The Ultimate Guide To Buying A Hot Hatch

Today’s car market is full of new and used hot hatches. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, let me explain. They are usually small cars like superminis, city cars and other hatchbacks. Except these particular vehicles are special, because they contain high-performance engines under the bonnet!

One of the best-known examples of a hot hatch is, without a doubt, the Volkswagen Golf GTi. Since the 1970s, car makers around the world have come up with an array of hot hatches designed to tempt buyers. If you’re in the market for such a car, which one should you choose?

For those of you stuck on how to buy the best one for your budget and requirements, today’s blog post will help you out!


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New or used?

The first thing you need to do is decide whether to get yourself a brand new hot hatch or a used model. As you doubtless know, there are pros and cons to both options. At the end of the day, the answer usually boils down to how much you can afford.

New hot hatch buyers tend to finance their vehicles on a lease or Hire Purchase scheme. Whereas people that want used examples prefer to pay upfront with cash or borrow the money from the bank.

If you’re going down the used car route, I recommend sticking to one that’s a maximum of five years old. You’ll save a bundle of cash compared to buying a brand new one. And it’s likely the car won’t have got abused by its previous owners. Usually, the newer the used cars you check out, the better the general condition.

Which make and model?

Once you’ve established how much you want to spend, and how you’re going to pay for your next car, you need to think about the make and model of hot hatch to get! For some people, this is the “fun” part of car buying. That’s because you get to test drive all kinds of vehicles until you decide on the one you like the most.

Here are some examples of hot hatches you might want to consider:

  • Volkswagen Golf GTi;
  • Honda Civic Type R;
  • Vauxhall Corsa VXR;
  • Skoda Fabia vRS;
  • Ford Focus RS; and
  • Subaru Impreza WRX (2007 onwards).

The above isn’t an exhaustive list, of course. I’ve just listed a few makes and models to help you get started. There are dozens of other models you might want to consider, so it’s worth spending some time doing Google searches on the subject.


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Maintenance costs

By now you’ve perhaps decided which make and model to get. The next thing you need to do is work out how much it’ll cost you to maintain! Usually, cars with more complex engines tend to cost more to keep on the road.

To be honest, there isn’t such a thing as a “cheap” hot hatch when talking about maintenance. All mass-produced cars have their pitfalls, and so it’s your job to prepare yourself for any potential high repair bills.

Now that you know more about selecting the right hot hatch for you, it’s time to get busy!

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