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Battle of the hot hatches

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Here at Creditplus, we have put together a selection of some of the most popular hot hatches available to buy right now on the market. From the astonishingly quick Seat Leon Cupra, to the stunning Volkswagen Golf R, right down to the Suzuki Swift Sport offering excellent value for money.

Seat Leon Cupra 280 PS FR

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This is the most powerful Seat to ever be produced! With an impressive 2.0 litre turbocharged engine and 350Nm of torque that peaks from just 1750rpm which does 0-62mph in an astonishing 5.8 seconds putting it 0.7 seconds ahead of the Golf GTI, this car will never fail to make you smile.

The Cupra 280 also comes as standard with 19”-inch titanium alloys, an aerodynamic pack which includes a rear spoiler, Cupra lettering on the red brake callipers, satellite-navigation and bucket seats – all this and much more could be yours for as little as £27,250.

The Cupra’s exterior make-up does it absolute justice – its gloss black mirrors, subtle rear diffuser and twin exhaust combo plus an extended roof spoiler complete the body alterations.

This car will definitely be hard to beat.

Search for a used Seat Leon here

Ford Fiesta ST 180bhp

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There is no denying that this is one of the best hot hatches available on the market.

The lively ST has the ability to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds, and reach a top speed of 137mph. The suspension is 15mm lower than the regular car and around 12per cent stiffer which ensures extremely engaging handling and excellent body control.

Ford have got the styling just right for the ST. They have taken the original concept design for the Fiesta and have given it a facelift. The car now comes with a much more aggressive looking bumper, 17” inch alloy wheels as standard plus a chunkier rear wing and bumper as standard. The ST comes with Recaro seats, piano black trim and a sports steering wheel.

The Ford Fiesta is also one of the most reliable cars that you can purchase, it doesn’t matter which model you opt for the reliability is in the brand.
The Fiesta ST also comes with a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating guide.

The Fiesta ST is an extremely hard car to compete with, not only is it fun to drive, good value for money, reliable and extremely comfortable for a performance-focused car – it was also voted the best hot hatchback at the Carbuyer car of the year awards 2014.

Search for a used Ford Fiesta here

Ford Focus ST

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The big brother of the Ford Fiesta, designed and manufactured for those who want to have fun with a little more space.

The third generation of the Ford ST is here and there’s a lot to shout about!

The Ford Focus ST is something of a hidden gem in Ford’s line-up combining a high fun-to-drive factor with the versatility of a five-door hatchback.

The new and improved ST now comes as standard with a smaller engine and a 2.0 four-cylinder EcoBoost engine producing an impressive 247bhp. In addition to its superb dynamics and aggressive styling it also comes at a pretty attractive price.

As far as MPG and running costs are concerned this car is by far the most economical hot hatch on the market. The ST is capable of returning 39.2mpg and emissions of 169g/km for road tax that costs £200 a year but don’t let that put you off because it’s superb to drive and like any other Ford, the Focus comes with a 5 star NCAP safety rating.

With prices starting from £22,000 it’s a bargain not to be missed.

Search for a used Ford Focus here

Volkswagen Golf R Mk7

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The new VW Golf R is the fourth generation of the R-badged Golf and is without a doubt the fastest Golf on the market. It comes with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine and is available in 3 or 5 door guises, with a 6-speed manual, or twin-clutch paddle-shift gearbox with prices starting at £29,000.

The Golf R’s relatively discreet styling is distinguished from less Golf and GTI models by slightly more aggressive front and rear bumpers, matte chrome and gloss black detailing, standard Bi-Xenon headlights with unique LED indicators, tinted LED taillights, and 19” ‘Cadiz’ alloys.

When it comes to safety this car has it all with dual frontal, side and curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag, plus ABS, electronic brake distribution and stability control this car has it covered.

There’s no question the new Golf R offers a significant performance and personality boost over the already excellent Golf GTI and the new GTI Performance.
If you’re looking for a hot hatch which offers speed, comfort and practicality the new Golf R offers just that.

Search for a used Volkswagen Golf here

Suzuki Swift Sport

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The Suzuki Swift Sport is powered by a 1.6 litre petrol engine that develops 134bhp and gets the car from 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds – Ok so its not the quickest of the hot hatches off the mark, but it feel nippy around town and it does show plenty of grip and minimal body roll when put to the test on smaller country roads.

The Suzuki Swift Sport is great fun to drive and cheap to run. It’s not the plushest of hatchbacks, but value for money it has everything that you would want and more.

The Suzuki Sport is not too dis-similar from the Suzuki Swift in terms of its looks.

It gets a subtle body kit, twin exhaust pipes, rear spoiler, sport seats and a leather trimmed steering wheel. Suzuki have opted to keep this car fairly basic In terms of its image but it is still surefooted and entertaining and part of the reason why it won the Best Hot Hatchback Award in 2013 awarded by Carbuyer.

Whilst the Swift Sport lacks in technology in comparison to some of its rivals its lightweight build helps it to return a decent economy of 44.1mpg protecting both the environment and also your wallet.

Whilst Suzuki might not be the most reliable brand in the world with the firm only managing 29th out of 32 in the 2013 Driver Power Survey. A survey set out to find Britain’s best cars to own the cars safety does make up for this receiving a full 5 stars from the Euro NCAP guide.

Search for a used Suzuki Swift here

If reading this article has got you in the mood to change your car, then we can help! Apply for car finance today and we can help you to finance the hot hatch of your dreams!

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