Described as the biggest all-rounder in the motor industry, hot hatches are taking the car market by storm. We spoke to dealers across the UK on how they feel about the speedy hatchback crossovers. Lee from Blackburns UK says “hot hatches are great fun to drive, but in most ways, are impractical for everyday use. Fuel consumption and the upfront price are way more than the average person would pay for high quality used car, which is better for general use. ”

Mercedes-AMG A45:

Although a full family may feel cramped in this sporty car, the price tag is at a large £41,000. This car is staggeringly fast in a straight line and gear changes are fast with a dual-clutch gear box. With 18-inch wheels, not only does the A45 feel like a speed demon, it looks like one too.

Mercedes-AMG A45

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Ford Focus RS:

This one is slightly cheaper than the A45 but in some ways, it’s even more of a speed machine. It has a 0-62 time of 4.7seconds and a top speed of 165mph, now that’s fast. This may be down to its 2.3 litre four-cylinder turbo charged engine.

Ford Focus RS

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Audi RS3 Sportback:

This hatchback has a 5-cylinder turbo charged engine and can reach 62mph in just 4.3 seconds. Although there’s no real gadgets with this car, it clocks in at £41,000, similar to the A45. With 400 horsepower behind it, it lives up to its name as a pocket rocket.

Audi RS3 Sportback

Seat Leon Cupra 300:

The most powerful car the company has made so far, the Seat goes to 62mph in 5.3 seconds. At £32,000, its less than others on the market, but then again maybe less of a speed machine. It’s a grippy car so perfect for cross-country speed.

Seat Leon Cupra 300

Peugeot 308:

This is the most recent of a line of hot hatches. This one however is slightly less beasty, with a 1.6 litre engine it can still pack a punch. Its interior is much better quality than most of the other hot hatchbacks.

Volkswagen Golf GTI:

This model is the fastest and most powerful Golf to date with 306bhp. With high stability and incredible grip, the Golf GTI can speed around corners like no other. With a price tag of £34,000, this is one of the more expensive hot hatches.

Renault Sport 275:

Considered one of the best hot hatches, it has great performance and a sleek style. The cost is lower than the majority of the other hatchbacks. The interior could be improved, but all around it’s probably the best hot hatch to buy.

Renault Sport 275