Greatest premium electrical automotive
AN electrical Jaguar may need loved loads of limelight at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage ceremony again in Might, but it surely was the Coventry agency’s I-Tempo that took centre stage in showrooms.
The Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC are on their manner in 2019, however this £63,495 Jaguar I-Tempo, the primary premium all-electric SUV, was right here first.
With its 90kWh electrical motor and 298 mile vary, the I-Tempo already outperforms its forthcoming youthful German competitors, handles effectively and already boasts a six-month ready listing.
Greatest household saloon
YOU do not should have Mensa membership to know that crossovers are dominating gross sales proper now and the repmobile household saloon market is among the greatest affected.
So it is ironic that Peugeot has produced such a powerful noncrossover candidate within the type of its beautiful new 508.
Ranging from £25,039, the 508 has a brand new hatchback physique, is healthier wanting inside and outside, nice to drive in addition to being comfy and light-years forward of is predecessor.
Even higher, there’s an SW property model on its manner in 2019.
THE unique BMW X5 was a game-changer when it first arrived in 1999 and greater than 2.2-million worldwide gross sales later, it is nonetheless setting the usual with this fourth-generation model. With a bigger X7 on its manner in 2019 and the competent X3 beneath it, this £57,495 X5 might have misplaced it manner, however as an alternative it’s higher than ever.
Refined, comfy and glorious to drive, it could have misplaced a few of its sportier sharpness in comparison with its predecessors, however few house owners are prone to discover, as nearly each different ingredient of the automotive has improved.
Sharing a category with the Volvo XC90 and Land Rover Discovery shouldn’t be straightforward, however this X5 is tough to fault.
Greatest sizzling hatch
Ford Fiesta ST
FORD’S repute within the sizzling hatch market is effectively deserved with its lengthy heritage of XR, ST and RS fashions.
This newest Fiesta ST definitely lives as much as that.
Priced from £19,495, the ST combines some spectacular pocket rocket velocity with sporty appears to be like and a brand new elective Efficiency Pack.
It is this Efficiency Pack that lets you exploit the ST’s dealing with to the total and defines this sizzling Fiesta as probably the greatest small sizzling hatches on the street.
Level-to-point, it is able to humiliating so-called sports activities vehicles at a number of instances the value, it is no exaggeration to say that that is most likely probably the greatest vehicles ever to put on that emotive Ford ST badge.
Hyundai Kona EV
Greatest mainstream electrical
Hyundai Kona EV
IF the Jaguar I-Tempo stole a transparent march on its premium rivals for electrical vehicles, then there was little doubt about who did the identical within the mainstream market.
Regardless of having solely arrived into showrooms in September, the £24,495 Hyundai Kona already boasts a ten month ready listing, the form of delay extra becoming of supercars than a small crossover.
Attractiveness, a 279 mile vary, a wonderful driving expertise and variable modes for the regenerative braking (essential for electrical vehicles) implies that that is probably the perfect and best step but for a lot of to maneuver into plug-in motoring.
Plus, with 2019 seeing the arrival of the hydrogen-powered Nexo and Hyundai’s sister agency Kia launching the e-Niro, Korea appears to be like to be main the way in which for EVs in all their varieties.
Bentley Continental GT
The craftsmanship of wooden, metallic and leather-based
Bentley Continental GT
IT could be very straightforward to imagine that you simply’re already acquainted with the Bentley Continental GT.
Probably the most profitable Bentley ever produced, there stays little else prefer it available in the market for its mixture of sporting luxurious and luxury, even at its £156,700 listing value.
Nevertheless, whereas this new Continental’s styling is extra evolution than revolution, it stays fearsomely quick, each from a standing begin and mid-range and handles much better than its 2.2-tonne kerb weight would recommend.
Mixed with that’s an inside that is nothing wanting beautiful each by way of the supplies and its construct high quality.
The craftsmanship of wooden, metallic and leather-based has you continuously subconsciously working your fingers throughout the surfaces.
Fifteen years on from the Continental GT’s arrival, it stays distinctive and higher than ever.
Greatest sports activities automotive
WHAT an enormous threat. Reinventing a beloved traditional from the 1960s right into a two-seater sportscar to tackle the very good Porsche Cayman and with a £51,805 price ticket as well.
On the face of issues, the prospects for Renault’s Alpine A110 regarded slim, however the actuality was merely divine.
A back-to-basics ethos together with a feather-like weight mixed with a highrevving 1.Eight-litre turbo-charged engine and very good dealing with makes it probably the greatest driver’s vehicles we have pushed this 12 months.
Anybody planning on shopping for a Cayman in 2019 ought to drive one in every of these first.
Ford Focus/Kia Ceed
WHEN it involves mid-range household hatchbacks, you’d count on the brand new £17,930 Ford Focus to have walked this class.
Certainly, the blue oval’s big-selling hatch is definitely a really advantageous automotive, proving to be extra refined than ever and retaining a lot of its famed driver enjoyment.
However for 2019 the Focus has been matched from an sudden nook within the type of the third-generation £18,295 Kia Ceed.
The Ceed has boasted the largest conquest gross sales fee of another automotive on this class and with this newest mannequin, that is solely prone to proceed.
The brand new Ceed higher to drive, higher constructed, very well-equipped and appears nice as effectively.
It’s too tight between them, however proper now, the Focus and Ceed characterize the easiest in school.