The ten best and worst facelifts this year.
Which cars have been improved and which have declined this year?
Number 1: The New Jaguar F-Type
Although some people have criticised the latest F-Type, in my opinion, Jaguar have done a stellar job. They have kept the proportions and the back 3/4 profile that helped it stand out, but have tightened up the front, to give it a more sharky look and a low front end.
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In fact, if you look at the old F-Type, it looks a bit basic and less well-formed for the front three-quarters. Overall, I think Jaguar have done a good job but I am not so happy about the fact that the straight six has been dropped. That was the perfect middle ground in the Jaguar F-Type range.
Number 2: The New Renault Zoe
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The original Zoe had a 150 mile range, and was the best selling EV in Europe. It was affordable and green and was the perfect city car. But Renault is looking at a tough few years for the Zoe. The Honda E, Peugeot e-208 & Vauxhall Corsa-e are coming into the market, trying to grab a share. Enter Zoe Mark 2. With up to 245 miles range, a slightly pretty face, and a much improved interior, Renault hopes it will fend off new British, French and Japanese entries. Job well done.
Number 3: The New BMW M8 Gran Coupe
It was always going to be a job, this one. You may say that the M8 Gran Coupe is not a facelift of an older car. It is a new model? No, BMW has always alternated between 6 Series and 8 Series, not ever having two different models sitting side by side. So the M8 Gran Coupe is an evolution of the M6 Gran Coupe, which itself was a stunner, but the M8 is something else. I believe most would argue that it is the best looking saloon for under £100,000 (or thereabouts) only rivalled by the Porsche Panamera. Fast too. Over 600bhp, and a cosseting, luxury barge at the same time.
Number 4: The New Peugeot 208
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This new Peugeot looks a lot more avant-garde than the old one, which was bulbous and slow. But the standard car is not the big news here. The e-208 is. I think we are reaching a tipping point at which electric cars are starting to creep onto people's driveway's unnoticed. This is the first time I can think of that the combustion engined car looks identical to the electric powered one. It is definitely a smart move by Peugeot.
Number 5: The New Ford Focus ST
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The new Focus ST is not only a sharp looking car, but drives well too. it was crowned Top Gear's Hot Hatch of the Year. Nowadays, people in this market may be looking at a small crossover, so to draw those customers back, Ford has made this car stylish and given it proper presence, and the ST has always been the perfect mix between power and price.
Number 1: The New Porsche 911
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I am not going to claim that the new 911 does not have it's merits. Indeed, the new Porsche 911 does benefit from the fact that every model has the wide body. However, i'm sorry to say the rear looks bulbous and idiotic. As the 911 has progressed, the rear lights have moved further up and up, but now they have taken it too far.
Number 2: The New VW Golf
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The new VW Golf looks smart from the rear, and has had a large upgrade in the interior. In almost every dimension, it is the same as the old one. It rides better, and has better kit, but there is one issue. Quite a major one. The front end looks like a monobrow.
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Number 3: The New BMW 7 Series
The new 7 Series has been criticised widely for it's grille, but it is with an element of caution that I slam it. Only because the BMW X7 was also criticised for the same reason, and at first I thought it was hideous, but now I've turned round. I think it now looks fairly smart, and I think the same think might happen with the 7 Series, especially when the grille is blacked out and the trim is less aggressive. The rear lightbar looks smart as well.
Number 4: The New Audi Q3
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Audi has long been known for a 'Russian doll' approach to car design. Each model looks like the ones above and below in the range, and each model looks like the one before and after it. I consider myself someone who knows a lot about cars, but show me the front of the Audi e-tron and an Audi Q3, and I could not tell the difference. Audi needs some new ideas.
Number 5: Tesla Model Y
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Who knows when it's coming. If we are told a Tesla release date, add two years and you are about there. and strictly, it is not a facelift, although much of the car is based on the knowledge gleaned from the Model X. But this car looks bloated and ugly. The issue is that electric car's need for streamlining turns them into hideous blobs. Just look at the EQC.
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