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.