What alternatives should I consider to a used Ford Focus RS hatchback?
The Honda Civic Type R has been around through several generations. The latest is a humdinger: it handles brilliantly, yet is surprisingly comfortable and easy to live with. It’s practical, beautifully engineered and a joy to drive. Previous models are fast and fun and a bit more raw, but definitely worth seeking out.
The BMW M140i was originally the M135i, and in either guise this modest-looking hot hatch is astoundingly fast, with a great-sounding engine and eager handling. In five-door form it’s reasonably practical, too, but it’s the pure rear-wheel drive handling experience that dominates here.