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.
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?
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.
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