There’s a reason that automotive enthusiasts the world over love hot hatches: not only are they practical, but they’re also very sporty and fun to drive. That’s why we spent the last twenty minutes watching Fifth Gear’s Hot Hatch Death Match (Season 22, Episode 4) — a shootout between the VW Golf GTi, RenaultSport Megane 265 Cup, Ford Focus ST, and the Vauxhall Astra VXR (aka the Opel Astra OPC) with Tiff Needell and World Rally star and former intercontinental rally champion Kris Meeke.
So grab a cup of java (or your favorite beverage), sit back, and enjoy:
The GM Authority Take
There’s a spoiler alert ahead, so watch the video above before continuing to read any further.
We wonder if the Astra would have taken first place if it were driven by Mr. Meeke, rather than Mr. Needell… but to let the RenaultSport take gold in the shootout? C’mon!
Also, your truly opines that it would be nothing short of awesome (and necessary) for Chevrolet to have a Cruze hot hatch of its own (and make it available in the States, as well).
Hat tip to Vic1212.