With the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla, Toyota will be joining the club of manufacturers of proper 4-door hot hatchbacks. But will the Japanese giant manage to compete with the established leaders of the segment? Today we will attempt to figure this out by comparing the newcomer with the established players in the segment.
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#1 2023 Toyota GR Corolla
2023 Toyota GR Corolla is a hot-hatch iteration of the 12th generation model, that was developed by Gazoo Racing.
#2 2022 Audi S 3 Sportback
Back in the year 2000, the Audi S3 Sportback became the original model within the emerging class of sporty premium compact cars. Today, the latest generation of this model can be described as a Swiss knife of a hatch that excels at everything you would expect it to.
#3 2023 Honda Civic Type R
2023 Honda Civic Type R will be revealed in its final form this June, but for now, we already know that it will be powered by an evolved version of the 2L Turbo I4, paired with a manual gearbox.
#4 2022 VW Golf R
2022 VW Golf R belongs to the 8th generation of the model, that offers sportier styling, new interior and improved performance, with a new Drift mode.
#5 2022 BMW M135i xDrive
A proper facelift for the BMW M135i xDrive is expected to occur in 2024, so this year’s adjustments will be rather subtle. Most striking one is the emergence of several fresh individual paint finishes including the toxic Sao Paulo Yellow and new optional 19 inch light alloy wheels.
#6 2022 Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC
The A-class by Mercedes-AMG can flex its muscles all the way to 400 horsepower in the A45 S model, but today we will be looking into its entry level variant. With a little less bankrupting price tag the AMG A35 4matic hot hatch still offers an AMG signature grille, 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels, sporty looking rear bumper, proper roof spoiler and big exhaust pipes.