Two 5Mn-1.5Al TRIP steels with and without Nb microaddition were developed in the present study. The steels contain bainite, martensite, interlath retained austenite and martensite- austenite islands. The paper presents the results of the compression tests carried out at various temperatures using the Gleeble simulator. To analyze the kinetics of static recrystallization in these steels, a softening kinetics were determined in a double-hit compression test. It was found that the dynamic recovery is a main thermally activated process occurring during hot deformation. The Nb microalloyed steel has higher flow stresses and peak strains than the Nb-free steel. A solute drag effect of Nb results in a slower softening kinetics of Nb containing steel. The effects of Mn on the retardation of Nb(C,N) precipitation and hot deformation characteristics are also discussed.