8 Great Hot Hatches: Your Buying Guide for 2014

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Two-seater coupes are great fun and all, but when it comes to offering reasonable amounts of practicality — enough to make them useful as daily drivers — they tend to fall a bit short. Enter the hot hatch, a breed of car that offers a balance of a small footprint, a degree of practicality, huge driving fun, and a relatively low price tag.

While hot hatches have been around for decades, it has largely found a more enthusiastic welcome outside of the U.S. That’s starting to change, as American buyers are warming up to the little cars, which can add some spice to an otherwise dull daily commute.

Since we here at Wall St. Cheat Sheet haven’t driven the vehicles in question ourselves, we turned to the automotive expertise of Edmunds.com, Autoblog, and others for some insight as to the pros and cons of each vehicle. Here are eight excellent hot hatch options for 2014, the following are ranked alphabetically.

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