Lancia Delta Integrale Voted Greatest Hot Hatchback Of All Time

Lancia Delta Integrale Voted Greatest Hot Hatchback Of All Time

Lancia Delta Integrale
Lancia Delta Integrale

Lancia Delta Integrale The polls are closed, the votes have been counted, and the greatest hot hatchback of all time, according to Autocar readers, is Lancia’s unforgettable Delta HF Integrale.

Autocar asked its readers to vote for the greatest hot hatchback ever back in April. More than 3500 votes were cast on throughout April and May, and 14.3 per cent of them were for Lancia’s homologated rally legend. Its closest challenge came from the Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6, which attracted 7.9 per cent of nominations, followed by Ford’s original Focus RS with 7.7 per cent of the votes.

Chas Hallett, editor of Autocar said “It’s no surprise Autocar readers have voted for the Lancia, when launched back in the 80’s it very quickly acquired a large and enthusiastic fan base founded on its rally success. Interestingly, it is the oldest car in the Top 10 – proving age is no barrier to desire.”

“The closeness of the voting didn’t surprise me either,” Hallett went on. “Voting for a greatest hot hatchback is clearly a very personal choice. Even here at Autocar, we can’t agree – which is why we’ve written about so many of them in this week’s magazine!”

On sale tomorrow, Autocar’s bumper 9th June issue contains twenty-two extra pages, all of them devoted to the greatest hot hatchbacks ever.

Not-so-highly rated in Autocar’s hot hatchback poll were the Renault 5 GT Turbo, original Mini Cooper S, Citroen Saxo VTS and Renault Clio 197, which all scored less than 2.0 per cent of the vote.

The Top 10:

1st Place Lancia Delta Integrale 14.3%
2nd Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 7.9%
3rd Ford Focus RS (mk1) 7.7%
4th VW Golf GTi (mk1) 6.8%
5th Ford Escort Cosworth 6.5%
6th Honda Civic Type R (mk1) 5.8%
7th Seat Leon Cupra R (mk1) 5.7%
8th Peugeot 306 GTi-6 5.4%
9th VW Golf GTi 16v (mk2) 5.0%
10th Renault Clio Williams 4.9%