Hot hatch to city SUV

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THE QUES­TION

be­cause it was de­signed on an all-new plat­form, whereas other com­pact SUV bod­ies are stretched over smaller city hatch­back un­der­pin­nings. The qual­ity is a step above the oth­ers, as is the stan­dard equip­ment list, which in­cludes radar cruise con­trol (a class first) and auto emer­gency brak­ing. The down­side: sup­ply is lim­ited for the next year so deal­ers are charg­ing top dol­lar. Don’t be sur­prised if the dis­count is slim — or non-ex­is­tent. Holden Trax LTZ, $33,490 drive-away (auto) The Trax range had a re­cent facelift. All come with the 1.4litre turbo (103kW/200Nm). It’s more perky than the C-HR but it’s still not a hot hatch. The topof-the-range LTZ is auto-only. The Cars­guide of­fice is di­vided on the Trax. It has a cheap­look­ing in­te­rior com­pared to newer ri­vals. But it’s spa­cious and prac­ti­cal and feels sure­footed on a wind­ing road. In the city, it’s small enough to fit in the tight­est spots. Don’t pay top dol­lar, wait for dis­counts. The LTZ pre­vi­ously lim­boed to about $28,000 drive-away. Mit­subishi ASX, $25,000 drive-away The out­puts of the 2.0-litre non­turbo (110kW/197Nm) are still pretty im­pres­sive and sim­i­lar to tur­bocharged ri­vals. Bet­ter still, save $5000-$8000 com­pared to the oth­ers here. The ASX has just been up­dated — wait a month or so and it will re­turn to $25K drive-away with auto.

WILD­CARD

Suzuki Vi­tara S Turbo, $30,490 drive-away (auto) It has tidy han­dling and it’s the right size for a city SUV, with plenty of us­able space. Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto are handy fea­tures. Best of all it has a peppy 1.4-litre turbo (103kW/ 220Nm) that aces the rest. Bet­ter priced than the other tur­bos.

VER­DICT

The Vi­tara Turbo, the clos­est among this quar­tet to a hot hatch, is my favourite.

SUZUKI VI­TARA

HOLDEN TRAX

MIT­SUBISHI ASX

TOY­OTA C-HR

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