Top 5 Hot-Hatchbacks under £7K

Top 5 Hot-Hatchbacks

Hot-Hatches seem to be a main discussion in any car enthusiasts conversation, so after a request by a Torque About follower we thought it be appropriate to come up with our Top 5 Hot-Hatchbacks under £7,000 – regardless of the age and condition. List in no particular order.

Some hot-hatches of the last ten years in my opinion are better built, faster and much better looking than today’s standard. An old school hot-hatch is something we all want some day. I want to own a Golf GTI one day, I’m sure I share that dream with millions of car enthusiasts across the world. This article is perfect if you’re looking to buy a hot-hatch of reasonable price any time soon.

 Think we’ve missed one out? Comment and let us know.

Suzuki Swift Sport – 2010

(£4,500 – £6,500)

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Torque About Rating – 3.5/5

Driving, Reliability and Specs

The Swift came onto scene in 2005 and has since then been a strong competitor in hot-hatches. The Swift  is aimed at buyers looking for strong performance combined with maximum value for money. Good quality interior with generous cabin space considering the size of the car. It is great fun on twisty roads due to precise steering and all-round excellent grip. Drivers will fall in love with the sweet sounding exhaust note.

Thanks to customizable suspension settings, the ability to navigate corners while remaining relaxed and comfortable is more subtle than ever. All the seats are supportive and offers plenty of head and leg-room for a car of such small proportions.

Reliability

Suzuki standard have proven to be highly reliable ever since the much-improved generation model was introduced in 2004. The interior feels tough and well pieced together, well in line with competitors such as VW and Ford. Crash testing achieved five star in NCAP crash standards tests.

Top Speed - 124 mph
0-60 mph - 8.9 seconds
MPG (average) - 40 mpg
Engine size - 1.6L
Front Wheel Drive

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Honda Civic Type-R – 2005

(£4,500 to £6,500)

honda civic type r Top 5 Hot-Hatchbacks

Torque About Rating – 4/5

Driving, Reliability and Specs

Honda’s VTEC engine has been developed to give a little more low-lown power, but it does it’s best work the closer you get to the red line. Above 6,000 revs and the VTEC cuts in, giving you an exhilarating boost of power. A six-speed manual gearbox paired with a 2.0-litre engine results in quick, well spaced gear changes with minimal travel.  Neat detailing is attractive and understated, such as the metal name plate on the centre console and red Honda badges. The gear lever pokes from the dash about six inches from your left hand – it’s perfectly placed.

The Type-R enjoys strong residual value and whilst it may cost you a fair bit to insure, the fuel and servicing are pretty cheap too. However, red-line it on a regular basis and you will find that the fuel gauge needle plummets much faster.

Reliability

The interior materials may not look the most expensive but its well-engineered and Honda’s ability to provide reliability is legendary. If driven hard it will use oil, so keep an eye on it. Euro NCAP rates Civic as a four-star car; their only real criticism was child seat protection. To save weight, it loses the side airbags of other Civics, and there’s no traction control although it doesn’t seem to need it until it snows.

Top Speed - 146 mph
0-60 mph - 6.6 seconds
MPG (average) - 30.1 mpg
Engine size - 2.0L
Front Wheel Drive

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Seat Leon Cupra R – 2005

(£3,000 to £6,000)

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Torque About Rating – 4.5/5

Driving, Reliability and Specs

It was the fastest and most powerful production model in the company’s history in 2005, according to Seat it tops 149mph and posts 0-62mph in under 7.0sec. Despite the performance hike, the particularly effective chassis work carried out by Seat Sport when the original Lean Cupra was developed remains unchanged. But the Cupra R has a remarkably well-strapped-down chassis stripped of any float or bodyroll. It feels solidly planted at all speeds, and provides outstanding traction from the fat 225/40×18 tyres.

As ever, the steering feels chunky, well-weighted and is usefully quick-acting, which makes for a handling package that’s a near-perfect companion to the tidy performance. Near-perfect, because the absorbent ride and low road noise testify to an amount of chassis isolation that robs the Cupra of ultimate handling precision and driver feedback.

With its refined engine, crisp six-speed box, Audi-like build and hugely powerful brakes, the 225 Cupra is a machine that brings sports-car handling and muscle to the affordable hatch arena.

Top Speed - 149 mph
0-60 mph – 6.9 seconds
MPG (average) - 27 mpg
Engine size - 1.8L
Front Wheel Drive

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Ford Fiesta ST – 2009

(£4,500 to £6,500)

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Torque About Rating – 4/5

Driving, Reliability and Specs

Now called ‘ST’ and two years in development, it offers the largest engine ever seen in the three-door hatchback, with the most power, and is the first production car developed by Ford’s TeamRS division. As well as looking after the WRC rally cars, the new team carries responsibility for all fast production Fords, and has gone all-out to start with a bang. With a variable-intake manifold, it produces 150bhp, 5bhp up on the Focus. The all-alloy powerplant also has a low-inertia flywheel for a racy feel, and a sports exhaust system including exposed tailpipe at the back. Until now, Fiesta exhausts have been concealed beneath the rear bumper.\

Incidentally, the Pirelli P Zero Nero tyres have been specially tuned for the ST, and they hide disc brakes all-round; rear discs are a new Fiesta debut, and the larger front callipers and pads were taken from the Focus ST170.

Top Speed - 129 mph
0-60 mph – 7.9 seconds
MPG (average) - 38 mpg
Engine size - 2.0L
Front Wheel Drive

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Volkswagen Golf MK5 GTi – 2008

(£5,000 – £7,000)

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Torque About Rating – 4.8/5

Overview and Specs

After kickstarting the hot-hatch thing 36 years ago, VW spent much of the ’90s and early ’00s doing its best to squander its headstart, turning out the lacklustre Mk3 and Mk4 Golf GTIs, which traded on a name instead of serving up genuine GTI thrills. But the Mk5 marked a return to form, the tartan-checked seat trim echoing the early cars’ upholstery, and giving a nod and a wink to those in the know that the good times were back. And they were: the Mk5 was as easy to live with as you’d expect of a VW, but the sweet chassis, well-judged steering and perky 2.0-litre turbo made it a hoot to drive too.

VW didn’t mess with the recipe too much for 2009′s Mk6 GTI, which means the Mk5s that you can now snap up for under £6k are pretty similar to a £25k Mk6.

Top Speed - 127 mph
0-60 mph – 9.3 seconds
MPG (average) - 50.1 mpg
Engine size - 2.0L
Front Wheel Drive

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, I sure did writing it. Hot-hatchbacks have always been a keen interest of mine, as I’m only eighteen there’s no way I can afford the insurance. But come that day, a Seat Leon Cupra R will be on my drive way. All the best, Harry Norman.

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  • Dean Nash

    Hi Harry, as you know I’ve owned 2 of the above mentioned. The Honda civic type r and the Seat leon cupra R. Both amazing cars but the Seat won hands down. Power came quicker as it was a turbo around 2/3000 rpms unlike the type r which you had to rev the nuts out of to get the most out of it. Sadly now I’ve had to settle for a family car a vauxhall vectra, not quite the same but looking forward to my kids growing up and I can get back to the hot hatches, myself being a kid again. Lol

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