Top 10 Hottest Hatchbacks in South Africa

There comes a point in every person’s life, where you become less focussed on fuel efficiency and legroom, and more focussed on performance, handling and styling. Of course we do not under any circumstances advocate driving ‘in excess of the speed limit’, but for those who are accustomed to flouting the rules; there’s no hope anyway, so we’ll just take you through ten of our favourite rule breakers. 
Here are 10 of the fastest hatchbacks in South Africa:

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG 4Matic

Acceleration (0-100) : 4.6s  |  Top Speed : 250km  |  Power : 265kW
Price : R659 717
No surprises here. Top of the list is the A45 AMG. Not only is it fitted with the world’s most powerful series production 4 cylinder turbo engine, it also comes standard with:
  • 4Matic all-wheel drive
  • ESP electronic stability program
  • Sports sensitive steering
  • Sports suspension
  • AMG axels
  • AMG high performance braking system
Mecedes-Benz has referred to it as, ‘Possibly the finest way of turning a drop of fuel into peak performance’, and we might have to agree with that.

Audi S3 3-door 2.0T FSI Quattro S-Tronic

Acceleration (0-100) : 5s  |  Top Speed : 250km  |  Power : 206kW
Price : R531 500
Audi S3
By combining a lightweight and powerful 2.0 TFSI engine, Audi have created an agile sports hatch. It has some great specs to complement its beastly engine, such as duel clutch transmission and the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive which provides incredible stability and improved traction to each of the 4 wheels.

Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI R DSG

Acceleration (0-100) : 5.2s | Top Speed : 250km | Power : 206kW
Price : R516 100
Golf R
Volkswagen always proves itself to be a reliable competitor, and this magnificent golf is no exception. This top of the line golf comes standard with more than a handful of performance enhancing specs.
  • R Sports suspension
  • 4Motion all-wheel drive
  • Independent suspension, McPherson struts and anti-roll bars
  • Front and rear discs
  • Anti-Spin Regulation (ASR)
  • Brake Assist and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
  • Transverse differential lock (XDS)
  • Multi-collision brake system
With timeless styling and suburb performance, this is quite possible all the car you'll ever need. Book a test drive today!

Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0 TSI R DSG

Acceleration (0-100) : 5.8s | Top Speed : 250km | Power : 188kW
Price : R489 300
Scirocco R
The Scirocco doesn’t fall far behind the Golf, with at least 90% of the same specs, the differences are minimal. The Scirocco really is a looker, but the 0.6 of a second that it takes to get you to 100km may just be the deal breaker. Don’t forget, the Scirocco is a two door (technically it’s a coupe), but that’s always a bonus if you aren’t a fan of backseat drivers.

Renault Megane RS 265 Red Bull Racing RB8

Acceleration (0-100) : 6s | Top Speed : 255km | Power : 195kW
Price : R439 900
Renault Magane RS 265
As the first manual on the list, the Magane is not far behind the Scirocco when it comes to performance. Another thing to bear in mind is that despite the considerable price difference, the Magane is not short on specs…
  • Extended brake lock differential, to prevent loss of traction during braking
  • Limited slip differential, efficiently distributes power between the two wheels.


Acceleration (0-100) : 6.2s | Top Speed : 250km | Power : 206kW
Price : R486 500
Opel Astra OPC
Boasting ‘suspension that won’t keep you in suspense’, the Astra OPC sports some terrific high performance struts to enhance this little monsters handling abilities. What else you ask? Don’t be surprised…
  • FlexRide chassis control system
  • Limited slip differential on the front axle
  • Brembo high performance braking system

Volvo V40 T5 R-Design

Acceleration (0-100) : 6.3s | Top Speed : 240km | Power : 180kW
Price : R448 100

Volvo V40 T5 R-Design
As expected, Volvo offers more than mere performance. Luxury and comfort appear to be right at the top of the list… but it’s also fuel efficient, and it comes standard with 8 airbags. But let’s get back to the performance; in collaboration with Polestar, Volvo has boosted every aspect of their engines power. The result is that it is both fit for the family AND exceptional performance.

Ford Focus ST 3

Acceleration (0-100) : 6.5s | Top Speed : 248km | Power : 184kW
Price : R394 900

Ford Focus ST 3
Sitting at the more conservative end of our list, the Ford Focus manages 0-100km in 6.5 seconds, but that’s hardly slow. Put together the sports suspension, the Torque Vectoring and high performance disk brakes and you get brilliant control and flawless cornering. Not to mention the 2.0ℓ direct injection EcoBoost engine, leaving you with a powerful responsive and fuel efficient speed machine.

Renault Clio RS 200 Cup

Acceleration (0-100) : 6.7s | Top Speed : 230km | Power : 147kW
Price : R339 900

Renault Clio RS 200 Cup
This car is undoubtedly the best value for money, never mind the fact that it’s just soooo easy on the eye. There are few cars which can compete with the Clio in this price bracket, if any. This Clio is not only automatic, but also allows for manual driving thanks to the 6 speed dual clutch EDC gearbox. With the help of Renault Sport, the Clio’s specially developed engine boasts incredible cutting edge technology.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1750TBi Quadrifoglio Verde

Acceleration (0-100) : 6.8s | Top Speed : 242km | Power : 173kW
Price : R389 990

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1750TBi Quadrifoglio Verde
Lastly, poor little Alfa Giulietta, only manages to go from 0-100km in 6.8 seconds; because we all know how important 0.5 of a second is in real life. This car is not just pretty; it also has some incredible performance enhancing features. The transmission in the Giulietta can select automatic or sequential mode depending in the needs of the driver.

The exclusive Alfa scavenging technology controls and optimises fuel metering, bettering both of performance levels and fuel consumption, ultimately resulting in faster engine response speed and outstanding pick-up performance.

So now that you know which cars are the most fun to drive, come in to your nearest Supergroup Dealership to test them out for yourself.
Disclaimer: Excludes license, registration, documentation and delivery fees. Specifications are provided by Duoporta and are indicative only.
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