2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test Video: Track and performance

The hot hatch hero of the moment right now is the Hyundai i30 N, the Korean marque’s first serious salvo against the world’s fittest small go-getters. And it’s been widely praised as something of a buck-banging giant-killer.

We decided to test that premise by throwing the flagship N-car up against the established figurehead hot hatches from non-premium carmakers: Ford’s Focus RS Limited Edition, Honda’s Civic Type R, Peugeot’s 308 GTI 270 and Volkswagen’s Golf R. Plus, we’ve added a ‘wildcard’ in the form of the Subaru WRX STI Spec R, the peak of the now sedan-only hero that minted the affordable, small, turbocharged all-paw formula.

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