Best used hot hatches (and the ones to avoid)

With scintillating pace, sensational handling, sensible prices and space for the whole family, used hot hatches have it all. Here are the best on the market today...

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Claire Evans
26 Apr 2016 06:00 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Best used hot hatches (and the ones to avoid)

If you’re a regular What Car? reader, it’s probably no surprise to see the Ford Fiesta ST take the top spot. It’s the most exciting used hot hatch you can buy at the moment, with a fabulously responsive engine and zingy handling, and the best part is that it isn’t expensive to buy. Yes, the ride is firm, the interior’s a bit downmarket, and if you’re looking for a hot hatch that can do it all you’ll need something bigger – but we can forgive those flaws for the unbeatable blend of value and exhilaration that the Fiesta ST delivers. Choose an ST-2 or ST-3, though – both have more equipment than the rather basic ST-1.

We found: 2013 ST-2, 36,000 miles, full service history, £9995

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And the used hot hatches to avoid…

Best used hot hatches (and the ones to avoid)

Tempting prices can’t disguise the cheap interior, duff handling, sluggish gearbox and bustling ride of the fastest Mito.


Abarth Punto Evo

Best used hot hatches (and the ones to avoid)

The Abarth Punto looks fantastic, but its build quality and reliability are poor, its handling is uncultured, and it isn’t all that fast.


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