More 19-plated car models to savour
by Helen Jackson |
posted 16 April 2019
In what will be our final look at the new 19-plated vehicles on offer this month, here are some manufacturers that offer a range of great vehicles that offer exactly what people are looking for.
A brand aiming to try and offer something different from the usual German premium options is Alfa Romeo. This marque has just introduced its new Stelvio SUV, also now available in top Quadrifoglio form. Plus, there’s also a tempting new ‘Sport’ version of the company’s Giulietta sports hatch.
Having heavily revised its Sandero family hatch last year, Dacia is similarly updating its Duster SUV, with the launch of a second-generation model that’s sleeker and more modern. Already there is a new SUV-style ‘Stepway’ version of the brand’s Logan MCV small estate. The Duster is Britain’s cheapest SUV and now makes even more sense.
Jeep and Land Rover
Jeep dealers have just launched their new mid-sized SUV, the Renegade along with a substantially improved Cherokee model that is now available with an all-new 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine. There are also significantly revised versions of the Range Rover Evoque, which has demolished all sales records for SUVs in this class. Range Rover Sport and Range Rover in the showrooms, with P400e Plug-in hybrid variants added into both line-ups.
MG and SEAT
The MG ZS Crossover, launched last year, offers just about everything you get from a Nissan Juke but for a lot less cash. It’s also well-equipped and quite decent to drive. SEAT’s most important recent arrival in the brand’s mid-sized 7-seat SUV, the Tarraco. You get sharp styling, plenty of interior space and, the Iberian maker hopes, a dash of Spanish flair.
The big news is the introduction of a heavily revised version of the company’s Fabia supermini. But Skoda now finds SUVs more profitable. Earlier this year, they launched the Qashqai-class mid-sized Karoq to sell just beneath the 7-seat Kodiaq and the launch of the Skoda Kamiq combines the agility and handling of a compact car with the traditional advantages of an SUV. The rest of Skoda’s line-up has been significantly revised in recent times. Skoda has a strong contender in the hatchback segments, in the shape of its new Scala hatch.
SsangYong and Subaru
SsangYong’s big news has centred around the introduction of its new Musso pick-up. This uses a lot of technology from last year’s new large Rexton SUV, which has been very well received. The Rexton itself is a good bet for those who want luxury SUV capability and a competitive price. Subaru has had a quiet recent few years – but that’s been changing recently. A new generation version of the company’s XV mid-sized Crossover has just hit the showrooms, running on the brand’s completely new hi-tech global platform. This sophisticated chassis also underpins the all-new Impreza family hatch, which offers Focus-class customers the security of 4WD, but at a competitive price.
Suzuki’s big news is the launch of the new fourth generation version of its Swift Sport hot hatch. There’s also a facelifted version of the company’s Vitara small SUV, now powered exclusively by petrol Boosterjet engines. And, Suzuki's Jimny offers an ultra-compact 4x4 with genuine character.
Vauxhall, these days owned by the French PSA Group, has hot GSi performance versions of its Corsa supermini and Insignia mid-sized models. There’s also an all-new compact family MPV, the Combo Life, and with the Crossland X and Grandland X SUVs, Vauxhall now has a properly credible crossover line-up. In other Vauxhall news, the VXR8 super-saloon bows out with a potent GTS-R model. And there’s an all-new version of the Combo van.
There are many great models and manufacturers to look at with some notable deals at this time. Why not give your local dealership a call to arrange a test drive? They’ll be a very warm welcome for you.