Downsizing is one of the automotive industry's biggest buzz words at the moment, with most manufacturers swapping large engines for small turbocharged versions to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Sounds great, but the idea is nothing new.
Back in the 1980s, there was an entire crop of forced induction superminis breathing fire into the small-car segment. By the 1990s they'd almost all died out as small hot hatches used larger, naturally aspirated engines. It's ironic to see their descendants going full circle.
There's still a lot of fun to be had with a boxy, boosted … Read more