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Europe's hottest hatchbacks of 2016

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There is something rather striking about European hatchbacks; they tend to be elegant beasts. They display elegant curves, carved into each body panel flowing from signature headlamps with LED daylights to well finished rears and neatly tucked in spoilers. However, tucked under their streamlined bonnets are aggressively engineered power-plants that bring out the true beasts in each of these beauties.

Here is our selection of seven of the hottest hatchbacks from European automotive stables.

Renault Megane GT Nav

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The dynamic-looking, high-quality, All-New Renault Megane - loaded with technology features from higher-segment cars - was Renault's star attraction at the 2015 IAA in Frankfurt. Alongside a range of highly-efficient petrol and diesel engines, it will be available from launch as a GT created in association with Renaultsport. ~ www.netcarshow.com

More info: www.renault.co.uk

Alfa Romeo Giulitta Veloce

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2017 igImage: netcarshow.com

To keep on playing a leading role in the segment, Alfa Romeo Giulietta has been refreshed with a bolder sport characterisation, new specific elements and an unmistakable family feeling shared with the fascinating Giulia, which is the new Alfa Romeo paradigm and ultimate expression of the meccanica delle emozioni - or mechanics of emotions - concept. ~ www.netcarshow.com

More info: www.alfaromeo.co.uk

Audi S3

Audi S3 2017 igImage: netcarshow.com

The new Audi S3 7 features more power and, in conjunction with the S tronic, 20 Nm (14.8 lb-ft) higher torque - Audi has done one better with the Audi S3. Moreover, Audi engineers have integrated S3-specific control for the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) and the multi-plate clutch. The result: even greater driving dynamics, driving pleasure and safety. ~ www.netcarshow.com

More info: www.audi.co.uk

Volvo V40 R-Design

Volvo V40 2017 igImage: netcarshow.com

Volvo Cars gave its bestselling Volvo V40 and V40 Cross Country the new face of Volvo for Model Year 2017 with trim updates across the range. Central to the model year exterior updates are new grille meshes featuring the updated and more visually striking Volvo Iron Mark. The update also equips the V40 with the new 'Thor's Hammer' headlights, resulting in a confident new look shared with Volvo's new 90 Series cars. ~ www.netcarshow.com

More info: www.volvocars.com

BMW M135i

BMW M135i 2016 igImage: netcarshow.com

The BMW M135i occupies a stand-out position in the new BMW 1-Series model range, one which also underlines its position as the leading sports performer in the premium compact segment. It is fitted as standard with twozone automatic air conditioning and a sliding front armrest, as well as numerous model-specific design and equipment features relating to the powertrain, chassis, aerodynamics and cockpit. Together they form an overall package assembled with typical M precision to deliver an ultra-sporty and emotionally rich driving experience. ~ www.netcarshow.com

More info: www.bmw.co.uk

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S 2017 igImage: netcarshow.com

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S is the most powerful ever version of the Golf GTI and was built to celebrate 40 years of the iconic hot hatchback. With German racing driver Benny Leuchter (28) at the wheel, the car has just smashed the existing lap record for front-wheel-drive production cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a time of 7 minutes, 49.21 seconds. ~ www.netcarshow.com

More info: www.vw.com

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG 4Matic

Mercedes Benz A45 AMG 4Matic 2016 igImage: netcarshow.com

Agile and safe on country roads, ultra-dynamic on the racetrack: The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG presented in 2013 exceeded all expectations, and immediately captured the top position in its market. Nonetheless, this worldwide success is no reason for the sports car brand within Mercedes-Benz to rest on its laurels. On the contrary, for after extensive updating the Mercedes-AMG A45 4Matic now guarantees even more emotional appeal and driving pleasure. With a peak output of 280 kW (381 hp) and maximum torque of 475 newton metres, the turbocharged AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine once again comes top in the competitive line-up. ~ www.netcarshow.com

More info: www.mercedes-benz.co.uk

 

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Alain McRae

Freelance motor racing and sports blogger. Loves supercars, football, video games and action movies. When not writing, he can be found reading comics or playing video games.

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