With the rise of performance SUVs like the new Ferrari Purosangue, hot hatches and fun driving machines are becoming as scarce as chicken teeth. But certain brands like Toyota haven’t given us all hot hatch aficionados just yet, check out their GR Yaris for example, and their latest release will be featured later in this list. One of the reasons we think the hot hatch should never go away is because it’s a simple package that offers an enjoyable driving experience without sacrificing too much fuel.
Making a great hot hatch is much more complicated than it looks. Take the Ford Fiesta ST for example; a manageable fast hatchback, but it wasn’t nearly as striking as some of the entries we have on our list today. So for this list, we’ll be shifting our focus from performance metrics and riding experiences, to styling languages. Be warned; today’s list will have quite a few entries from across the pond.
10 Best Looking: Abarth 595 Scorpioneoro 2020
Abarth has always been praised for their eccentric versions of the Fiat 500, but their latest limited-edition 595, the Scorpioneoro, has to be the sexiest of them all. Under the short hood is a 165 hp 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but what really makes it stand out is its exterior color scheme.
Only 2,000 Scorpioneoro models will ever be built, and each one will be painted either black or white with a set of beautiful gold wheels, scorpion decals and a pinstripe, as well as a checkered roof. There’s just something special about a black car with contrasting gold accents, just look at the Ford Shelby Mustang Heritage models, for example.
9 Best Looking: 2009 Alfa Romeo Brera
To continue the trend of beautiful Italian hatchbacks, we have the Alfa Romeo Brera. Essentially this was an already beautiful Alfa Romeo 159 sedan designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro that lost two doors, got a twisty rear end, and of course the legendary Busso V6 engine.
The Brera was also designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, but assembled by none other than Pininfarina. We’ve searched the internet, but to this day we can’t find an ugly hardtop Brera; red, white, black and even matte colors are a perfect match for this Alfa hatch.
8 Best-Looking: 1993 Lancia Delta HF Integral Evoluzione II
The Lancia Delta is regarded as one of the most influential rally cars ever built, but not only was it a beast of performance, but it also looked fantastic.
The Delta as a base model looked rather tame and dull, but after some evolution, the Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione II made its debut. Bulging fenders, four-wheel drive, 16-inch MontecarloCorse 16 wheels, Recaro seats and a silhouette so iconic it’s still used by rally cars today.
7 Best Looking: 2004 Renault Clio V6 Renaultsport
So let’s switch from memorizing Italian shutters to an over-the-top wide mid-engine with French shutters. Yes, you heard that right. The new Megane RS isn’t Renault’s first superhatch, it was the smaller Clio… and as the name suggests, it was powered by a monstrous 250hp V6 mounted in the middle.
And to make room for that engine, Renault had to remove the rear seats and reduce some trunk space, but looking back, it was all worth it. This has got to be the most menacing road-legal hatchback ever made.
6 Best-Looking: 2023 Toyota GR Corolla
Toyota has been seriously at the top of their game since the MK5 Supra was released, and thanks to the influence of Gazoo Racing we owe them to the existence of the GR Corolla. To meet modern emissions regulations, they had to cut off one cylinder from the modern four-cylinder engine layout that most manufacturers use in their hot hatches, but somehow they still managed to squeeze 300 horsepower out of it.
All its power is distributed over the four wheels and you control this beast via a manual six-speed gearbox. Toyota is heading in the right direction and soon we will have the chance to get behind the wheel of this scorching Corolla in 2023.
5 Worst Looking: 2015 Honda Civic Type-R
This was a tough choice to make… Between the latest generation FK8 Civic Type-R and the previous generation FK2 it’s just a matter of preference which you think is uglier, because they both are. We decided to go for the 2015 year model because… well, check it out. The more we look at it, the uglier it gets.
This Type-R was a pointy blob to the core with a crazy rear wing on top of another rear spoiler, quadruple exhaust tips, too many red accents and four-ish doors. At least it had a preppy little 2.0-litre 300 horsepower engine, so you could hurtle past everyone without hurting their eyes.
4 Worst Looking: 1988 Yugo GVX
The Yugo is considered one of the worst cars the world has ever seen, so it’s no wonder the Yugo GVX was belittled by the automotive world. The GVX used to be a bargain.
It cost nearly $7,500, and in return you would receive a 1900 lb Yugoslavia-built hatch powered by a 1.3-liter engine that puts out 60 horsepower. But despite being such a good car, the public couldn’t see past its hideous exterior styling and build quality.
3 Worst Looking: 2022 Mini JCW GP
Mini has come a long way, a very long way; and it seems like their hatchback just keeps getting bigger every year, but the GP is by far the most annoying yet. There’s so much to hate about this car: the giant rectangular rear wing, cheap-looking carbon fiber fenders, you name it. But we must give credit where credit is due.
Since the 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces over 300 horsepower, it can go up to 265 mph, and since the rear seats have been ditched for a roll cage, it’s been planted on the ground before. But in terms of style, the only positive comment we can make is the Union Jack-inspired taillights.
2 Worst Looking: 2004 SEAT Leon Cupra R
From the front, the 2004 Leon Cupra R looks a bit handsome, but from the rear it’s a whole different story. It’s not often we find a car disgusting just because of its rear end, but when it looks depressed, almost suicidal, we can’t help but hate it almost as much as it hates itself.
Fortunately, SEAT has learned from their mistakes, and as a result we have the new matte gray and gold-infused Cupra R to look at, and we believe it is a runner-up to one of the best looking hot hatches ever made.
1 Worst Looking: 1984 Innocenti Turbo
It breaks our heart that we had to put the Innocenti Turbo on this list, after all, it was designed in collaboration with the awe-inspiring De Tomaso brand responsible for creations such as the Mangusta and Pantera.
The Innocenti was an everyday commuter built in the ’80s, and once De Tomaso got his hands on it, a 3-cylinder Turbo variant was made that put out 67 horsepower, and it looked like it had matured as soon as it hit the factory. floor. Today that number seems insignificant, but in the 1980s it was more than enough to avoid traffic.
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