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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Citroen C4 Picasso 1.2 PureTech 130 EAT6

A very good car that had been crying out for an exceptional engine and transmission finally got it. The three-cylinder 1.2 PureTech pumps out 230Nm torque and that is perfectly matched to the ratios of Peugeot’s EAT6 compact torque converter automatic transmission.

If you can’t believe that a 1.2 engine can haul a bulky automatic MPV, try one. Then you will believe it.

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