Best Car for you?
There are thousands of different cars out there, sometimes it is hard to know which one is the right one for you, especially when there are so many different variations and new niche classes popping up on a yearly bases, it’s hard to know the difference, and differentiating between SUVs, Crossovers, Compact Cars, Compact Crossovers and SUV Crossovers, can be pretty confusing. In this feature we shall quickly cover 5 different cars and give you the vitals you need.
The Honda Insight is an interesting one that has a fair few firsts under its belt, one of which is being the first petrol-electric hybrid model to be the top-selling vehicle in Japan, it was also the first production vehicle to feature Honda’s Intergrated Motor Assist System. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy awarded the Insight with the International Engine of the Year award in 2000. The first Insight ran from 1999-2006 and was a subcompact car, the second carnation ran from 2009 to 2014 and was classed as a compact car which came with a five door hatchback body style. You can currently only get second hand Honda Insight. The Insight is related to the Honda Jazz, the Honda City, the Honda CR-Z and the Honda Freed. If you want a car with a good economical engine, the insight could be the car for you.
The Nissan Leaf is another car that will appeal to those who want to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible. LEAF is actually a backronym for Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car. It was debuted in 2010 in Japan and the States. The Leaf has a range of 121 km and has a combined gas equivalent fuel economy of 115 miles per US gallon. If you hadn’t already guessed, the leaf is an all electric car and it produces no tailpipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. A second hand Nissan Leaf will cost you anywhere between £9000 and £26000 so there is quite a scope.
The Volvo XC70 is the crossover version of the Volvo V70 which is classed as mid size crossover car that comes with 5 doors with an estate like bodystyle. The Volvo XC70 has the same engines available as the V70, which is a lot, including both petrol and diesel options. When compared to the V70 there are a few things to note, first of all it has an increased ground clearance, an all wheel drive option, front and back end bumpers, side skirts and few more cosmetic alternatives. Another interesting feature in the crossover is its hill descent control which kicks in when the car is driving down a steep hill, and maintains the XC70’s speed so it cant exceed a certain speed.
The Vauxhall Antara is a car that hasnt recieved a whole lot of love when it comes to reviews. WhatCar gave it only one star of five, autoexpress gave it two, however actual owners of the car have been a lot more generous, the carbuyer rating is 3.9 and the rating owners on autotrader gave it was 4/5. So it’s a case of who to trust. Anyway it’s a compact SUV that has been on the product line since 2006 and it received a facelift in 2010. A second generation Vauxhall Antara is expected and and will most likely be based on the Buick Envision.