With 2020 fast approaching, you may be thinking it’s time to say hello to a brand-new set of wheels. After all, what better time to say ‘out with the old, in with the new’ than at the start of a new year? If you’re starting the search for a new car and not sure what’s right for you, take a look at our top tips below. You’ll find the best makes and models for city driving, country excursions and commuting so you can make sure your new car is fit for your lifestyle.
The city slicker
If you live and work in the city, you need to invest in a vehicle that’s prime for urban adventures. That means choosing a car that’s compact enough to manoeuvre in heavy traffic and tight parking spaces, as well as being enjoyable to drive and economical. The Hyundai i10, Fiat 500, Toyota Aygo and Volkswagen UP are all solid options for city slickers. These models offer exceptional value for money as well as comfortable interiors, exceptional safety features and great fuel economy.
The outdoor adventurer
Does your car need to survive regular outdoor adventures? Do you enjoy weekends spent exploring mother nature, no matter what time of year it is? Then you’ll need a car that can keep up. Some of the best options in this category include the Land Rover Defender, the Jeep Wrangler and the Nissan Xterra. These SUVs offer great suspension systems and ample ground clearance so you can get from A to B comfortably, no matter where you are.
Those that need great mileage and a comfortable everyday driving experience should opt for a make and model that offers solid all-round performance. You’ll likely need a vehicle that ticks many boxes: fuel efficient, affordable, good entertainment systems, powerful performance and the perfect size (small enough for the city driving but large enough for business trip luggage). That being said, the Ford Focus, Nissan Leaf, BMW 5 series and Renault Clio offer great all-round performance.
The family taxi driver
Do you take on the role of family taxi driver? If your car needs to survive endless school runs, supermarket trips, dog walks and more, then you’ll need something that’s both robust and big enough for the job. The Nissan Qashqai is a hugely popular choice for families thanks to its practicality and affordable price tag. Other great options include the Skoda Karoq, Peugeot 3008 and Volvo XC40.
Which make and model will you choose this New Year?