Bang For Your Bucks 2016: $0-50K Contenders

Bang For Your Bucks 2016: $50-100K Contenders

The fast fleet; Nine of the best

Ford Mustang EcoboostFord Mustang Ecoboost
Puts up solid numbers, but if the four-pot Mustang is all show and no go, it’ll soon be found out at BFYB

Peugeot 308 GTi 250Peugeot 308 GTi 250
French hottie comes optioned with wheels and tyres from 270 big brother in a search for more speed

Renault Sport Clio TrophyRenault Sport Clio Trophy
Current Clio RS has tasted BFYB success before, and the new Trophy 220 version is hotter than ever

Mini Cooper JCWMINI Cooper JCW
Tops the $0-$50K price list at $47,400, so it’ll need to be seriously fast to compensate

VW Golf GTIVolkswagen Golf GTI
VW hasn’t had a base-spec Mk VII GTI available in previous years, and the hot Golf has won before

VW Polo GTIVolkswagen Polo GTI
New adaptive dampers and revised steering qualify the Polo GTi for a return in 2016

Mazda MX-5 2.0Mazda MX-5 2.0
Speed of 2.0-litre earned it the nod over the cheaper 1.5. It’ll be fun, but will it be fast enough?

Ford Fiesta STFord Fiesta ST
Reigning two-time champion and hard to beat that bargain $25,990 sticker price

Holden SS uteHolden SS ute
6.2-litre grunt made the VF II SS a walk-up starter, but we could only score the pricier auto

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