Best used hot hatches for less than £20,000

A budget of £20,000 could buy you a sensible family car, or you could inject some excitement into your life with one of these 10 used hot hatchbacks...

BMW M140i

1. BMW M140i

The M135i, is a previous winner of our Hot Hatch of the Year trophy, and the revised M140i model is even better value. You can find plenty of less-than-two-year-old examples on the second-hand market for less than £20,000, which is surprising when you realise that these cars cost £36,000 when new.

Most other hot hatches come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the M140i has a stonking 335bhp twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six, making it the fastest car in this list by some margin. What’s more, you can get it in five-door form, making for a practical family car. And when you don’t need it for playing taxi driver, you can unleash all that power on your favourite road and revel in the playful nature of the rear-wheel-drive chassis. It won’t be cheap to run, but when you’re saving this much money over the new cost, why not take the plunge?

We found: 2017 BMW M140i 5dr, 20,000 miles, £18,950

Read the used BMW M140i review

And the hot hatch to avoid…

Vauxhall Corsa VXR 

Vauxhall Corsa VXR

The standard Vauxhall Corsa is a decent small car that’s good value for money, but the hot VXR version needs a better engine, sharper handling and an improved ride.

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