sgCarMart – 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?
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