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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KIA Sportage 1.6T-GDI GT

A pleasant surprise. I wasn’t immediately taken with the look of the new Sportage, but customers are because it’s selling like cold beers in a desert.

While the front wheel drive 1.7CRDI does an acceptable job due to 280Nm torque from just 1250rpm, the 1.6T-GDI GT Line with four-wheel drive transforms the SUV into a sports car.Great steering, fine handling, huge fun totally unexpected from a Sportage. 

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