The Covid-19 lockdown has changed a lot, including the way we get from A to B. Being safe & secure in your own vehicle has become more important than ever & some of you might feel that it's time for an upgrade.
Whether you're in the market for a car that's family-friendly, eco-friendly, eye-catching or bang-on budget, here are our top 10 recommendations right now.
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Seat Ateca 1.0 SE Technology: Seat launched the Ateca in 2016 but since then it's become one of its most popular models. The Ateca is a practical family SUV that's built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Tiguan (& shares quite a few of the same bits). The MG HS may offer more space for less money, but the Ateca is a better car! If you're looking for a family SUV that can put a smile on your face, the Ateca needs to be very high on your shopping list.
VW Tiguan 1.5 TSI R Line Tech DSG: The latest version of the Tiguan is now less of a Nissan Qashqai clone and more of an expensive SUV like the BMW X1. But it's done the one thing a new version needs to do: improve on the original. It's bigger, more spacious, far more classy & super efficient. You'll get your family, next door's family & the nice couple across the street in it - what more do you want from a family car?
Ford Kuga 2.5 Phev ST Line Auto: The Ford Kuga was first produced in 2008 & is a medium-sized SUV. It has recently been redesigned to attract more buyers to the huge family SUV sector & is available in a range of power & drivetrains, but the most popular right now is the PHEV. With a cost-effective, eco-friendlier PHEV engine, the Kuga can easily go up against other family-friendly cars & more than holds its own on price.
Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid R Design Auto: This has been called "the best family SUV out there" by a number of reviewers, but it's the Hybrid version's excellent cost-effective & eco-friendly engine that we love it for. This is a good-looking car that's as practical as it is safe. For a forward-thinking person, there's no better choice of eco-friendly family car that springs to mind like the XC90 - definitely check it out.
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 218i M Sport manual: In late 2013, BMW revealed the 2 Series Coupe - a 2-door model with the first 8-speed automatic transmission in the segment. BMW has now released the new 2 Series range with several body styles. The Gran Coupe's aggressive design is mixed with an excellent driving experience & for 2020, this 4-door version is where we'd start our look.
**Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupe C200 AMG Premium:**The C Class has a seriously tough job on its hands - it's one of the most recognisable names in the exec car market but has more rivals than ever. In the Coupe, the front seats are very comfortable with the AMG upgrades giving performance-like support & the tech (safety & driver comfort) is of the usual high Merc quality. You should choose the C-Class if style & drive are your picks - just saying.
Tesla Model 3 Standard Plus: Tesla changed the electric-car landscape overnight & the Model 3 is the most cost-effective way to drive one. The Model 3 is efficient & fun to drive with the saloon being the only bodystyle available. It makes no compromises on range & performance, with a superb interior to enjoy it all in. If you're looking for a cool electric car that drives like a sports car & feels like a luxury saloon, the Model 3 is for you.
Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 SE Premium 5 door: The Vauxhall Corsa is a staple of UK driving & this version is the first Corsa made since Vauxhall became part of the PSA Group which sees it share a lot of bits with the Peugeot 208 & DS 3 Crossback, but it doesn't look like either of them. The new Corsa looks more modern & packs loads more equipment than ever - this is how it's managing to compete against the latest Fiesta!
Mini Hatch Cooper Classic 2 3Dr Manual (Comfort/Nav): Mini is as British as the Queen but the success of late has been thanks to BMW. The newest Mini iteration in its hatchback form comes in a 3-door model (our favourite), but there is a 5-door version if you carry more passengers. Overall though, the new Mini is larger than before & competes well against Audi A1 & Fiat 500 - but it's more fun than any of those for less money.
Mercedes-Benz A Class A180 AMG Line Exec 5 door Auto: The very first Mercedes-Benz A-Class was debuted in 1997 - if you can believe that - but the model's fourth generation is larger, has a fresh new platform & fresh engines. It's also fitted with tonnes of new tech to make it safer, more cutting-edge & nice than its rivals. With the AMG Line you get a premium cabin, good boot space, a luxury drive & the rest for less money that you'd expect!