The Hottest Hot Hatches of 2014

6 Feb

Unsurprisingly, the Top 10 List of the best selling cars in 2013 was dominated by small family cars and super-minis, and 2014 is set to be yet another year of domination for the hot hatch.

A compelling combination of safe, economical and terrific fun to drive, it is clear to see why so many households opt for the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa – but what small cars are set to be a success in 2014? Weekly Cover, the short term car insurance specialists, is keeping a close eye on these three…

Peugeot 208 FE Hybrid

2014 Peugeot 208 FE Hybrid

That fuel economy and fun we just talked about is expected to be available in bucket loads with the forthcoming Peugeot 208 FE Hybrid. Offering a staggering 141mpg, the 208 FE weights 20% less and is 25% more aerodynamic than the original 208, no doubt helping it to be an absolute riot to drive as well as achieve that incredible level of efficiency.

It debuted at the Frankfurt motor show back in September but an exact release date is yet to be revealed. Are hybrid vehicles about to get cool?

Volkswagen e-Up

VW e-Up

Although electric car technology has been around for some time now it has yet to take off within the mainstream automotive industry. The e-Up is Volkswagen’s first foray into the market, basing it on an existing VW vehicle unlike their competitors.

With an anticipated range of 75-103 miles in summer and 50-75 miles in winter the e-Up should cater for the vast majority of drivers’ needs. In fact, Auto Car’s test of the car managed 112 miles at a cost of about $4.56 – impressive.

SEAT Leon Cupra

SEAT Leon Cupra

Expected to be premiered at the Geneva Motor Show this March, the SEAT Leon Cupra and the three-door Cupra SC are the latest offerings to the hot hatch market by this Spanish manufacturer.

Both of the models come complete with all of the features you’d expect from a sporty super-mini, with bespoke trim accents and big alloy wheels that provide a more dynamic aesthetic compared to the traditional Leon.

The Cupra has been designed with handling and feel in mind, and as such both models will come equipped with up-rated suspension, brakes and steering components that are designed to improve performance.

What cars are you looking to most in 2014? Let us know in the comments.

This guest blog was written by John Rooney in partnership with Weekly Cover. John blogs about the  car industry as well as issues affecting British motorists.

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Date posted: February 6, 2014