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The best new cars of 2016

By raccars Published


It's been a great year for new model releases, but which are the best of 2016's new cars?

New cars are more powerful and more efficient than ever before. Here are 2016's most desirable new models.

This year's new cars

Honda NSX

Built almost entirely from aluminium and fitted with a hybrid powertrain, the new NSX is a thoroughly modern sports car. A 550 bhp V6 is assisted by three electric motors, including one at each front wheel, and a nine speed automatic transmission.

Audi Q2

Audi has plenty of experience in the SUV arena and the Q2 is its latest entry, essentially a beefed-up supermini. It's a spacious beast, however, with plenty of modern safety kit included as standard, and a wide range of impressive engines is available.

Mercedes-AMG GT R

Possibly the most impressive Mercedes ever and the first Mercedes-AMG to offer rear wheel steering, the GT R is a ridiculously powerful race car in a road legal package. There's a monstrous twin turbo 4.0 litre V8 under the bonnet with 569 bhp, resulting in a 3.5 second sprint to 60mph and a 198mph top speed. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS has serious competition.

Ford Edge

There's a pretty reasonable argument to be made that the last thing the world needs is more SUVs, but when they're this good it's hard to fight temptation. Ford's spacious and technologically advanced new model is smooth and comfortable on the road and surprisingly competent on it. It's not glamorous or exciting but it's a great family car.

Toyota C-HR

Meaning 'Coupe-High Rider', the C-HR is one of a new breed of SUVs or crossovers melding a chunky body with an athletic, coupe shape. Introduced earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the C-HR uses Toyota's New Global Architecture platform and will be available with petrol or hybrid power trains.

Infiniti Q60

This is a premium quality coupe offering stylish good looks and sporty performance, with a twin turbo 3.0 litre V6 under the bonnet, good for 395 bhp. It also comes with rear and all-wheel drive options and a seven speed automatic gearbox. The Infiniti certainly makes an interesting change from the usual German suspects.

Hyundai Ioniq

Showing just how to convince consumers that electric vehicles are versatile and practical, there are three variants of Hyundai's answer to the Toyota Prius: a hybrid electric model, an all-electric model and a plug-in hybrid. Each variant has its own specially designed platform to make sure that it offers the maximum comfort, best handing and utmost efficiency.

Jaguar F-Type SVR

This very special Jag looks sleek and smooth, but underneath the bonnet is a hugely aggressive supercharged 5.0 litre V8 which returns 567 bhp. Thanks to that and some improved aerodynamics, the SVR's F-Type reaches 60mph in 3.5 seconds and will keep going all the way to 200mph. Oh - and it looks glorious!


A devilish addition to BMW's M division, the M2 recorded a Nurburgring lap time of 7.58 last year, with a high revving engine that's happy up to 7000rpm and capable of withstanding an awful lot of pressure. 0-60mph takes 4.1 seconds.

Jaguar F-Pace

The long-awaited first SUV from Jaguar is roomier and more economical than market rivals, particularly in 2.0 litre diesel format. There's plenty of modern safety equipment including a head-on collision detection system. It's also very attractively priced given the badge it wears and the level of quality on offer.

Maserati Levante

Another of the new breed of luxury SUVs, the Levante looks refined yet sporty but is pretty competent in the rough too. It displays masses of road presence and is opulently fitted out - especially under the bonnet, which hides a V6 twin turbo available with 340 or 418 bhp. It's fierce.

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