What’s the best affordable driver’s car? Autocar’s hot hatch video shootout in 2021 Car News

If you want a fun car for not a lot of money, what’s your best option? This is what the Autocar competition, Britain’s best affordable driver’s car, aims to answer each year. Welcome to the 2021 edition.

We have six driver cars to test. Five are practical hatchbacks that also aim to please while they’re at it, and they’re all new for 2021.

The most recent of all is the Hyundai i20 N. It takes over the Ford Puma ST, the latest Volkswagen Golf R, a Cupra Leon 300 and a BMW 128ti. Then there’s our wild card, the Caterham Super Seven 1600.

Car prices range from under £ 25,000 to almost £ 40,000, and we’ve driven some of Britain’s finest roads to help us make up our minds. We are in the Highlands: but there can only be one (see what we did there).

Full specifications below:

Hyundai i20 N

Price £ 24,995 Power 201 hp @ 5,500-6,000 rpm Couple 207 lb-ft @ 1,750-4,500 rpm Unloaded weight 1220kg 0-62 mph 6.2sec Top speed 142 mph Fuel economy 40.4 mpg CO2 158g / km

Volkswagen Golf R

Price £ 39,270 Power 316 hp at 5200-6600 rpm Couple 310 lb-ft @ 2100-5350 rpm Unloaded weight 1476kg 0-62 mph 4.7sec Top speed 155 mph Fuel economy 35.3 to 36.2 mpg CO2 176-182g / km

Ford Puma ST Performance Pack

Price £ 29,460 Power 197 hp @ 6,000 rpm Couple 236lb ft at 2500-3500rpm Unloaded weight 1283kg 0-62 mph 6.7sec Top speed 137 mph Fuel economy 41.5 mpg CO2 155g / km

Cupra Leon 300 VZ2

Price £ 35,125 Power 296 hp @ 5,500 rpm Couple 295 lb-ft @ 2000-5200 rpm Unloaded weight 1420kg 0-62 mph 5.7sec Top speed 155 mph Fuel economy 35.8 to 37.2 mpg CO2 171-179g / km

Bmw 128ti

Price £ 33,885 Power 261 hp at 4750-6500 rpm Couple 295 lb-ft @ 1750-4500 rpm Unloaded weight 1445kg 0-62 mph 6.1sec Top speed 155 mph Fuel economy 38.2-40.9mpg CO2 157-170g / km

Caterham Super Seven 1600 SV

Price £ 39,665 Power 135 hp at 6,800 rpm Couple 122 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm Unloaded weight 565kg 0-62 mph 5.0sec Top speed 122 mph

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