Hot hatches never really caught on in the US like they did over here which is a huge shame because they tick almost every box if a dream list were to exist. I can't imagine life without one from now on, you get your every day comfort practicality and economy but then the epic performance is just a squeeze of the right foot away when you need to overtake or have fun on the weekend. It saddens me that there aren't more offerings in the states.
Type-R would be my choice, hands down. Had a good look at one the last time I was at the Honda dealer. He tried hard to get me to go for a test drive, but at 71 it is a bit "young" for me. There are quite a few round here, and they look and sound the part.
2006 Honda Jazz 1.2i-DSi S Vivid Blue Pearl
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say, I don't mind the side profile, but the huge fake plastic front and rear vents just ruin it and make it look cheap in my opinion. I already have my dream hot hatch, not the quickest, but probably one of the best power/weight ratios in its class because its so light, which also translates to better fuel economy, handling and less wear on tyres brakes and suspension components.