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Performance Hatchbacks

Our best performance hatchback picks

1.
Audi RS3

What we like

  • Performance
  • Steering is precise
  • Ride quality

What we don't

  • Cabin fitout is quite bland

2.
Ford Focus

What we like

  • Tough looks
  • Bang-for-your-buck performance
  • Small-hatch practicality

What we don't

  • Dash design makes exiting difficult for taller drivers
  • Bland interior
  • High seating position

3.
Mercedes-AMG A45 4Matic 2016 review

What we like

  • Has the soul and credentials of a true sports car
  • Great connectivity and safety
  • AMG styling sets it apart from the line-up

What we don't

  • Very tight inside
  • The price is intimidating
  • High fuel usage outside of comfort mode

4.
BMW 1 series

What we like

  • Hugely addictive engine
  • Plenty of bang, comparatively few bucks
  • Well equipped, inside and out

What we don't

  • Lacks the aural fanfare of its performance rivals
  • Feels tightly wound in the CBD
  • Looks are underwhelming

5.
Ford Fiesta

What we like

  • Fits like a glove, feels like an extension of your body.
  • Good power delivery, always feels ready to go.
  • Sharp price (until September).

What we don't

  • Suspension is busy (although not firm) and the compromise for razor sharp handling.
  • Outdated interior. needs digital speedo, auto dipping passenger side mirror.
  • Doesn't feel any different to a standard Fiesta ST.