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Best cheap hot hatches of 2024

Hot hatches can offer the perfect mix of performance, practicality and pricing – as long as you pick the right ones.  With just about every major manufacturer offering a speedy hatchback of some sort, here’s a rundown of the best cheap hot hatches on the market

Hyundai i20 N

1. Hyundai i20 N

9/10
Hyundai i20 N review
Toyota GR Yaris

2. Toyota GR Yaris

10/10
Toyota GR Yaris review
Audi A1 Sportback

3. Audi A1 35 TFSI

7/10
Audi A1 Sportback review

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MINI 3-Door Hatch

4. Mini Cooper S

7/10
MINI 3-Door Hatch review
Ford Fiesta ST

5. Ford Fiesta ST

8/10
Ford Fiesta ST review
Volkswagen Polo GTI

6. Volkswagen Polo GTI

8/10
Volkswagen Polo GTI review
Renault Clio

7. Renault Clio E-Tech 145

9/10
Renault Clio review
Suzuki Swift Sport

8. Suzuki Swift Sport

6/10
Suzuki Swift Sport review
Volkswagen Up GTI

9. Volkswagen Up GTI

7/10
Volkswagen Up GTI review
Abarth 595

10. Abarth 595

6/10
Abarth 595 review

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The tiny little Abarth 595 falls into Group 13 insurance, which undercuts other tiny hot hatch alternatives like the VW Up! GTI (Group 17) and the Ford Fiesta ST (Group 19).

Road tax is based on the amount of C02 a car emits, that means that the most efficient hot hatches will attract the lowest charges. Efficient hybrid cars like the Renault Clio E-Tech are charged £155 annually, which is £10 less than is charged for an equivalent petrol hot hatch.

If the list price of your hot hatch exceeds £40,000, then you may want to re-check the options you have ticked as any vehicle over this value attracts a £355 road tax premium – regardless of its emissions.

The Toyota GR Yaris comes in at just over £32,000 and is capable of sprinting form 0-62mph in 5.5-seconds. If that doesn’t qualify as cheap for you, then the Abarth 595 is a hair’s breadth away from £22,000 and it’s 165hp 1.4-litre turbocharged engine will get you to 62mph in just 7.3-seconds. Spend a bit more and you can get the 180hp version which cuts that time down to 6.7-second