Best Hot Hatch of the 21st Century – nominations

Best Hot Hatch of the 21st Century – nominations

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BenLowden

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1,872 posts

125 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Wednesday 27th November
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Best Hot Hatch of the 21st Century – as voted by PH

Yes we all love a 205 GTI, Mk1 Golf GTI and Lancia Delta Integrale. But what about something more modern from the last 20 years?

For now, lets take nominations.

Rules
  • It had to have been launched in or after the year 2000
  • Needs to be variant specific – eg. Clio 172 Cup or FK8 Civic Type R, not just Clio 172 or Civic Type R
  • Must be a road going production car
  • Nominate up to three cars
  • Save the conversation for after the vote – just nominations here please

Closing date for nominations: 4th December

I'll then whittle down to a shortlist for final voting and run a poll for a week until the 12th December. If there's one thing you vote for on the 12th – make sure it's your favourite hot hatch!

Take it away...

Krikkit

16,737 posts

129 months

Wednesday 27th November
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Megane R26.R for being out-and-out mad. Golf Mk5 GTI for the everyday hatch.

RT7500

54 posts

3 months

Wednesday 27th November
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Clio 172 cup

TurboHatchback

3,571 posts

101 months

Wednesday 27th November
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Clio 182 cup pack for being everything a hot hatch should be: Small, fast, fun, practical, cheap and French.

VTECMFR

208 posts

33 months

Wednesday 27th November
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Clio 182 Trophy

Ultrafunkula

687 posts

53 months

Wednesday 27th November
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Ford Focus RS mk 2 for me

Leins

6,927 posts

96 months

Wednesday 27th November
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As much as I love my MINI GP1, it’s got to be the R26R. Not sure there’s ever been a more focused hot hatch

Edit to say I’ve changed my mind and going to nominate the GP1 after all. For me it’s the perfect weight and size, is great fun, was supercharged in a world of mostly turbo’d competition, looks well, can make serious back road progress, works well on track with just a few mods, has a proper diff on the front, etc, etc.

However, the main reason is that, after nearly five years of ownership, I’ve never been tempted to change it for another hot hatch



Edited by Leins on Wednesday 27th November 14:47

tigamilla

175 posts

28 months

Wednesday 27th November
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Not the purists favorite but in stock form the MK6 / MK7 Golf R is a formidable grocery getter and very fast indeed when modded

AJB88

4,600 posts

119 months

Wednesday 27th November
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MK2 Leon Cupra R 265
MK3 Leon Cupra R ST ABT
Megane R26:R

Zetec-S

3,258 posts

41 months

Wednesday 27th November
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Mk5 Golf GTI
Mk2 Focus ST

Both breathed new life into their respective manufacturers affordable hot-hatch range and arguably set the trend for later models and the numerous other entrants into the market since.

Also the Mk7 Fiesta ST

Edited by Zetec-S on Wednesday 27th November 14:48

vtecyo

2,068 posts

77 months

Wednesday 27th November
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Technically available in 2000 but not launched - DC2-R Integra.

Launched post 2000, EP3 (the JDM variant with LSD, better seats etc)

Edited by vtecyo on Wednesday 27th November 14:50

Turbojuice

486 posts

37 months

Wednesday 27th November
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MK3 Megane RS Cup - The renaultsport that does it all


Clio 182 Cup - Pound for pound the best hot hatch ever made


Megane R26R - The ultimate track munching hot hatch



Edited by Turbojuice on Wednesday 27th November 14:58

Lewis Kingston

219 posts

25 months

Wednesday 27th November
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The second-gen ('12-'16, in the UK, IIRC) Suzuki Swift Sport.

monzaxjr

268 posts

94 months

Wednesday 27th November
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EP3 Type R

Jonny_gti

163 posts

28 months

Wednesday 27th November
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Honda Civic Type R Ep3
Megane R26.R
Megane 275 Trophy R

sjg

6,207 posts

213 months

Wednesday 27th November
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BMW M135i (F20)

designforlife

3,266 posts

111 months

Wednesday 27th November
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EP3 Type R

GOATever

1,683 posts

15 months

Wednesday 27th November
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Golf R. Golf R is the answer to everything.

zedx19

2,049 posts

88 months

Wednesday 27th November
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GOATever said:
Golf R. Golf R is the answer to everything.
Except fun, test drove one, wanted to love it, wanted to buy it, but found it utterly dull and was thoroughly disappointed. Kept my mk2 Focus ST instead which gets my vote, there's more competent hot hatches, better made hot hatches but for sheer fun I've found it very difficult to beat.

bobbo89

2,928 posts

93 months

Wednesday 27th November
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There's too many, we've been spoilt over the last 20 years but I'll stick with the one I've driven and loved the most.

Fiesta ST180
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