Here are the best hot hatches for £200 per month
Petrol heads have been fond of small, sporty hatchbacks ever since they hit the market in the eighties. The appeal is obvious; they’re fast, practical, stylish, and perhaps most importantly, affordable too. So if you’re looking for something equally at home on a country road and in the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Here are some of the best options, each for only £200 per month or less:
VW Polo GTI
The Polo GTI, baby brother of the legendary Golf GTI, may look like an everyday Polo at first glance. But don’t be fooled – this is a small car packing a serious punch. Its twin-turbocharged 1.8L engine delivers an impressive 189bhp, which is enough to take it from 0-60 in 6.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 146mph. The 2017 model has been given a facelift too, with more aggressive styling and larger alloys as standard.
Abarth is Fiat’s in-house tuning division, and is well known for taking small Italian cars and making them much, much quicker. The 595, one of Abarth’s most recent creations, is no exception. Based on the Fiat 500, but with a turbocharged 1.4L engine, Brembo brakes and uprated shocks, it’s going down a storm among the UK’s trendy young motoring enthusiasts. It looks the part too; a wider body kit and twin tailpipes give the Abarth a meaner, more track-focussed appearance.
According to WhatCar, you could bag yourself an Abarth for as little as £154 per month before VAT.
Ford Fiesta ST-1
Fast Fords have always been the go-to favourite for boy racers looking for a cheap thrill, and the ST-1 doesn’t disappoint. It’s a lot of car in an affordable package; the 1.6L turbocharged engine pumps out 180bhp, which increases to 197bhp upon activation of the intriguingly named “overboost” feature. It’s well equipped inside too, with a 4.2 inch touch screen and heated seats, while the ample interior space means you can fit the whole family inside with ease.