It’s rational to assume that something desired will be far more satisfying than something needed. Both a Toyota Corolla and a Porsche 911 will fulfill a need for transportation, but only one inspires much desire.
Then there’s the hot hatch. This class tackles both need and want — combining a peppy powertrain, agile handling and a utilitarian shape into a functional piece of performance equipment. Today's hottest hatchbacks have transcended mere fun-to-drive dynamics to become outright performance weapons without shedding their practical purpose. Honda’s Civic Type R and Ford’s Focus RS are the latest and greatest contenders. It’s time to decide which is best.