Ford Focus ST
Fiat 500 Abarth
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Dodge Dart Rallye MultiAir
Honda Civic Si
Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ (Automatic)
Ford Mustang V6
Mini Cooper S
$26,499 | 8.9 L/100km (City) | 6.2 L/100km (Hwy) | With a tuned Ecoboost engine under the hood, Ford’s Focus ST can sprint to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, but still muster a decent fuel economy rating. In North America, we only get a hatchback version. Europeans are treated to a wagon variant as well.
$23,495 | 7.1 L/100km (City) | (5.7 L/100km (Hwy) | The cute Fiat 500 shows its meaner side with the performance-oriented Abarth model. The tuned 1.4-litre engine can be frugal if driven sparingly, but compared to the standard 500, the Abarth pushes out 60 more horses. Other changes including suspension tweaks and more aerodynamic body trim.
$29,375 | 9.9 L/100km (City) | 6.7 L/100km (Hwy) | The iconic hot hatch. The GTI uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with tech like direct injection to help balance fuel economy and performance. Opting for the optional dual clutch gearbox improves economy further.
$22,590 | 7.4 L/100km (City) | 4.9 L/100km (Hwy) | Though the Dart takes its name from one of Dodge’s classics, it doesn’t share much else with its ancestor. It shares the same 1.4-litre MultiAir engine used in the Fiat 500 Abarth. The Dart employs tech like active grille shutters to help boost fuel economy and aid performance.
$26,245 | 10.0 L/100km (City) | 6.4 L/100km (Hwy) | The “Si” trim level has been synonymous with performance in Honda’s lineup, second only to the legendary Type-R badge. Honda’s latest Civic Si helps dispel the myth that a front-wheel drive vehicle can’t be sporty, with features like a mandatory six-speed manual and a limited slip differential.
$29,250 | 9.2 L/100km (City) | 7.1 L/100km (Hwy) | The Mazda MX-5 has long busted the myth that you don’t need a massive engine to bring driving pleasure. Though it has been getting heavier, it’s still a very lightweight and balanced vehicle. Couple that with the efficient but peppy 2.0-litre engine and you’ll get some decent fuel economy returns.
$27,630 | 8.3 L/100km (City) | 5.8 L/100km (Hwy) | Though for some it falls short on power, this Toyota/Subaru collaboration has been praised for its complete packaging as an affordable driver oriented car. Though it’s arguably much more fun with the six-speed stick, if fuel consumption is your game, the automatic gearbox has the edge.
$19,699 | 7.5 L/100km (City) | 5.3 L/100km (Hwy) | It’s a bit of an odd configuration with its asymmetrical three-door setup, but the Hyundai Veloster is proving a popular little sporty car in Canada. Sales are typically only second to the Fiat 500. While the automatic gearbox nets better fuel economy, the difference is very slight and may not be worth the nearly $1,500 cost the automatic box costs.
$22,749 | 10.8 L/100km (City) | 6.3L/100km (Hwy) | Though the V6 ‘Stang has been looked down upon in the past, the modern iteration presents drivers with a sensible compromise between brute force and everyday usability.
$28,950 | 7.6 L/100km (City) | 5.6 L/100km (Hwy) | It may not be as hardcore as its John Cooper Works model, but it’s far more discreet. The S trim on the Mini Cooper gives you 60 more horses under the hood.