Rands Per Kilowatt – Which Hot Hatch Is Best?
The difference in performance between the latest generation of hot hatches is nearly non-existent these days. You’re almost guaranteed that every new hot hatch will be powered by a 2.0-litre engine paired to a turbocharger to produce around 230kW of power. So in a world where displacement, power and torque are almost identical it comes down to other variables to make better decisions, like price. Let’s look at which hot hatch offers the most bang for your buck.
#5: Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC – R3355,31 per kilowatt
The A35 is one of the newer hot hatches to enter the scene from Mercedes. It’s powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine to produce 225kW of power and 400Nm of torque. Launch it properly and it will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.8-seconds. Unfortunately it’s the most expensive hot hatch compared to the rest of its direct competitors, carrying a starting price tag of R754,945.
#4: BMW M135i – R3135,34 per kilowatt
Another new kid on the block. The controversial new M135i entered the country to mixed responses, but judging by the mood of the BMW M Festival that took place last week it’s safe to say the M135i has won over the hearts of many fans. It’s powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that develops 225kW of power and 450Nm of torque, propelling the hatchback from 0-100km/h in 4.8-seconds. It’s available right now, starting from R705,451.
#3: Honda Civic Type R – R3069,74 per kilowatt
V-Tec kicked in yo! The Type R has the most interesting personality out of all the cars on this list. Where every other car looks to do the best 0-100km/h sprint, the Type R focuses more on driver enjoyment. It’s modest 5.8-second 0-100km/h time doesn’t matter if you’re looking to throw it around the track while manually shifting your way up and down gears. It’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine produces 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque, and is your from R699,900.
#2: Volkswagen Golf R – R3001,75 per kilowatt
The Golf R is one of the most popular hot hatches in the country for a reason. Whether it’s the look, the performance or the classic ‘vrr-pha’ soundtrack, we can’t seem to get enough of it in South Africa. From just R684,400 you get access to 228kW of power along with 400Nm of torque from the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. It’s also really quick thanks to its launch control function and the subsequent 0-100km/h time of 4.6-seconds.
#1: Audi S3 Sportback – R2978,90 per kilowatt
Well, we did the math and it turns out the Audi S3 offers the cheapest kilowatts in its class. It’s also one of the fastest hot hatches on this list, accelerating from 0-100km/h in 4.6-seconds. Under the hood you’ll find a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol motor capable of producing 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque. All this from just R679,189.