A generation of drivers who cut their teeth on 205 GTIs, Clio Williams, Mk1 Golf GTIs and the rest are now realising that and driving up the prices of the few original examples that didn't get punted backwards through hedges. And for less than £15,000 with all the kit as standard (including HID lights, air-con, cruise, DAB radio, Bluetooth and metallic paint) the Swift captures the spirit of these cars in a pleasingly unassuming package that'll never go wrong or cost you a fortune in running costs. You can even have it as a five-door if you need extra practicality. Looking for the true spirit of the hot hatch? It lives on in this wonderfully unpretentious little Suzuki. But not for much longer. Catch one while you can.
Price tag of our car – £14,399 list plus £0 in options (because everything is standard!)