Here are our 2014 new car awards 6-10:
Best Coupe - Volkswagen Scirocco
The VW Scirocco was welcomed back with open arms when it made its comeback in 2008, even many of the critics who were a little taken aback by the new design have been converted into fans. The Scirocco takes a lot of its characteristics from the iconic VW Golf and it boasts superb handling and refinement that make it both fun and comfortable to drive.
Inside, the Scirocco is surprisingly roomy and it boasts a generous boot for a car in its class (292 litres). As you’d expect from Volkswagen, build quality is very good.
The biggest seller is the entry-level, relatively economical Scirocco BlueMotion Technology 2.0 TDI 150PS 6 Spd Manual offers up to 67 mpg, which is perfect for those looking for an extremely eye-catching, stylish coupe that offers a touch of nostalgia and reasonable running costs for a coupe. If you want a full speed experience, then the Scirocco R BlueMotion 2.0 TSI 280PS 6 Spd DSG may be for you, it can propel you from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds.
The Scirocco may have cheaper rivals, the Seat Leon SC is notably one, but for sheer looks and nostalgia plus some amazing feedback from very happy owners it had to the get nod in this category.
Best Convertible - Volkswagen Golf
The latest edition VW Golf Cabriolet is based on the standard Volkswagen Golf hatchback, so you get the same interior and excellent build quality. Inside offers room for 4 people to be comfortable. The electric roof only takes 9.5 seconds to open, one of the quickest in its class. Everything about the VW Golf says quality,
If you’re looking for lower running costs, then the Bluemotion diesel option can offer up to 64 mpg and CO2 emissions of just of 117g/km. At the performance end, there’s the VW Golf R Cabriolet that can take you from 0-62 mph in 6.4 seconds.
The VW Golf cabriolet also offers great residual value and is an all round excellent cabriolet.
Best Hot Hatch - Seat Leon Cupra
The Seat Leon has really impressed us and not just the hot hatch, the entire range delivers stunning vehicles, very good build quality and equipment levels at very competitive prices.
The Leon Cupra delivers in a very competitive hot hatch sector and what makes it a winner for us are its stunning looks. Then there’s the sharp acceleration, offering 0-62 mph in around 5.9 seconds and its razor sharp handing, despite this, the Cupra is still built on the same foundations as the standard Leon Hatchback and comfortably doubles as a family car. We prefer the look of the 3 door model but many will probably find the 5 door model more practical.
What’s more, the Leon Cupra comes packed with equipment and excellent build quality, and still manages to gazump many of its rivals on price and running costs with the most frugal model offering 149 g/km emissions and up to 44.1 mpg.
We love the Seat Leon Cupra!!
Best Economical 4x4 - Hyundai ix35
The Hyundai ix35 is cheaper and better equipped than many of the vehicles in its class. We love the sculpted design that make the ix35 a real eye-catcher.
There’s a big jump in price for the top-end trim-levels but we think the SE model offers plenty of equipment, combine that with the 2.0 CRDi Diesel 4WD Manual engine and you can get anything up to 51 mpg.
The latest model Hyundai ix35 is a superb vehicle inside and out and it won’t cost you a fortune either for a vehicle in its class. Combine that with a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty, five years roadside assistance and annual vehicle healthchecks and we think you’re onto a winner!!
Best Electric/Hybrd - BMW i3
The first thing you’ll notice about the new BMW i3 is its excellent quality inside and out and dashes of luxury that makes this car stand out from the crowd. Handing-
The range-extender model offers a useful alterative for those wishing to use the vehicle on longer journeys and may be worried about losing charge completely. Its two-cylinder engine kicks in when the battery reaches a very low level and provides enough charge to keep the car running for an extended period.
The standard i3 has a maximum range of 80-100 miles with a full charge taking 4 hours (fast AC) or 8-10 hours (regular plug) and offers zero emissions.
The range extender version has a maximum range of 160-186 miles with charging times about the same as the standard i3 but with CO2 emissions of 13g/km.
We recommend the standard i3 model and think it's a perfect for people making regular short journeys around town who want to make a green statement.