WINNERS: CAR OF THE YEAR 2014

Hot Hatch of the Year 2014 Singapore: Volkswagen Golf R

Editor's choice: Volkswagen Golf R     Voter's choice: Volkswagen Golf R

We weren't exactly spoiled for choice in 2014 when it came to hot hatches but whatever we could get stirred us in the right places. Our nominees are a trio of 2.0-litre turbocharged gremlins that not just stirred us but tossed us in every which way to motoring nirvana.

While the thought of playing with twins is always an entertaining notion, when it came to the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R, our attention was equally split. But thoughts of Cameron Highlands and our little dash to Penang and back brought back sweet memories of everything we loved about the Golf R.

Firstly, that sensational electric blue is enough to distract our adolescent minds from anything else. But seriously, the VW hatch was a ton more fun when we tossed it about the twisty bits. The variable ratio steering meant tight turns can be achieved without ever taking your hands off the 9 and 3 positions. And for $10,000 less, the Golf R is a pretty sweet deal compared to its sister Audi S3.

Even without our support, the Golf R would've won this all on its own having clinched 50% of votes but with our blessing, the electric blue Golf easily dominates here.

Hot Hatch of the Year 2014 Nominees:

Audi S3
Audi S3
Mini Cooper S
Mini Cooper S
Volkswagen Golf R
Volkswagen Golf R