One of the best in class, the seven-seat Audi Q7 is not only very practical but supremely comfortable, quiet and luxurious
Despite being one of the early champions of four-wheel drive, it took Audi a little while before it introduced its own SUV. The Q7 was released in 2006, and now in its second generation hasn’t deviated much from the formula of the original. Majoring on luxury, refinement and seven-seat practicality, the new version builds on the old model’s strengths while adding sharper styling, more efficient engines and a whole lot more technology. Based on the MLB Evo platform that it shares with the Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and even Bentley Bentayga, the new Q7 is lighter than before, to the benefit of performance, efficiency, handling and comfort.
The BMW M2 is a fast, wild and exciting drive, yet also offers good value and surprising practicality
If you’re in the market for a relatively compact performance car that you can live with daily but also provides huge performance and thrills, the BMW M2 is one of the best cars on the market. Combining sports car kicks with four-seater practicality, it’s a highly talented all-rounder. BMW M2 reviews are all in agreement: this is BMW M at its best, and that should say all you need to know about this small coupé. Read on if you want to know more, however…
Jaguar gets it right first time out with the F-Pace, its new SUV fighting for top honours against stiff competition
The F-Pace offers almost everything that buyers of premium SUVs want and expect. Unsurprisingly, considering Jaguar’s recent form in this area, it’s rather handsome. Quite understandably, that alone could be enough for many. Typical of Jaguar, it’s also great to drive, displaying outstanding chassis balance, composure and responsiveness. Perhaps surprisingly, however, its plush cabin is actually very practical and spacious as well. Only some slightly low-rent cabin materials and a four-cylinder diesel that’s somewhat lacking in refinement let it down, according to Jaguar F-Pace reviews.
The BMW X1 is a fine all-round performer, and a huge step on from its flawed predecessor
The X1 is a highly competent small SUV of great all-round ability. Great to drive, good to look at and with a satisfyingly premium feel (and badge), it satisfies those who are looking for a feel-good, luxury product. Yet, at the same time, with all the space you could reasonably need or expect, plenty of practical cabin features that make living with it a breeze, and the potential for excellent fuel economy, it appeals to the head, just as much as it does the heart. It’s certainly not the cheapest car in its class, but it is one of the best.
The Fiesta ST is a thrilling hot hatch, but more than that it’s an excellent all-rounder
Hot hatches generally have to be dual-purpose machines, required to provide thrills and performance when it’s asked of them, but to be useable, practical, affordable, everyday cars at all other times. And, according to Fiesta ST reviews, very few cars get close to fulfilling this versatile role as well as the small Ford does. Of course, it helps that the ST is based on the highly talented Fiesta. The Fiesta’s excellent driving manners have been transferred to the ST, new car reviews state, but with excitement levels ramped up considerably. Class-leading dynamics mean amazing body control, a neutral handling balance with very little understeer, well-weighted and precise controls and great traction coming out of bends.
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