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T3 - - Awards 2017 -

BMW 5 Se­ries

The BMW 5 Se­ries is so rid­dled with tech, you’d ex­pect to see James Bond driv­ing it. It all starts with a re­mote key fob: there’s a touch­screen built in to it, al­low­ing you to drive the car re­motely. Its 360° cam­eras can also be re­motely ac­cessed. Oh, and it’s semi-au­ton­o­mous too, aid­ing you with steer­ing du­ties mid-cruise.

Land Rover Dis­cov­ery

The Land Rover Dis­cov­ery is the best on- and off-road SUV. Though it looks more ur­ban than ever, it’s a weapon off the black stuff, with Ter­rain Response 2 op­ti­mis­ing throt­tle and gears to suit. It also comes with wa­ter­proof wrist band-cum re­mote key fob, which can be worn when you’re, pre­sum­ably, hit­ting the surf.

Volk­swa­gen e-Golf

If you want de­pend­able, af­ford­able and for­ward-look­ing, then the e-Golf is a sure fire hit. Ef­fort­less to drive thanks to its in­stant power and lack of gears to worry about, the e-Golf of­fers up to 186 miles of fos­sil-free mo­tor­ing, and it’s packed with mod­ern-grade in­fo­tain­ment and driver as­sis­tance fea­tures.

Toy­ota C-HR

The fu­tur­is­tic-look­ing C-HR could be on this list based on looks alone - it’s like a Bat­mo­bile for the mid­dle-class. This rad­i­cal new­comer joins one of the hippest sec­tors right now - the cross­over seg­ment – bring­ing not only its whacky looks, but a choice of mod­ern 1.8-litre hy­brid or frisky 1.2-litre petrol turbo pow­er­trains.

Ford Fi­esta ST

Ford’s sporty small car has grown up dra­mat­i­cally over the years. But de­spite re­fine­ment and lots more power, it still holds its small and racy core val­ues. It goes like stink, but is never dif­fi­cult to drive thanks to beau­ti­ful­ly­weighted steer­ing, a torque vec­tor­ing sys­tem and three-stage trac­tion con­trol.

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