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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...

2014 Suzuki Swift Sport review

4. 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. This money picks up one of the last of the 2013-2017 cars; spend a thousand or two more and you can even lay hands on the newer model. 

Renault Megane RS

It’s true the Renault Sport Mégane requires you to make more compromises than contemporaries such as the Vauxhall Astra VXR, because its ride is firm and there's limited space in the back. However, countered against those criticisms is the fact that this car has a peppy 265bhp 2.0-litre turbo that achieves 0-60mph in 6.1sec, sticks to the road like lipstick to a guilty man’s shirt and has handling that would shame a track car.

The Cup version, in particular, is an absolute hoot, being rapid, agile and, above all, fun. And at this sort of money, it’s tremendous value.

We found 2014 Renault Sport Megane RS 265, 59,000 miles, £8995

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2. Volkswagen Golf GTI

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There are few icons in the car world more enduring and endearing than the Golf GTI. The fifth-generation car was a welcome return to form and this sixth-generation model added a smidgeon of extra refinement to its considerable sporting talents.

A lively 208bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit is enough to produce a 0-62mph time of just 6.7sec. It grips like a limpet and handles with a balance that’s the preserve of only the finest. If all that wasn’t enough, it’s extremely practical and quite efficient, too.

We found Volkswagen Golf GTI, 2012, 55,000 miles, £9500

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