Scrappage special - Buyer's guide - Performance cars and hot hatches

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Mini Cooper 1.6T S
Price £16,575
Target Price £16,412
Economy 45.6mpg
CO2 149g/km

How much fun can one car be? Take the Mini Cooper – its peppy 173bhp turbocharged engine loves to be thrashed almost as much as you'll love thrashing it, while its go-kart handling lets you throw it into bends with absolute confidence.

To tickle you even more, you can use your scrappage allowance to make the £13k Cooper even more affordable.

The savings don't stop there, either, because stop-start technology keeps fuel economy high. Pretty sweet all round, really.

Volkswagen Golf GTI
Price £22,410
Target Price £21,357
Economy 38.7mpg
CO2 170g/km

The original hot hatch is now even better - super-precise handling, a fabulous 207bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and meaner styling make it the most desirable Golf GTI ever.

It'll brush off 0-62mph in just 6.9sec and won't stop until it nudges 150mph. Still a great driver’s car, yet just as capable of doing the school run. It's frugal for a hot hatch, too - averaging 38.2mpg.

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