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Best used hot hatches for less than £10,000
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...
The hot hatch is the superhero of the fast car world. Rather than forcing buyers to sacrifice space, practicality and affordability – as sports and performance cars do – hot hatches give you all the qualities of a small or family car, plus bucket loads of driver enjoyment. That means fewer compromises, but just as much fun.
Here, we’ve gathered 10 of the very best, and they're all available for less than £10,000 on the used market. Not all heroes wear capes, people.
Best used hot hatches for less than £10,000
10. Seat Ibiza Cupra
For a hot hatch, the Ibiza Cupra is rather tame. It won't thrill you like more engaging rivals, nor can it provide truly exhilarating performance. However, it is fun to drive, plus it earns bonus points for respectable fuel economy, reasonable used prices and praiseworthy comfort. Within our budget, you'll be able to pick up an example with the 177bhp 1.4-litre engine. Later cars received a 188bhp 1.8-litre engine, although those demand extra cash.
We found: 2015 Seat Ibiza Cupra 1.4 TSI, 77,954 miles, £8989
9. Peugeot 208 GTi
The 208 GTi offers immense value. For less than £10,000, even opting for an example featuring the 205bhp 1.6-litre engine is possible – early, 2013 cars have 197bhp. The 0-60mph sprint takes 6.5sec, and it feels quick, as well as sharp and eager to change direction. Sure, there are alternatives that feel even sportier, but it's a hoot to drive nonetheless.
We found: 2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Prestige, 36,586 miles, £9940
8. Ford Focus ST
Ford is fantastic at turning everyday cars into lairy, engaging performance machines, and the previous-generation Focus ST is a prime example. It's a real driver's car, with a wonderful six-speed manual gearbox (as your only option) and a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder coming as part of the package. Its power output of 247bhp delivers a 0-60mph time of 6.5sec, and its loveably angry personality invites you to use that performance and enjoy its agile handling. If only newer, lower mileage examples were available within our budget, the Focus ST would be an even stronger contender.
We found: 2012 Ford Focus ST ST-2, 72,000 miles, £9995
7. Mini Cooper S
Though the Mini has grown and matured a significant amount since the 1959 original, the latest generation still has plenty of charm, as well as driver appeal. By going for a Cooper S model, you'll get a pocket rocket that can do 0-60mph in just 6.8sec and go on to a top speed of 142mph. Combine that with the go-kart-like handling the Mini Hatchback is known for, and you've got yourself a very fun car indeed – and one that comes with a delightfully plush interior too. Overall, it's a cracking package.
We found: 2014 Mini Cooper S, 70,000 miles, £9990
6. Skoda Octavia vRS
The Octavia vRS is one of the most practical hot hatchbacks money can buy, meaning you can take it on that beautiful B-road on the way back from your weekly – or perhaps monthly – shop. Mind you, be careful the milk doesn't spill, because its 2.0-litre engine produces 217bhp, for a 0-60mph time of just 6.6sec. Add in good fuel economy, plus the fact that it's also available with a 181bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine, and the vRS proves to be a great all-rounder. Admittedly, you'll have to shop around to get within our budget at the moment, but it remains an incredibly accomplished choice.
We found: 2014 Skoda Octavia vRS, 78,000 miles, £10,000
5. Renault Clio RS 200
With a 197bhp 1.6-litre engine under the bonnet, the Renault Clio RS 200 has the punch to match rivals, and its competent chassis and aptly honed suspension give it immense cornering pace. Few cars tackle a winding road like this awesome machine. With all that in mind, there is an air of seriousness around the RS 200, and it's also worth noting that it only comes with an automatic gearbox – those wanting a manual will have to look elsewhere.
We found: 2014 Renault Sport Clio 200 Lux, 69,264 miles, £10,000
While the latest model sits at around £1,000 over budget, its predecessor is nothing to scoff at – even though its non-turbocharged 1.6-litre engine has a modest power output of 136bhp. Why? Because its low weight, rev-happy nature and engaging driving experience help it feel nippy and rather exciting to drive. Value is also very much on its side. For our budget, you can easily acquire a five or six-year-old Swift Sport with very reasonable mileage.
We found: 2017 Suzuki Swift Sport, 20,500 miles, £10,000
3. Renault Megane RS 265
The Renault Megane RS 265 is very much a rough-and-ready hot hatch. You're getting a 265bhp 2.0-litre turbo that achieves 0-60mph in 6.1sec, as well as grippy handling and driving dynamics that puts more than a few sports cars to shame. Despite its age, it remains a riot to drive and, out of those on this list, is one of the best hot hatches to take to a track. All yours for less than £10,000.
We found: 2011 Renault Megane RS 265, 73,341 miles, £8995
2. Volkswagen Golf GTI
There are few icons in the car world more enduring and endearing than the Golf GTI. In the excellent sixth-generation version, a lively 208bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit is used to achieve a 0-62mph time of just 6.7sec. It grips fantastically and handles with an astute balance. If all that wasn’t enough, it’s extremely practical and quite efficient too. We'd recommend spending a little more than our budget to secure yourself one with a more reasonable mileage, but even so, the Golf GTI offers an expert mix of head and heart, making it a go-to choice.
We found: 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0 TSI, 88,000 miles, £9490
1. Ford Fiesta ST
If the main aim of a hot hatch is unparalleled driver enjoyment, the Ford Fiesta ST reigns supreme. 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 quick and its handling is grippy yet playful. It's also fun, theatrical and amazing value. The car has great sports seats and a suitably sporty ride too. Put simply, the Fiesta ST isn't just the best car on this list, it's also one of the greats, full stop.
We found: 2015 Ford Fiesta ST-2, 53,000 miles, £8990
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