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The Best New Cars Of 2014

By raccars Published

2014 has been a great year for new car launches. Many best sellers were replaced with all new ones and there were some headline introductions for groundbreaking all-new cars too.

But which were the real standouts from the rich plethora of new cars? Here, we pick out 10 of the most notable new cars now on offer in UK dealers.

Porsche Macan

Porsche has taken on the smash-hit Range Rover Evoque with the new Macan – and the sporty new five-seat SUV has certainly caused Land Rover to sit up and take notice. It’s exceptional to drive, with brilliant handling, while the styling is appealing and the interior feels suitably racy. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth it.

Three year old alternative: Range Rover Evoque – prices from £25,000

Toyota Aygo

There’s no missing the new Toyota Aygo – it boasts an unmistakable ‘x’ styling theme at the front end that can be further enhanced with contrast colours. After the old Aygo fell off everyone’s radar, the firm is determined to get this able, fun to drive new one noticed in the ultra-competitive small city car sector.

Three year old alternative: Fiat Panda – prices from £4,500

BMW i8

No two ways about it, BMW has revolutionised the supercar sector with the amazing i8. Combining a small, efficient but high power turbo engine with a surging electric motor, it drives both as a zero emissions EV and, if you want to go further, a petrol-electric hybrid – all the time delivering performance and handling the equal of a Porsche 911. And then there’s the styling… no wonder there’s such a waiting list!

Three year old alternative: Porsche 911 Carrera – prices from £60,000

Lexus NX

Porsche isn’t the only brand keen to challenge the Range Rover Evoque. Lexus has got in on the act too with the NX compact premium SUV, but this one offers something unique: hybrid power. The petrol-electric motor boasts low emissions, strong performance and the promise of much lower city centre emissions. We reckon it’s going to be a breakthrough car for Lexus in the UK – the challenge may be getting hold of one.

Three year old alternative: Lexus RX – prices from £22,000

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Jaguar launched one of the cars of the year in 2013 with the F-Type Roadster. A year later, it has followed it up with the F-Type Coupe. For many, it’s the more appealing car, bringing back even more of the E-type spirit and curing one of the Roadster’s bigger failings, its pitiful boot space. It’s even better to drive too, particularly the high performance 550hp R Coupe.

Three year old alternative: Aston Martin V8 Vantage – prices from £60,000

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The compact executive sector is dominated by the three German brands of BMW with its 3 Series, Audi with its A4 and Mercedes-Benz with its C-Class. In 2015, a new entrant joins the fray – Jaguar, with the promising new XE. Mercedes has got its response in early with the fine new C-Class: a junior S-Class in so many ways.

Three year old alternative: Audi A4 – prices from £10,000

MINI Hatch

Yes, it still looks like the old one, but the new MINI Hatch is much improved in almost every way. Greener, better to drive and even more tech-packed, it simply oozes class. MINI also cured a half-century failing late in 2014 with the introduction of the MINI Hatch 5-door: all the fun of the standard car but now with near-supermini-like space practicality.

Three year old alternative: Audi A1 – prices from £9,000

Renault Twingo

Renault at last launched a competitive city car in 2014 with the all-new Twingo: it’s as competitive as its predecessor was forgettable. The rear engine layout is innovative and delivers something city centre users will really appreciate – a small, almost black cab-like turning circle. It also looks cute and has a fun interior: you can even get infotainment tech that pairs neatly with your smartphone.

Three year old alternative: Toyota iQ – prices from £5,250

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Goodbye, ageing Freelander, hello stylish new Discovery Sport. It looks as classy as the posh Range Rover Sport and, unlike an Audi Q5 or BMW X3, seats seven people in surprisingly spacious comfort. The drive almost gets top marks too: Land Rover has another hit on its hands with this one.

Three year old alternative: Audi Q5 – prices from £17,000

Ford Focus

Ford’s popular Focus has fallen off the radar in recent years, in contrast to the huge success of the Fiesta small car. So it was back to the drawing board and out with this facelifted model that aims to restore its position at the top of the family car charts. First evidence suggests it’s done it too: well worth checking out as it launches in dealers in time for the Christmas holidays.

Three year old alternative: Volkswagen Golf – prices from £7,000

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