SEE | Here are some low-mileage performance hatchbacks under R200 000 you could buy in SA

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2015 Suzuki Swift Sport
2015 Suzuki Swift Sport
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The list details pre-owned performance hatchbacks under R200 000.

Audi, Ford, Renault and Suzuki all have performance-based models listed.

Most mileage readings are under 120 000km.

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The local hot hatch brigade has seen something of a resurgence in recent years, with numerous offerings currently available to appease petrolheads' need for speed.

Volkswagen's GTI is by far the most popular, but Hyundai, Suzuki and Honda have their own high-performance models that present a non-DSG proposition.

Fast cars rarely come cheap, and that is almost always the case when buying brand-new, leaving many to dip their resources in the pre-owned pool for a bargain buy.

Need for speed

The fear that many people have regarding pre-owned performance cars is that plenty of fun was had by the previous owner(s), making it a possible risky purchase. While that is true to a certain extent, those actions are generally mitigated by the mandatory mechanical warranties opted for when buying brand-new.

Do you think buying a pre-owned performance car from a dealership is a risk worth taking? Email us, or share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Most modern hot hatches are turbocharged, so besides keeping an eye out for irregular smoking from the exhaust, taking it for a test drive to gauge whether the turbo and accompanying components are still in good knick can save you time and money.

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Using the Wesbank repayment calculator as a reference, a vehicle with a purchase price of R200 000 will warrant an estimated monthly repayment of R4 230, paid off over 60 months with no deposit.

2015 Suzuki Swift Sport
2015 Suzuki Swift Sport

The likes of Audi, Ford, Renault, Suzuki and Volkswagen all have performance-based models listed on the Autotrader dealer classifieds, with most mileage readings under 120 000km.

Fancy a hot hatch but don't have large amounts to spend? These low mileage, pre-owned offerings for sale across South Africa, might suit your budget better:

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