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...

Used test: Ford Fiesta ST vs Vauxhall Corsa VXR
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Mark Pearson
23 Apr 2019 10:20

1. Ford Fiesta ST

If the main aim of a hot hatch is unparalleled driver enjoyment, the Fiesta ST’s got itself a heck of a head start. Under the bonnet is a 179bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine of immense liveliness, allied to a slick six-speed manual gearbox that’s a delight to use. Its steering is super-quick, its handling terrific – it’s the best-handling small hatch by a country mile – and it makes a great noise.

The car has great sports seats, too, and a suitably sporty ride. Put simply, the Fiesta ST drives brilliantly and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Our modest budget buys you a 2016 car in excellent condition – what’s not to like?

We found ST, 2016, 27,000 miles, £9,590

Read the used Ford Fiesta ST review

And the hot hatch to avoid…

Alfa Romeo Mito QV

Alfa Romeo Mito

The QV, or Quadrifoglio Verde, is the performance flagship model in the Mito range. It might have a passionate name, but it’s not that nice to drive and, most important of all, fails to stir the blood.