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Performance Hatchbacks

Best Hatchbacks according to our experts

01.
Ford Fiesta
From
$29,810
7.9/10
From
$29,810

A feisty new rival has put the pressure on, but is the Ford Fiesta ST the top pick for a light hot hatch?


02.
Volkswagen Golf
From
$35,898
8/10
From
$35,898

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is still one of the benchmark hatchbacks out there. But it's getting very pricey.


03.
Ford Focus
From
$26,990
7.4/10
From
$26,990

Ford's Focus redefined how good a hatchback could be over 20 years ago. It's still doing it, too. The Focus Active is an attempt to cash in on the ongoing sales dominance of SUVs without having to go full SUV. It probably shouldn't work, but Ford is good at this sort of thing.


04.
Hyundai i30
From
$24,000
8.8/10
From
$24,000

For sheer, track‑tuned hot‑hatch excitement in a sedan suit, nothing tastes quite as sweet as the Hyundai i30 Sedan N. As sharply‑priced as it is styled, the Subaru WRX pocket‑rocket alternative has undergone a substantial facelift for 2024, gaining myriad chassis upgrades to make it even more of a hoot. That something that grew from the dull old Elantra can be so feisty and fun is quite amazing.


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