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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Jaguar F-Pace

Had to be here, didn’t it? Basically, this is the car that will save Jaguar and is already Jaguar’s bestseller. It’s very sophisticated, combining aluminium castings and aluminium sheet into a sporty SUV up against the Q5, X4 and Macan.

Goes best with the howling 380PS supercharged V6. Is less settled with the 700Nm V6 diesel. But most are sold with Jaguar’s 2.0 litre Ingenium diesel engine and not necessarily with 4WD, which is a bit of a shame.

Click here for the road test

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