Which Car 2

Ford Ranger

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The Ford Ranger has been available in the UK since 2011 after being successful in the states since 1983 by Ford Motor Company. The Ranger is a monster that is classed as a mid-size pickup truck. The truck can come with either a two door single cab, a two door extended cab or a four door double cab. There are three different engines available, a 2.5 litre Duratec 25 l4 petrol, a 2.2 litre Duratorq l4 diesel or a 3.2 litre Duratorq l5 diesel. In terms of transmission there are both manual and automatic options. You also get the choice of rear wheel drive or a 4×4. The Ford Ranger is supposedly going to have a face lift this year which may well include the introduction of a new ‘panther’ engine.

Price of a new Ford Ranger: ‎£18,670.00 to £30,024.00
Price of a second hand Ford Ranger: £2,000-£32,394

Volvo V50

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The Volvo V50 was put into production in 2004 and it lasted until 2012 when it was replaced by the Volvo V40, which is also the Volvo that was the V50’s predecessor. It is officially classed as a small family car though it probably isn’t a car that you would immediately associate with the word small thanks to it’s 178 inch length. It comes in one body style which is a 5-door estate, the engines available are plentiful, there is 6 different petrol options and 4 different diesel options. You can get the Volvo V50 five speed automatic or a five and six speed manual.

Price of a new Volvo V50: Not applicable
Price of a second hand Volvo V50: £1,795 – £15,995

Lexus CT

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The Lexus CT, also know as the CT 200h, came into the spotlight on the early 2011 and it is still being produced today. It is related to the Corolla and Toyota Auris and is Lexus’ contribution to the compact executive car class and it comes in a 5-door hatchback bodystyle. It was introduced to the UK by Kylie Minogue who also featured in the TV advertisement and she also was sponsored by the Lexus CT for her Aphrodite World Tour in the UK. It won the best small car award for the over $35,000 category in Australia 2011. There is only one engine available and it’s a good one; a 1.8 litre l4 – 100KW (134 hp) engine.

Price of a new Lexus CT: £21,245 – £29,745
Price of a second hand Lexus CT: £8,750- £31,450

Vauxhall Ampera

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The Vauxhall Ampera has been with us for almost five years, it is also known as the Chevrolet Volt and is closely related to the Cadillac ELR. It is classed as a compact car and is a 5 door hatchback, though having said that, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a saloon. The Vauxhall Ampera can come fully electric or you can get a petrol electric hybrid. The purely electric model has a range of 38 miles and the hybrid version offering 62 mpg, also with the petrol hybrid Vauxhall claim a maximum cruising range of over 300 miles. The Vauxhall Ampera was the first plug-in hybrid passenger car to go on sale in the UK.

Price of a new Vauxhall Ampera: £33,750-£35,495
Price of a second hand Vauxhall Ampera: £14,990-£24,495

Mercedes-Benz SL Class

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The Mercedes-Benz SL Class. What a treat. The first thing you need to know about this car is that it will make you turn your head. The SL’s legacy goes way back, all the way to 1954, when Mercedes introduced the W198 and W121, both of which are absolutely gorgeous cars. In my opinion they lost their way between 1972 and 2012, but then the current R231 model hit the scene, and it is stunning again. The new SL R231 comes with the choice of 4 engines, a 3.5 litre V6, a 4.7 litre V8 turbocharged engine, a 5.5 litre V8 turbocharged engine and a 6.0 litre V12 turbocharged engine, all of which run on a 7 speed automatic transmission.

Price of a new Mercedes-Benz SL Class: £72,500 to £170,815
Price of a second hand Mercedes-Benz SL Class: £3,990 – £149,875

Mitsubishi ASX

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The Mitsubishi ASX is a crossover SUV that comes at a very attractive price when compared to its rivals. The ASX has its routes in Mitsubishi’s 1991 compact MPV which was called the Mitsubishi Space Runner. Thankfully Mitsubishi changed the Space Runners direction for the third generation in 2010, no longer would it be an MPV, it would now be the much more aesthetically pleasing crossover SUV that it is today. It is related to the Citroen C4 Aircross, Dodge Caliber and the Peugeot 4008. You get the choice of 3 engines with the Mitsubishi ASX, a 2.0 litre 4B1 engine, a 1.8 litre turbo diesel or a 2.2 litre turbo diesel. You can get the ASX with both automatic and manual transmission.

