Greetings to fellow enthusiasts,
I'm in the market for a fun sports hatchback under 10k. The Renault Sport Clio comes to my mind immediately. I currently have these models in mind:
182 Cup (First Preference)
https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Renault-Clio-2005/SSE-AD-5627056/?Cr=0 (VIC example)
https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Renault-Clio-2005/SSE-AD-5464539/?Cr=1 (WA example)
https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Renault-Clio-2005/SSE-AD-5611844/?Cr=0 (NSW example)
https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Renault-Clio-2004/SSE-AD-5301632/?Cr=1 (NSW example)
I've read the paper and the specifications between 182 Sport and Cup. But then I don't think the paper tells a complete story. I probably won't track the car anytime soon if I get one. In this case, should I just get the standard 182 Sport? What I'm looking for is basically agileness and fun, don't need 100% track ready car.
Lastly, in terms of pricing, are the 182 Cup nowadays worth almost 10k to be fair? I rather save couple thousands for maintenance and consumables.
My other alternative to Clio, is the Ford Fiesta XR4. I probably won't be getting Megane 225, GTIs (Polo or Golf) as coming from WRX background, I kind of miss instant throttle response. Don't really like turbo lag, e.g the car is powerless under 3500k then suddenly things start to happening only after that.
What do you guys think? Would love to hear views from someone who has driven / owned the Clios or even better other hot hatches as well?
Merci beaucoup madame et monsieur..