We've talked about how much we love hot hatchbacks a number of times before. The reasons are pretty obvious too: Hatches are small, and therefore efficient and easy to drive in a cramped city, yet packaged well enough to be genuinely practical, with seating for four or five and plenty of cargo space. The light weight and small size means that a small boost in power and a suspension tune can also turn this practical car into something fun, something special, sometimes even something race-worthy.

Many of these wonderful creatures are denied to us, and are only available abroad, but even here in 'Murica, land of the trunk, the numbers of hot hatches are increasing. These are The 10 Best Hot Hatches of the Past 10 Years.