Price of a new Mitsubishi ASX: £15,184.00 – £24,884.00
Price of a second hand Mitsubishi ASX: £7,999 – £23,584

Audi Q7

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The Audi Q7 has been around since 2005 and it arrived on the market as Audi’s first entry to the SUV class, though it didn’t actually go on sale until 2006. There are 3 diesel engines and 3 petrol engines to choose from. Diesel: 3.0 litre V6, 3.6 litre VR6 and a 4.2 litre V8 FSI. Petrol 3.0 litre V6, 4.2 litre V8 and a 6.0 litre V12. The second generation Audi Q7 was introduced at the Detroit Motor Show in January and there has also been a diesel-powered plug-in hybrid variant.

Price of a new Audi Q7: £15,184 – £24,884
Price of a second hand Audi Q7: £7,999 – £23,584

Volkswagen Passat

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The Volkswagen Passat has been around for a long time, though it hasn’t always been known as the Passat, it has been called a number of different names; Dasher, Quantum, Santana, Corsar, Magotan and Carat. The original Passat came about in 1973, known as the B1 and it was available up until 1981. The B2 followed immediately and ran until 1988 when it was replaced by the B3 and B4 models which ran until 1996. The B5 is probably as far back as you would want to go if you were looking into getting a second hand Volkswagen Passat, which was produced from 1996-2996 receiving a facelift along the way in 2001. The B6 and B7 models came about in 2005 but were recently replaced in 2014 by the B8, which is a very smart looking car full of innovative technology/

Price of a new Volkswagen Passat: £22,215 – £35,505
Price of a second hand Volkswagen Passat: £390 – £36,950

Mazda CX-5

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The Mazda CX-5 started out as a concept car called the MINAGI which was displayed at the 2011 GenevaMotor Show. It was put into production in early 2012 and named the CX-5, a shout to the Mazda CX-7 that it was replacing as well as the Mazda Tribute. The CX-5 is related to the Ford Escape and is classed as a compact crossover SUV, it has 5 doors and a front engine layout, with either front wheel or four wheel drive ability. Three engines are available with the CX-5, a 2.0 L a 2.5 L and a 2.2 L, all of which are part of Mazda’s  SKYACTIV range. Both automatic and manual transmissions are available. A facelifted model is expected in 2016 after being unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Price of a new Mazda CX-5:£21,895.00 – £28,695.00
Price of a second hand Mazda CX-5: £14,970 – £26,999

Range Rover Evoque

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Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque has been criticized by some as a bit of a cash cow, but we see it as a smart entry from Land Rover into a class which suited what they are good at. It is classed as a compact luxury crossover SUV and you can get it with either 5 or 3 doors and it is available as a four wheel drive car. It draws inspiration from both the Land Rover Freelander and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It has been around since 2011 and it sold the best part of 88,000 units in its first year alone. There are two engines available, a 2.0L Ecoboost straight 4 petrol or a 2.2L Duratorq straight 4 diesel.

Price of a new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: ‎£29,205 to £46,210
Price of a second hand Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: £20,995 – £67,875

Lexus IS

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The Lexus IS is Lexus’ entry level model in their sport range, in other words a more financially accessible version of the Lexus ES though only just. The IS was first introduced as the Toyota Altezza before being re-branded and named in 1999 as the Lexus IS. The second generation model is where the IS found it’s feet and started looking that little bit more sporty, and that version was produced from 2005-2013 with a fair few facelifts in that period. So if you are looking at a second hand Lexus IS from 2005-2013 bear those facelifts/updates in mind. The third generation model was then introduced in 2013 and is still the same today, however if the last generation is anything to go by we will be seeing some updates and restyling efforts soon enough.

Price of a new Lexus IS: ‎£26,495 – £38,495
Price of a second hand Lexus IS: £1,295 – £42,995

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Hyundai i20 info

If you are a fan of the Hyundai i20 like we are, you will be pleased to know that more pictures and full details have been released regarding the car.  From what we have read so far, it sounds like good news, so the Ford Fiesta and the VW Polo better watch out. In comparison to the last i20 there are a few things that are apparent from that jump, it has grown in size and has a load of technology to offer.

