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The 2.0L petrol engine of the CX-5 has to be squeezed hard in order to get any performance out of it, but the 2.2L diesels are less overworked. With a fuel economy of 61.4mpg, the 148bhp version is attractive, and also moves through the rev range very well – making the 173bhp version seem a little pointless. A four-wheel drive version will suck an extra £2000 out of your pocket, but the additional performance will be noticed. The interior provides more than enough space for four – cavernous as it is – and looks and feels quite smart. Good fuel economy and impressive likely residuals make this a great option.
Based on the Clio, this crossover, like the original, has bags of character. Available with three engines, 2 petrol and 1 diesel, critics have praised the diesel version in particular. The 0.9L petrol version lacks muscle on the open road, and does not easily achieve the stated 56.5mpg. The 1.2L offers slightly less performance economy-wise. All versions offer electric windows, cruise control and alloy wheels. A spacious, funky car that will do well in the rapidly expanding small crossover market.
The Qashqai commonly features on top 10 best-selling lists, and for good reason. This is a sporty, refined vehicle that offers a comfortable ride in town as well as on the motorway. Two- and four-wheel drive versions are available, with an impressive 128bhp and 62.8mpg delivered by the 1.6dCi version. The 2.0L brings the bhp up to 148, but fuel economy drops substantially, to 40.4mpg. Alloy wheels, air-conditioning and Bluetooth are available in the entry level Visia version. And when it comes to selling your Qashqai, you’ll find residual values are impressive.
Refined and comfortable, the M Class shies away from the sports-car look, and has been imitated by other German automakers for its trouble – namely BMW, Porsche and Audi. Two diesels and one petrol engine are available, the latter being the performance heavy 5.5 litre turbocharged V8. Common sense would suggest the diesel engines represent the best options, with a 2.1L four cylinder for entry level buyers (just powerful enough), and a 3.0L V6 for a more relaxing ride. Fuel economy on these engines is 44.8mpg and 39.2mpg respectively. While large, the M-class deals with urban roads easily, equipped with its seven-speed automatic gearbox and a raised driving seat. Plenty of space, but extras are expensive.
As far as most critics and buyers are concerned, the latest Sport offers performance that matches its looks. While being the most expensive vehicle in the SUV arena, it is regarded as the most capable; even the entry level TDV6 diesel engine version can handle most terrains without complaint. A luxurious interior makes the Sport the Rolls Royce of off-roaders, attracting as many buyers for its beautiful design as for its performance and on-road dynamics. A true classic with virtually no direct rivals.
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