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Best new cars released in 2015

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2015 was a great year for new releases, so let's take a look back at the best new cars released last year.

Skoda Superb

With such an immodest name, the Superb needed to be good - and it is. The latest generation of Skoda's large saloon is not far short of spectacular in fact, with a fit and finish to match the premium brands, high class design and a huge, spacious and opulently comfortable interior. A seven unit engine range includes smooth and efficient diesel and petrol models providing well-balanced and enthusiastic power delivery. It's hard to imagine another car offering this kind of quality at the same price point.

Vauxhall Astra

The Vauxhall Astra has been a key player on the best sellers scene for a long time now and any update is big news. The latest, smart looking seventh generation model has been very well planned, increasing interior space and fuel economy and improving build quality immensely. Could this finally be an Astra to topple the Ford Focus?

Mini Clubman

Its quirky looks won't be to everyone's taste but if you can open your mind, you'll find a very practical and rather entertaining little family car, wearing the prestigious Mini badge. That means a high quality finish and enjoyable driving dynamics. The new double barn doors at the back are a great idea which have helped to make the once derided Clubman a really rewarding choice.

Jaguar XE

2015 has been a great year for Jaguar, not least thanks to the arrival of its new compact executive, a car to make the BMW 3 Series feel slightly uneasy. It's sleek, efficient and luxurious, with a very modern range of economical engines including the Ingenium diesel unit. The XE is helping Jaguar to upset the premium names with its sophisticated driving dynamics and clever use of advanced technology. Easily one of the best releases of the year.

Volvo XC90

Another brand upsetting the premium brand apple cart is Volvo, which has taken huge steps forward in quality with its recent releases. The updated XC90 offers spectacular new levels of style, comfort and ride quality. It's full of modern tech and screams quality, with a refined and silky smooth engine range, soon to be joined by a hybrid producing only 50g/km in CO2 emissions. SUVs have never been so good.

SsangYong Tivoli

The SsangYong name is not exactly an attention-grabber but the budget brand is sneaking up behind the likes of Kia and Dacia with its new Tivoli, easily its best car yet. For less than £13,000 you'll be surprised by the standard of build quality and generous equipment list. The Tivoli is also a reasonably good looking, practical and comfortable car with a willing and frugal engine range. It won't win you any cool points but could be a very smart and sensible choice if you're on a tight budget.

Hyundai Tucson

Another brand undergoing an image revolution is Hyundai, which is producing smart, high quality vehicles in every sector. The return of the Tucson is great news even in the crowded crossover market, replacing the ix35 in stylish, capable and affordable form. There's a lot of equipment, a smart and comfortable cabin and a frugal and competent engine range on offer here at a very attractive price point.

Mazda MX-5

The latest MX-5 is delightful, displaying all the youthful charm for which the world's best-selling roadster is famous in a thoroughly modern form. It's still affordable, entertaining and stylish and retains the same high revving engine and dancing tail end it has always had, and it costs less than £20,000.

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