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The new i20 looks a little more defined and muscular than its predecessor, it is lower, wider and longer than it was before, that combined with an extra 45mm added to the wheelbase is what really helps increase the space inside the car. If you have no passengers in the back you will have even more space to play with, thanks to the flat folding rear seats and the double boot floor.

Are you a fan of colour? Well Hyundai are really pulling out all the stops with this one, and they have claimed that the i20 will have the widest range of exterior and interior combinations in the supermini class, including 5 different interior trims, including one leather trim and 9 exterior shades to choose from.

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Another area Hyundai have attempted to turn on its head as far as superminis are concerned is with the cars technology and comfort. As we know, the Peugeot 208 currently has the game won in the sunroof department (they have a huge fixed glass roof), however the Hyundai i20 in the spirit of one-upmanship, is going to be the first in the class to feature a panoramic opening sunroof.

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I SPY: Mini Countryman

A Mini Countryman has been turning heads over the last day or two, but it isn’t the current Countryman, it is in fact the new revised version which may come as a shock as the countryman has only recently had a facelift. From what we can see this new Mini Countryman seems to have larger wheels and a sloping roofline making the Countyman look a little more aerodynamic and wild.

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The grille also appears to be different however we are confident this has something to do with the misleading paint job that has been used to obscure some of the cars details. It is said that this new Countryman will be more than just a cosmetic revamp, but there will also be changes under the body, notably the Countryman will use the UKL1 platform and pack a three-cylinder turbo engine which is currently used in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

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Ssangyong Rodius

The Ssangyong Rodius is the largest people carrier on the market. The Rodius can comfortably seat seven with loads of room inside the cabin. The car’s exterior design will not appeal to everyone.

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The Rodius is comfortable to drive and comes with an affordable asking price. The Rodius is highly equipped and provides good value for the money. The car is larger than all the competition, hopefully that will prove to be a good thing. It isn’t a looker, I remember the first Ssangyong I saw was a second hand Ssangyong Korando, which is definitely the styling route Ssangyong should be going down.

The car was designed to comfortably carry seven passengers and their luggage, and that’s exactly what it does. Passengers have plenty of space giving the cabin a roomy and comfortable feel.

The car has a lot of nice features such as a leather steer-wheel and 16-inch alloy wheels. Also standard issue is parking sensors, buyers will be thankful for that. Rear visibility can be somewhat limited when the car is loaded down.

The only engine on offer is a 162bhp 2.7-litre diesel. It reaches 0-60mph in 13.1seconds and boasts a top speed of 104mph. The engine provides plenty of power at the lower end of the rev range, which makes it very capable of carrying large loads. All models are fitted with a five-speed automatic gearbox.

Practicality

The Ssangyong Rodius is inexpensive to purchase and run. Insurance rates should be reasonable though fuel economy won’t be great. The Rodius is bargain priced and provides good value for the money.

The Rodius provides loads of cabin space. Passengers will enjoy more than adequate space while the car can seat seven it can also accommodate their luggage as well.

The car’s controls and dials are mostly well placed although some of the controls are located in odd places. There is a flower vase mounted to the dash and that adds a nice touch to the car’s cabins. Displays are large and easy to read.

The Rodius provides decent levels of comfort. Seats are large and supportive and the cabin is very spacious adding to the already good levels of comfort. The car delivers a smooth ride and is quite impressive.

The car provides good accessibility. Even adults should be able to access the car’s rearmost seats without too much fuss. The seats are large and comfortably seat three adults. Once inside, passengers shouldn’t have any trouble climbing into a seat.

The Rodius is easy to park. Despite the car’s large size, the Rodius handles well and is easy to steer and maneuver at low speeds. The car provides a high drive position and good visibility. Rearward visibility can be somewhat limited at times and parking sensors come in handy as well as the car’s large side mirrors.

Life Style

The Ssangyong Rodius provides plenty of power and good steering. The car is designed to carry seven people and not for speed. The Rodius is a large car and can be cumbersome to maneuver through crowded places.

This is an excellent family car. It provides comfortable seating for seven at an affordable price. The boot is large enough to accommodate most family related items. The car’s interior is rugged enough to cope with children.

