The motor trade has spiced up its act in recent years with many new and improved models from SUV’s to compact executives all doing well from less run of the mill manufacturers. Whatever your insurance policy will stretch to there’s a new car out there for you somewhere so why not check out one of these.
The Nissan Leaf has been a surprisingly strong runner with its super-efficient electric engine and straightforward hatchback design as has the Renault Zoe showing that the age of the electric car is definitely here. With a range of approximately 130 miles and sharp modern styling both cars have looks as well as economy on their side.
The Seat Leon has gone from strength to strength and the new Leon Mk III features a roomier interior with more shoulder room, rear legroom and a spacier boot. Higher specification models feature the “SEAT drive profile” system that allows various driver settings that control the engine, DSG gearbox and steering. Combine this with the ambient lighting changing depending on the driver mode and the 5.8 inch centre console touch screen display make this a driver’s car.
One of the most popular compact cars at the moment is the Hyundai i10 Mk II. With its modern compact design and stylish exterior this is one small car that delivers the goods. Its 1.1 litre iRDE2 engine produces 67 bhp giving a nippy performance with power steering, central locking, electric windows and a host of other features as standard.
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Looking for something a little beefier, then look no further than the Skoda Yeti. This 5 door compact SUV is available in engine sizes from 1.2 to 2.0 litre and 5 speed manual to 7 speed automatic transmissions. Its Varioflex rear seats allow various seating arrangements with the two rear seat setup giving exceptional rear passenger room and its safety record is excellent with EURO NCAP results of 92% for adult occupants and 78% for child occupants giving it the full 5 stars.
The Subaru Legacy has been around for over 20 years and the 6th generation is the best yet. Available with 2.5 litre flat four and 3.6 litre flat six engines producing 173bhp and 252bhp respectively this sporty family saloon and estate still features standard all-wheel drive and the new “Eyesite” active safety system on higher spec models.
However the Best car to own in 2015 crown goes to the Lexus IS Mk III. The build quality of this compact executive is legendary and when combined with its reliability show why Lexus have become a serious contender to the likes of BMW and Audi. With comfort and luxury as standard and now available in V6 sports or hybrid options with automatic 6 or 8 speed automatic transmissions and plenty of electronic gadgetry as standard the Lexus IS has it all and more.