How does Fiat’s practical family hatchback measure up to rivals? Fiat is best known these days for the cute 500 city car, a model which still sells by the truckload. It has another showroom star, the 124 Spider, along with variants of the 500 for crossover and MPV buyers. It also sells the Tipo, a car that, unlike its siblings, is focused very much on practicality, space and value for money. It’s Fiat’s most sensible car, a five-door hatchback that competes with the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Its headliner is undoubtedly value-packed pricing. Fiat doesn’t give you a miserly standard spec for your budget-level cash, either. All Tipos feature air conditioning, electric front windows, DAB radio and Bluetooth. The equipment list swells further as you go up the range. The small engine range tops out with two 118bhp power units, one petrol and one diesel. They both do 0-60mph in under 10 seconds, but never feel particularly fast; on paper, the 1.4-litre turbo is … [Read more...] about Fiat Tipo review: a decent family car for not much cash
Earlier today, Toyota released a slew of photos of the 2019 Corolla Hatchback for the United States market, and now its Australian division has released first details of the car that will go on sale Down Under, including preliminary specifications and equipment. The family hatchback will be offered with two powertrain options, with the first being the brand new M20A-FKS 2.0 litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder petrol engine. Naturally aspirated and fitted with D-4S direct injection as well as VVT-iE electric variable valve timing, it makes 168 hp and 200 Nm of torque, and is paired to a six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) with automatic rev-matching as standard. Also available is the new Direct Shift-CVT, the world’s first continuously variable transmission with a launch gear for improved low-speed efficiency and acceleration. It gets a 10-speed virtual ratio mode as well as a sport mode and paddle shifters. A hybrid variant will be available with all trim grades for the … [Read more...] about 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback for Australian market – 168 hp/200 Nm 2.0 litre petrol and 1.8 litre hybrid
The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback (called the Auris in Europe) may have been designed to be a more exciting car to drive than the last, but I’ll bet my bottom ringgit that it won’t be quite as exciting to drive as the new Corolla Hatchback drift car for the 2018 Formula Drift championship. Piloted by 2015 champion Fredric Aasbø, this fire-spitting sideways machine may vaguely resemble the ho-hum family hatchback at first glance, but it’s a very different beast under the skin. That’s largely because the once front-wheel drive five-door has been converted into a rear-wheel drive machine, but also because the standard 2.0 litre Dynamic Force engine has been kicked to the kerb. Replacing it is the 2AR-FE 2.5 litre four-pot from the pre-facelift Camry, but it’s been stroked to 2.7 litres and given a turbocharger and nitrous oxide injection kit. Outputs have soared to a massive 1,000 hp and 1,150 Nm of torque, all sent to the rear wheels through a Gforce GSR … [Read more...] about Toyota Corolla Hatchback drift car makes 1,000 hp!
0 Comments Ford launches all-new Focus family hatchback – with £2k off BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Ford has officially launched its all-new Focus hatchback, knocking more than £2,000 off popular models. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/ford-launches-allnew-focus-family-hatchback-with-2k-off-36822938.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36822920.ece/aa652/AUTOCROP/h342/1546247_FORD_2018_FOCUS_RANGE__02.jpg Email Ford has officially launched its all-new Focus hatchback, knocking more than £2,000 off popular models. The Focus is now in its fourth generation, having famously been launched as the successor to the legendary Ford Escort back in 1998. The new car, on sale now for September delivery, comes in five-door and estate body styles. The relaunch is somewhat overdue, with the Focus, one of the UK’s favourite family hatchbacks, recently having its heels nibbled in overall sales figures by the likes of the Nissan Qashqai. The … [Read more...] about Ford launches all-new Focus family hatchback – with £2k off
I’m often asked by readers which petrol family hatchback should I buy? In 2018 I’m finding that many readers are facing a similar dilemma: they are all looking for an efficient petrol hatchback car. I haven’t included every petrol hatchback on the Irish market but these are the ones that I would definitely be checking out if I was in the market for a new car. 1. Skoda Octavia 1.0TSI From €21,310 The Skoda Octavia is one of Ireland’s favourite cars and it’s no surprise: the car is priced so well considering how spacious it is. This car is really great value and it’s available now with the Volkswagen Group’s new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 115hp. 2. Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC Turbo From €23,750 The new Honda Civic features an excellent 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 127hp. The Civic is spacious inside with a large boot and it’s great fun to drive too. 3. Peugeot 308 1.2 PureTech From €20,995 The Peugeot 308 … [Read more...] about Best Petrol Family Hatchbacks To Buy