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JUL 26th 2022

Seán Ward

The seven best three‑cylinder engines

There was a time when the word downsizing was used most often by retirees who were selling the family home in favour of something smaller now that the children had moved out. For the last decade or so now, though, it’s been used at the launch of hundreds of new cars. Performance-bred engines have dropped capacity in favour of smaller turbocharged units, and in the city car world we’ve seen many four-pots have a cylinder knocked off. With that in mind, we thought it only right to jump headfirst into the thrummy world of the most popular small-car engine configurations around with a list of the best three-cylinder engines.


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