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2020 Renault Clio
The Clio has sold in huge numbers across Europe, in fact it’s the second best-selling car amongst our friends across the Channel. Whilst in the UK the Clio has also been a popular supermini, it has has to play second fiddle to the Fiesta, which has held the crown of Britain’s best-selling car for some time now. So, can this latest Clio finally grasp the title of most popular supermini in the UK away from the Fiesta?
The latest refinements are subtle, the Clio has matured over the last few years with Renault keen to move away from the former quirky looks. The subtle refinement includes a lower roof line and some smoother contours, in our opinion it competes with any car in the supermini segment for good looks.
Inside the Clio is where you’ll find some big improvements, it feels a bit more spacious, the dashboard is less cluttered, and you’ll find better quality materials and more soft touch finishes than before.
There’s better tech too, including a new digital driver display with a larger display optional or included on higher grade trim-levels. Also available is a very impressive large portrait infotainment system.
One of the biggest surprises is the size of the boot, it is probably the biggest of any of its rivals moving this new Clio into the realms of a fully-fledged family car.
The entry-level petrol and diesel engines can feel a bit under-powered, especially if you’re doing a lot of motorway driving or often travelling with a full load of passengers.
The 1.0 TCe 100 petrol is good place to start your research, as you get a good blend of performance and low running costs. There’s a more powerful 1.3 TCe petrol only available with DCT gearbox, it feels very refined and delivers power smoothly, it’s a great option and will probably be the most fun to drive.
A E-Tech hybrid model should be available later in 2020 and Renault say you will be able to do up to 80% of your urban driving in full electric mode.
The MINI has so much to offer and combines fun, refinement and BMW’s knowhow to deliver an excellent small car with plenty of model, variants and options available.
From the very popular Cooper models with lots of customisation options, the clubman with its iconic split rear doors, the John Copper Works edition offering sports performance or there’s the countryman which brings a crossover flavour to the MINI line-up for those who want a more rugged MINI.
With lots of customisation options you can’t fail to be impressed from contrasting roof colours to the funky stripes down the bonnet and front and rear LED lights, there’s plenty to like about the MINI.
Inside the MINI you get the BMW premium feel, while some design features pay homage to the MINI’s roots, the circular frame around the 6.5-inch infotainment screen for example.
The infotainment system is based on the same platform you get in a BMW which is widely considered one of the best, you get sat nav as standard and you can have Apple CarPlay as an option.
The BMW trend is still to not provide support for Android Auto and the MINI follows that same trend as you’d expect. However, the native sat nav and the overall quality of the infotainment system is top-notch so that should soften the blow for disappointed Android phone users. You also get Bluetooth, DAB radio and Emergency Call (E-Call) as standard.
Engines and Driving
There are some punchy engine options and the MINI is one the most fun cars to drive and it won the Autotrader ‘Most Fun Car to Drive 2019’ award.
Whilst its bigger and a lot more refined than the original MINI’s that could be flung around corners like a go karts, the latest MINI has retained the fun factor.
Engine-wise there’s an entry-level 101bhp 3-cylinder petrol engine that’s good for keeping running costs down. Choose a 134bhp MINI Copper model and you won’t be disappointed, the engine is keen, yet delivers power smoothly.
Want to up the fun the factor? A MINI Cooper S comes equipped with a 2.0-litre 189bhp engine, it’s very nippy, the engine sounds the part and it is enormous fun to drive. For the full sports performance experience the 228bhp John Cooper Works might be your thing.
A much anticipated full electric MINI model will be available for first time in 2020 too.
You can start your search for a new MINI here.
The Qashqai is Britain’s best-selling crossover/family SUV delivering a great package for the price. If you want to support British workers and the economy, it’s also a great choice as its built in the UK at Nissan's car plant in Sunderland. Nissan support over 35,000 jobs in the UK and have recently committed to heavy investment in the Sunderland plant, the biggest car manufacturing plant in the UK.
It’s a smart looking Crossover that blends some of the traditional SUV-like styling with smooth contours, less boxy than some rivals you might say. The latest model is wider and lower too, combined with sleeker lights giving it a much more dynamic look.
The Qashqai faces an ever-increasing number of rivals is the fastest growing car segment, family SUVs are in demand, so every manufacturer has at least one SUV in their line-up, some even have 3 or 4 of varying sizes and features.
While rivals may beat the Qashqai in one area or another what the Qashqai does it put together an all-round package that is hard to match for the price.
Inside the Qashqai is roomy enough and the boot is pretty generous, our advice is to skip the entry-level model to get the better infotainment system and extra comforts like dual zone climate control.
Amongst its strengths are low cabin noise and comfort, it’ll keep the whole family comfortable on long or short journeys, there’s also plenty of practical features and generous storage.
Then petrol models are the big sellers with diesels in decline and a hybrid version is planned for late 2020 release.
