Question: What car can you buy (new) for less than £15k that will get you to 62mph in less than 7.0sec, put a stupid grin on your face every time you drive it and return over 30mpg if you’re relatively sensible with the throttle?

The only answer I can come up with is the Renault Clio 197 Cup. I’ve just spent the weekend tooling around the B-roads of east Staffordhire in one and I swear on my driving licence that you couldn’t have more fun in any performance car costing twice as much.

Sure, the electric power steering is on the anaesthised side of numb, and the dash from the most basic Clio isn’t exactly high quality, but the great Recaro seats, lusty 194bhp engine and sublime chassis balance more than make up for those shortcomings.

For fun on a budget, the little Clio has got to be near unbeatable. Unless anybody else can suggest something better…

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