ST170 are more of a warm hatch, bit like an SRI or an XSI. Handles great though.
Personally I would go for the 2004 revised Civic Type R followed by the Seat Leon Cupra R. Like Minis but too expensive for what it is (sizewise) after all the toys, but character and fun comes at a cost. Like you said, I would go for a standard Cooper and then get it tuned. Wouldnt bother with 206 GTI. Clios I have a soft spot for but not sure I would buy one to see it depreciate really heavily.
Focus.....err, no. Nice enough but not quick, and its a Fungus.
Clio - Yes, yes and more yes - these are fast little buggers! Shoddy interior but ho hum.
206 GTI - leave it for the girlies.
Mini Cooper S - Yep - driven it and like it, very common though.
Seat - Yep, like these but given the competition the Clio is still the winner.
Type R - Very popular MPV looking Jap wagon, cant fault its drive but looks and the entire package dont do it for me at all.
Clio wins hands down for me, a nice new Sport in black - yes please. You could take a Clio on a track day if you so wished, and its a respected little car in the performance car world - cant say the same for most of the others!
As some others have said, I wouldn't swap an Anniversary GTi for any of them. Does it have to be a new car? For £16K I would buy a BMW..should be able to find a 2001 330Ci. I would discount all those cars for these reasons(only my opinions of course)
1. Focus...It's a Ford, Focus will be replaced this year hence residuals will nosedive.
2. Clio..It's a hairdressers car(even with a good engine)
3. 206..as Clio, c**p build quality
4. Mini..too small, too expensive with extras
5. Leon Cupra/R..I like these but wouldn't spend over £10K on one; poor residuals. New model later this year?
6. Civic Type R..new model looks better but it's still looks like an advert for Halfords car accessories.
civic type-R, great car, the new model has just improved on speed reducing 0-60 from 6.6 down to 6.1. the cars nothin fancy and trying to shift 1 second hand if hard as hell, ull find dealers packed with em, iv always loved em and would have had 1 apart from the insurance!
mini cooper s very nice but very small, like people have said u have to fork out for the extras, but the supercharded engine is a nice touch, kissing good bye the that T-lag.
Clio alot for your money with good packages, but iv never seen anyone looking good behind the wheel of 1 to date.
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