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
23 April 2019

Used Skoda Octavia vRS

7. Skoda Octavia vRS

The Skoda Octavia vRS is one of those cars that can probably carry most things you will ever want carried, thanks to its enormous boot, and yet shares most of its oily bits with the iconic Golf GTI, a car with more than adequate speed and amazing agility.

Add in a bargain-basement price both new and used and it seems there’s little to dislike. Its 197bhp 2.0-litre engine is smooth and flexible, and it’s enjoyable and competent in the chassis department, if not quite at the Golf’s level. Grab a good 2011 model for our money.

We found vRS, 2011, 50,000 miles, £9500

Read the used Skoda Octavia vRS review

6. Renault Sport Clio 200

Renault Clio RS

Bulging with intent, the Renault Sport Clio 200’s bodywork is pulled taut over a 197bhp 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine of rare liveliness and a chassis of exceptional competence.

The Cup version was even stiffer and lighter than the standard car, with faster steering. It’s wonderfully adjustable and it’s a great car to punt down a winding road, as well as being a hoot on a track. Check used ones carefully for enthusiastic use but it’s certainly good value.

We found Clio 200, 2014, 48,000 miles, £9995

Read the used Renault Sport Clio 200 review

5. Suzuki Swift Sport

Used test: Renault Clio Gordini vs Suzuki Swift Sport

The trouble with some of these otherwise wonderful hot hatches is that they can actually be a little too large. Of course, we all know cars are growing bigger, but luckily no one seems to have told Suzuki; this Swift feels so small that you could put it in your pocket.

The Sport version takes full advantage of its diminutive size; it’s lightweight, agile, energetic, fast and fun. With a modest 1.6-litre engine, it gets along very well indeed and the entertainment factor is sky high. A true pocket rocket and a bargain to boot.

We found 1.6 Sport, 2017, 18,250 miles, £9495

Read the used Suzuki Swift Sport review

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