This is not a good first car. It is simply too large and way more than what most first time buyers need. The car is so large that a novice driver may have difficulty judging the car’s extremities, it maybe best stick to hatchbacks, like a second hand Lexus CT or something

Besides the fact that this is the largest people carrier on the market, the Rodius provides an excellent build quality and a good driving experience with an abundance of passenger and luggage space. The Rodius is surprisingly well built. The Rodius also has a touch of class that is way beyond its modest origins.

Security and Safety

The car’s standard security features include remote central locking, an engine immobiliser and a security alarm. The Rodius is unlikely to be too appealing to car thieves.

The car’s standard safety features include twin front airbags, ABS with electronic stability control and three-point seatbelts for all. The car’s large size also offers an element of safety incase of a crash.

The Finishing Touches

The car’s standard audio unit includes a radio/CD unit. The system boasts good sound quality and is easy to use.

SE versions add leather seats, cruise control, privacy glass and a sunroof. The car looks rather large no matter what colour is chosen. Parking sensors come as standard and make a lot of sense.

Summary

This huge seven-seater comes well equipped and offers buyers good value for the money. Badge snobs may opt for a more stylish designer badge, for it does have the appeal of a Subaru Justy, but if you don’t care about looks, then it might be worth a look. The car delivers plenty of space for seven passengers and their luggage. The design will not appeal to all but the car does make a lot of sense.

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Maserati Quattroporte

The Quattroporte has changed the face of luxury saloons. Although it may be missed at first glance, the Italian firm has included quite a bit of innovation in this top notch vehicle. It has been sought out by business people looking for a car capable of embarking on long journeys without sacrificing comfort and exclusiveness.

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The Quattroporte proves that it is more than capable of meeting these demands, boasting a maximum range of 280 miles. Though it is quite heavy weighing in at more than 1800kg, the impressive 400bhp makes it possible for the rear wheel drive car to reach 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds and boasts a top speed of 171mph.

This aside, the fuel economy will suffer dramatically due to its hefty size.

The interior is elegant with leather and wood effect around the steering wheel and leather seats. The car has a long, wide body design and a low ride height. The length and width of the car gives extra space to the passengers. When pushed to its limits, the car’s electronics reconfigure the car’s settings. The gears will shift more quickly and the suspension will stiffen thanks to the intuitive Skyhook software.

Practicality

The Maserati Quattroporte is an expensive car both to buy and maintain. A high insurance grouping and poor fuel economy will cause up-keep costs to be quite high. The asking price is high enough, but the options list can be tempting.

The lengthy vehicle provides more than sufficient space to all passengers both front and rear. Four adults will fit comfortably inside with room to spare. The boot is spacious enough able to carry a few large items such as luggage. Head and legroom are plentiful so even the tallest of passengers will not complain.

The instrumentation is all logically placed and is practical. The gauges are easily read as they are large and in the driver’s line of sight. The switchgear is of high quality and has a quality feel. The audio controls are placed high on the fascia and are clearly labeled.

The front seat passengers will be the most comfortable. The seats are fully adjustable and are supportive and firm, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. Move to the rear and you will see much of the same comfort. Head and legroom are still plentiful but the seats adjust less. You can opt for heated, massaging seats for both the front and rear seats.

Getting into the Quattroporte is a bit more difficult. The seats sit low and passengers will have to stoop a bit to get in. The rear seats are slightly lower than those in the front, but they are significantly wider, making them easier to access than what you might initially think.

The Quattroporte is extremely large. With such a wide and long stance, you will want to opt for parking sensors. Visibility is decent, the turning circle is tight, steering is precise and light, but despite all of this, the dimensions of the car can get the better of even the most experienced.

Life Style

The Maserati Quattroporte is very appealing to drivers. It is able to tackle long journeys with ease. The seats are supportive and reduce driving fatigue. The car is responsive when driven both on the motorway and in town. The brakes are light as is acceleration. When cornering at high speeds, body roll is not an issue.

A family would easily fit into this car, of course that is if the car and all of its expenses can squeeze into the family’s budget. The boot is large enough to carry all the tidbits that are associated with the family life.

The Quattroporte would be horrible for a first car. If the expense alone doesn’t deter you, the dimensions surely will. It is much too large for an inexperienced driver to maneuver especially when parking.

The interior is classy, emphasizing the elite nature of the vehicle making it a desirable business car. The quality of the materials used is top-of-the-line. Everything from the leather to the plastics has a quality, durable feel to it.

