7 Brilliant Hot Hatchbacks You Can Buy For Less Than A New Ford Focus RS


Credit: Josh Miller

When I said GT cars didn’t have to come expensive, you could be on your way to tell me that I don’t feature enough cars that were cheap(ish) from the start. The 406 Coupe wasn’t expensive in terms of GT cars, but it was expensive when is was new. What some of us want is a small, easy to park, front wheel drive box that’s fun to drive and has the practically you need on a day-to-day basis.

Hot hatchbacks. Best part of all, these ones start from just £1,750.

£1,750 – £2,750 – An hatchback à niveau d’entrée. (entry level hot hatchback)
The Renault Clio 172/182.

If you could live with one of the many hot hatchbacks, you could be buying one of these. A small French car with a choice of a 172 or 182 bhp.

Sure, it’s not the prettiest thing in the world, and like the majority of things that have been built in France, it will fall apart.

If you are interested in buying this cheap entry into the world of hot hatchbacks, it would have been thrashed hard by somebody at some point. When a Clio is thrashed hard, you can find accident damage. It’s easily diagnosed by the finish of seams and joints on the panels. If it differs, then a panel would have been replaced.

If it’s a really tempting offer, this 54 reg Arctic Blue 182 with 80,000 miles on the clock may just be the one on your drive.

£2,250 – £5,000 – A car to beat all of them. The Mazda MX-5.

*ahem* At least I can say it again.

£2,250 – £4,250 – A brilliant hot hatchback with a redline of 8,500. The EP3 Type-R.

Of course, this generation being one of the world’s dullest hatchbacks, the Honda Civic felt like it needed to be livened up a little bit. An engine like this would have been mad, but they did it anyway. Just look at the result.

It’s got everything you want in something like this. Independent rear suspension, a K-series engine with an insane redline of nearly 9,000rpm which kicks out an insane exhaust note. It’s good value too.

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