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10 Cars to Watch out for in 2017

10 Cars to Watch out for in 2017

By Swansway Motor Group 19-12-2016

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2017 is set to be an enthralling time in the automotive world with so many new and improved car models. We take a look at the most exciting ones.

​2017 is set to be an enthralling time in the automotive world with so many new and improved car models.

Manufacturers are keeping their cards close to their chests and letting little information slip regarding their new vehicles. However, our spies have been out and about gathering snippets of information to entice us and whip us up into a frenzy of expectation.

Let’s take a look at some of the eagerly anticipated introductions to the car market due in 2017. At Swansway Group, we can‘t wait to get our hands on them and find them new homes with our fantastic customers.

We’ll be updating this page as we get information hot off the press so don’t forget to keep popping back to see what’s new for 2017.

Peugeot 5008 driving by the sea

PEUGEOT 5008

Top speed: 125mph  •  MPG: 70.6  •  0-60 mph in 7 sec

Reliability & Safety

As a new model, there’s little to report yet on the updated 5008’s reliability. However, the Peugeot 308, built on the same platform, fared well in recent polls. New features such as traffic sign recognition, automatic emergency braking, driver attention alert and lane departure warning adds to the reassurance of a 5-star NCAP safety rating.

Handling

Even with the addition of new technology and a longer body, thanks to the use of lightweight materials, the new design has actually resulted in a reduced load. Easier handling comes as a welcome benefit with handy tools such as Distance Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control adding to the driver’s confidence. Parking assistance comes in the form of two 180 o cameras on each of the tail and front bumpers. The small steering wheel coupled with a tight turning circle makes the 5008’s manoeuvrability hard to beat in its class.

Styling

Restyled as an SUV, the 5008 has been overhauled inside and out, providing more room for passengers and luggage alike. The i-Cockpit technology makes it simple to use the raft of new gadgets via the 12.3-inch digital display, creating an easier and more comfortable drive with a sportier feel. The new front grille, slender LED headlights and 165mm longer wheelbase gives the new 5008 a completely different look and feel from previous models.

Economy

Ultra Low Rolling Resistance (ULRR) tyres allow better fuel efficiency by permitting the 5008 to grip firmly to the road. An aerodynamically improved design not only looks good but also reduces air resistance, contributing to improved fuel economy. The resulting 70.6 MPG is not to be sniffed at for a car of this size.

View the Peugeot 5008 range 

 

Silver Land Rover Discovery parked

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 3.0 TD6

Top speed: 125mph  •  MPG: 32.9  •  0-60 mph in 7.7 sec

Reliability & Safety

Standard safety features include Emergency Brake Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Stability and Hill Descent control systems, as well as front, side and full-length curtain airbags. This new Discovery aims to improve reliability in the marque which is already renowned for its longevity with CAP already suggesting a residual value of 59% after three years.

Styling

The new Discovery possesses the usual high quality Land Rover interior and robust design albeit with slightly softer lines and luxuries such as leather upholstery as standard. With seven seats, flexibility is easily demonstrated by the Intelligent Seat Fold technology, allowing the seating to be remotely reconfigured using controls at the rear of the vehicle, from the central touchscreen panel or via the smartphone app.

Handling

Despite its size, the Discovery is surprisingly agile thanks to Dynamic Stability Control which monitors all wheels for under or oversteer. Air suspension and cruise control on all models provides a smooth ride, no matter what the terrain. Switching to 4x4 mode is as easy as pushing a button, making the off-road experience even more enjoyable. A towing capacity of up to 3,500kg makes the Discovery the perfect choice for all outdoor enthusiasts who love wide open spaces.

Economy

With substantial weight behind it, the Discovery isn’t the most economical ride at just 32.9mpg. Small savings can be made, however on road tax where the Discovery appears in a lower emissions category than most of its competitors. Keep maintenance costs manageable with a fixed price service package that will also help you to maintain the car value.

