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loaded with French flair. The colour-matched interior inlays add individuality. If minimalist interpretation is your thing, the Tiguan is a good example of a modern SUV. It combines the functionality of an SUV with well-executed design. The basic box has been given enough flair to flatter and is an inviting proposition when combined with the premium interiors on the top-spec models. and a low, swept-back glasshouse. It’s a niche product — Chrysler sells fewer than 40 a month — but no one can deny it has presence on the road. The default choice for individualisation, all Minis have a mesmerising array of exterior and interior choices. The only real limitation is your imagination … and your bank balance. but sometimes you go with form over function and in every other regard this premium coupe is a stylish piece of design at a reasonable price. The Evoque broke the trend when it came to SUVs, then Jaguar launched the F-Pace, a soft-roader inspired by the FType sports car. A stunning silhouette and an interior that is well thought out and presented. swathesh of f perforated leather and attention to detail. An enduring and winning formula of purist driving characteristics and simple interior in a cheap but contoured convertible. Mazda’s less-is-more MX-5 is a retrostyled but far from retrograde basic sports car. Beauty is clearly in the eye of the beholder. Our esteemed European correspondent has some dissenting views. What about the Mazda 2 and Skoda Fabia hatches? I believe Skoda is doing outstanding exterior design lately and is on the way creating an entire range that’s visually crisp and cohesive. Not an easy thing to do. I’m tempted by the VW Golf, a plain but practically flawless piece of small hatch design design. The original Mazda3’s visual appe appeal seems to have eluded sub subsequent models. Not sur sure about the bagu baguette sills of the Ren Renault Captur, though I th think it’s very well p proportioned overall. The Citroen Cactus, for a pleasant change, has u unaggressive form and st stance yet has real visual p personality. Don’t li like the face of the new Mini, which to me looks like an estuary-dwelling bottomfeeder. Chrysler 300C? The novelty has worn off. Those metalto-glass proportions now look rather dated. The Skoda Superb, arguably the bestlooking mainstream big car in Australia, should take the place of Commodore in local driveways. VW’s Tiguan rates, as does the Kia Sportage and I also think the Ford Territory is very sweetly styled. Jaguar outperforms European enemies when it comes to exterior style, with the XF and XE alike. The Mercedes C-Class Coupe looks fabulous from many angles, has a lovely lush interior but has a somewhat droopy behind. Jaguar F-Pace. No argument. Very easy — the Mazda MX-5. Had Ferrari made the California pretty, it would have turned out like the MX-5. Porsche Boxster or Cayman. BMW i8 is a quirky, brilliant blend of drama and beauty. Ferrari 488 isn’t as lovely as the 458 it replaces. The Mercedes S-Class range is pretty convincing allround. Sedan, coupe and cabriolet are quite elegant.