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Best Hot Hatchbacks To Buy For £10,000

By raccars Published

All driving enthusiasts love hot hatchbacks. They are quick, affordable, practical, good-looking and basically, well, an absolute hoot. For real world motoring, few cars provide as much satisfaction as sporty hot hatches – and that’s why Brits adore ‘em so much.

In recent years, the hot hatch sector has been thriving. Traditional greats such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI have been joined by leftfield new entrants – a decade ago, who’d have thought Skoda would be selling TWO hot hatches?

It’s a great time to be in the market for the supercar we can all afford, then. Even better is the fact you could get one for FREE, by winning the RAC Cars £10,000 prize draw! The competition gives you the five-figure sum to spend on a car of your dreams and we can’t think of many better places to put it than into a hot hatch.

Here, to get you thinking, is a rundown of 10 of the best hot hatchbacks on the market…

Ford Focus ST

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2008 model
The models you should look for: ST-2, ST-3

Ford gave the 2007 Focus ST hot hatch a charismatic 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine: its 225hp is thus delivered effortlessly and smoothly. A well honed car with a smart interior and great seats, it’s a very classy hot hatch.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2007 model
The models you should look for: Five-door

The original hot hatch had lost its way before the launch of this Mk5 variant. But what a return to form this one was! The 210hp 2.0-litre turbo engine was fast, the chassis was exceptional and both, both outside and in, it’s highly appealing.

SEAT Leon Cupra

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2008 model
The models you should look for: Cupra

The Golf GTI’s hardcore cousin. Based on the Golf platform, the Leon Cupra has more aggressive looks, stiffer suspension and a more fierce and fiery 240hp 2.0-litre turbo engine. Loved by enthusiasts, it’s looking great value today.

Skoda Fabia vRS

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2011 model
The models you should look for: Hatchback

The original Skoda Fabia vRS used a 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine. This one has a 1.4-litre twincharger petrol, with DSG gearbox, for a vibrant new twist on the small hot hatch formula. Frugal yet fun.

Skoda Octavia vRS

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2010 model
The models you should look for: 2.0 TSI, 2.0 TDI

The capacious family hatchback that does all the necessary practical stuff brilliantly, but which is also much faster and more focused than you’d expect, both in petrol and diesel guise. The Police don’t rate them for nothing, you know.

Honda Civic Type-R

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2010 model
The models you should look for: Type-R GT

The Civic Type-R is a dying breed of hot hatch: no turbocharger, just a very, very high-revving 2.0-litre petrol and a switch-like gearbox that you have to stir hard to keep it on the boil. And that’s the very appeal of the CTR…

Audi S3

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2007 model (albeit with high miles)
The models you should look for: S3

You’ll have to hunt hard to get the last-gen Audi A3 for this money but it’s a search that’s worth it. Quattro four-wheel drive, a rapid 265hp 2.0-litre turbo, understated looks and a delectable cabin all make it extremely likeable.

Vauxhall Astra VXR

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2010 model
The models you should look for: VXR

A hot hatch almost like no other: this is another form of old-school performance, where turbos were large and far from subtle, and the focus really was all about acceleration. Intense and aggressive, you’ll either love or loathe it.

Renaultsport Megane 265

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2010 model
The models you should look for: Cup

Renault knows how to build great hot hatches and the Renaultsport Megane 250 is one of the best it’s ever built. It handles brilliantly and the engine’s fast too – it’s a car of uncommon depth and ability.

Renaultsport Clio 200

What you’ll get for £10,000: 2010-2011 model
The models you should look for: Renaultsport 200, Gordini 200

The Renaultsport Clio 200 is almost as good as the Megane 250 – for the money, you can get one just a few years old, with plenty of life in it. Perfect, particularly given how its replacement simply isn’t as good…

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