Miscellaneous

$0-50K | Renault Megane GT220 #8

If the RS275 Trophy R is a riot on the racetrack, the GT220 is more a civilised protest march – unfurling banners ‘shouting’: What do we want? Performance! How do we want it? Erm, not too hardcore. Renault’s stopover variant

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$50-100K | Volkswagen Golf R #4

God, this thing just gets better every year, doesn’t it. You drive a front-wheel-drive Golf GTi (even the Performance version with that tricky diff) and you wonder if you need the all-paw R in the first place. And then you

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$0-50K | Holden Astra GTC #9

Haven’t I seen your face before? Oh yeah, that’s right; last time you were badged as an Opel. But it seems the car-buying public didn’t understand and now you’re back with a Holden badge and a slashed price-tag. This, apparently,

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$50-100K | Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG #5

It may look more like a high-riding A-Class but technically the GLA45 AMG is the lone SUV in this year’s Bang. A couple of things make it stand tall in other ways: brash wings and body parts that make it

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$0-50K | Hyundai Veloster Turbo #10

Hyundai’s sportiest car has been sporty rather than sports since it stepped onto the scene in 2012 as an asymmetrical anomaly in the hatchback universe. This is Series II of the car featuring one driver’s door and two passenger-side doors,

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$50-100K | BMW 228i #7

Luffy wasn’t mad about the feel and feedback offered by the 228i. I’m not going to mark it as hard as that. True, it’s not the absolute most talkative car of the bunch, but when it does what it does,

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$0-50K | Ford Falcon XR6 #11

Personally, I have a few issues with the XR6 in a bang-for-your-bucks sense. The first of these is the well documented driving position which, for somebody like me with a basketballer’s torso and a jockey’s legs, just does not work.

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$50-100K | Lexus RC350 F Sport #8

Numbers can be cruel. Especially so to Lexus, it seems. For the second year running Toyota’s premium arm occupies the bottom rung on the $50-100K ladder yet, just as with last year’s IS350 F Sport, in this case the numbers

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$0-50K | Peugeot 308 GT #12

My French is limited to just enough words to get me into trouble and not quite enough to get me back out again. Peugeot’s relationship with ergonomics seems to be ringing the same bell. Wouldn’t matter, for instance, how clear

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$0-50K | Ford Fiesta ST #1

Ford’s junior hot-hatch overcame finishing second in the $0-50K division to take the overall 2014 BFYB title. With the cheapies champion Clio RS also returning, how did the Fiesta ST turn things around for 2015? Simple: for whatever reasons it

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