Nissan say they expect half of all Qashqai to be sold with the 1.3 (138bhp) engine and it’s a great all-rounder whether you are doing a lot of motorway or around-town travel driving it is a great choice. There’s a more powerful 158bhp with the option of either manual od automatic transmission, we think for most the 1.3 litre (138bhp) petrol engine will be a great fit.
The 114bhp 1.5-litre DCI diesel is the winner for low running costs, depending on your configuration CO2 emissions can be as low as 100g/km. If you are clocking up a lot of miles, then you may want to consider it.
You can compare all Nissan Qashqai models and the discounts here.
2020 Seat Leon
Want a VW Golf but not sure if you’re budget can stretch to the model you really want? The Seat Leon its built on the same platform as the VW Golf and it look sportier in our opinion.
When comparing ike for like models a Seat Leon will be cheaper than a VW Golf, the only possible downside is the interior may not quite feel as premium as the Golf (depending on your standpoint) but the Seat Leon will certainly give you enough tech and gadgets, especially if you look at higher trim-levels like the FR models which are extrmemely high-tech and sporty inside.
As we’ve already mentioned, when compared to a VW Golf you get a much sportier car. The Leon features sharp lines a low roofline that sweeps down to the back and if you go for the FR model you get some extra sports styling features, the Cupra builds on the FR delivering a full hot hatch experience.
The Leon’s interior has improved bringing it closer to that of a VW Golf, there’s more soft touch finishes than ever before and the dashboard is neat and organised with a hi-tech feel especially on higher grade models like the FR.
All models get the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is actually very good, it comes with DAB radio, Bluetooth and smartphone integration in the form of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
If you’re looking for a family hatchback the SE Dynamic trim-level is a great choice, over entry-level models it adds integrated 3D sat nav to the infotainment system and other goodies like front and rear parking sensors.
For some extra sporty touches the FR model is an extremely attractive package with a full digital driver display that includes sat nav features and a host of sports styling interior touches.
Engines and Handling
Compared to a Golf or the Ford Focus (renowned for its excellent handling) the Leon has always seemed a bit rough round the edges. However, Seat have worked hard, and the latest Leon is running them both very close. The Leon can offer a comfortable ride as a family hatchback and at the sports end of the spectrum it can offer some thrills too, either way it’s a pleasure to drive and a far cry from the model of a few years ago.
For a small family hatchback, the 1.0 -litre TSI 115 petrol is a great choice, it offers p to 50mpg and doesn’t feel sluggish at all, it can do 0-62mph in under 10 seconds.
For some extra power there’s a 1.5 TSI 130 Evo (0-62mph in 9.4 seconds) or the 1.5 TSI 150 Evo (0-62mph in 8.2 seconds). These are good choices for people doing a lot of motorway driving or frequent trips with a full load of passengers/luggage and they still offer a fuel economoy of up to 47mpg. The 150 Evo is probably overkill for a family car where costs are a consideration though.
Moving towards the sporty end of the spectrum there’s a 2.00 TSI 190 available on FR models, it comes with the 7-speed DSG gearbox and can do 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds which is surprisingly a similar figure to the Cupra 2.0 TSI. The FR model with the 2.0 TSI engine is a great choice if you’re looking for something sporty and you can still get up to 40mpg on fuel economy.
Although diesels are dropping off in popularity, the 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI are still great engines, the 1.6 TDI offers very low running costs and it's a great option for high mileage users.
You can compare the latest discounts and all Seat Leon models here.
2020 Ford Focus
The Ford Focus has been the 2nd best-selling new car in the UK for several years only bettered by its smaller sibling the Fiesta. Its reputation has been built on delivering superb handling and a ride that has been hard to match in its segment. The ST Line models with their lower suspension are particularly fun to drive.
The latest Ford Focus is a sleeker looking car with longer bonnet and wheelbase, the new design no only makes the car look more attractive but improve aerodynamics.
Ford have also added the Active and Active X models to the range with are Crossover version of the Focus, featuring more rugged SUV-like styling including moulded wheel arches, chunky bumpers, jacked up suspension, bigger wheels and a higher driving.
The interior of Focus has faced criticism for not being up to the standard of some of its rivals, so have Ford addressed this? To a degree yes, there are a lot softer touch materials and the overall interior has benefited from a lot of switches and function now controlled either by steering wheel mounted controls or via the touchscreen infotainment system.
There also an electronic handbrake that free ups space too, so the centre console and dashboard are a much tidier affair than ever before.
Lower grade models get the 6.5-inch infotainment screen as you move up the range there’s a larger 8-inch screen which is more line with current trend and competition.
Engines and Handling
Ford have always offered plenty of engine options and the latest Focus range is no different with the excellent and multi-award winning EcoBoost petrol engines and EcoBlue diesels.
For most the petrol engines will be appealing, for around town driving the lower power EcoBoost engines are great while those travelling on motorways a lot or with a full load will want to look at one of the more powerful Ecoboost models.
If you like all the bells and whistles start your research at the Titanium and Titanium X models which are packed with equipment and features, for a more sport Focus look at the ST Line models.
You can compare all Ford Focus models and prices here.
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