6 Awesome Hot Hatches that cost less than a new Dacia Sandero

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Britain's cheapest new car is the Dacia Sandero with a 75bhp 1.2 litre petrol engine. It'll cost you £6995 in Access trim and this gets you basic heater controls and manual windows when it comes to features.

So for this week's AutoTrader article, me and Adrian have selected six hot hatches that are cheaper and better than a Dacia Sandero.

Adrian's choice: BMW 130i M Sport | £5950

The BMW 130i was BMW's range topper for the 1-Series until the 135i came in 2007. The 130i we're looking at is a 2006 model which means it has 261bhp from a 3.0 litre straight six engine and a top speed of 155mph. The 130i in the listing also has a manual gearbox and a full leather interior.

If you want it, prepare to pay £5950, which is still just over £1000 less than a brand new Dacia Sandero.

My choice: SEAT Leon Cupra R | £4795

If you don't want a VW Golf GTI or an Audi S3, the SEAT Leon Cupra R is the answer. This particular Cupra R looks stunning with black paint work and blacked out headlights, giving it an aggressive stance. Power is aggressive too. This Cupra R has been modified with a Stage 2 REVO re-map and a Miltek exhaust, meaning that this car has 280bhp.

If you want one of the coolest hot hatches, this Cupra R should be given some attention. It'll cost you £4795, making it £2200 cheaper than the Sandero.

Adrian's choice: Mazda 3 MPS with 300bhp | £6950

As a hot hatch, the Mazda 3 MPS is pretty underrated. You get a practical car as standard and then MPS goodies such as a standard 263bhp 2.3 litre engine and uprated suspension, brakes and tires. However, in this lovely red 3 MPS, the previous owner gave it some power modifications and now it's churning out 300bhp.

This 3 MPS can be yours for £6950 which only makes it £49 cheaper than the Dacia Sandero.

My choice: Vauxhall Astra VXR Nurburgring Edition | £6995

The first Astra VXR was one of the fastest hot hatches around the Nurburgring. It set a time of 8 minutes 35 seconds which is nothing to be sniffed at. The Astra VXR is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine pumping out 237bhp and it'll hit a top speed of 152mph.

If you want one of the best hot hatches from the late 2000s, the Astra VXR is a good option. This one will set you back £6995 which is exactly the same as a new Sandero.

Adrian's choice: Mercedes A200 Turbo | £1995

I have no idea what Adrian was thinking when he sent me this Mercedes A200 Turbo. The first and second generation A-Class were terrible cars and are easily the worst Mercedes car's to be made. Despite this, the A200 Turbo has a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine with 193bhp and a top speed of 135mph.

No matter how terrible the old A-Class's are, this one is a bit of a bargain when you look at the performance stats. If you want it, you can buy it for £1995, which makes it £5000 less than the Sandero.

My choice: Renault Megane Renaultsport 225 | £4000

Like the Astra VXR, the Renaultsport Megane 225 is one of the best hot hatches from the 2000s. Praised by many, including Jeremy Clarkson, the Megane 225 was the first Renaultsport tuned Megane. They gave it a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine which pumps out 222bhp and will be able to hit 147mph.

The Megane 225 makes a great base for a track car if it's in good condition. This one will set you back £4000 which makes it £2995 cheaper than a new Dacia Sandero.

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Comments (4)
  • I'm very pleased to know that I'm not the only person around who liked the VXR Nurburgring, nice one Marcus!

    1 month ago
  • 130i for me but not a mention of the golf GTI

    An alternative/investment could be a MK4 R32 - they have bottommed our around £6k and you could drive for two years and sell it for the same or more

    1 month ago

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