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Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup

Being the dinkiest Renaultsport yet doesn't make this the poor relation. Its chassis could take more power, but the engine is sweet and it's a delightfully sharp tool if you're after big fun on a small budget

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BEST OF THE REST

The Fiat Panda 100HP and Suzuki Swift Sport are hard to split: the Italian is more fun, but with a few flaws, while the Swift is a fine all-rounder. The Mini Cooper is as good as ever, but it’s a tad costly in this company.

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  • Alfa Romeo Mito 1.4 TB
    £14,745
    4/1368
    153/5500
    1145kg
    136
    8
    134
    43.5
    So close to being a modern-day Alfasud
    But not close enough
    Read Review >
  • Citroen C1
    £7040+
    3/998
    68/6000
    790kg
    87
    14.2
    98
    61.4
    Full of character and insurance-friendly
    Insurance friendly power
    Read Review >
  • Citroen C2 VTS
    £13,045
    4/1587
    123/6500
    1084kg
    116
    8.3
    126
    40.9
    Quick and accomplished
    Perhaps a bit over-refined
  • Citroen C2 HDi VTS
    £14,045
    4/1560
    107/4000
    1122kg
    97
    9.4
    120
    64.2
    Economical, fun to drive, Looks cool
    Overpriced, ESP might spoil the fun
    Read Review >
  • Citroen C2 VTR
    '03-'08
    4/1587
    108/5750
    1055kg
    104
    9
    121
    -
    Looks, taut handling, decent performance
    Slow-witted transmission
    Read Review >
  • Citroen C2 GT
    04-'05
    4/1587
    108/5750
    1027kg
    107
    8.7
    121
    -
    Appealing and affordable homologation special
    Inert steering
  • Citroen Saxo VTR
    97-'03
    4/1587
    100/5700
    920kg
    99
    9.3
    116
    36.7
    VTS poise, half the insurance group
    Cramped pedals
  • Citroen Saxo VTS
    97-'03
    4/1587
    120/6600
    935kg
    130
    7.6
    127
    34.9
    Chunky, chuckable charger
    Can catch out the unwary
  • Fiat Panda 100HP
    £10,395
    4/1368
    99/6000
    975kg
    103
    9.5
    115
    43.5
    Most fun per pound on the market
    Optional ESP can't be turned off
    Read Review >
  • Fiat GP Sporting 1.4
    £12,750
    4/1368
    120/5000
    1155kg
    112
    8.9
    121
    42.8
    Looks fun to drive, and is
    Abarth version is even more fun
  • Ford Ka 1.2 (Mk2)
    £7995
    4/1242
    68/5500
    940kg
    73
    13.1
    99
    55.4
    Better than a Fiat 500
    Lacks the old Ka's ultimate chuckability
  • Ford Fiesta Zetec-S
    £13,895
    4/1596
    118/6000
    970kg
    124
    9.9
    120
    47.9
    Genuinely entertaining supermini
    Cheap'n'nasty LCD graphics
    Read Review >
  • Ford Sportka SE
    '03-'08
    4/1597
    94/5500
    934kg
    102
    9.5
    108
    37.2
    Big fun in a little package
    Could handle even more power
  • Ford Fiesta Zetec-S
    00-'02
    4/1596
    102/6000
    976kg
    106
    10.2
    113
    38.2
    Better than you'd ever believe
    No one else will believe it
    Read Review >
  • Mazda 2 1.5 Sport
    £11,542
    4/1498
    102/6000
    1030kg
    107
    10.4
    117
    49.6
    Fun and funky
    Feels tinny after a Mini
  • Mini One
    £12,345
    4/1397
    94/6000
    1135kg
    90
    10.9
    115
    53.3
    Perfect power-to-grip ratio
    HUGE speedo, slow car
    Read Review >
  • Mini Cooper
    £13,715
    4/1598
    118/6000
    1140kg
    112
    9.1
    126
    52.3
    Still desirable
    Steering has lost a little feel
    Read Review >
  • Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart
    £12,049
    4/1468
    147/6000
    1060kg
    141
    7.4
    131
    40.9
    Price, handling, performance
    Its looks are a little odd
    Read Review >
  • Nissan Micra 160SR
    '05-'08
    4/1598
    108/6000
    1024kg
    107
    9.8
    114
    42.8
    Engaging chassis, spirited engine
    It doesn't have 160bhp name suggests
    Read Review >
  • Peugeot 106 Rallye
    97-'98
    4/1587
    103/6200
    865kg
    121
    8.8
    121
    34
    Bargain no-frills thrills
    Not as much fizz as original 1.3
  • Peugeot 106 Rallye
    94-'96
    4/1294
    100/7200
    826kg
    123
    9.3
    118
    35.6
    Frantic, thrashy fun
    Needs caning to extract full potential
  • Peugeot 106 GTI 16v
    97-'04
    4/1587
    120/6600
    950kg
    128
    7.4
    127
    34.9
    Fine handling supermini
    Looks its age
  • Skoda Fabia vRS
    04-'07
    4/1896
    130/4000
    1315kg
    100
    9.6
    127
    55.4
    Fascinatingly fun and frugal hot hatch
    A little short on steering feel
    Read Review >
  • Renault Twingo GT
    £10,445
    4/1149
    99/5500
    980kg
    102
    9.8
    117
    47.9
    French alternative to Panda 100HP
    Panda's more fun
  • Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup
    £12,200
    4/1598
    131/6750
    1049kg
    127
    8.7
    125
    40.4
    Renaultsport experience for pocket money
    Could handle an extra 30bhp
  • Smart Fortwo Brabus
    £13,398
    3/999
    97/5500
    780kg
    126
    9.9
    95
    54.3
    Telling people you drive a Brabus
    Them realising it's not a 720bhp S-class
    Read Review >
  • Suzuki Swift Sport
    £11,990
    4/1586
    123/6800
    1105kg
    113
    8.9
    124
    39.8
    Entertaining handling, well built
    Lacking in steering feedback
    Read Review >
  • Volkswagen Lupo GTI 6-spd
    00-'05
    4/1598
    125/6500
    978kg
    128
    8.3
    127
    38.2
    Looks, performance, snappy gearshift
    Lacks fizz of 106 GTi
    Read Review >
  • Toyota iQ 1.33
    £11,615
    4/1329
    97/6000
    930kg
    106
    11.8
    106
    58.9
    Individual take on the city car
    Toyota's Aygo more fun and much cheaper
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