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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 used hot hatchbacks for less than £10,000...

Used hot hatches

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. You see 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, so as cheap as chips. 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 test – hot hatches: Ford Focus ST vs Volkswagen Golf GTI

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 lairy as a stag weekend in Blackpool?

Its turbocharged 247bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine burbles and pops and invites you to have a go; and when you do, you’ll find it does the performance (0 to 60mph in 6.5sec), steering and handling part very well. It’s even fairly practical. Only its age prevents it from ending up higher up our list. 

We found 2012 Ford Focus ST ST-3, 68,000 miles, £9495

Read the used Ford Focus review

Buy a used Ford Focus ST here

9. Mini Cooper S

Used test: Ford Fiesta ST vs Mini Cooper S

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 2016 Mini Cooper S, 50,000 miles, £9995

Read the used Mini Cooper S review

Buy a used Mini Cooper S here

8. Audi S3

Audi RS3

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 (0 to 60mph in 5.6sec), thanks to its turbocharged 261bhp 2.0-litre engine and four-wheel drive, providing a pleasing blend of both speed and comfort. Plenty of room for the kids, too. Our money only buys a 2011 version, however, otherwise it might have finished higher. 

We found 2011 Audi S3, 2011, 78,000 miles, £9900

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Buy a used Audi S3 here