View the Land Rover Discovery range

Jeep Compass in blue driving on road

JEEP COMPASS

Top speed: TBC  •  MPG: TBC  •  0-60 mph in 9.5 sec

Reliability & Safety

The introduction of the new Compass looks set to improve Jeep’s popularity in the UK as it aims to iron out any issues that were encountered with previous models. With the underpinnings based on the smaller Jeep Renegade, engines are expected to start at 1.4-litre petrol up to a two-litre (and possibly 2.4-litre) diesel, providing enough oomph for any off-road task. Improved safety includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and seven airbags.

Styling

You can’t get much more rugged than a Jeep! The unmistakeable shallow, slotted grille with square, wide set headlights will announce the new Compass to the UK market at the end of 2017. A floating roof adds a delicate touch to this otherwise sturdy, small SUV. The interior will offer a choice of 5, 7 or 8.4-inch infotainment screens.

Handling

The Compass is expected to excel off-road with 4-wheel drive models on offer to suit the more adventurous driver along with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. You needn’t worry about on-road capabilities either as these will also be bolstered with a reversing camera for manoeuvring where there’s a bit less space.

Economy

Having been around for over a decade, this new Jeep comes as a refreshing change, improving on fuel economy. Thankfully, if the new Compass is anything like its stablemate, the Renegade, the 1.6-litre diesel engine will return in the region of a creditable 60mpg, thanks to its six-speed (nine-speed on 4X4 option) gearbox which allows for frugal fuel consumption on the motorway.

View the JEEP Compass 

 

Silver Jaguar XF Sportbrake parked

JAGUAR XF SPORTBRAKE

Top speed: TBC  •  MPG: 51.4mpg  •  0-60 mph in 5 sec

Reliability & Safety

Any glitches experienced by previous incarnations of the Sportbrake were mostly solved by software updates. These issues should have been addressed with this new version, boosting the new estate’s ranking in the reliability polls and bestowing drivers with additional confidence. Yet to be tested by NCAP, Sportbrake fans will have to await results on safety but if the rest of the Jaguar range is anything to go by, you can be sure of a high rating.

Styling

A curved roof, slanted rear and roof mounted spoiler will give the new Jaguar a sporty personality, steering away from the trademark boxy look expected from most estates. At the front end, the Sportbrake will borrow the feline headlights from the saloon with the same beautifully curved bonnet. In the cockpit, analogue will go out of the window in favour of a 12.3-inch digital display and 10.2-inch infotainment screen - making you feel as cool as a cat.

Handling

Although capable of holding its own on the country roads, like all Jaguars, the Sportbrake will be at its best cruising on the motorway. Driver and passengers will enjoy a slightly tighter suspension compared to the saloon, in order to cope with a heavier rear load. If you do want to venture onto more rugged terrain, four-wheel drive is expected to be an option.

Economy

Thanks to a lighter aluminium undercarriage, compared to previous models and a tiny drag coefficient due to a new aerodynamic body, the new Sportbrake will glide along while the driver enjoys cheaper fuel costs. Emissions are likely to be comparable to the new standard XF which comes in as low as 104g/km, making it easy on the pocket for road tax purposes too!

View the Jaguar XF 

 

Blue Audi Q5 splashing through water

AUDI Q5 3.0 TDI

Top speed: 140 mph  •  MPG: 37.0  •  0-60 mph in 7 sec

Reliability & Safety

The Q5’s all-new engine and alternative chassis components should improve reliability. Like the older Q5 that clinched 5 stars in NCAP ratings, this new version should rate highly on safety features, such as autonomous emergency braking and collision warning as well as a number of parking assistance functions.

Styling

Lower and wider than its predecessor, the new A5 magically manages to provide increased headroom while also benefiting from integrated exhaust pipes and sweeping indicators - now a recognisable trait of the Audi range. A longer wheelbase also means more legroom both front and rear. The interior will offer a Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch TFT display and a number of different packs to suit each individual driver, all with Audi’s usual high quality finish.

