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The Auris, Golf and i30 each do without a rump - but that is just about the only common trait among the trio. We find out which is the best.

05 Jul 2013

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The Golf is an icon. The renowned name in the automotive world is like a celebrity among a crowd of newcomers. It has enjoyed decades of stardom, thanks to its down-to-earth image, which is likeable and easy to fall for. The figures, perhaps, tell it all - seven generations, 30 million copies, and still counting.

Unlike the Golf, the Auris is merely in its first incarnation in Singapore. That however, should not be its weakness. There is no doubt about the Japanese's car building capabilities, and the Auris marks a fresh, brand new approach to the family hatchback segment.

Similarly, the i30 was a departure for Hyundai. Following its recent revamp to move upclass, the hatchback is more continental - in both the way it looks and feel. 

These three hatchbacks couldn't have been more different in the way they were conceived, designed, and constructed. And it is no surprise that the two newcomers came with the Golf's throne in mind. But will they succeed?

It is the Golf's throne that the i30 and Auris are after

Exterior

It is hard not to squint when it comes to telling the new Golf apart from its forebearer. Little has changed on its sheet metal, and although the latest is noticeably wider and longer, it retains the general proportions that makes it instantly recognisable as the hatchback icon.

On first look, it is almost difficult to tell that the Auris is a Toyota - which isn't a bad thing at all. The styling is fresh and invigorating, and it evokes a sense of dynamism - thanks to the crisply slit headlamps and angular front facet.

On closer look the Auris carries a slight hint of the RAV4, especially the way the front and rear lamps are arranged. This brings about a strong sense of family identity, which has been inherent in most European car designs. 

However, it is the i30's looks that bought us over. The housed headlamps with chrome in-sills feel elaborated but not overtly complicating. Credits, too, need to be paid to the fluid sweeping lines, which nicely decorates the front facet and wraps around the body. 

In terms of aesthetics, the i30 is easily the most appealing of the trio

As a whole, the Golf feels mature while Auris is dynamic, but we reckon the Hyundai's contemporary styling is the easiest to fall for. 


Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line MPI Dual CVVT

Engine Cap

:

1591cc

Horsepower

:

97kW (130 bhp) / 6300 rpm

Torque

:

157 Nm / 4850 rpm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A) H-matic

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

-

Top Speed

:

192km/h

Fuel consumption

:

14.7 km/L

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors
Toyota Auris 1.6 (A)
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Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinders in-line Dual VVT-i with Valvematic

Engine Cap

:

1598cc

Horsepower

:

97kW (130 bhp) / 6400 rpm

Torque

:

160 Nm / 4400 rpm

Transmission

:

CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

11.1sec

Top Speed

:

190km/h

Fuel consumption

:

17.5 km/L

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line TSI Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1395cc

Horsepower

:

90kW (121 bhp) / 5000 rpm

Torque

:

200 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

:

7-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

9.3sec

Top Speed

:

203km/h

Fuel consumption

:

20 km/L

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