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...
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 2014 model for our money.
We found vRS, 2014, 50,000 miles, £10,000
6. Renault Sport Clio 200
Bulging with intent, the Renault Sport Clio 200’s bodywork is pulled taut over a 197bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged 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
5. Honda Civic Type R
Dispense with any preconceived notions you might have of the workaday Honda Civic when you approach a Type R. This version might be the last of the eighth-gen versions but it has a 197bhp 2.0-litre VTEC engine that howls like a banshee and revs to 8000rpm and propels the Civic from 0-62mph in 6.8sec.
It’s tremendous – fast, fun, reliable and roomy. Plus, prices start from as low as £5000 and our £10k limit buys a late model car with a low mileage.
We found Type R GT, 2012, 42,000 miles, £9995
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