You are thinking of buying a new car, but worried about the price and something better may be about to go on sale.
Ford Fiesta Spring 2017 isn’t much bigger on the outside than the model it replaces, but the dashboard has been reshaped to free up more
interior space. The dashboard now feels much classier and is more intuitive to use, with all versions getting simple rotary temperature controls and a touchsceen infotainment system (6.5-in on cheaper versions and 8.0in on Titanium spec and above).
Kia Rio Those strong points will all be carried over to the new model, and there’s been a major rethink elsewhere. It has a classier and more spacious interior and a smart new exterior design. Plus, there’s a frugal new turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine and more standard equipment. Kia promises it will be much better to drive, too.
Nissan Micra Two new electronic systems should make the Micra better to drive: Active Trace Control, which uses the brakes to keep the car on line in corners, and Active Ride Control, which improves stability over bumps.
Seat Ibiza The new Ibiza will be slightly bigger than today’s car, with styling similar to that of the bigger Leon and a plusher interior. Power will come from new turbo petrol and diesel engines, which should give better performance and fuel economy.
Volkswagen Polo The next generation Polo hatchback will fight the Ford Fiesta for market supremacy. The Polo will be offered only in five-door form, but will come with more standard kit and get an efficient range of petrol and diesel engines. A hot GTI model is planned, too.
Suzuki Swift The fourth-generation Swift hatchback will be smaller and lighter than its larger Baleno sibling, with which it shares its engines. The Swift will look more ‘mature’ on the outside, but interior space will be kept much the same to avoid treading on the Baleno’s toes.
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