Top speed from the 1.4-litre TSI Golf is a claimed 137mph with a 0 to 60

acceleration time of 7.9 seconds which is almost ten miles per hour more than the two-litre and a second quicker under acceleration.

With a 182bhp two-litre engine, the latest Clio 182 (right) shows the Gordini the way home with a top speed of 139 mph and 0-62mph

acceleration time of only 7.1 seconds.

Top speed for the Sport is a claimed 134mph, with a 0-60

acceleration time of 8.9 seconds.

Power is fed to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox which results in a 0-60mph

acceleration time of 12 seconds, a top speed of 110mph and average economy of 50mpg.

The car is said to be capable of reaching 167mph with a 0 to 60mph

acceleration time of around 5.2 seconds.

It endows the compact hatchback with a 0-60mph

acceleration time of just over six seconds.

It is powered by the 1,341cc engine that is already in other Getz models, offering 81bhp for a 0-60mph

acceleration time of 11.5 seconds, and a top speed of just over 100mph.

Developing 100 bhp at 4,000rpm and 158 lb ft of torque between 1,700 and 3,250 rpm, this new 1.9 DI-D unit gives a maximum speed of 118 mph, and a 0-62

acceleration time of 11.9 seconds.

Power comes from the Focus ST's 225bhp five-cylinder 2.5-litre engine, giving the car a 0-60mph

acceleration time of 61/2 seconds, plus a 150mph top speed.

Latest to join the fray is the new red hot Astra VXR model which costs pounds 18,995, giving it more performance per pound than any other model, with a scorching 0-60mph

acceleration time of just over six seconds and a top speed in excess of 150mph.

For example, there will be a 0-60mph

acceleration time of just 10.5 seconds, and economy in the region of 65mpg.

The 0-60mph

acceleration time falls by two seconds, which is significant when you are on the wrong side of the road overtaking a long lorry.