13 Best Hot Hatchbacks for 2020

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Hit the Streets (Or Track) in One of These Potent Hatchbacks

Hot hatches may be on the small side, but they’re hugely popular – especially in the United Kingdom and Europe. There may be more options abroad, but there’s a solid selection available in the United States. Usually, mild-mannered compact cars have a wilder – and more expensive – variant available on the trim list. Enter the “hot hatch.”

In addition to the traditional hatchbacks we’ve known for decades – like the Volkswagen GTI, for example – this list includes a few crossover SUVs that have smaller footprints and hatchback-like shapes. It also includes several all-electric vehicles that provide tons of punch when the accelerator is pressed. No matter the body style or powerplant, you will not find a vehicle on this list with less than 200 horsepower. 

Please note that as new data is received, we regularly update the reviews of each of these cars. That means the scores mentioned in this slideshow might not exactly match what you find in our most up-to-date reviews.

Read on to learn about the best hot hatches of 2020.

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