Top German Hot Hatches

If you are looking for a vehicle that offers high-performance, a hot hatch might just be the answer. German manufacturers are known for having the best vehicles with excellent performance and handling.

What Is A Hot Hatch?

VW Golf R Interior

A hot hatch is a three or five-door hatchback and is considered one of the best cars on the market.

What Is The Advantage Of A Hot Hatch?

If you want a ride that is fun, offers excellent handling and is nothing short of massive power at an affordable cost, you should consider a hot hatch.

German Hot Hatches

The leading German brands are known for producing high-quality performance in both hot hatches and sedans. There is no question that German engineering is in high demand. These vehicles guarantee the best performance and quality on the road.

The most popular brands are Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Skoda, and Seat.

What Hot Hatches Are Available In The UK?



The VW Golf GTI R is one of the finest performing hot hatches from Volkswagen. This four-wheel-drive packs 316 bhp from the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with acceleration to 60mph in 3.9 seconds.

You have the choice of a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The vehicle’s fuel economy is mated at 26 mpg combined for city and highway driving.

The VW Golf GTI R is not the most powerful as its German sisters, but it offers features that are outstanding including drivability and handling. Other features include adaptive dampers and drift mode when operating the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. The hot hatch also includes a sports exhaust system and large front disc brakes.



Diesel is not as popular as it was at one time and a diesel hatch is not as fast as the petrol models but if you want fuel economy at 54 mpg, this is the vehicle you should consider.

The GTI D’s power comes from its 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel, mated to a 7-speed Dual Clutch Automatic in front-wheel-drive design. The GTI D offers zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds with a speed of 152mph.

You can expect to pay approximately £30000 for a relatively new model.

VW Golf GTI Clubsport

VW Golf GTI Clubsport

The Golf GTI Clubsport is one of the most famous Volkswagen models on the market. It’s high in demand due to its high-quality performance and handling. This vehicle is considered by many consumers as one of the very best and most affordably desirable to date.

The GTI is powered by a 24bhp 2.0 litre petrol engine which is considered the standard, under-powered hot hatch. This vehicle corrects the under-power by increasing it to 296bhp. Handling can be a little stiff and firm which results in a firm ride by compromising to cabin comfort.

Audi RS3

Audi RS3

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes are considered the three leading luxury and performance vehicles on the road. It can be difficult to separate the leading German brands, but the Audi RS3 is all about performance to the very highest degree.

Its amazing 400 horsepower is supplied by the 2.5-litre turbocharged engine and mated to a 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic Audi Quatro AWD design.

This high-performance hot hatch offers acceleration from zero to 60mph in 3.8 seconds. Its top speed is an amazing 180mph which is electronically controlled.

The Audi RS3 has a higher price tag at an average of approximately £50000. That said, this vehicle is loaded with many desirable features with some that are optional. Some of the features include climate control and a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system. Surround yourself with tunes while racing down the road.

BMW M135i

BMW M135i

Whether you are young or just young at heart, the BMW 1 Series might just be the perfect match for you in a hot hatch. In spite of its controversial looks, it’s one of the most popular models out there This vehicle is also quite roomy compared to most other hot hatches.

The BMW M135i is now available in a front-wheel drive. It’s powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine that churns out 319 horsepower in a four-wheel-drive design. The power can propel the M135i to 62mph in 4.8 seconds. This hatch is super fast and agile on the road with its adaptive chassis, making it a high-performance hot hatch.

Mercedes-AMG A35 S

Mercedes-AMG A35 S

Mercedes’ hatches are one of the most popular, powerful, comfortable, and premium cars out there. The AMG A35 S four-wheel-drive comes with an excellent 2-litre turbocharged engine with an output of 302 horsepower, mated to a standard 7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic.

The drive-train is 4MATIC four-wheel-drive. This vehicle can go from zero to 60mph in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

The Mercedes-AMG A35 S comes with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, high-pressure direct injection, and a sport-tuned steering wheel, along with many other excellent features. For a more comfortable ride, the AMG A35 S can be fitted with optional adaptive dampers.

Mercedes-AMG A45 S

Mercedes-AMG A45 S

The Mercedes AMG A45 S is one of the leading top-performance vehicles on the road. Many consumers believe this car is an incredible piece of engineering. Outside of the usual luxuries, it packs more than 400 hp of torque from the small 2.0 litre turbocharged engine. It’s also tuned by Posaidon for amazing power.

This vehicle can reach 60mph from zero in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 201mph. The figures are equal to the Audi RS3 but it comes at a higher cost.

Skoda Octavia vRS

Skoda Octavia vRS

The Skoda Octavia might not be as popular as the German marquees but is definitely powerful enough to grab the interest of those looking for fun. This car is reasonably priced and possibly offers lower maintenance costs than other brands.

The Octavia vRS offers 3 engines. The first engine is a 2.0-litre 242 bhp turbocharged petrol. The second engine is a less powerful 2.0 litre naturally aspirated diesel and the third is a 1.4-liter petrol plug-in hybrid.

The most common engine is the turbocharged petrol which offers acceleration from zero to 60mph in 6.7 seconds. Fuel economy for the same engine comes in at 49.6 mpg on average.

The Skoda Octavia vRS hot hatch is considered to operate under the radar.

Hot Hatch Servicing And Repairs

Audi Mechanic

If you own a hot hatch it’s very likely your pride and joy and you will need little encouragement to ensure that it is maintained in top condition and at pique performance levels with regular servicing. Servicing should be performed by experienced technicians with a complete understanding of the technical requirements of a hot hatch and all the servicing requirements.

Lowton Motor Company has the best tools and people to work on every single hot hatch model produced. We are experienced in servicing and repairing prestige vehicle from all the major manufacturers, another part of our business specialises in Luxury Used Vehicle sales. We undertake the servicing, repairs and MOT’s for all the vehicles in our Luxury Used car showroom were required.

If your hot hatch is in need of a service, repair or MOT you can booking online today.

For further information on our services you can browse the site or get in touch with us by calling 019253 30468 or alternatively, you can email us directly at At Lowton Motor Company we service all vehicles produced by all the top manufacturers from the a Kia to a Porsche and everything in between. Our experienced technicians have access to and traning with all the latest technology. You can be sure your vehicle is in safe hands whether it’s in for a repair, a service or just the annual MOT.

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