IT’S NOT EASY BE­ING PRETTY AND PRAC­TI­CAL

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Cover Story - VW TIGUAN SUZUKI SWIFT CITROEN CAC­TUS

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.

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