Hatchin' it

Azfar Hashim
29 Aug 2009
 

Introduction

Looking for a hot-hatch and just not sure what's in store for you? Well, fret not - I have a list of potentials. If your budget is only between $60k to $105k, here are some of the choices that I think you should pay close attention to...

Alfa Romeo MiTo


It may not have the aggressive look we've all associated hot-hatches with, but oh boy, this Alfa can and will entertain you still. Thanks to the simple, tried-and-tested turbocharged + manual transmission formula, the MiTo packs lots of surprises under its skin.

A smooth and refined affair, the powerplant is ever ready to be exploited. Powered by a 1,368cc turbocharged engine and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, it produces a healthy 155bhp and 230Nm worth of torque. 0 to 100km/h? 8 seconds flat - which is pretty quick for a hot-hatch this size.

The MiTo's engine is always eager to be stretched all the way to the redline, and the swift gear changes compliments the car's overall driving experience further.

It comes fitted with Alfa's dynamic chassis system, D.N.A. With this, the driver is at liberty to choose between "D" (for Dynamic), "N" (for Neutral) or "A" (for All-weather). You can leave it in "N", which is the default setting. And when the sky opens up, you can set it to "A" for better traction. How about on days you feel like letting loose? That's where "D" comes in.

Your usual Italian flair is seen in the MiTo's interior - it just looks bloody stylish. Unfortunately, the MiTo is only able to sit two passengers comfortably at the back. Fitting a third passenger in there could be a tad claustrophobic, after considering how low the roofline is. But surprisingly, bootspace is rather generous.

Hence, if you're looking for a stylish hot-hatch, the MiTo should be the obvious choice. Its lovable exterior and stylish interior easily make up for its other shortfalls. The $88,800 asking price is definitely a temptation...

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Engine

Engine Capacity 1586cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 11:1
Bore x Stroke (78.0 x 83.0)mm
Power 125bhp @ 6800rpm
Torque 148Nm @ 4800rpm
Power to Weight 113.6 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 11.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 170 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3765 x 1690 x 1510) mm
Wheelbase 2390 mm
Turning Circle 5.2 metres
Kerb Weight 1100 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 43 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 1998cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Bore x Stroke (86.0 x 86.0)mm
Power 201bhp @ 7800rpm
Torque 193Nm @ 5600rpm
Power to Weight 149.4 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 231 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4265 x 1785 x 1445) mm
Wheelbase 2620 mm
Kerb Weight 1345 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 1368cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 11:1
Bore x Stroke (72.0 x 84.0)mm
Power 150bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 206Nm @ 4500rpm
Power to Weight 117.6 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 9.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 197 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 7.1 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4336 x 1792 x 1498) mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Turning Circle 5.2 metres
Kerb Weight 1275 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 58 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 2457cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Flat 4
Compression Ratio 8.4:1
Bore x Stroke (99.5 x 79.0)mm
Power 230bhp @ 5200rpm
Torque 320Nm @ 2800rpm
Power to Weight 164.9 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 209 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 9.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Manual
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4580 x 1740 x 1475) mm
Wheelbase 2620 mm
Turning Circle 5.3 metres
Kerb Weight 1395 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 1598cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 192bhp @ 5850rpm
Torque 230Nm @ 1980rpm
Power to Weight 174.5 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 225 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3999 x 1713 x 1487) mm
Wheelbase 2511 mm
Kerb Weight 1100 kg

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 1368cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 155bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 230Nm @ 3000rpm
Power to Weight 135.4 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 215 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.4 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4063 x 1720 x 1446) mm
Wheelbase 2511 mm
Kerb Weight 1145 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 2522cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 5
Power 225bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 320Nm @ 1600rpm
Power to Weight 161.6 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 241 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.8 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4357 x 1839 x 1497) mm
Wheelbase 2640 mm
Turning Circle 5.84 metres
Kerb Weight 1392 kg
Boot Capacity 385 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 1390cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10:1
Bore x Stroke (76.5 x 75.6)mm
Power 160bhp @ 5800rpm
Torque 240Nm @ 2000rpm
Power to Weight 124.4 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 220 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4199 x 1786 x 1479) mm
Wheelbase 2578 mm
Turning Circle 5.45 metres
Kerb Weight 1286 kg
Boot Capacity 350 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs