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VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R

PRICE From $51,990 ($54,490 DSG) EN­GINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo; 206kW/380Nm TRANS­MIS­SIONS 6-speed man­ual or tin-clutch auto; AWD ECON­OMY 7.1L/100km THE LOW­DOWN “The Volkswagen Golf R is the BMW M5 of the hot hatch world, but has more grip and costs a quar­ter of the price.”

MERCEDES-BENZ CLA 45 AMG

PRICE $86,900 EN­GINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo; 265kW/450Nm TRANS­MIS­SION 7-speed twin clutch; AWD ECON­OMY 7.0L/100km THE LOW­DOWN “The world’s most pow­er­ful 2.0litre world snaps, crack­les and pops to­ward a 4.6 se­cond sprint time.”

BMW 235I

PRICE $79,990 EN­GINE 3.0-litre 6-cyl turbo; 240kW/450Nm TRANS­MIS­SION 8-speed auto; RWD ECON­OMY 7.6L/100km THE LOW­DOWN “Epic per­for­mance from the turbo six, but it can’t get all that power down as ef­fi­ciently as the all-wheel-drive cars.”

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