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2018 BMW M140i v Volkswagen Golf R comparison

If you've got $60,000 to spend on a hot hatch, you really need to have these two at the very top of your list. They are the 2018 BMW M140i and the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R. BMW recently dropped the price of the M140i to $59,990 (plus on-road costs), meaning that it's now within earshot of the kitted-out Golf R, which is priced from $53,490 (plus on-road costs)...

2018 BMW M140i v Ford Focus RS LE v Honda Civic Type R comparison

Front-wheel drive has been part of the classic hot-hatch formula since the genre was ignited in the 1970s. The layout would dominate any all-time-greats list for the category, featuring the likes of the Peugeot 205 GTI, Renault Megane RS, and of course Volkswagen Golf GTI (Marks III and IV excepted!). Yet, there have long been exceptions, of course...

2018 BMW M140i v M240i comparison

With its combination of 250kW/500Nm turbocharged six-cylinder power, rear drive and choice of manual or automatic transmission shoehorned into a small five-door body shell, the BMW M140 LCI was one of 2017's most unique and highly anticipated offerings for the discerning petrolhead. Better still, BMW wiped five grand from this mid-life updated version of the range-topping small hatchback...

2017 BMW M140i v Ford Focus RS comparison

We’ll admit a comparison test between the BMW M140i and Ford Focus RS doesn’t seem particularly logical on the surface, but there’s a method to the madness. Each demonstrates a different methodology for doing the same thing — turning a garden variety small hatchback into a bona fide road weapon...

Fun Car Mega Test: CarAdvice readers join us at MotorWorld to test 17 'hot' cars under $60k

We assembled 17 of fittest 'fun cars' under $60k at Sydney Motorsport Park at the recent MotorWorld event and there you, our readers, into the test seats. And we gave the mega test field a spin ourselves. Together, we decide what's hot, what's fun and what is exception value for money...

2015 BMW 125i v Mercedes-Benz A250 Comparison Review

Ordinarily, pitching a pair of premium German arch rivals against one another couldn’t represent a more natural face-off. But despite being oh-so-closely priced and positioned in their makers’ ranges, there’s one level where the Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport and BMW 125i couldn’t be more misaligned. Different driven wheels? In part, yes, but it’s more about the backstories behind it...

Premium hatch comparison: Audi A3 v BMW 1 Series v Mercedes-Benz A-Class v Alfa Romeo Giulietta v Volkswagen Golf v Volvo V40

‘Premium’ is perhaps the word most difficult to define in the automotive lexicon. To some, it may be about delivering an image above the mainstream and the connotations of a badge; to others it may be about the tangibles of a product and the engineering behind the façade...

BMW M135i v Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG: Comparison Review

Hatches don’t come any hotter than the BMW M135i and the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. Nor do rivalries come any fiercer. BMW has been building fast hatchbacks since the 130i of a decade ago, and its M division is esteemed in building compact six-cylinder performance models seemingly since the dawn of time...

Sports car comparison: BMW M135i v Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R

Which is the best fast car for less than $70,000? For years it has been the Japanese all-wheel drives, but two contenders from Germany argue the toss…...