Better equipped, better value and better to drive - especially in diesel guise
No GT to drive, but the new powertrain is a quantum leap and strong mid-range torque makes cruising eerily quiet and relaxed. Styling much improved
Entry-level Touareg handles well enough, and is solidly built, but 2.5 diesel doesn’t have the refinement you’d expect
Volvo’s best effort in this sector by a mile. Retains essential Volvo character despite being closely related to the Ford Focus
A comfortable and attractive car, but a little underpowered; the engine is coarse and the steering overlight, making its sport badge slightly fanciful
First-ever Jag load lugger is stylish, roomy and engaging to drive. Audi dealers: start worrying now.
Destined to be hugely popular, because it wears the blue and white propeller, but less than convincing in petrol form. We’d wait for next summer’s 3.0 diesel
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Neat, capabale but not very radical small car with high standards of comfort and refinement; deserves to be successful
Best petrol Golf — more refined and more powerful than the 1.6 — but it still can’t compete on the same level as a diesel
An interesting leftfield choice for exec buyers breaking from the crowd, but still dynamically off the pace of the Germans
Revisions to the styling, chassis and steering finally give the rest of the package a chance to keep up with the phenomenal drivetrain
The complete hatch adds refinement in every area, apart from the gruff engine. A car most hatch buyers will and should aspire to.