Miscellaneous

$0-50K | Volkswagen Polo GTI #3

Big things were expected of VW’s new Polo GTI at this year’s Bang for your Bucks. After all, this is the updated version of the car that turned the BFYB formula on its head so comprehensively it called the future

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$0-50K | Holden Astra VXR #5

Jump straight form the Astra GTC to this car, the VXR, and you can immediately see, smell and feel where some of the extra money has gone. Okay, so 13-large is a fair old chunk of wedge, but even so,

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$0-50K | Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo #6

Speculation persists that some time down the track the XR6 Turbo will do the equivalent of the XR8 and grab the more powerful engine from its now-defunct FPV offshoot. In this case, it’s the F6 Typhoon rather than GT. But

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2015 Outright Winner: Ford Fiesta ST

You could view Bang For Your Bucks as a microcosm of the global evolution of affordable performance cars. Through the 1990s and early 2000s, a period when Japan was the go-to nation for keen drivers on a tight budget, Mitsubishi

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$0-50K | Audi S1 Sportback | #7

As a big fan of the Audi S3, I was really expecting big things from the S1. I mean, it might be based on the A1, but look at the stuff Audi has thrown at the little guy: Namely a

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$50-100K | BMW M135i #1

A surprise victory, and almost one that didn’t happen. When BMW first offered us a facelifted M135i for this year’s Bang for your Bucks we initially declined. After all, for a facelifted car to be eligible for BFYB it must

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$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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