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The forgotten hot hatches you can get for under £10,000

The forgotten hot hatches you can get for under £10,000


May they be older models like the Ford Fiesta XR2 and Peugeot 205 GTI, or more recent options like the Fiesta ST or Honda Civic Type R, hot hatches are abundant in the used market

We’re hot hatch lovers here and the best ones made are kept in high regard amongst UK drivers. 

May they be older models like the Ford Fiesta XR2 and Peugeot 205 GTI, or more recent options like the Fiesta ST or Honda Civic Type R, hot hatches are abundant in the used market. 

But sometimes, some efforts slip under the radar and aren’t as popular as manufacturers would have expected. Here are some of the lesser-known hot hatchbacks that you can get for our £10,000 budget.

Toyota Corolla T Sport

Toyota may have made some recognisable greats – the Supra, GT86 and GR Yaris just to name a few recent models. These racier models are more well-known, but the Japanese firm has also made some less common options.

Toyota Colorra T Sport

One such model is the Corolla Sport T, taking a less exciting model and upping it with a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated engine developing a punchy 189bhp.

The Corolla wasn’t the lightest model to choose, but it’s an underrated option that can be picked up for under £5,000 for a very tidy model.

Seat Ibiza Bocanegra

The Volkswagen Golf GTI and Skoda Octavia vRS are more popular VW Group hot hatches, but firms in the organisation have made some other options that can be just as potent.

SEAT Ibiza Bocanegra

One such option is the Seat Ibiza Bocanegra, which is mechanically the same as the Ibiza Cupra.

Called ‘Bocanegra’ due to the black panel on the nose, it was built to celebrate the 1200 Sport. The 178bhp developed from the 1.4-litre engine makes for an exciting package, with good examples offered from around £7,000.

Vauxhall Astra VXR Nurburgring

This may be one of the best hot hatches around anyway, but it’s not as common as more renowned models like the Ford Focus RS and Golf GTI. The Astra VXR is arguably a boy racer classic. 

Vauxhall Astra VXR Nurburgring

Brought into production to celebrate the Astra VXR becoming the fastest front-wheel drive car to lap the Nurburgring, Vauxhall also added extra pieces of kit to make it more special.

A Remus exhaust system, lighter alloys and special decals set it apart, with only 835 examples made. Good second-hand options can be found for £7,000.

Nissan Micra 160SR

The Nissan Micra isn’t the first model that springs to mind to be a hot hatch, but the Japanese firm decided to give it a sporty upgrade. 

Nissan Micra 160SR

The car is fitted with a 1.6-litre engine producing 109bhp, which doesn’t sound like a lot.

But the lightweight setup weighing just over a tonne, it’s surprisingly spritely. Examples can also be bought for around £1,000. 

Skoda Fabia vRS

Using the same setup as the Ibiza Bocanegra, the Fabia vRS also slips past most people’s attention – making this an interesting choice.

Skoda Fabia vRS

The same 1.4-litre engine produces the same 178bhp but was introduced before the Ibiza and was unique for its turbo- and supercharged engine. 

It might not be the most obvious option, but this is now a bargain choice in the hot hatch segment. Available on the used market from £7,000 for a good version, some engines were a bit fragile – so make sure you get a good example. 

Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart

Seen as a rival to the Subaru STi line-up, Ralliart is the sporty arm for Mitsubishi. More known for its Evo range, Ralliart also did some work on other Mitsubishi models – like this, the Colt Ralliart. 

Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart

The rather dowdy Colt comes with a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine here, which develops 147bhp – upgrading this model to something much more fun than expected.

It never really clicked with the UK audience, so didn’t sell well – that means good used examples can be had for £4,500. 

Mazda 3 MPS

Mazda has always been good at making cars fun to drive, with the 3 being a prime example of making a hatchback well.

Mazda 3 MPS

With car fans well aware of this, the MPS was a big hit. With the 2.3-litre engine producing 256bhp, it was quick in a straight line – but the chassis couldn’t quite match it.

That means it’s often overlooked so the performance is affordable, with facelifted versions of the model available well inside the price range. 

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