The Honda Civic Type R is our reigning hot hatch king. Many have tried to surpass it, and one or two have even set a faster time around the legendary Nordschleife, but none have so far managed to dethrone it as our go-to choice for under £30,000.
But now, Ford is back with an all-new Focus ST to take the fight to Honda. It picks up where the last Focus RS left off, with the 2.3-litre turbocharged engine sending 276bhp through the front wheels. Is that going to be enough to defeat the 316bhp Civic?
Join Matt Prior and Mauro Calo as they take the two hottest hatches of the moment to Llandow circuit in Wales to find out which is fastest and, crucially, which is more fun.