Like hot hatches? Youâ€™ll love these 10 cars
British car buyers love hot hatches. They are practical and sensible everyday carsâ€¦ that happen to be combined with a punchy, powerful engine, tuned suspension and bucketloads of fun that guarantee theyâ€™re a blast to drive.
Because theyâ€™re so popular, itâ€™s great news for secondhand car buyers. There are loads of cars on the market to pick and choose from, and many of them are available at a bargain price. Itâ€™s childâ€™s play to get a good deal on a hot hatch great â€“ so, to get you thinking, hereâ€™s 10 cars you may like to pick and choose from.
10: Volkswagen Golf R
The Golf R isnâ€™t the cheapest of hot hatches, but itâ€™s one of the best, so it makes our top 10. It has a huge amount of power and four-wheel drive to cope with it all, and itâ€™s become a bit of a modern-day legend amongst hot hatch enthusiasts.
Buy this: 2015 R, 40,000 miles, Â£17,695
9: BMW 1 Series M135i
The M135i is another car with a rich price tag but plenty of justification for it. The six-cylinder turbo engine is a gem and the rear-drive chassis is sportscar-grade. Itâ€™s not the roomiest inside though, particularly in the back, which chips away at its hot hatch credentials.
Buy this: 2018 M135i, 38,000 miles, Â£17,692
8: Mini Cooper S
The little Mini Cooper S has a cracking turbocharged engine and a gem of a chassis that helps it live up to every claim of being kart-like. It also looks the business and is a thrill to drive â€“ although, like the BMW, itâ€™s not particularly spacious insideâ€¦
Buy this: 2014 Cooper S, 29,000 miles, Â£11,790
7: Suzuki Swift Sport
Looking for a hot hatch bargain thatâ€™s also great behind the wheel? Look no further. The Swift Sport may only have 134bhp, but what it lacks in on-paper firepower, it makes up for with pure high-revving thrills. Bulletproof reliability and ample practicality are other bonuses.
Buy this: 2015 Sport, 33,000 miles, Â£8000
6: Volkswagen Golf GTI
The daddy of them all, the Golf GTI is actually a better secondhand hot hatch buy than its more powerful Golf R sibling. It has less power, which means no need for four-wheel drive, and a purer driving expensive is the result. Itâ€™s also exceptionally practical.
Buy this: 2013 GTI 5dr, 39,000 miles, Â£14,895
5: Ford Focus ST
The Focus ST is a direct competitor to the Golf GTI. It has even more power and offers exceptional value for money, while the drive is pin-sharp and poised. Let-downs are a busy interior and cheap plastics, and youâ€™ll want to avoid the base ST-1 as it lacks kit. You can even get an estate version, if you so wish.
Buy this: 2013 ST-2, 31,000 miles, Â£12,495
4: Seat Leon Cupra 280
Looking for something punchier than a Golf GTI, but without the Golf Râ€™s price tag? Welcome to the Seat Leon Cupra 280, a Golf-derived hot hatch that boasts 276bhp and a polished suspension setup including a limited-slip differential. Itâ€™s a superb-value hot hatch.
Buy this: 2014 Cupra 280, 61,000 miles, Â£14,447
3: Renault Megane Renault Sport
One of the best driverâ€™s hot hatches around, this Megane is a modern-day classic. The chassis is incredible, and the powerful engine is the perfect match for it. You may have issue with the firm ride and low-rent interior, but just a few minutes behind the wheel will convince you itâ€™s a legendâ€¦
Buy this: 2015 Renault Sport 265, 31,000 miles, Â£14,895
2: Skoda Octavia vRS
We said at the start that hot hatches need to be practical, and thereâ€™s no more practical choice out there than the Octavia vRS, either in hatch or estate guise. You can even get it as a diesel, although weâ€™d prefer the petrol â€“ it has a Golf GTI engine, after all. Fun to drive and, at this price, a real bargain.
Buy this: 2014 vRS TSI hatch, 32,500 miles, Â£12,980
1: Ford Fiesta ST
The Fiesta is a hugely popular car in Britain, and the ST version is one of the best hot hatches you can buy at any price. Itâ€™s thus our top pick, with a winning combination of practicality and fun. The ride is a bit firm and the interior cheap, but youâ€™ll soon overlook this, particularly if you pick up a well-stocked ST-2 or ST-3.
Buy this: 2013 ST-r, 37,000 miles, Â£9491