Handling

The new A5 is riddled with features to improve the driving experience. Adaptive Cruise Control automatically matches speed with the vehicle ahead while Traffic Jam Assist is invaluable in queuing traffic. Various driving modes from Comfort to Sport let the driver experience all of the lumps and bumps of the road as much or as little as they want.

Economy

The option of front wheel drive - available for the first time on this version of the A5 - will keep running costs down compared to the usual Audi Quattro 4-wheel drive. Lighter bodywork and a revamped aerodynamic design also contributes to cheaper running costs than preceding A5s, resulting in an MPG of up to 37. As with all Audis, the Q5 is likely to demand a good resale price, making it an excellent investment!

View the Audi Q3 

 

White Volkswagen Golf GTI parked

VW GOLF GTI

Top speed: 147mph  •  MPG: 47.1 •  0-60mph in 6.5 sec

Reliability & Safety

The GTI always rates well in customer surveys and there is no evidence to suggest that this revised version will offer any cause for concern. New safety features, such as Blind Spot Sensor, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and trailer stabilization - the first in a car of this size - now compliment the 7 airbags that are standard throughout the VW range, adding to the driver’s faith in the car.

Styling

In the new GTI’s case, there’s been more than just a lick of paint to update this popular model. New bumpers incorporating intakes to give the impression of extra width now sit below daytime running lights and LED taillights. Inside, a larger touchscreen and brand new gesture control simplifies operation of the infotainment system.

Handling

After more than 40 years in production, there are reasons why the Golf is still popular. As agile as ever, the improved GTI handles well on the roads with an optional suspension pack allowing for increased comfort on bumpier journeys. Steering remains responsive with a front differential on some models which cleverly sends power to the wheel with the most grip.

Economy

Extra safety features have placed this new GTI into lower insurance brackets than previous versions. Combine this with the introduction of a seven-speed dual clutch transmission to reduce emissions (and car tax if purchased before April 2017) and the GTI becomes an increasingly attractive prospect. 47.1 mpg isn’t outstanding for a small car but it’s a reasonable output for that extra bit of oomph!

View the Volkswagen Golf GTI

 

Red Alfa Romeo Stelvio parked with mountains behind

ALFA ROMEO STELVIO QUADRIFOGLIO

Top speed: 177mph •  MPG: 33.2 •  0-60mph in 3.9 sec

Reliability & Safety

While this is notable as Alfa’s first SUV, Autocar says it’s likely to be at the smaller end of that particular niche. With it’s Integrated Brake System (IBS), that pairs stability control with servo brakes, you can be sure braking distances will be in the lower bracket, especially as the carbon-ceramic brake discs mean you’ll be able to lose speed just as quickly as you build it.

Styling

Not unlike it’s big brother, the Giulia, the new Stelvio has an aggressive front profile that suggests that it’s willing to fight for its place in the increasing SUV market. The familiar Alfa Romeo grille and offset number plate remain.

Handling

With a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is aiming to be the fastest SUV around. Alfa’s claim that it has achieved perfect weight distribution is also likely to be an asset here.

Economy

A Cylinder Efficient Management (CEM) deactivation system allows the engine to run on three of its six cylinders to improve fuel efficiency. But if you’re buying a car with this amount of power, the MPG figures, unconfirmed at the time of writing, are likely to be a secondary consideration.

View the Alfa Romeo Stelvio

 

White Citroen C3 driving

CITROEN C3 1.2 PURETECH

Top speed: 117mph •  MPG: 61.4 •  0-60 mph in 9 secs

Reliability & Safety

Currently rated the most reliable of the Citroen range, this new version of the C3 looks to capitalise on the supermini’s great reputation. Just because it’s a fun drive, doesn’t mean that it can’t be a secure one. Additional safety features such as Blind Spot and Driver Fatigue Monitoring complement the usual airbags and tyre pressure warning system.

