HJ’s Top 10 new cars of 2016

It’s been quite a good year both for new cars and for significant improvements to existing cars that were previously not quite as good as they could have been.

Most notably, Peugeot/Citroen has been putting its excellent 1.2 litre three-cylinder PureTech 130 engine into more models and has livened them up considerably.

Asked to pick a Top 10 I did it top of head rather than by re-reading my notes on everything. So these are the cars I most readily remembered as doing the job they were designed to do better than any others.

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BMW M2 DCT

This is here partly because of its extraordinary performance, partly because of its sensational rear-end grip, partly because of its 29mpg economy, and partly because I had one of the trips of a lifetime in it, crossing Spain from Malaga to Siguenza in little more than an afternoon.

The kids like to 'drift' the much less economical M2 manual. But as a car to live with day by day, the DCT makes more sense.

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