Best used hot hatches for less than £10,000 (and one to avoid)

If you need something practical but want to inject some fun into your everyday motoring, take a look at our top 10 list of hot hatchbacks for less than £10,000...

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Mark Pearson
18 October 2018

So you fancy a car with a good turn of speed and the fun factor turned up as high as it’ll go, but you also need something that’s reasonably practical and cheap to run. You’ll be after a hot hatchback, then – no other class of car mixes pulse-racing fun and day-to-day, real-world ability quite like a hot hatch. Here, we’ve gathered 10 of the very best and all with an upper price limit of just £10,000. Read on to see if any of these can tempt you.

Best used hot hatches for less than £10,000

10. Ford Focus ST

Used Ford Focus ST

Who could resist this chunky Focus, an old-school hot hatch with pumped-up bodywork and garish colour options that’s about as subtle as a punch in the face and as leery as a stag weekend in Blackpool? Its turbocharged 222bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine burbles and pops and invites you to have a go; and when you do, you’ll find it does the performance, steering and handling part very well. It’s even fairly practical.

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You want a Mini that can do 0-62mph in just seven seconds and go on to a top speed of 142mph? Look no further. The 1.6 Cooper S is a flickable and delightfully agile pocket rocket. Think of it as the ultimate Mini. Expensive new but at this age and for less than £10k, it’s beginning to look like a thoroughly good buy.

We found 1.6 Cooper S, 2012, 39,179 miles, £8990

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8. Audi S3

Used Audi S3

If what you’re after is straight-line performance combined with lashings of practicality, then the five-door S3 might well be the car for you. It’s civilised and secure; in some ways, a swift and sure-footed express rather than a fire-breathing hot hatch. However, it’ll let rip with the best of them if you really push it, thanks to its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and four-wheel drive, providing a pleasing blend of both speed and comfort. Plenty of room for the kids, too.

We found S3, 2008, 58,121 miles, £9489

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Best used hot hatches for less than £10,000 (and one to avoid)

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