Hot-hatchbacks might be a living example, proving the fact that one doesn’t need a boot to have fun. Hatchbacks were traditionally targeted at crowded countries as an easy-commuting iteration at penny-pinching prices. However, in order to eke out performance in them, several automakers started featuring the said cars with more potent engines.
The current motoring age enjoys plenty of hot hatchback cars that have proved to put up a worthy fight against some of the performance laden old timers. There is something about a small iteration carrying unexpected power that pleases numerous petrolheads.
Hence here are five hot-hatchback cars in the UAE that can let you have fun.
Mini has earned its name by excelling in the sub-4-metre segment. Its achingly-beautiful classic retro design is deceptive of what it holds under the hood. The Mini Cooper S bites with a 2.0-litre inline-four engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that supplies 190hp and 280Nm of torque to the front wheel.
Mini has, however, not compromised on the practicality of the vehicle, which comes with a boost space of 360-litres, generous leg-space and headroom. The car measures 4.3 meters long and 1.8 meters wide compared to the 4.2 meters long 2017 model.
The Veloster turned plenty of heads after being introduced as an obedient hatchback car. It was a fun car to drive that looked beautiful being feature-laden and practical at the same time. To spice up the car and step a bit away from its good going image, Hyundai graced the car with a new 183hp-yielding 1.6-litre inline four engine. The car sprints to triple-digit speeds in about 7.8-seconds with a top speed of 225kph.
Volkswagen’s Golf aptly resembles that one silent kid in the class that everyone adores. However, rather than being just silent, the Golf GTI is also very well capable of being a hooligan machine with just the right amount of fun.
The car features a 2.0-litre inline-four engine that churns out 226bhp and 350Nm of torque. The heart is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that supplies the power to the front wheels.
The car comes with good quality interiors that are black, subtle and good quality with excellent seats and great handling and braking making this hatchback car fun-to-drive hooligan machine.
The Focus has forever been Ford’s one of the dearest models. And for good reasons indeed. The power packed engine in the Focus ST is a 2.0-litre inline four that supplies its juice to the front wheels. Volkswagen claims a top speed of 245kph along with a top speed of a staggering 245kph.
The Focus is available on 4 trims, Ambiente, Trend, Sport and Titanium. The Ambiente variant is available across the 4-door, 5-door and wagon body styles, while the higher trims are available in 4-door or 5-door body styles only. Standard safety features include ABS with EBD & brake assist, dual front and front seat side airbags, ESP, tyre pressure monitoring and ISOFIX anchors for child seat mounting.
The Golf is a typical Volkswagen iteration that gowns itself as a conventional practical family hatchback car that can very well take your grandma without a fuss and drop the kids at school on time. However, it’s an entirely different story under the hood.
For the Golf R, Volkswagen has used the 2.0-litre inline-four engine that churns out a staggering 290hp and 380 Nm of torque. The car evidently does not look like it can reach up to a top speed of 250kph, except that it does! The car warps to triple-digit speeds in a mere 4.8 seconds.
While the title might suggest about 5 monikers in all, with the hot hatchback segment on the rise, we ask why not another one. However, this iteration is rather special and might be questionable under the hot-hatch segment.
Audi stands atop the podium when it comes to creating engines with sky-rocketing power densities. Rather than a hot-hatch, the RS rather justifies as a hyper-hatch. The 2.5-litre inline-5 engine does more than just lunge. The staggering 400hp on the hatchback car is enough to pull your head back into the headrest. With 480Nm of torque, the hatchback zooms to 100kph in a mere 4.3 seconds.
While we all know that the car is capable of much more, its top speed is capped at 250kph. We can very well say that the 5-door car is nothing that it might appear to be. The latest iteration of the RS3 is about 55kg lighter than the previous version and only adds to the party.