The biggest CarAdvice Magazine issue yet, our Hot Hatch Special for October/November, is available to download now.
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We’re first to deliver three major comparison tests of eight hot-hatches spanning from $25,990 to $74,900, including the just-released Ford Fiesta ST, Mark 7 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG.

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Hot-hatchbacks have never been more affordable and accessible following this year’s onslaught of fresh metal. The Ford Fiesta ST has lobbed for an impressive $25,990, and in this issue challenges the $29,990 Peugeot 208 GTi and the long-time sales leader, the $27,790 Volkswagen Polo GTI.

We take these three most affordable drivers cars for a country road blast, assessing their performance, steering and handling, before turning our attention to features for the money, practicality and quality, urban driveability and servicing and resale costs.


If you can afford $10,000 more, you’ll want to know all about our $40,000 hot-hatch shoot-out based around the newly launched Mark 7 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

In one of the most anticipated showdowns of the year, the new Golf GTI now provides the strong performance to match its Renault Sport Megane 265 and Ford Focus ST rivals that have previously kept it in the shade. Along with sharper steering, a higher-quality interior, even better ride and refinement, and more technology, can the seventh-generation hot-hatch icon pull the sword on class-favourites Focus and Megane?


There’s perhaps no greater war in the automotive world than between BMW and Mercedes-Benz right now, with the latter’s performance division AMG making its first-ever hot-hatch that doubles as the world’s most powerful production four-cylinder car.

BMW has owned this turf for years and is desperate to defend it with its M135i, while Mercedes-Benz wants to steal it with the A45 AMG. It’s six-cylinder turbo and rear-wheel-drive versus four-cylinder turbo and all-wheel drive, at ten-tenths. Brought up to lineball equipment levels, each car costs within $1000 of each other, skirting $75,000.

We also headed overseas to test the Jeep Cherokee, BMW X5 and Jaguar XFR-S all of which will be arriving locally soon. Back home, we also drive the Volvo V40 Cross Country, Renault Clio, Hyundai i30 SR, Kia Cerato hatch and Holden Trax.

In our regulars section, we look at vehicle-to-grid technology could allow your car to power your house during blackouts, then reveal the upcoming launches, both overseas and locally, that the CarAdvice crew will be attending in November and December.

Check out our video reviews, high-resolution galleries, adaptable design, and cool specification panels. The CarAdvice Magazine October/November issue is available at the Apple newsstand now. Click