Vauxhall Corsa VXR hatchback

£18,995 - £22,400

The Vauxhall Corsa VXR is the hot hatchback performance version of the standard Corsa and is powered by a 189bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. That's a lot of power for a car of such small dimensions and the VXR is the most powerful Corsa ever produced. It can be enormous fun when driven on winding B-roads; the three-door-only VXR has entertaining handling and excellent performance, even if the gaudy exterior tends to divide opinion. You’ll certainly turn heads, if not always for the most positive reasons – the central exhaust, body kit and large alloy wheels all scream boy racer. Its main rivals are the MINI Cooper S, Fiat Abarth 500 and Renault Renaultsport Clio.