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Top 10: Best 1990s Hot Hatches to buy in 2019

With Volkswagen launching the breed in the late 1970s and most other manufacturers joining the trend throughout the 1980s, you might think that the finest classic hot hatches are from those early days. But that’s not necessarily true, as extra power and performance during the following decade saw the hot hatch concept refined still further.

The great news is that most hot hatches from the 1990s now offer spectacular value. So while some enthusiasts choose to spend hefty sums on the earliest GTIs, we reckon the wise money is on those later versions that can still be bought for little cash. Here’s our pick of the best.

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Fiat Punto GT

With the hottest Uno doing well for Fiat throughout the 1980s, you’d expect the Italian giant to come up with a suitable replacement when the new Punto range arrived in 1993. And that’s exactly what happened when the GT Turbo was unveiled, employing an updated version of the Uno’s turbocharged 1.4-litre powerplant – with an impressive 134bhp on tap.

The result was a top speed of 120mph, with the 0-60 dash in less than eight seconds – plus all the fun of good old-fashioned turbo lag along the way. Excellent, original examples are now getting scarce, although no more than £1500 should get you behind the wheel of a good one.


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