When it comes to the balance of performance, cost and practicality, no other type of vehicle does it better than the hot hatch.
The idea of taking a regular family hatchback and turning it into a performance car has proved hugely popular, especially in the UK. Volkswagen took ownership of the concept with the Mk1 Golf GTI of 1976 and, today, most manufacturers have one of these fundamentally enjoyable cars in their line-up.
The best hot front-driver of the moment is worth the financial stretch – this is a seriously involving effort from Honda, giving you grip when you need it and adjustability when you want it.
That combination yields sensational agility that, along with a turbocharged engine of formidable flexibility, invites you to exploit everything this car has to offer.
A prettier, less track-biased car with a greater focus on cabin amenities than mechanical matters might have been a bigger seller, but it wouldn’t have been half as compelling. Nor would it be the most exciting hot hatch that can currently be bought new.