What is it? Take a passing glance at the Hyundai i30 N-Line and you might think you’re looking at the hardcore i30 N hot hatchback. Indeed, that was Hyundai’s intention – the N-Line, as is the case with most cars with ‘Line’ in their trim level, is meant to give some of the glamour of a full-fat hot hatch but without the associated running costs.
Volkswagen has revealed the latest revisions to its Passat range, which see the popular saloon gain a host of new safety equipment alongside an updated engine range.
What is it? Nissan’s keen to point out that it’s listened to the feedback its customers gave it on the latest Micra. Although the car’s only been out for two years, customers criticised the engines – calling them underpowered and bemoaning the lack of an automatic gearbox.
Renault has given its Twingo city car a mid-life facelift, bringing a cleaner look and new technology – but the UK market won’t benefit, as it’s been removed from sale on these shores.
Hyundai has announced pricing and specification details for the second model in its ‘N’ family of performance cars – the i30 Fastback N.
Kia has announced pricing and specification details for the latest evolution of its new Ceed – the stylish GT and GT-Line trim levels as well as the new Proceed shooting brake.
With sophisticated technology becoming commonplace in more and more cars, the options consumers want – or don’t want – on their vehicles will influence their buying decision more and more as time goes on.
Skoda has begun to take orders for its new Kodiaq vRS – the brand’s first performance SUV and only the third model to be given the vRS badge since its inception.
We’re sent a great number of cars to test here, and many of them aim for excitement with powerful engines, shiny styling additions and a list of equipment as long as your arm. That’s all well and good, but even the most extensive spec sheet can’t cover up a car that’s simply a pain to live with.
Vauxhall has topped off its Crossland X range with the addition of a new ‘Ultimate’ trim level.
What is it? Citroen has a history of producing cars that focus on the quality of the ride over anything else – most famously, the DS19 with its incredible ‘magic carpet’ suspension that would glide over any bump, ironing out potholes or uneven surfaces. The C5 Aircross is a completely new model for Citroen in Europe, although a slightly different version went on sale in China last year, and it combines the great features of the C3 Aircross and C4 Cactus into a larger, more premium package.