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Which of these hatches get your vote?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Clum, 23 Sep 2009.

  1. Clum


    Joined: 7 Dec 2008

    Posts: 2,789

    Location: Auckland/Edinburgh

    I've narrowed my choice for a winter car down to these and want to get opinions on which one would be your choice and why. My criteria is something that while fast, isnt going to break down every two mins as it will only be kept until spring. In terms of speed I think that most of these cars are hitting 60 in around the 7ish second mark so what i really want is opinions on pro's/con's in other areas (reliability, mpg, repairs, looks). That being said if any of these slow to a crawl after hitting 60 then let me know! Spending £5000 or under and want something that I can get people in for a change (had an mroadster for the last few years) so things like an s2000 or TT are out. Also keen to avoid something that might feature in any fast and furious movies so not up for mr2 turbos or skylines;)

    Clio 172/182
    Mondeo ST220
    Focus ST170
    Civic type-r
    Golf v6 4motion mk4
    S3 (price permitting)
    Golf mk5 (taking the slower option in favour of something newer)

    I know theres a lot of renaultsport fans on here and to be honest it's probably my front runner just now. Only thing that puts me off is the size. Also quite keen on the Golf V6 as it'd be nice to have a proper engine if only for the soundtrack. Cant find much about this car other than performance fiqures so opinions on this would be especially appreciated.

    Anyway i've started rambling..............you're thoughts please!
    Last edited: 23 Sep 2009
  2. SlyReaper


    Joined: 26 Apr 2008

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    Location: Bristol, Old Blighty

    No Vauxhall option? :D
  3. Clum


    Joined: 7 Dec 2008

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    Location: Auckland/Edinburgh

    Had a look at Astras but not my cup of tea.
  4. classicVin


    Joined: 1 Feb 2008

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    Golf v6 4motion mk4, makes a lovely noise and well kitted out imo.
  5. Dup


    Joined: 10 Mar 2006

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    Location: East Lancs

    For a car you're only going to keep for a short time, I would either go for an early EP3 Type-R or a 172/182.

    The Type-R would be hard to find in good condition for 5k, but they are out there now. MPG goes is around 25-30, so not the best. I'm sure the Clie would be far better suited but I don't know if comfort in either of the cars would be great for winter.
  6. Disco Boy


    Joined: 4 Aug 2009

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    Location: London

    S3 or clio, depending on how comfortable you want to be.
  7. mjt


    Joined: 31 Aug 2007

    Posts: 18,422

    S3 or a golf v6

    a v6 golf could be fun, although it's not really sporty
    either way, 4wd could be useful for the winter months

    the 4 motion golfs should be well specced, with heated seats always being nice in winter :)
    not sure you'll get a nice S3 for your budget..

    get this :p

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  8. Maccy


    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

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    Location: Herts

    £5000 is going to be a real push for a 182, should get a nice 172 for that money though with some change too.
  9. Tute


    Joined: 24 Jul 2004

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    Location: Devon, UK

    I'd have the Mondeo or Golf V6 personally.
  10. Duke

    Man of Honour

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    Location: Wiltshire

    Probably the Golf mark4.
  11. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

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    Mondeo. Like a Golf only better in every possible way.
  12. melchy


    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,488

    Location: Scotland

    Not sure that I can recommend a Clio 172/182 as a winter car.

    I'd probably say the ST220 if you can find one for £5K.
  13. -TNT-


    Joined: 29 May 2003

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    Location: Bristol

    Mondeo ST220
  14. aayzof


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    Location: UK

  15. Axeboy


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    Location: Scotland

  16. Begbie


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    Clio or Type R for the fun factor.
  17. Pen66

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Oct 2007

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    182 or Type R.
  18. Ev0


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Personally Mondeo, Civic or Clio out of that list for me.

    The Golf 4motion was alright but the others are better imho, if you want a nice v6 sond go for the mondeo instead.

    If budget was higher I'd also say S3 but for that money you're going to be getting an early one with high miles.
  19. danza


    Joined: 28 Mar 2005

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    I'd say Type R, but not at £5k.

    Out of the rest, I'd say the ST220. The ST170 would probably be my last choice out of the proper hot hatches there - Type R > Clio > S3 > ST170. Your budget will do you proud for either a Clio or an ST170 though.

    I don't think you'll go far wrong with an ST220 TBH.
  20. Clum


    Joined: 7 Dec 2008

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    Location: Auckland/Edinburgh

    Thanks for all the responses. Lot more people saying the mondeo than I thought there would be. To those of you who said ST220, can I ask why you think that over the rest? Seems to be slower on paper (0-62) and more thirsty than the clio so is it a better option in terms of comfort and looks for you or would it horse the other cars in the real world?

    I love how nobodys chosen the Gold mk5. You've all passed the test!

    I think i'm going to kick the S3, st170 and civic off the list as well as finding a decent civic or s3 within budget will be a pain. As far as the st170 goes i cant really see any areas that its better in than the clio so it's gone. Thats leaving the Golf V6, Clio and Mondeo. How are mondeos and golfs going to be up around the 65000 miles+ mark?

    ps the new autotrader site is driving me MAD!
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