Styling

Citroen has managed to put the funk back into functional with this little number. The overhauled C3 comes in a range of bold colours with contrasting roof and optional Airbumps, just like its older brother, the Cactus. A choice of bright interiors makes best use of the light bouncing in from the panoramic sunroof, highlighting the 7-inch, easy-to-use touchscreen and dashcam (in some models).

Handling

The C3’s compact size and light controls make it a dream to handle in the city. Citroen’s trademark soft suspension allows a smooth ride both in and out of town but the joy might be short lived when you head out onto the open road where engine noise could soon burst your bubble. Hill-start Assist, built-in Navigation System and a Reversing Camera could easily outweigh any unwanted noise as you relax into a confident drive.

Economy

An excellent MPG of 61.4 ensures low fuel costs while CO 2 emissions of around 100g/km will require few or no pennies for road tax. And with the highest spec rating no more than 20 on the insurance scale, this supermini sounds like an all-round economical ride.

View the Citroen C3

 

AUDI SQ2

Top speed: TBC •  MPG: 40mpg (est) •  0-60 mph TBC

Reliability & Safety

The standard Q2 was the first model in its class to come with Audi’s Pre Sense safety kit as standard. This includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, which will put the brakes on if sensors detect a pedestrian stepping out in front of the car. Other big car options include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assistance, plus traffic sign recognition and rear traffic alert when you’re reversing.

Styling

The Q2 brings some of the more boisterous overtones of performance Audis - such as the S3 and SQ7 - to its small MPV. Thanks to many shared parts, the SQ2 will look very similar on the inside to the aforementioned S3, including sports seats and a trademark Audi flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Handling

As you’d expect from a car whose steering is lifted directly from a sportier sibling - the S3 - it has plenty of feel, but isn’t too heavy, with the raised driving position also helping inspire confidence. Nimble steering and a firm suspension allow the Q2 to “dart through a series of bends with the sort of agility you’d expect from a warm hatch” - although the trade-off for this nimble handling is a very firm ride.

Economy

The two-litre engine offers 188bhp in the SQ2, which is likely to put quite a dent in the 52.3mpg figure claimed for the 1.4 TFSI version of the standard Q2. But then, as the car is no bigger than an A3, perhaps the S3’s equivalent figure, of 40-41mpg, is a realistic benchmark.

View the Audi Q range

 

Orange Seat Arona driving on a road

SEAT ARONA

Top speed: TBC •  MPG: 70mpg (1.4-litre diesel) •  0-60 mph TBC

Reliability and Safety

A small MPV based on the company’s highly-successful Ibiza, the Arona sees SEAT going after a piece of the action in the Nissan Juke arena. As the Juke is very highly regarded for its reliability, the benchmark has been set high for SEAT, who must regard matching that standard as a high priority.

Styling

Spy shots have suggested a taller, squarer profile for the Arona, building on the direction taken by the Ibiza in its most recent iterations. Lots of arrow-shaped details seem intended to give it a more streamlined look than its dimensions would suggest. Certainly from the early mock-up shots, we like what we see!

Handling

With its big brother, the Ateca, which went on sale in the UK in late 2016, earning some very complimentary comments in this regard, particularly from What Car?, we can expect body roll to be well controlled, and the only penalty in ride quality to be paid by those who opt for the optional larger alloy wheels.

Economy

The Ateca claims a combined consumption figure of 55.4mpg, so we can expect its smaller sibling to at least equal, if not better this figure, especially when fitted with one of the VW Group’s well-proven diesel engines. With a starting price of about £14,000 too, the Arona is expected to offer a considerable saving over rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.
Do any of these cars make your shortlist if you’re going to be on the lookout for a new car in 2017? Tell us which ones you’re looking forward to most, and why on our Facebook page.
 

All MPG figures quoted are fuel consumption on combined cycle. This information should be used for illustration purposes only. Standard EU test figures for comparison purposes and may not reflect real driving results.

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