- Sporty hatchback for around £5k
Wife looking at getting the above, though in truth it’s me that’s after the sporty bit.
Front runner is a Smart Brabus Forfour, had one before and they look good, are fast, cheap to run, and interior is better than anything else close in price.
Cooper S, had a couple years ago and they’re great fun, could get either a Works or a Convertible, either of which would be nice. But they are pretty thirsty in supercharged guise.
Clio 197, love the looks but would buy with around 50k miles and I’d be worried about build quality and longevity.
Civic Type-R, had a few type r’s over the years and they are great cars but it would be a bit over budget and I’m getting to old to have to rev the hell out of it to have fun in it, though they’re great when in the mood.
Not after a diesel as I already have one so VRs is out.
What else should I be looking at…?Posted 5 years agomilky1980Member
If you like the Brabus ForFour, what about the Mitsubishi Colt RalliArt. 1.5 turbo engine and handles like a go-kart!! Sister has one and it’s ridiculous fun and very practical. Or a standard turbo (no bodykit) for a stealth look?Posted 5 years ago
Runs on the same chassis, suspension and engine as the Smart, just a different body and interior. Cheaper on insurance too.nicko74Member
Civic Type R will be quite uncomfortable though, if it’s the wife’s who’s mainly driving it, cause of the suspension.Posted 5 years ago
Focus Mk1 ST170? Late Clio 182? As you say, build quality perhaps not the best, but a great little car.
Ibiza would sound like a sensible option from those listed above, but I can’t comment on the Smart as I’ve never driven one.legendMember
orangeboy – Member
Should get a mint Clio Williams for that money
not exactly something to use as an everyday car though, more for folk that are happy to tinker a lot
Late Clio 182? As you say, build quality perhaps not the best, but a great little car
£5k would buy you a mint Trophy with change left over. 197 might be a good compromise as it’s a lot more grown-up than a 1*2, £5k would only get an early one though.Posted 5 years agoHoratioHufnagelMember
If you’ve only got £5K to spend, my honest advice would be to forget about anything sporty.
The “sporty” cars i’ve bought from people on pistonheads have been some of the best maintained and reliable cars I’ve owned because they are often owned by people who really like cars. Trying find non-sporty 1.6 Ford Focus or something with a similar service history and an enthusiastic owner is a lot more tricky.Posted 5 years ago
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