Hatchbacks are hotter than they have ever been here in the U.S. Not only are these cars small and nimble, but with modern technology and turbocharging, hatchbacks put out some good horsepower figures while getting wonderful Fuel Economy too!
Let’s face it; the days of Americans driving inefficient muscle cars are getting slimmer and slimmer due to high cost of fuel as well as some of us gear heads just simply not fond of the new/retro styling or price tags that come along with them. These can be deciding factors but another one is daily driving fun and for these hatchbacks, the monotonous drive to work becomes an all out rallycross race. So let’s take a look at some top picks for hot hatchbacks here in the states.
Ford Fiesta ST
Ford is stepping up its lineup with some very fun and quick cars as we see the incredibly fun to drive Ford Fiesta ST arriving. Planting 197 horsepower and 202 lb.-ft. of torque through a six-speed manual transmission is recipe for a match made in heaven. With a 1.6L Turbo engine and up to 35mpg makes this a car you can live with. Expect there to be some great aftermarket goodies coming for this one.
Volkswagen GTI and Golf R
Two legends of the European hatchbacks as one is an everyday fun car that sports 200hp through a turbo engine coupled to a six speed FWD setup and comes in both 2-door and 4-door setups. Then there is the big brother that has 256hp fed to 4MOTION AWD system and comes with a few suspension tweaks that make this car a threat on the street. With some weight reduction going on sense the previous model means that acceleration, handling and braking is getting a little better.
Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
Always a great find in the compact sports car categories, these reliable turbo 2.5L boxer engines can take some abuse as this version delivers 265hp to a great AWD system and makes this vehicle ready to race on roads, snow, dirt, or simply doing donuts in your neighbor’s front yard. A great everyday vehicle that also has a more powerful big brother that sports 305hp and even more racing goodies. STI version would be this writer’s top pick.
Not seen often on the streets which make these a little more unique. Offering good looks and good specs thanks to the turbo 5-cylinder this Volvo is putting out 227hp and 237ft-lbs of torque. This is a great car for the sporty driver that sucks at driving because it is safe and offers some peace of mind. With a six-speed manual you will get some fun out of this car.
No joke with this one as it delivers 263hp and 280lb-ft of torque. Though same may not like the looks of these beast there is no denying that it is fast and agile. With a six-speed gearbox and 5-doors makes this a fun to drive vehicle that you can also comfortably fit several very scared friends in with.
Ford Focus ST
Surprisingly Ford is delivering a more powerful big brother to the Fiesta ST with this Focus ST. Pumping out 252hp and 270lb-ft of torque makes this a contender with the MAZDASPEED3 and with a cost of just 3k over the Fiesta ST makes this certainly a viable option if you want a bigger car. With a 2.0L turbo engine and a nicely tuned suspension, expect there to be a following of aftermarket parts for this car as well.