GOOD ONES GIVE WAY
AS always, some notable nameplates are missing from this year’s contest.
The Ford Mustang tops the list. An 18-month waiting list proves the popularity of the first factory right-hand drive Mustang, and it also looks tough, but the cabin is cheap and it’s not good enough as a drive.
Holden fails with the Colorado and Trailblazer, which are well equipped but hamstrung by cheap plastics in the cabin. The Spark, a top little car, is too expensive.
The Skoda Superb is a great car but we are concerned about resale value and ownership costs.
Hyundai’s Elantra is good but not as good as a Mazda3.
The Toyota Prius is not nearly good enough when the hybrid Corolla stablemate does the same job for a lot less money. The BMW M2 is fantastic to drive but too pricey and not as user-friendly as an Audi RS3.
The new Renaults for 2016, the Megane and Koleos, are significantly better than previous iterations but can’t trouble the class leaders.
Good though it is, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is not great, or great looking. Volvo’s S90, a good effort, won’t trouble the Germans’ best . .........