THE BEST NEW CARS FOR 2017

Think­ing of buy­ing a new car? We’ve pro­filed some of the best…

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VOLK­SWA­GEN GOLF

A RE­VAMPED ver­sion of the sev­enth-gen­er­a­tion Golf will be on sale on fore­courts shortly. It will get a new ex­ter­nal look across the range, in­clud­ing LED head­lamps, but it’s in­side where things are re­ally hap­pen­ing.

Ex­pect in­no­va­tions like ges­ture con­trol, a much larger in­fo­tain­ment screen on the cen­tre of the dash­board and lots of new driver as­sists.

The Dis­cover Pro in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with ges­ture con­trol sees what VW calls “the in­ter­face of the fu­ture” make its de­but in the com­pact class.

The range of in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems has been re­designed and fit­ted with larger touch­screens.

There will be lit­tle change un­der the bon­net – with VW opt­ing to re­tain the cur­rent diesel, petrol, elec­tric and elec­tric-hy­brid pow­er­plants.

FORD FI­ESTA

IT’S not for noth­ing that the Fi­esta has been the UK’S big­gest sell­ing new car for six years in a row, sell­ing over 100,000 mod­els again last year.

Soon, a new Fi­esta will hit fore­courts. Ford’s aim is to take the Fi­esta up­wards, so the 2017 car – the sev­enth gen­er­a­tion – will fea­ture sharper styling, and a more up­mar­ket cabin that is said to in­clude a new in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with touch­screen dis­play.

The over­all look car is more stylish, giv­ing it a pre­mium air – plus it will have more room in­side than the out­go­ing model.

There are, of course, some great deals to be had on the out­go­ing model at the mo­ment, which is still a great look­ing and driv­ing car.

“2007 SEES THE AR­RIVAL OF COUPE AND CABRI­O­LET MOD­ELS TO COM­PLETE THE RANGE (OF THE MERCEDES E-CLASS COUPE).”

PEUGEOT 5008

PEUGEOT has com­pletely re­designed its 5008 model, herald­ing a switch from a peo­ple car­rier-type ve­hi­cle to a more proper SUV ap­proach.

That’s not to say they’ve sac­ri­ficed space – the new model is ac­tu­ally roomier in­side than the old one.

It’s a real looker, too, plus it’s got seven seats (the rear two can be re­moved), with the mid­dle ones fold­ing flat to give a mas­sive load space.

Also, the 5008 gets Peugeot’s in­no­va­tive new i- Cock­pit de­sign with eight-inch cen­tral touch­screen-signed its 5008 model, herald­ing a switch from a peo­ple car­rier-type ve­hi­cle to a more proper SUV ap­proach.

That’s not to say they’ve sac­ri­ficed space – the new model is ac­tu­ally roomier in­side than the old one.

It’s a real looker, too, plus it’s got seven seats (the rear two can be re­moved), with the mid­dle ones fold­ing flat to give a mas­sive load space.

Also, the 5008 gets Peugeot’s in­no­va­tive new i- Cock­pit de­sign with eight-inch cen­tral touch­screen.

MERCEDES E-CLASS COUPE

EVEN slicker, roomier and more ef­fi­cient than its pre­de­ces­sors, the lat­est cars are also laden with tech­nol­ogy. There are some very tasty E 220d and E 350d diesels around, plus a very fast AMG petrol ver­sion. 2017 sees the ar­rival of coupe and cabri­o­let mod­els to com­plete the range fol­low­ing the sa­loon launch of this ex­ec­u­tive favourite last year.

VAUX­HALL INSIGNIA

LATER this year, Vaux­hall’s de­pend­able Insignia sa­loon will get a ma­jor re­vamp to sharpen up its ex­te­rior de­sign.

The first new model, known as the Insignia Grand Sport, is ex­pected to be roomier thanks to an elon­gated wheel­base, plus the cabin will get a ma­jor over­haul, with bet­ter qual­ity ma­te­ri­als, more tech­nol­ogy and driver as­sists. The word is the car will be much lighter, too, so should be even more fuel-ef­fi­cient.

SKODA OC­TAVIA

SKODA’S pop­u­lar Oc­tavia has been rather over­shad­owed by the larger Su­perb of late, but it will come back into fo­cus in 2017 with a ma­jor facelift.

Ex­te­rior changes will mod­ernise the Oc­tavia and bring it more in line with the Su­perb and the new Ko­diaq SUV.

In­side, ex­pect a bet­ter qual­ity cabin and en­hanced con­nec­tiv­ity in­clud­ing Ap­ple Carplay.

BMW 3 SE­RIES

A WHOLE new gen­er­a­tion of BMW’S most suc­cess­ful ever model is ex­pected later in the year.

The sev­enth gen­er­a­tion car will al­most cer­tainly bor­row the car­bon-fi­bre con­struc­tion seen in the cur­rent 7 Se­ries and come laden with tech­nol­ogy and driver as­sists.

There will be a new se­ries of en­gines, a plug-in hy­brid and an all-elec­tric ver­sion.

CITROEN C3

ON sale this year the C3 has been given a com­plete makeover bor­row­ing looks and more from the pop­u­lar C4 Cac­tus. For those who don’t like the ‘Air­bumps’, how­ever Citroen is also of­fer­ing mod­els with­out them.

A new seven-inch colour dis­play has been added to the dash­board, and there’s lots of con­nec­tiv­ity Ap­ple Carplay and Mir­ror­link.

You also get Citroen Con­nect­cam – which records driv­ing and ac­ci­dents.

NIS­SAN QASHQAI

THE Qashqai has dom­i­nated the cross­over charts for years now, so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what the 2017 mid-life re­fresh looks like.

Ex­pect styling im­prove­ments to help it bat­tle against the likes of the new Seat Ateca and even newer Toy­ota C-HR.

Also, the smart money is on the in­tro­duc­tion of more semi-au­ton­o­mous driv­ing tech­nol­ogy al­ready hinted at by Nis­san and called “Pi­loted Drive 1.0”

SUBARU BRZ

SUBARU’SS lovely-look­ing BRZ sports car gets a facelift for 2017, with a new ex­ter­nal look, en­gine up­grades, im­proved sus­pen­sion and new tech­nol­ogy. There’s also a new track driv­ing mode.

The cabin gets a qual­ity makeover, in­clud­ing Al­can­tara l leather. Like its Toy­ota GT86 sis­ter, the new BRZ gets a LCD multi-func­tion dis­play in the in­stru­ment panel that in­cludes a G force me­ter and lap timer.

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