Security and Safety

As far as security is concerned, the Quattroporte comes standard with rain sensing windshield wipers, anti-theft alarm, anti-lift sensor, and exterior monitoring.

When it comes to safety, the Quattroporte comes fully equipped with frontal airbags, curtain airbags, reinforced doors, seatbelt pretension, and three point seat belts.

Finishing Touches

The audio system consists of a Bosch unit with am/fm and CD capabilities. It also has a speed sensitive volume control function.

The Quattroporte comes standard with 14 way adjustable seats in the front of the cabin with a memory function for the driver and four way adjustable seats in the rear of the cabin. Both sets of seats can be heated and equipped with a massaging mechanism.

Summary

The Maserati Quattroporte boasts a good value for money, which is saying a lot considering the expensive nature of the car. It is comfortable for all occupants, including rear-seated adults. Despite poor fuel economy, the vehicle gets good range, making it attractive to business people who travel long distances.

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Lotus Europa

The Europa is very similar to the Elise only the Europa provides more creature comforts. The Europa is still lightweight and despite the increased levels of comfort the car still delivers the same great performance.

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The Europa has a 200bhp turbocharged engine to provide plenty of power. The firm claims that 194lbs of torque is available as little as 2,000rpm. The Europa has no trouble holding its own with major competitors.

The Europa can reach 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds, and boasts a top speed of 140mph. The car is not only quick and provides a very decent driving experience, but it also boasts excellent handling and better fuel economy than rival brands.

Lotus and Proton came together to develop the Lotus Europa, and there is very little in the finished product that would even hint at Proton’s presence. Lotus has done a fine job and Proton’s lingering presence will have an impact on how the public perceives the Lotus price wise.

One notable enhancement is to the car’s level of accessibility. It is no longer necessary to twist into unnatural positions in order to access the car’s cabin. The car sits higher and passengers can easily slide into the cabin’s seats.

Practicality

The Europa provides a lot of car for the price and offers excellent value for the money. Insurance is decent and fuel economy is good especially for a car in this class. The asking price is very good considering the performance on offer.

The Europa provides adequate passenger space and enough boot space for shopping or a couple of other packages. Storage space has been improved over the Elise and as a result the car offers more practicality.

The car’s controls and dials are of decent quality and functional. Fans of the Elise may be disappointed that the Europa’s fascia is somewhat uncluttered and doesn’t offer as much technology as the Elise.

The Europa is very comfortable. The car’s seats are large and supportive, and outside noise is successfully suppressed. The car provides a brisk, smooth ride and offers high levels of comfort.

The car provides excellent accessibility. The car’s doors are large and open wide providing a large aperture for passengers to slide easily in and out of the car’s seats.

Parking the Europa is an easy task. The car’s steering is light and visibility is good all-round. The car’s large side mirrors help out when reverse parking making it easy to judge the car’s extremities.

Life Style

The Europa provides an excellent, fast, fun and exciting driving experience with higher levels of comfort than its predecessor. The car looks great and handles well. The car is fast enough to provide a brisk and involving ride yet stylish and refined enough to cruise around town.

This isn’t a family car in any sense of the word. Children will not fit well in the car’s seats. Limited cabin and boot space make it unsuitable to perform any family duties. It could be used as a second car for a family.

The Europa is definitely not a good first car. It is too expensive and would be impossible for a new driver to ensure. There is too much power on hand for a novice driver.

The Lotus Europa has a great image. It is quickly recognized by most as a great driving experience. The car is both fast and beautiful. The fact that the car has more creature comforts and additional boot space reflects well on Lotus’ ability to continue improving the car.

Security and Safety

The Europa comes with a comprehensive security package. This is necessary given the car’s high level of desirability. The Europa will be high on a thieves priority list.

The car’s standard safety features include driver and passenger airbags and ABS.

The Finishing Touches

The car’s standard audio unit includes a radio and in-dash CD player with MP3 compatibility. The system provides excellent sound quality.

The car’s exterior colour looks the most flattering in blue, but silver also looks really good. The car’s resale values should remain high.

Summary

The Europa is a sophisticated and very competent two-seater. Lotus has for the most part ironed out the problems that made the Elise so impractical. The Europa provides better levels of comfort and more boot space.

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