3 of the world’s fastest small cars
Most small cars are convenient, fuel efficient and can fit into a tight parallel park. However, there's a rare breed that boasts those sensible features as well as something else – pure power and old-fashioned automotive fun.
These little rockets would be just as comfortable squeezing around corners in the city centre as they are racing around a track on the weekend.
Honda Civic Type R
With the touch of a button, the Honda Civic Type R changes. Hit +R mode and the suspension tightens, the steering adjusts and the full 228 KW of the VTEC turbo engine is yours to unleash. If you're running errands in the city or your passengers scare easily, flick the switch to comfort mode and you'll accelerate smoothly and use less fuel.
Drive modes are just one of the features that make this one of the most exciting and versatile small cars on the market. It's also one of the quickest off the line thanks to 400 Nm of torque hiding under the hood.
Ford Focus RS
The Ford Focus RS is one of the most successful rally cars of all time and that pedigree shows through in the production model of the Ford Focus RS. Its menacing design hints at the huge power at the wheels and the car's class-leading handling.
Purists will love the six-speed manual transmission that connects the driver directly to the car's 274 kW powerplant. What's more, the car's absolutely packed with technology that makes driving more fun and more comfortable.
There's auto start-stop, an eight-inch touchscreen, hill launch assist, a tyre pressure monitoring system and even cruise control with speed limiting function.
Mercedes-Benz A250 4MATIC
If you're looking for a small car that's practical and fast, but also luxurious, the Mercedes-Benz A250 4MATIC is your best bet. Its 4our-cylinder engine throws out a respectable 165 kW of power, with help from a direct injection turbocharger.
As thrilling as the engine may be, the car's design and luxury touches are where it really shines. There's premium sports upholstery by ARTICO, two 10.25 inch touchscreens in the dash, and the car even brakes automatically to avoid obstacles and takes over to steer the car into tight parks.
Whichever small car you choose, make sure it's a blast to drive as well as convenient and efficient. To get behind the wheel and test drive, drop into your nearest Peter Warren dealership today.