FORD FOCUS ST $38,990
The RS screamer gets all the attention but this is just as good day to day. Runs a 185kW/340Nm 2.0-litre turbo, with sixspeed manual only.
ALFA ROMEO GUILIETTA VELOCE
$41,990 Flawed but loveable and gorgeous. 177kW 1.7-litre turbo/sixspeed dual clutch box. Goes hard and fun, weird ergonomics.
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI
$43,840 This price is with a six-speed DSG box. Golf is pricey but you get what you pay for. A great car, in whatever situation you drive it. 162kW 2.0-litre turbo.