Cybertron Defense Hot Shot, I'm guessing you mean? Because, while the original Cybertron Hot Shot does come out looking quite good with the backpack-wing-spike-Rodimus-homage-things, his backpack is MASSIVE.
As for me, I like middling transformations as well, I'd say 10-12 steps is reasonable but not excessive. That said I don't mind complex transformations either! I quite enjoy them when they're done well, but if a transformation is hard just because it's hard to line things up, then it stops being enjoyable. Lookin' at you Rotf Leader Optimus, you and your blasted engine section transformation! I do love that mold otherwise though, haha.
For my favorite transformations, I'd have to say Rotf Breacher and Generations Warpath are very good and produce VERY good results in both modes. I've been messing with BH Wheeljack a lot the last few days, and I quite like his transformation, and I always liked Dead End too, but the addition of BH Jackie's wings looks quite nice.