Hatchbacks

2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy review (video)

Jun 23, 2020

You can get the 2020 Renault Megane RS Sport, Cup, Trophy, Trophy-R, and Trophy-R Record Edition. And some of these are available with either a manual or auto transmission. No other hot hatch on the...

2020 BMW M135i xDrive review (video)

Jun 04, 2020

All-wheel drive. Heavily-boosted turbo four-cylinder. Practical yet purposeful hatchback design. These are the key ingredients for a great hot hatch. BMW’s M135i has switched from rear-wheel drive and dropped the lusty inline-six, but, forgetting that,...

2020 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S sedan review (video)

May 18, 2020

It is one of the fundamental contenders of the small car class in Australia but it rarely makes a big dent on the sales charts. Although Subaru launched the fifth-generation Impreza in 2016, it is...

2020 BMW 118i M Sport review (video)

Apr 28, 2020

Although the humble hatchback is slowly dwindling in sales over consumer preference to SUVs, BMW has refreshed its 1 Series, giving it a new design inside and out, new architecture, and new engine options. In...

2020 Audi A1 Sportback 40 TFSI review (video)

Apr 11, 2020

PerformanceDrive loves to get its teeth stuck into a hearty hot hatch. When we heard about the new 2020 Audi A1 Sportback pocket rocket in 40 TFSI S Line guise, we couldn’t wait to try...

2020 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Premium review (video)

Feb 08, 2020

Say you’re looking to buy a hot hatch but you don’t really want the full noise and all of the attention they often bring. Well, Hyundai offers something that could be perfect for you; the...

2020 Hyundai Veloster 2.0 MPi review (video)

Jan 16, 2020

The Veloster is not a high-volume seller for Hyundai. But the carmaker is one of only a few that at least offers something for the fun, entry-level sports car segment. It is a niche market...

2020 Kia Cerato review – S & Sport+ (video)

Jan 09, 2020

The Cerato is yet another success story from Kia. With 21,757 sold in Australia in 2019 according to VFACTS, up 16.8 per cent on 2018, it is the fourth most popular small car on the...

2019 Nissan LEAF review (video)

Dec 10, 2019

In the green world of electric vehicles, the Nissan LEAF was one of the first mass-produced cars to lay out the foundation. First launched in 2010, it is now in its second generation. For 2019,...

2019 Peugeot 308 GT EAT8 review (video)

Nov 25, 2019

As car numbers drop in Australia over stronger preferences for SUVs, Peugeot continues to push with one of its most popular nameplates. For 2019, the 308 GT is added to the lineup with an all-new...

2019 Renault Megane RS Cup EDC review (video)

Nov 10, 2019

As if the hot hatch world wasn’t already heated enough, Renault has expanded its famed Megane RS range so that it now includes a whopping seven different iterations. We thought we’d better test another one...

2020 Hyundai Veloster review – Australian launch (videos)

Sep 27, 2019

The Hyundai Veloster is back for its second generation. And what a perfect time to arrive, just as the entry sports car market is starting to look a little stale. During 2018 the Veloster racked...