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Here Are Some Great Hot Hatchback Bargains for Sale on Autotrader

If you’re looking for a high-performance hatchback, you might think you have to spend big money — at least, that’s how it seems given the prices of vehicles like the Ford Focus RS, the Volkswagen Golf R and others. But you don’t. Here are five hot hatchbacks that are surprisingly cheap, all of which offer impressive performance and considerable driving excitement.

2016 Ford Focus RS

2016 Ford Focus RS – $27,891

Although $27,891 may not seem like a bargain — especially compared to some of the other models on this list — it’s a good price for the hotly demanded Ford Focus RS, as new ones can easily top $40,000. This particular example is finished in the Focus’s characteristic “Nitrous Blue,” and it touts 60,000 miles from new. That mileage figure makes it one of the cheapest Focus RS models on Autotrader, and it’s offered for sale by Larry Miller Ford in the Denver area. Find a Ford Focus for sale

2002 Honda Civic Si

2002 Honda Civic Si – $5,995

The early 2000s Honda Civic Si was a compact hatchback — and it was the only hatchback version of this particular generation of Civic offered for sale. All Civic Si models from this era come with a manual transmission, and they’re reasonably light on their feet — and this one is offered for just $5,995, by Mira Auto Sales in Cincinnati with around 120,000 miles on the odometer. Find a Honda Civic for sale

2009 MazdaSpeed3

2009 MazdaSpeed3 – $6,199

The MazdaSpeed3 is one of my favorite hot hatchback models, as it used a 260-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder that was a truly muscular engine — and it made the car thrillingly fast. Unfortunately, Mazda ditched the MazdaSpeed3 years ago, meaning people who enjoy it are forced to look to the used market — and that’s where you’ll find this example, a 2009 model with 115,500 miles, listed for $6,199 by a private seller in Valley Stream, New York. Find a MazdaSpeed3 for sale

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG – $27,755

Although it might be stretching the definition of “hot hatch” to label the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 as one, I personally think this is more of a hatchback than the crossover Mercedes calls it — and the dimensions seem to prove this point. Although these can reach $60,000 when they’re new, this particular example is a bargain at just $27,755, which places it in the territory of more budget-friendly hot hatchbacks. It’s offered with 60,000 miles by Harrison Auto Sales in Irwin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Find a Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG for sale

2012 Volkswagen Golf R

2012 Volkswagen Golf R – $14,900

While this 2012 model isn’t the latest version of the Volkswagen Golf R, it’s an excellent car — and given VW’s incremental styling updates, one might mistake it for the latest version. These were also tremendously fun to drive, and they still are, even though the newest one is better — but this one is a bargain compared to a new model, as it’s listed for just $14,900. It’s offered by a private seller in Brooklyn, and it’s finished in the Golf R’s most desirable blue color. The drawback: the seller discloses in the listing that the car had a prior salvage title, and it was repaired. Find a Volkswagen Golf R for sale

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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