Little wonder then the manufacturers continue to sell and develop hot hatches for markets across Europe and including in Britain. For 2013, there are some very exciting new entries for the hot hatch sector set to arrive over the next few seasons of this year.
With some of the biggest names in motoring industry today set to release an all-new performance-focused model, either for the first time or with many years prior experience, 2013 looks set to be a great year for hot hatch fans.
Therefore here is our guide to the best new hot hatches due to go on sale in the UK later during 2013.
Each entry in this list will become available to buy from Perrys Dealerships network spread out nationwide.
Ford Fiesta ST
Following the arrival of the stylishly refreshed and facelifted Ford Fiesta supermini for the start of 2013, Ford will now finally launch a ST badge hot hatch specification of the current generation model.
The standard Fiesta range was the highest selling new model in the UK market throughout 2012, and this new ST model has the potential to whet many appetites as well.
Available in a three-door bodystyle only, the new Ford Fiesta ST will be sold from April 2013 in two trim specifications, named ST1 and ST2.
The Fiesta ST is armed with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that produces 180bhp and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This pocket rocket will be able to cover the 0-62mph sprint in just 6.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 139mph.
This hot hatch also returns approximately 40mpg and emits just 138g/km in CO2, leaving the potential for fun without pushing running costs to dramatic heights.
Pricing for the new Fiesta ST starts at £16,995 for the ST1 trim, or £17,995 for the ST2 model.
Kia Cee’d and Pro_cee’d GT
As part of its ambitious plans for further expansion this year, 2013 will mark the occasion when Kia launches its first hot hatches, the five-door Cee’d GT along with the three-door equivalent named the Pro_cee’d GT.
Whichever bodystyle you go for, the new GT hot hatches will utilise a 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine with 201bhp, linked to a manual transmission.
This front-wheel driven powertrain will allow the Kia to cover the 0-62mph sprint in 7.9 seconds, more than three seconds less than it takes the standard versions of the Cee’d or Pro_cee’d.
The more powerful engine is complimented by new sporty styling touches exclusive to GT models, now including larger bumpers, 18″ alloy wheels and a more uniquely designed grille plus exclusive body paint colours.
Peugeot 208 GTi
This is the most promising looking hot hatch to be launched by Peugeot for some time, carrying real potential to prove itself a worthy long-awaited successor to the iconic Peugeot 205 GTi, one of the earliest and best examples of the hot hatch.
The 2013 interpretation will be available to order in the UK from 1 March 2013, with first deliveries arriving on 18 April 2013. Prices for the 208 GTi start at £18,895.[YouTube:6rPIQKsLbgg:BlockCentre]
The new hot hatch uses a 197bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which will blast it through the 0-62mph sprint in 6.8 seconds, whilst also keeping CO2 emissions respectable at 139g/km.
Peugeot has also altered the steering and suspension for the GTi specification, giving it a stiffer but more responsive drive which should maximise its large potential fun factor.
Other highlights of the upcoming new Peugeot hot hatch includes the sport seats with leather trim, the 17″ alloy wheels and the practical feature of rear parking sensors.
Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo
Like Ford and Peugeot, the French manufacturer Renault has plenty of experience in making hot hatches and many in the motoring scene will no doubt be looking forward to the next offering from its performance branch Renaultsport.
The company’s new hot hatch is based on the next-generation Renault Clio hatchback, which is set to launch at last to the UK market in during the spring of 2013. The Renaultsport hot hatch specification of this five-door car is due to begin UK orders in April 2013, with first deliveries coming in June later the same year.
Not only does the new Renaultsport Clio sport the amazingly distinctive new styling of the standard hatchback, but you can tell this hot hatch means serious business just from reading the specification details.[YouTube:JC2TewPvRbg:BlockCentre]
The new model swaps the naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine and manual transmission from the previous Clio, in favour for a more compact 1.6-litre turbocharged unit linked to a six-speed automatic gearbox. This new set-up for the Clio produces 197bhp, and it’ll cover the 0-62mph sprint in just 6.7 seconds, while the capable top speed is 143mph.
Not only will the new Renaultsport Clio be one of the perkiest new hot hatches of all, it also delivers highly respectable running costs, thanks to its average fuel economy figure of 44.8mpg and CO2 emissions output of 144g/km. This rate of efficiency is helped partly by the fact the new Clio hot hatch is 36 kilos lighter than its predecessor.
The new hot hatch will also have a lot of technical equipment as standard including Bluetooth and USB connectivity and the R-Link multimedia system complete with a 7″ touchscreen. With pricing expected to start from around £16,000, the bright and bold new Renaultsport Clio looks well set to rock the UK hot hatch market this year.