1 BMW 118i
100kW The equal most-powerful turbo triple sold in Australia (until the next-gen Fiesta ST arrives), the 118i and its 2 and 3 Series siblings are also the only three-pot rear-drivers.
2 MINI COOPER
100kW The Mini has precisely the outputs of the BMW Ė itís the same engine Ė but at 1115kg the Cooper is 280kg lighter than the 118i and about a second quicker 0-100km/h.
3 PEUGEOT 308 ACTIVE
96kW The Pug Active might be outgunned (by 4kW) but its 230Nm makes it the torquiest triple 308 available, with the healthiest torque-to-weight, at 205Nm/tonne. Itís a sweet engine Ė and steer.
4 VOLKSWAGEN Polo 85TSI
85kW Itís not the most potent, but with 85kW/200Nm in 1116kg the 85 TSI is POLO lively as well as characterful and refined. And, at $20K, itís the least costly warm triple.
5 SUZUKI SWIFT GLX
82kW At 945kg the Suzuki Swift is the lightest turbo three-cylinder sold in Oz. Yet GLX with 82kW and 160Nm itís certainly not the least potent. Itíd be a ripper with a manual.