In this new drag race video, the Audi needed 12.2 seconds to reach the quarter-mile line, while the Merc did it in 12.9 seconds. The Focus, Civic, and Golf came after that in the order we mentioned them in. Yes, the all-wheel drive Golf was slower than the Civic.
Of course, if the Golf R had been tested with its DSG gearbox, it would have been a little faster than the Civic, but not more so than the Focus RS.
Audis are not always as quick as the drag races suggest. For example, the RS5 was faster than the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and M4, but when the rolling race was carried out, the grunt of the V8 C-Class Coupe proved overwhelming.
However, there's no repeat of that outcome with the hot hatchbacks. The RS3 has more power, more torque and a bigger engine than every other car here. So even in the rolling race, it comes out on top. But the Focus RS proves to be a real dark horse, holding on until the last second. Which proves that you can buy the badass Ford and still hold your head up high when pulling up next to the German uber-hatchbacks.
Speed is one thing, but we wonder which of them can be driven every day and are the most practical. Hot hatch buyers usually only have one car that needs to do everything, and the Focus's suspension or the A45's small trunk could be off-putting.