Hot hatch drag race: Audi RS 3, Mercedes-AMG A45, VW Golf R, Honda Civic Type R and Ford Focus RS

Which hot hatch is king of the runway take-off?

HOT hatches aren’t all about straight line speed but in a competitive market, knowing you’ve got the the top dog when it comes to power — and power delivery — is important.

Owners want to be sure they’ve not only got a decent family car during the week but also some serious power under their right foot, come a weekend trackday.

Which brings us to the drag race: a clear way to prove your choice of pocket rocket is a cut above the competition.

That’s why carwow’s Mat Watson took the latest Audi RS 3, with its 2.5-litre engine sending an astounding 395bhp through its quattro four wheel drive system, to a deserted runway to meet its arch rival the Mercedes-AMG A45, plus three cheaper — but equally exciting — rivals: the Ford Focus RS, the VW Golf R, and the all-new Honda Civic Type R.

Which is quickest off the mark? Watch the vid to find out.

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Hot hatch battle: Focus RS vs Civic Type R vs M140i vs RS 3 vs Golf R vs AMG A 45