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18 Jun 2003

THE SB Barina GSi is a hot-hatch with OK grip, a lusty Lotus-tuned 78kW 1.6-litre engine offering strong performance and generous equipment levels. But its wooly steering, hard ride and smallish cabin are unlikely to appeal, while the SB model's overall durability is a little suspect too.

THE KJ Lynx stands out from the crowd with its radical rear end styling and three-spoke alloy wheels, but in the end attracted few buyers. It is well equipped with anti-lock brakes and twin airbags, and offers better than average rear seat space. Good handling and a 90kW 1.8-litre twin cam engine are assets.

PEUGEOT 306 3D HATCHBACK (1994-1997)
PEUGEOT's 306 won friends with its appealing styling, exceptional ride quality and comfortable seats. The XR equipment level includes electric windows, a driver airbag (from '96) and central locking. Its 77kW 1.8-litre single-cam motor is best suited to the five-speed manual, so avoid the sluggish auto.

THE CE Lancer does everything it is supposed to do competently without being outstanding in any one area. The GLXi equipment level is similar to the Civic. The 1.8-litre engine provides good fuel economy while producing a competitive 86kW. Small wheels and tyres limit the Lancer's handling ability.

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