RI­VALS

Evo - - BUYING GUIDE -

RE­NAULT SPORT TWINGO 133

Re­nault Sport’s baby, built 2008- 13, is cheap to in­sure and a blast to drive. Natasp 1.6 makes 131bhp, enough to pro­pel the car’s 1050kg to 62mph in 8.7sec. From £ 3500 ( post- 2012 facelift from £ 5k).

MINI COOPER ( R56)

Ubiq­uity puts some off, but the sec­ond­gen Cooper is still fun, if not quite as feisty as the Swift and Twingo. An­other nat- asp 1.6 but with just 120bhp, so 0- 62 takes 9.1sec. From £ 5k for 2010/ 11 cars.

FORD FI­ESTA ZETEC S

The sen­si­ble al­ter­na­tive but still a re­ward­ing steer, the 2008- 13 Zetec S has just 118bhp, so 62mph ar­rives in a so- so 9.9sec, but the up­side is a great lit­tle chas­sis. From £ 5k for 2010/ 11 ex­am­ples.

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