Hot hatch drag race: Audi RS 3, Mercedes-AMG A45, VW Golf R, Honda Civic Type R and Ford Focus RS

Which hot hatch is king of the runway take-off?


HOT hatches aren’t all about straight line speed but in a competitive market, knowing you’ve got the the top dog when it comes to power — and power delivery — is important.

Owners want to be sure they’ve not only got a decent family car during the week but also some serious power under their right foot, come a weekend trackday.

Which brings us to the drag race: a clear way to prove your choice of pocket rocket is a cut above the competition.

That’s why carwow’s Mat Watson took the latest Audi RS 3, with its 2.5-litre engine sending an astounding 395bhp through its quattro four wheel drive system, to a deserted runway to meet its arch rival the Mercedes-AMG A45, plus three cheaper — but equally exciting — rivals: the Ford Focus RS, the VW Golf R, and the all-new Honda Civic Type R.

Which is quickest off the mark? Watch the vid to find out.

Because carwow were kind enough to let us run this video on driving.co.uk, here’s a link to see how much you can save on a new car:

Hot hatch battle: Focus RS vs Civic Type R vs M140i vs RS 3 vs Golf R vs AMG A 45