If you're looking for a car that can do it all on the cheap, you should consider a hot hatch. They provide endless fun behind the wheel without being too expensive to buy or maintain. Here are some of the best hot hatchbacks on earth.
The Type R badge finally made its return to the States on the newest Civic hatch, and it's one firecracker of a machine. With over 300 horsepower on tap, you'll never have a dull moment behind the wheel. painted in black you can own for less than $38,000.
The John Cooper Works GP is one serious hatch. It has over 200 horsepower, and a top speed of 150 mph. The rear seats have been deleted to save weight, and the coil-over suspension is manually adjustable. If you're looking for a track car with a Mini badge, this is the car to have. Mini didn't build many examples, so it's rare to see pop up for sale.
For the last-generation Impreza WRX and WRX STI, Subaru was nice enough to offer a hatchback in addition to the sedan. Some say the hatch is the cooler version, despite not having a big wing out back. We're inclined to agree. Just look at it. is for sale on eBay right now.
Toyota decided not to bring the limited-production Yaris GRMN models Stateside, but it still deserves a spot on this list. It has the same supercharged inline-four from the Lotus Elise, and goes like hell.
The last Mazdaspeed3 can be a handful—it sends 263 horsepower to the front wheels, meaning some serious torque steer if you don't keep both hands on the wheel and everything pointed straight. That also makes it extremely fun. painted in black that you can own for just over $10,000.
The 695 Biposto is essentially a Fiat 500 on steroids, complete with more power, less weight, and a lovely exposed gear shifter.
While the Fiesta ST might not be as capable as the Focus, it provides just as much fun. Because it's so light and balanced, it's easy to toss around without a care in the world, all while putting a smile on your face. You can own on eBay right now.
Though we never got the 205 GTi here in the States, many enthusiasts here still regard it as one of the best hot hatches you can buy. Fortunately, the little Peugeots are now over 25 years old, which means they can be legally imported into the country.
No matter the generation, there's something to love about Volkswagen's GTI. The early cars paved the way for the hot hatch revolution, with a lightweight, simple structure and magnificent driving dynamics. Modern GTIs are a benchmark for fun, affordable German fun. is for sale, and it has the performance pack and a DSG automatic.
The City Turbo is a cool hatch on its own, but it's only when you realize it comes with a folding scooter in the trunk that it becomes great. JDM practicality at its finest.
Mercedes-AMG's A45 hatch is among the most expensive production hatchbacks ever, and it also has one of the highest specific outputs of any production engine on sale today.
Mercedes may market the GLA45 AMG as a crossover, but really, it's just a slightly raised hatchback—it is based on the A-Class, after all. And, like the A45, it makes an astounding 375 horsepower from just four cylinders. But unlike the A-Class, you can buy this one in the US. Like most other Mercedes-AMGs, they've suffered some pretty significant depreciation. can be yours for just $29,000.
The new Megane RS, launched in September, has some seriously cool looks and 276 horsepower for 2018. It's too bad it's not coming to US shores.
The R5 Turbo isn't a hot hatch in the traditional sense. Instead of having its engine in the front like most other cars, it's actually in the middle, powering the rear wheels. Homologated for Group 4 rally, it was a handful behind the wheel.
Like the R5 Turbo, the Clio V-6 is mid-engine. It's not nearly as practical as the normal Clio, but it's certainly more exciting. Thanks to that extra-wide stance, it doesn't look like anything else on the road.
It doesn't sport an "RS" badge anywhere, but don't be fooled—the A1 Quattro is one of the coolest Audis out there. It sends 252 horsepower to all four wheels via a six-speed manual, capable of 0-60 in 5.7 seconds. Only 333 were produced, and sadly, none made it Stateside.