The Top 10 cars of 2018
Guaranteed surprises instore as The Car Connoisseur picks the best cars from the year gone by!
It's already the middle of December so one would assume that car manufacturers are done releasing new cars, at least for this year. So with 2 weeks of the year to go, it's safe to compile a list of the 10 best cars that were launched this year.
Naturally, most of the cars on the list are sportier versions of the standard car but I've tried to keep it as diverse as possible!
Without further ado, these are the 10 best cars from the year gone by-
Credit- Matthew D'souza
10- Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
At number 10, we have Aston's brilliant new supercar and currently the most brutish Aston on sale! It's the DBS Superleggera, with a twin turbo V12 under the bonnet and 715hp at the rear wheels, it's no surprise that the DBS has made this list.
9- Toyota Camry
Seriously, this is not a joke. The 2018 Camry is a properly impressive car, the build quality has improved leaps and bounds from the previous model and so has the driving dynamics. In all honesty, the Camry isn't sporty but it's a heck of a lot better than the Camry we once knew.
8- Lamborghini Urus
Even though I still dislike this car with a passion, I cannot deny the brilliance of the Urus. The level of performance that it delivers at the ride height of an SUV is just seriously impressive. It's off road ability is in complete contrast to that Lamborghini badge that sits on on the nose. Somehow it manages to be an exceptional road car as well, go figure!
7- Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
When Ferrari announced the 488 Pista, the auto world went crazy because the car was a force of nature but then Ferrari went and launched a Spider version that looks even better than the coupe yet delivers similar performance!
6- Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alfa's first stab at the SUV market is a good one! It's got the gorgeous looks of the Giulia and the typical Alfa handling that we have come to expect from the company. Sure there's a few issues here and there but it's an Alfa so those can be ignored. All round, it's a great machine.
5- Mazda CX-5
Continuing with the SUV trend, in number 5 we have the refreshed Mazda CX-5. I am quite a fan of Mazda's new style, their cars look sharper and the new CX5 is no different. The seats are very comfortable and it feels well built, it drives pretty good as well!
4- Volkswagen Polo GTi
The new Polo GTI has finally stepped out of the shadow of it's older sibling or has it? The Polo GTi has the same engine as it's older sibling but with a little less power, the Polo looks sharp and sporty but it fails to deliver around corners which means it isn't really an exciting hot hatch. While the Golf GTI has become less of a radical hot hatch, it still is a better option than the Polo. Apart from that, the new GTI shows that VW are moving in the right direction with the Polo.
3- Audi RS4
The new RS4 is really very good in pretty much every way. It's fast, practical, looks the part and is sure to put a smile on your face! It's also the first RS4 to ever have a turbocharged engine but that doesn't deter from the fact that it genuinely is a good car.
2- Hyundai i30 N
Narrowly missing out on the top spot is the Hyundai i30 N. Hyundai's first attempt at a hot hatch is a brilliant one. The i30 N looks like a proper hot hatch on the outside and it performs like one at least in N mode. I really can't find much to fault with this car. The i30 N is the ultimate expression of a what a Hyundai can be, now that we've seen what they can do, we can only hope that there will be more of this to come.
AND HERE IS THE CAR OF THE YEAR FOR 2018, AS CHOSEN BY ME!
1- Volvo XC40
And the winner is..... the all new Volvo XC40. Volvo's new baby SUV is an incredibly versatile machine. The XC40 is a brilliant city SUV, it is infinitely customisable. The car is comfortable and it's got plenty of room on the inside. I love the little touch of adding a washable bin to the inside of the car, only the Swedes could've thought of that. However, the most impressive fact to me is that Volvo have created something entirely new with the XC40, they haven't tried to shrink the XC60 or the 90 just so they can sell more cars.