The Top 10 cars of 2019
Guaranteed surprises in store 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 less than 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 cars 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-
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10- Toyota Supra
This was one of the most anticipated cars of the year. The car enthusiast world watched eagerly as the covers came off the reborn Toyota Supra. It had been 21 years since we last saw the badge on a Toyota except this time, it wasn't really on a Toyota. The new Supra had quite a bit of influence from BMW, almost too much some would say. Toyota's president called it an old friend so one would assume that they built and designed it from the ground up. The car looks a whole lot better than the BMW Z4 and it's quite a bit quicker as well. What a way to kick off our top 10 list with the return of a legendary name in the car scene.
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9- McLaren 600LT
McLaren took the 570S and improved it in every way to create the 600LT, it's the fourth long tail ever and a worthy successor to the 675LT. The 600 has been fully developed for the track and somehow made road legal. It weighs nearly 100 kgs less than the 570 along with having 30 more horsepower plus it's wider and lower as well! The 600LT is a proper hardcore track car, there's carbon fibre everywhere as you can see in the photo above which is obviously gives it the track credentials. The 600LT will even do 0-100 in 2.9 seconds, that's Aventador quick! McLaren's latest LT is a proper mean machine and with my nonsensical hat still on, let's move to car number 8 which is also a fast one.
The next car is a little less hot.....
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8- Skoda Kodiaq RS
2019 was the year of the sporty SUV as everyone from Alfa Romeo to Cupra brought out their own fast SUVs but one of the standout ones for me was the Kodiaq RS. Even though it has a 2.0L diesel engine under the hood, it puts out 176kW which propels the large SUV from 0-100 in 7 seconds, a fraction slower than my Golf GTI! The RS is a quick car and what make it better is the way it grips the road. Add on all the smart Skoda touches like the rear headrests, door edge protection etc and you have a great all round SUV on your hands. A worthy car for this list.
I know this is not the cabriolet version...... Credit- Daimler media
7- Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Cabriolet
The C43 line of cars caused quite the stir among the enthusiasts but I've got to say, the C43 is a special car and deserving of the AMG badge. It's got a 2.9 litre twin turbo V6 under the bonnet which puts out nearly 400 horsepower. The sound is absolutely surreal and it is really worth going for the performance exhaust option because that makes all the difference when the top is down. The 2019 updated version got more power and several additions to the infotainment screen but let's be honest. You aren't really going to be fiddling around with Apple CarPlay while you're enjoying the sound of that twin turbo V6 with the top down. This car is just pure fun!
Look, it's a two-tone RAV4! Credit- Toyota Media
6- Toyota RAV4
I promised that I'd be including a diverse range of vehicles and here is me thinking with my sensible hat on. The previous car on the list, the C43 AMG cabrio was just there because it's a heap of fun but the RAV4 makes the list because it is very practical and it's a car that people will actually buy. Toyota are clearly distancing the RAV4 brand from the first generation funky models and that's a good thing. With the ever-growing SUV market, the RAV4 has become a crowd pleaser and for good reason. It's spacious on the inside, looks good enough, a decent infotainment screen and good gas mileage which is what most people look for in a car. Anyway, on to something much more interesting.
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5- Jaguar F-Pace SVR
Another sports SUV makes the list as it truly was the year of the sports SUV. While the previous car, the Toyota RAV4 was sensible. Probably a little too sensible. This SUV is not that! It's the Jaguar F-Pace SVR and it's probably the best sports SUV of the past year. That 5L supercharged V8 makes an insane noise and it growls at everyone who dares to challenge it. There's sporty seats on the inside and loads of carbon fibre. It is properly mad! Jaguar even said that "every gram has its purpose" in the SVR. This is a proper performance car. Anyway, time to take off my hooligan hat and put my sensible hat back on.
4- Mazda 3
Mazda have been selling A LOT of SUVs recently but they haven't forgotten about their other breadwinner. The Mazda 3 received a revamp this year as the looks became far more striking along with the handling. I love the fact that there's no digital dashboard and that the infotainment screen is still operated by a rotary knob rather than being a touchscreen. It's simplistic but not in a way that removed buttons and replaced them with screens. The interior feels comfortable and Mazda really know where to put the soft stuff. It's a great all rounder.
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3- Porsche 911
The Mazda 3 wasn't the only car to get a massive update this year as you'll see. The Porsche 911 was another car that got a much deserved refresh. It's been five decades since the first 911 was released and yet that classic design has aged so well while still moving with the times. The mostly steel body has been replaced with aluminium and the car is wider and lower than before but in a way that's subtle enough for a 911. It's still spacious on the inside, visibility is good and the gearbox can be used in traffic. The new 911 is still the car we know and love, it's just been updated a little.
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2- Jaguar I-Pace
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the diversity of cars on this list. We've had petrols, diesels, supercars, SUVs and hatches. Now there's an EV thrown into the mix! The Jaguar I-Pace truly is deserving of this second spot and I'll be honest, it's rather sizable price was the only thing that cost it the top spot. The I-Pace proved that electric cars can drive well, be luxurious and look good doing it! The I-Pace has plenty of the room on the inside, it corners incredibly well and accelerates rather quickly. It's got a big boot and decent range. It is very easy to live with in essence and that makes it a worthy recipient for runner up for my 'Car of the Year' 2019.
AND HERE IS THE CAR OF THE YEAR FOR 2019, AS CHOSEN BY ME!
1- Ford Focus
Yup, you read that right! This little Ford really made an impression on me when I tested it earlier this year. The ST-Line in particular combines sportiness with practicality. The new Focus offers you improved room on the inside and a large enough boot! It's comfortable to drive and can corner hard when you want it to. That 1.5L 3 cylinder EcoBoost engine has plenty of punch and doesn't feel strained even when overtaking at high speeds. The cabin is very airy and the ST line grille, wheels, running plates and contrast stitching give it a bit more of a premium feel. To top it all off, the Focus is just great value for money. Overall, the 2019 Ford Focus is a worthy winner of my 'Car of the Year' award for 2019. Well done, Ford! They even had someone like me in mind when designing the car because the rear windows are designed to make you feel less car sick. Obviously, I don't get car sick when driving but you know what I mean!