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The best cars to launch over the last 10 years

The best cars to launch over the last 10 years

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There have been some stellar highlights, so let’s take a look at what this impressive decade brought to the motoring table.

The 2010s have represented a real turning point in motoring. Whereas in previous decades the onus had been placed on main petrol and diesel engines, it’s during the 2010s that manufacturers started really investigating electric power as an alternative form of propulsion.

But that’s not to say that we haven’t seen some truly staggering petrol and diesel-powered cars, either. There have been some stellar highlights, in fact, so let’s take a look at what this impressive decade brought to the motoring table. 


ford fiesta st

Ford Fiesta ST

The original Fiesta ST shook the world of hot hatches to its core. Here was a car which was small, relatively affordable and practical, yet could deliver a driving experience which supercars costing six times as much couldn’t bring. 

It went on to spawn a second generation which managed to capture some of the sparkle of the original. Either way, the Fiesta ST is one of the true highlights of the 2010s. 


nissan leaf

Nissan Leaf

Nissan was one of the first companies to crack affordable and reliable electric vehicles with its Leaf. As the UK’s most popular electric car, the Leaf has caused many people to make the switch from petrol and diesel to battery-powered driving. 

It’s now more impressive than ever, bringing a decent range of well over 200 miles, along with a practical and spacious interior. 


alpine a110

Alpine A110

Modern cars often struggle when it comes to lightness. Too often, new vehicles are weighed down with technology and systems which dampen the driving experience and alienate the driver from the overall task of driving. 

But not the Alpine A110. With a very lightweight construction and a stripped-back interior, this is a car which has been designed to be enjoyed each and every day. 


bmw m2 cs

BMW M2 CS

BMW tends to know a thing or two about making small, exciting performance cars. It certainly showcases this knowledge with the M2 CS, which brought a characterful 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine and one of the best chassis setups in the business. 

It also looks as mean as can be and packs an interior which is wholeheartedly focused around the driver and the experience they’re having. 


tesla model 3

Tesla Model 3

Tesla might have shaken up the electric car world with its initial Model S, but it was the Model 3 where the American manufacturer really came into its stride. Pitched as a rival to established names such as BMW’s 3 Series and the Audi A4, the Model 3 has been designed as an EV for the masses. 

It’s little wonder why it’s been so popular, either. With a range capable of exceeding most of those offered by other EVs, the Model 3 brings genuinely cutting-edge tech to the game. 


audi rs6

Audi RS6

Much like BMW and its M-cars, Audi has a longstanding history of creating big, fast estate cars. The RS6 was - and remains - one its very best, combining sledgehammer performance with a bodystyle which brought practicality and spaciousness. 

Though other RS6 models had come in previous years, it was during the 2010s that it really came into its own. The most recent model brought even more performance, too. 


renault zoe

Renault Zoe

Electric cars are well suited to city use and there’s no better example of this than with the Renault Zoe. Compact and well-packaged, the Zoe has been a car which really has showcased what EVs can do.

Despite being on the smaller side, the latest Zoe delivers a range of well over 200 miles, while earlier models represent excellent value for money on the used market. 


mercedes amg a45

Mercedes-AMG A45

Prior to the A45 arriving, Mercedes wasn’t the go-to producer of hot hatches. However, once the performance all-wheel-drive hatchback arrived to critical acclaim, Merc cemented itself in the hot hatch segment.

It might’ve been hard for Mercedes to follow up on the success of the original, but its second-generation A45 managed to fit the bill with even more performance and a clever new ‘drift mode’.


e-niro

Kia e-Niro

Kia has been a driving force in the electric vehicle segment and that’s largely been down to the Niro. Bringing a more affordable take on electric motoring, the e-Niro brings an electric range which shames those offered by many other, more expensive EVs. 

It might not have the technology-laden interior offered by rivals, but the e-Niro’s appeal is in its excellent range and practical design.  


alfa romeo giulia quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 

Alfa Romeo’s range of cars had been rather subdued prior to the 2010s and then the Giulia Quadrifoglio arrived. With a 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 and rear-wheel-drive, the QV’s setup was a classic one. It was also housed in one of the best looking car bodies we’ve seen in a long time.

But most importantly, this is a car which offers a driving experience which more than matches how good it looks. It’s a truly exceptional thing to pilot. 


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