If you want the practicality and fuel efficiency of a medium-sized family car and the pizzaz and performance of a sports car, all in one package, then a hot hatch is the perfect car for you. We’ve seen so many great hot hatches throughout the years, and to compress them into a list of 10 was no easy task. So here they are, the 10 best hatchbacks of all time.

 
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10. Honda Civic Type R Mk2

One of the the few hot hatches with a naturally aspirated engines. Looks great and has enough power to keep its driver busy.

 
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9. Volkswagen Golf R32 Mk4

The world’s first production car with a dual-clutch gearbox. It has 240 horsepower from a unique VR6 engine, and it looks absolutely gorgeous.

 
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8. Nissan Pulsar GTI-R

It’s hard to believe that a 24-year-old hot hatch is capable of producing 230 horsepower. Never underestimate the Japanese.

 
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7. Renault Clio V6 Renault Sport Phase 2

Renault created this beauty to commemorate the 5 Turbo. It was a monster to drive thanks to its mid-mounted 250-hp V6 engine.

 
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6. Ford Focus RS500 

This is a particularly unique car as only 500 units were produced; 350 horsepower are all transferred to the front wheels. It doesn’t get any crazier than that.

 
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5. Renault Clio Williams

One does not simply forget about the Clio Williams. It is named after the Formula 1 team and is extremely fun to drive. What more do you want?

 
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4. Renault 5 Turbo

It is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 158 horsepower and it weighs less than a ton. Go figure.

 
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3. Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 

The street-legal version of Peugeot’s WRC title-winning rally car. Only 200 were ever made. Need a better introduction?

 
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2. Lancia Delta HF Integrale 

It won six consecutive world rally championship titles from 1987 till 1992. This figure alone is perhaps enough proof of the Delta Integrale’s grandeur.

 
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1. Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1

Introduced in 1975, the first-generation Golf GTI gave the world the earliest taste of a hot hatch. It’s not exactly the fastest or the prettiest looking on this list, but its importance earns it the top spot.

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