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Hyundai Kona

Hyundai’s Kona facelift is par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive in the sporty-look­ing N-Line trim, where dowdy plas­tic cladding makes way for body­coloured pan­els, and a new grille and bumper combo cre­ates a pointy shar­knose. Mostly show but also 12 per cent more go for the 1.6-litre turbo petrol (now 195bhp), avail­able with a dual-clutch auto and fron­tor all-wheel drive. There’s also a mild hy­brid diesel, and new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars have calmed the Kona’s bumpy ride.

Peu­geot 5008

Midlife re­fresh for Peu­geot’s fam­ily SUVs. It’s mostly cos­metic changes for both the 5008 and 3008, in­clud­ing a new frame­less grille and those LED ‘fangs’ pi­o­neered by the 508, and a sim­pler choice of trims. In­te­rior is still as dra­matic as ever, with a wider 10-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen and up­graded dig­i­tal di­als, fresh ma­te­ri­als and even op­tional red leather. But you don’t get the 3D di­als from the 208/2008, and the 5008 can’t go PHEV be­cause of its seven seats.

Tech specs Aimed at? Porsche Panam­era

Nip and tuck for Porsche’s now-hand­some four-door. New Turbo S, re­plac­ing the Turbo, is 79bhp/39lb ft more pow­er­ful and has posted the Nür­bur­gring record for ex­ec­u­tive cars. Tweaks else­where in­clude re­fined safety sys­tems via the Risk Radar suite of tech, pre­vi­ous­ly­op­tional SportDe­sign front bumper as stan­dard, and a big­ger bat­tery for the 4S E-Hy­brid. Porsche says the ac­tive sus­pen­sion man­age­ment and 48v ac­tive roll sta­bil­i­sa­tion have both been re­vised.

Tech specs Aimed at?

KLAUS BISCHOFF

Has held ev­ery sig­nif­i­cant VW de­sign post since join­ing the brand in 1989, and is now el­e­vated to VW Group leader, giv­ing guid­ance and nur­tur­ing dis­cus­sion among all the in­di­vid­ual brand de­sign chiefs.

VW ID.3 (be­low)

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