Don’t know about you, but it seems to me as though the hot hatch is back with a bang.

Those buying new are spoilt for choice, whether it’s the reborn Honda Civic Type R or the Vauxhall Corsa VXR. There’s something for everyone who wants to have more fun in regular driving conditions than they ever could in a supercar. Plus the shopping run is easier to deal with.

The latest Renault Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy, I think, has a confusing name, but it is an intriguing proposition. New, that is. The thing is, though, that the pocket performance Renaults have always been incredible value used.

Clio 172 Cups are light and quite fantastic fun to drive. They can be 
found for as little as £1000 now, and you’ll get a later 2002 or 2003 example for just over the £1200 mark. Some of them have the usual boy racer mods that you would expect and quite often avoid, but sometimes the Eibach springs and suspension mods make things better, although rechips may not.

There are plenty of write-offs at this level, too, so you should be looking for the nearest thing to a full service history that you can find. They are out there, and with recent cambelt changes, too.