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2013's Newest Hot Hatches

By raccars Published

With newer market sectors such as baby SUVs and crossovers changing our definition of family cars and off-roaders, there's one class of car that is always popular and that's the hot hatch. The top ten bestseller lists of every year are full of them and 2013 has some great new models to covet.

Ford Fiesta ST

The evergreen Fiesta is as fun, rewarding and delightfully affordable as usual in this cracking 178bhp 1.6 litre petrol turbo version. Available now priced from £16,995.

Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo

The new Renaultsport Clio gives out the same 197bhp as its predecessor but pretty much everything else has changed, with a 1.6 litre turbocharged unit under the bonnet, twin clutch transmission and five doors. Out now for £18,995.

Peugeot 208 Gti

A whisker cheaper than the Clio at £18,895, the Peugeot 208 gets a similar turbocharged 1.6 and a manual gearbox. It's very attractive and available now.

Kia pro_cee'd GT

Coming in June is Kia's much anticipated assault on grammar - the Kia pro_cee'd GT comes with a 201bhp output from yet another 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, but it remains to be seen whether badge snobbish drivers will shell out extra for the £22,000 Korean car, when European rivals are both cheaper and a known quantity.

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

This luxury hot hatch boasts a 355bhp 2.0 litre turbo engine and four-wheel drive, helping to justify a £32,000 price tag. On sale in July.

Volkswagen Golf Gti

It's the senior statesman of hot hatches and is available to order now in its seventh generation version for about £32,000. 217bhp or 227bhp versions will be delivered to hot hatch traditionalists from June.

Mini Paceman John Cooper Works

This is one of the newest and most flamboyant looking entries on the list, with a very racy look and 215bhp for £29,535 and available now.

Audi S3 Sportback

Autumn brings us another luxury hot hatch from Germany, also four-wheel drive, but giving a slightly more modest 296bhp and with an estimated price of £32,000. Real enthusiasts will want to wait for the super special RS3 model, due later.

Skoda Octavia vRS

Little is know about the new Octavia vRS yet but it is expected to largely resemble the new Golf Gti, somewhat bigger but at a significantly cheaper price of £22,000.

Volkswagen Up GT

The smallest and cheapest car on the list has only been presented as a concept so far, but should hit the streets this winter from £13,000, with a new 108bhp, three-cylinder turbo engine.

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