What alternatives should I consider to a used Peugeot 208 GTi hatchback?
The Ford Fiesta ST is our king among used hot hatches, being great fun to drive and very reasonable in terms of cost to buy and run. We actually prefer the older car, the four-cylinder model produced between 2012 and 2018, to the current three-cylinder car, although it has to be said that's a hoot, too. Great handling and a bouncy ride, but always top-notch driving.
The Renault Clio RS was controversial for offering only an automatic gearbox with this version. It's fast and agile, though, and good value used. It rides well, too, and has a spacious interior.