Hatchbacks provide some of the most enjoyable driving experiences in cars today, but there’s always room for improvement. For those looking forward to 2022, there are already several hatchbacks on the market that provide an experience that would have been nearly impossible to imagine in years past. If you’re curious about which hatchbacks are sure to impress next year, here are 10 of the best hot hatchbacks of 2022.
1) VW Golf GTI
The Volkswagen Golf GTI has been a favorite in hot hatch circles for decades. This year, there are 5 new variants to choose from. The range starts with a 2.0L 170HP variant priced at $22,000 and tops out with a 3.2L 350HP twin-turbocharged variant that costs over $100,000!
2) Chevrolet Camaro
The Camaro has been a staple in Chevrolet’s lineup for several decades. It is a rear-wheel drive coupé that features a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout. The 2018 iteration was designed to be lighter and more powerful than its predecessor, weighing in at 3,025 lbs and producing 650 horsepower. ___________________________________________
3) Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Hyundai recently released news that they’re already working on a hot version of their Veloster sports car. Featuring a 204 HP turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a sportier suspension, Hyundai claims that the Veloster Turbo will be faster than 90% of all production cars currently in production. It’s also predicted to get about 34 miles per gallon on average, which is slightly better than most current models.
4) Nissan 370Z Nismo
The 370Z Nismo is an awesome car. With a 3.7-liter V6 producing 350 horsepower, it can go from 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 165 mph. Nissan has been making sports cars since 1968, and their experience shows in every Nismo model. The zero to sixty time is faster than its competitors, making it a great pick for anybody looking for speed above all else.
5) Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack
Despite being so very different from its muscle-car ancestors, I still hold that it’s never been cooler to be a gearhead than it is today. And when you look at vehicles like Dodge’s Challenger R/T Scat Pack (or Plymouth’s Barracuda R/T Scat Pack), it’s not hard to see why. Sure, they’re reminiscent of other performance vehicles—but they’re nothing short of sublime.
6) BMW M3
The M3 nameplate started out as a high-performance variant of BMW’s 3 Series sports sedan, but it has since expanded to include everything from coupe and convertible models to wagon and shooting brake body styles. The ultimate hot hatchback is rumored to be a new one based on next-generation M3 platform. This supercar is expected to have all-wheel drive, like its Audi RS 4 sibling, with a turbocharged 4.2L V8 that produces somewhere around 500 horsepower.
7) Ford Mustang GT500
The Mustang GT500 takes a page from cars like BMW M4 and Porsche 911 Turbo S by featuring a twin-turbo V8. With 600 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, it’s no surprise that Ford is touting it as the best all-around performance car in America. Ford claims that it has a 0 to 60 time below 4 seconds – an incredible feat.
8) Honda Civic Type R FK8
Those who can’t stand small cars with big engines or large sedans that don’t handle well will love driving Honda’s new Type R FK8. Developed jointly by Honda and McLaren, it’s a lightweight, track-ready two-door hatchback that’s ready to make some noise.
9) Subaru BRZ STi
The Subaru BRZ STi will stand out as one of finest and best hot hatchbacks. With its 2 liter turbocharged engine, it can go 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 190 mph. It comes standard with a supercharger and a 4-cylinder engine capable of producing 300 horsepower. The all-wheel drive system helps take performance to new heights with faster acceleration times. The weight distribution makes it easy to control on turns, especially during circuit racing.