Mé­gane GT vs Cee’d GT vs Oc­tavia VRS

We turn up the heat by pick­ing from three fun-to-drive warm hatches on the sec­ond-hand mar­ket

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Warm hatches from Re­nault, Kia and Skoda rated

Kia Cee’d GT

Cee’d 1.6 T-GDI GT Years: 2016 to date En­gine: 1.6-litre 4cyl, 201bhp Ins group: 26 Of­fi­cial econ/co2: 38.2mpg/170g/km Why? Kia’s Cee’d looks good and has de­cent build qual­ity, plus it’s re­li­able and cheap as a used buy. Prices from: £10,750

ON pa­per, the Kia Cee’d GT is the least pow­er­ful and most thirsty choice here. But it bal­ances it­self out by be­ing the cheap­est car to buy used by a big mar­gin.

Out­side, the body has been bol­stered, with a large GT badge on the grille. How­ever, the ag­gres­sive ex­te­rior doesn’t quite match the per­for­mance un­der the bon­net, with both ri­vals a lit­tle more pow­er­ful and bet­ter to drive. The 380-litre boot is also by far the small­est here. The Cee’d did rank a very im­pres­sive fifth in our Driver Power 2017 new car sat­is­fac­tion sur­vey, and in the process was the top com­pact fam­ily model in the poll.

Re­nault Mé­gane GT

Mé­gane GT Nav EDC Years: 2016 to date En­gine: 1.6-litre 4cyl, 202bhp Ins group: 27 Of­fi­cial econ/co2: 41.7mpg/134g/km Why? Clever tech and strik­ing styling score the Clio points. It’s easy to live with on a daily ba­sis, too. Prices from: £14,000

THE Re­nault Mé­gane comes with in­no­va­tive safety fea­tures that ri­vals here can’t match. Four-wheel steer­ing turns the rear wheels in the op­po­site di­rec­tion to the fronts when cor­ner­ing un­der 50mph, adding sta­bil­ity.

The GT also has ‘warm’ hatch touches that add a level of per­for­mance. It fea­tures an RS Drive but­ton that sharp­ens steer­ing in­puts by 40 per cent, for ex­am­ple. The no­tice­ably sleek body looks more ap­peal­ing than its ri­vals, while it emits the least CO2 out of this trio. The lat­est Mé­gane didn’t fea­ture in Driver Power 2017, although we haven’t heard of any ma­jor faults with the car.

Skoda Oc­tavia VRS

Oc­tavia VRS 2.0 TSI 220 DSG Years: 2015 to date En­gine: 2.0-litre 4cyl, 217bhp Ins group: 29 Of­fi­cial econ/co2: 44.1mpg/146g/km Why? The Oc­tavia of­fers su­pe­rior prac­ti­cal­ity and per­for­mance, with com­pet­i­tive run­ning costs. Prices from: £16,730

SKODA’S Oc­tavia VRS can lay claim to be­ing the best per­former here. Pack­ing a 2.0-litre tur­bocharged in-line four un­der the bon­net, it has a 15bhp ad­van­tage over its ri­vals.

Power hasn’t been sac­ri­ficed for run­ning costs, with the Skoda show­cas­ing the best econ­omy, too. It’s the most prac­ti­cal of the three as well, with a big 590-litre boot. But the petrol VRS will cost the most to pur­chase sec­ond-hand, and the ex­te­rior is plain.

The Oc­tavia scored highly in our Driver Power sur­vey, plac­ing 21st over­all and sixth in the com­pact fam­ily car class. Own­ers were very pleased with re­li­a­bil­ity, too.

Kia looks good, but the drive doesn’t de­liver Four-wheel steer­ing sets the Mé­gane apart

Styling is plain, but VRS of­fers lots of power

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