It’s all too easy to get familiar with a car these days – you jump in and out so often, that you forget what you like, and those niggly issues can just become the norm.
As you might’ve noticed in the headlines this month, Jaguar’s been having a bit of a tough time of it. Sales of its traditional saloon-shaped models – the XE, XF and XJ – have shrunk dramatically in the last 12 months.
What is it? The UK’s car buying community is gobbling up compact SUVs at a fearsome rate, with the likes of the Volvo XC40 and Jaguar’s E-Pace showing that people really do like a premium badge and a high ride height more than most things. It’s why this new Q3 is so crucial to Audi, as it’s an offering in a drastically growing segment.
The future’s electric – that’s what many car manufacturers would have you believe. In recent years, there’s been a surge (excuse the pun) in the adoption of plug-power, and Jaguar is the one of the latest to join the electro-fray with this, the I-Pace.
What is it? This is the top-end version of Hyundai’s Tucson – fitted with an all-new powertrain for the brand. It’s a mild-hybrid unit, but fitted to a diesel engine. That means it’s not going to resonate well with your traditional hybrid buyer, but should instead appeal to those who simply want a slightly more powerful, more versatile diesel engine.
What is it? Think of Skoda and what springs to mind? Practical estates perhaps, or maybe even a series of rugged SUVs. Well, the Czech company also has a bit of form with making incredibly low-key yet punchy performance versions of its production cars and this – the Kodiaq vRS – is a sporty take on the brand’s popular seven-seater.
Porsche has announced pricing for its new Macan S – the fruitiest version of the brand’s compact SUV.
When is a Vauxhall not a Vauxhall? When it’s our long-term Grandland X, evidently. As you’ll no doubt have read somewhere or other, Vauxhall (and sister European brand Opel) was bought last year by none other than the PSA Group – parent company of Peugeot and Citroen.
Aston Martin has given a first look at its all-new DBX SUV during rigorous testing.
What is it? The Honda CR-V has been around since 1995, and is now one of the world’s best-selling SUVs. It’s gone on to become sleeker, more efficient and quieter too. It’s now been updated for 2018, adding a more distinctive look as well as better levels of standard equipment and technology. Comfort is still the name of the game, though, just as it was with the original car back in ’95.