Articles about Premium Hatchback

A new contender joins the hot hatch lineup
Here it is, in all its undisguised glory. The front-wheel-drive, 261hp BMW 128ti we called "more up on its toes and game for a laugh than the locked-down, ultra-serious M135i." Yup-we've done this one the wrong
The most affordable Bimmer in the land
Entry-level premium cars, in my experience, are often a mixed bag. On the one hand, you get a glimpse of the creature comforts these offerings so appealing to well-to-do buyers. But on the flip side, especially today when automotive
Same goes for the B-Class
The Mercedes A-Class is already a staggeringly popular car in certain markets across the globe, and its appeal will surely only broaden with the arrival of the A250e. While its name may suggest it's fully electric, it's actually a
“For “easier entry and better visibility”
Welcome to a lightly-crossovered Audi A1. Called the 'citycarver'-yep, all lowercase-it's basically a normal A1 with 4cm of extra ground clearance for "easier entry and better visibility." So much for the cool, urban youth-sounds like this thing'
And that, of course, calls for a special-edition model
The Mini is 60 this year, and it's celebrating in the only way that's acceptable in the motoring industry-with a good old special edition.Thus, meet the Mini Cooper S 60 Years Edition, of which 500 will be made
And the cabin is stunning
So, the new A-Class, the smallest Mercedes that isn't technically a Smart. Only now it's bigger than ever. It's 30mm longer, with a 14mm wider front track, more shoulder-, head- and elbow-room and a more voluminous, more
It gets a stylish makeover
The A7 Sportback is Audi's response to the popular Mercedes CLS, the model responsible for popularizing the modern four-door coupe segment. Now after seven long years, the time has finally come for the big Audi coupe's successor to debut.
Luxury for young people
As I picked up the A-Class A180 Urban test unit at the Mercedes-Benz HQ along EDSA, the carmaker's PR whiz Fatima Cullado joined me for a brief drive and a quick bite. Along the way, she told me that
It's got 400hp
Remember the Audi RS3? Course you do-the first sedan version was revealed at the Paris Motor Show last year, brandishing an unholy 400hp. The five-door hatchback was quiet and neglected while its booted sister grabbed the headlines, but now Audi'
It's the 'most affordable' Benz in the market today
Most of us mere mortals have probably fantasized about owning a Mercedes-Benz at one point or another. Unfortunately, our budgets are usually just as mortal, and hardly enough to purchase a Chedeng. There's a new variant available, though, that puts
A proper send-off
It's hard to believe that the current-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is already five years old. It only seems like yesterday when the swoopy lines of the four-door coupe first entered the scene. In car years, however, five years is
We just drove this quirky hatchback
If you're viewing this on a mobile device and can't see the video, please click here. When you think of road trips, you usually imagine bringing along turbodiesel SUVs that can clamber over never-ending roadworks in the provinces. If
In 3- and 5-door variants
Today's automotive market is filled with a diverse range of choices for all budgets, wants and needs. While this is great for consumers, the sad reality is that not many of these models pay tribute to their roots. For the nameplates
Elegant but not afraid to get dirty
There is a call from PR and marketing people that never gets old. When you pick up the phone and hear the words "test drive," "exclusive," and "weekend," it immediately makes your day.One such call was made to us last week,
Cool features now come standard
BMW recently gave its 1-Series model a boost in terms of looks, engines and equipment. The midlife refresh comes just in time, as the current F20-generation 1-Series has been on sale since late 2011.The exterior tweaks are especially
Chinese ownership hasn't ruined brand's originality
Automobile gauges are one of the most overlooked aspects of a car's cabin. We take the design of gauges for granted because their main function is utility, and as long as they tell us what we need to know, we hardly
To go on sale later this year
Mini has begun production of its five-door hatch at its Oxford plant, less than a year after the all-new (and three-door) Mini was launched in November 2013.According to Mini, the five-door model, which goes on sale later
Led by the A45 AMG
As you know by now, Mercedes-Benz\'s exclusive distributor in the Philippines, CATS Motors, has just launched the all-new A-Class in the country in the guise of the A250 Sport.If you, however, find its P2.58-million price
Obviously aimed at a younger audience
It was only 16 years ago when Mercedes-Benz introduced the A-Class as its entry-level range. Back then, it was unique with its minivan-esque one-box construction, which catered to small families shopping for a commuter car to drive
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