It’s a new year and what we have is yet more SUVs, a revised Renault one and a Honda with fresh hybrid power and there's also the return of a familiar model name from Toyota. Here are just a few of the important new cars you may be bumping into over 2019.
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Brand New Cars: Renault Kadjar from £20,595
We like the Kadjar and the good news is that there is now a long list of equipment that comes as standard including a touchscreen, LED daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, and front fog lights on every model.
A highlight of the interior of the New Kadjar Play is the seven-inch colour infotainment touchscreen with capacitive technology, which means it is more sensitive to the driver or passenger’s touch. The driver or passengers’ smartphone can be seamlessly connected to the New Kadjar via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
There are new TCe 140 and TCe 160 4-cylinder petrol engines. The new Blue dCi diesel engine in 115hp and 150hp forms that cut emissions from engine pollutants. The TCe 140 and dCi 115 power units are available with a choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed EDC automatic gearbox, while the TCe 160 is available with a manual gearbox.
From a MotorEasy perspective, Renault’s become very good value as they get older, but are not as reliable as the Japanese makes. It is a trade off.
Brand New Cars: Toyota Corolla From £21,300
The Corolla is back, thank goodness and it is returning to our shores with Toyota’s world-leading, self-charging hybrid technology. It's the first Toyota model in Europe to offer customers a choice of two hybrid powertrains, a revised 1.8-litre system and a new 178bhp 2.0-litre version that’s engineered for more power on demand, effortless acceleration and fun-to-drive character, without compromising overall fuel and emissions efficiency.
As full hybrids, both powertrains have the advantage of offering an all-electric drive capability, with zero emissions and fuel consumption; both are also matched to a seamless CVT automatic transmission. Across the complete range, all models are equipped with the enhanced functions of the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense.
Finally, and this is really important: the new Hatchback and Touring Sports are being manufactured at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, supporting British workers.
For MotorEasy this would be a perfect used buy, the Corolla name stands for reliability. You should only need to service it.
Brand New Cars: Honda CR-V HYBRID from £29,105
If you thought the new CR-V was good, here it is with a hybrid twist. Available with five seats only in eCVT with a choice of two and all-wheel drive, the hybrid version of the CR-V follows the standard Honda grading rising from the entry level S to SE, SR and finishing at the top of the range EX.
As with the petrol version, standard across all grades is Honda SENSING; Honda’s suite of safety features,which includes collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition. Not nearly enough space to go into the specs which differ across the range.
If you are going to buy a used Hybrid, or a vehicle with two engines, MotorEasy reckon that a Honda product is always going to be a safe buy.
I love a new car and these ones are my particular favourites for 2019. There's more to come though as we go through the year and I will do my best to choose the best ones for you.
Editor, Free Car Mag and Author, Bangernomics