 – but it's nowhere [...]

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SEAT Leon

FR 2.0 TSI DSG - Sitting just below the range-topping 150+mph Cupra in SEAT’s extensive Leon line-up is the almost-as-sporty FR model. The FR costs a little less, and it isn’t quite as blindingly quick, but this particular hot hatch offers more than enough power and pizzazz for all but the most hard-core of speed fr [...]

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Mini Cooper S

The Mini Cooper S is a pleasure to drive, the turbo-charged 1.6-litre engine is a perfect fit. A real driver’s car, the highly desirable Cooper S is built at the Mini factory in Oxford.

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Caterham Super 7

Roadsport - Motoring doesn’t get much more raw than when you’re in a Caterham Seven, and the 150 Roadsport is no exception. However, unlike the utterly mental CSR Superlight range, the Roadsport is a great entry-level car that’s ideal for enthusiasts looking to get on the raucous performance car ladder, or even [...]

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Peugeot 207

GT THP 150 3-door - Launched at the end of 2006, the Peugeot 207 GT is for those who want a little speed and excitement from their supermini, but either don’t need, or would rather not pay for, a fire-breathing GTi. But is the GT a decent compromise, or neither one thing nor the other?

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Honda Civic

Type S - With the latest incarnation of Honda’s biggest selling model hitting middle age, the Japanese manufacturer has taken the opportunity to tweak its Civic range. The new 1.8 i-VTEC Type S has seen its front end altered to look more like the Type R, while the handling and ride have been tweaked to give [...]

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Audi RS3

Sportback - The RS2 Avant of the early ‘90s was the first ultra high performance RS Audi. Since then there have been a couple of RS4s and RS6s, a TT RS and, most recently, the RS5. Now comes the RS3 – an A3 on double-dose steroids for those who reckon that the 265-horsepower S3 doesn’t quite cut it.

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Volkswagen Golf

R 2010 - How do you make the hot even hotter? Easy, if you’re Volkswagen: you take the much-loved and hugely popular Golf GTI, increase the power, add four-wheel drive and – hey presto – you come up with the Golf R. The range-topping model of the sixth-generation Golf hatchback is the spiritual heir to the R [...]

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Skoda Fabia

vRS - The hot hatch segment is hugely competitive – which is good news for British drivers, as we tend to be one of the biggest markets in the world for them. And the choice is now even greater with the addition of the hotted-up version of Skoda’s Fabia, the vRS. It might not exactly be the prettiest car [...]

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Mercedes-Benz SLS

AMG - Mercedes plunders it heritage for the SLS, but this super coupe is no throw back in terms of performance or handling. Yes, the gullwing doors are its trademark in a bid to make it stand out from the crowd, including the McLaren SLR that also uses a Merc V8 at its heart, but the AMG is much more than [...]

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Performance Cars and Hot Hatches consumer car reviews

Mini Cooper S

5 stars - average customer rating
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Porsche 911

4.5 stars - average customer rating
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Audi S3

4.5 stars - average customer rating
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Bentley Continental GT

5 stars - average customer rating
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Porsche Cayman

4.5 stars - average customer rating
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Aston Martin V8 Vantage

5 stars - average customer rating
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Audi S5

5 stars - average customer rating
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Caterham Caterham Super 7

5 stars - average customer rating
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Lamborghini Murchielago

4.5 stars - average customer rating
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Toyota Celica

5 stars - average customer rating
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