Hot Hatches

The best hot hatches are quick and exciting to drive, but they also need to offer everyday practicality – and all for a reasonable price. After all, hot hatches are sometimes the only car in the household, so in addition to offering the sort of pace that puts a smile on your face, they need to be relaxing to drive on a congested school run, and refined enough to cope with the odd journey on a motorway. It’s not an easy formula to meet.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta ST-2
Key facts
0-60mph 6.9sec
Top speed 139mph
Fuel economy 47.9mpg
CO2 emission 138g/km

Ford Fiesta ST-2

Best buy £15,000 - £20,000

Fast Fords haven’t always been great, but the
new Ford Fiesta ST is sublime.

List price £17,995
Target price £16,993
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Suzuki Swift Sport
Key facts
0-60mph 8.7sec
Top speed 121mph
Fuel economy 44.1mpg
CO2 emission 147g/km

Suzuki Swift Sport

Best buy less than £15,000

The Suzuki Swift Sport’s rev-happy engine and
sharp handling make it a great hot hatch.

List price £13,749
Target price £12,979
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Renault Megane Renaultsport 265 Cup
Key facts
0-60mph 6.0sec
Top speed 158mph
Fuel economy 37.7mpg
CO2 emission 174g/km

Renault Renaultsport Megane

Best buy over £22,000

This is the fifth time the Megane has won the top-priced hot hatch gong. Due a facelift this year, but grip, composure and pace mean it still provides thrill-a-minute motoring.  

List price £25,545
Target price £21,528
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