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ALFA ROMEO GIULIA QUADRIFOGLIO $395,800 ON THE ROAD

This Ital­ian sports saloon is ready to take on en­trenched Ger­man ri­vals such as the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S. The rear-wheel-drive Giulia QV is armed with a tur­bocharged 2.9-litre V6 that punches out 510hp and 600Nm, and rock­ets from rest to 100km/h in 3.9 sec­onds. The al­ready racy cockpit can be fur­ther en­hanced with the op­tional Sparco car­bon-shell front seats, to make the drive feel even more fan­tas­tico. π RI­VAL: BMW M3

SKODA OC­TAVIA 1.0 $117,900 ON THE ROAD

This fast­back can be seen as an al­ter­na­tive to the new Volkswagen Jetta, which is still un­avail­able as a right-hand-drive model. Prag­matic buy­ers will en­joy touches that in­clude a brolly bin be­neath the driver’s seat, wire­less smart­phone charg­ing and a boot with a max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 1580 litres (rear seats folded). With a tur­bocharged 1-litre en­gine de­liv­er­ing 114hp and 200Nm, the Oc­tavia might be the most car for the money in its seg­ment. π RI­VAL: RENAULT ME­GANE SEDAN

OPEL GRANDLAND X $149,888 ON THE ROAD

The Ger­man car­maker’s lat­est cross­over is me­chan­i­cally sim­i­lar to the 3008, its “cousin” from sis­ter com­pany Peu­geot. That’s not a bad thing, though, since the Grandland X in­her­its the 3008’s roomy cabin, user­friendly in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and tur­bocharged 1.2-litre 3-cylin­der en­gine. The Grandland X also has unique ameni­ties, such as ven­ti­lated front seats and a pow­ered tail­gate, which are not found in the 1.2-litre 3008. This Teu­ton, how­ever, lacks the con­cept car-like cockpit and more stylish ex­te­rior of its French cousin. π RI­VAL: PEU­GEOT 3008 1.2

INFINITI QX50 PRICE ON AP­PLI­CA­TION

This SUV is Infiniti's most ad­vanced one to date, as it’s the world’s first pro­duc­tion car with a vari­able­com­pres­sion en­gine. The QX50’s tur­bocharged 2-litre 4-pot can vary its com­pres­sion ra­tio be­tween 8:1 and 14:1, which sup­pos­edly en­ables it to de­liver the power of a petrol en­gine, while of­fer­ing the low-end torque and ef­fi­ciency of a diesel mo­tor. Pow­er­plant aside, the QX50 also prom­ises to pam­per oc­cu­pants with its well-ap­pointed in­te­rior, which we ex­pect will be brim­ming with ameni­ties and safety fea­tures. π RI­VAL: AUDI Q5

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