Today’s breed of pepped up hatchbacks look very different to those of 20 years ago.

Heavier, grippier and faster, but not necessarily as involving and certainly not as raw, it’d be easy to don a pair of rose tinted specs and claim today’s hot hatches have lost the magic of the original breed.

That might be true to some extent, but based on my weekend's experience I'd say today’s hot hatches are no less brilliant things.

I spent most of Saturday and Sunday driving a Ford Fiesta ST200 and rally-spec Renault Zoe in Wales (find out why in Autocar magazine and on YouTube soon), and left feeling completely satisfied that the affordable hot hatch (so that excludes the £30k stuff like the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R) is alive and well.