The Supermarine Spitfire was faster, had a better rate of climb and turn, but was far more expensive to produce and maintain than the humble Hawker Hurricane. In terms of air superiority, the Hurricane was the one to go for. Hawker went on to produce many more fine machines, but I've always felt the Hurricane was their finest creation. It was possibly the best military aircraft of WW2!
Battle of Britain week: Was the Hurricane the plane that REALLY saved us from the Nazis? - Mirror Online