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    Sick of seeing dual-cab utes and full-sized four-wheel drives go head-to-head on the drag strip? We hear you.

    That’s why we lined up these four pocket rockets, and roped in a few owners to put them through their paces.

    Driving the Honda Civic Type R is Mac Cook, a member of the CarExpert finance team who also has a Type R in his garage at home.

    Melissa Ong was behind the wheel of her very own Hyundai i30 Hatch Drive-N DCT, or the iDirty N as she calls it. It’s the oldest member of our four-strong hot hatch race.

    Representing the CarExpert editorial team were Paul Maric in the Cupra Leon VZx, and me in the Toyota GR Corolla.

    You’ll need to watch the video above to see who won the drag race. Place your bets, but bear in mind these are four very evenly matched cars.

    Drag race: Toyota GR Corolla vs Honda Civic Type R vs Hyundai i30 N vs Cupra Leon VZx

    Here’s how they compare on paper:

    Leon VZxCivic Type Ri30 Drive-N DCTGR Corolla
    Engine2.0L 4cyl turbo2.0L 4cyl turbo2.0L 4cyl turbo1.6L 3cyl turbo
    Transmission7-speed DCT6-speed manual8-speed DCT6-speed manual
    Driven wheelsFrontFrontFrontAll
    Power221kW 235kW206kW221kW
    Torque 400Nm420Nm392Nm370Nm
    Tare mass 1503kg 1406kg1511kg1455kg
    Fuel type98 RON95 RON95 RON98 RON
    Price when new$63,990 D/A$72,600 D/A$56,200 +ORCs$64,190 +ORCs

    And here’s how they fared in individual performance tests, with the same driver behind the wheel:

    Leon VZxCivic Type Ri30 Drive-N DCTGR Corolla
    Quarter mile13.85s14.03s13.85s13.69s

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.