Spoiled For Choice In 2017: The New Models That Are Hitting The Headlines


If you’re in the market for a new car and you’re hoping to buy in the next few months, you’ve chosen a fantastic time to shop around. There’s a host of new models coming onto the market, and you’ll be spoiled for choice. While it’s a wonderful burden to have to bear, having a huge range of options can make life a little confusing. If you’re interested in a brand new model for your next car, here are some tips to help you choose and some of the leading contenders vying for your vote.

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New models that are hitting the headlines

Whether you’re searching for a nippy hatchback, a family-friendly SUV or a show-stopping sports car, there’s something for everyone on the list of new releases. You may already have a make in mind, but it’s always a good idea to be open-minded when considering your options. Here are a few standout contenders that may float your boat.

New generation Polo

You’ll have to go far to beat the new VW Polo, which is due to be released in the next few months if you’re looking for a small car that offers reliability and power, as well as style. The Polo has been a popular choice for new drivers and those who prefer to travel around in a small car for many years, and the new model won’t disappoint. The latest version will be the 6th generation of the Polo, and it boasts a raft of improvements and enhancements, including a new engine, more robust suspension and some great in-car gadgets and gizmos including a blind spot sensor and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display. You can choose from a 1.0, 1.5 or a 2.0-liter engine and both petrol and diesel models are available. Despite the technical advances, the price isn’t expected to rise significantly. For those looking for a slightly larger option, the new and improved Golf is worth a mention.

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Volvo XC40

Competition is hotting up in the small SUV category, and if you’re on the lookout for a classy car that combines style and substance, the new XC40, which is expected to land this fall/winter, could be the choice for you. The design is strong and angular, there’s a choice of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines, and you can always rely on Volvo to deliver when it comes to safety and comfort. Keep an eye out for the release date and visit www.wcvolvo.com for more information about new models. The XC40 is set to challenge the reign of the impressive Audi Q3, and it may just put the cat amongst the pigeons if you’re a devotee, but you’re open to trying something different.

Mercedes AMG GT

If you’re on the hunt for a new luxury car, most of the main players have new releases for 2017/2018. The new Mercedes AMG GT stands out not solely for its captivating, sleek design, but also for the performance produced by the 4-liter V8 engine. A hybrid version is expected in 2019, but if you’re keen to take this beautiful beast of a car for a spin before then, the petrol engine will be available in 2018. Get your name down early to avoid disappointment.

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Making the right choice

When you’re shopping around for a new car, there are multiple factors to take into consideration. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice.

Practicality

The first thing most drivers think about is what they are going to use the car for. Are you ferrying children around, do you drive long distances for work or you after a plaything that enables you to hit the open roads and let your hair down? The way you use your car will determine the type of motor you buy. If you need space for your family, it’s not practical to buy a small car or a sporty number with 2 seats. Likewise, if you don’t have a family and you don’t often drive with others, there’s no need to invest in an MPV. Look for makes and models that suit your driving needs and also your style. If you commute on a main road every day, look at the average MPG and keep an eye out for features that will make the journey more comfortable such as cruise control. You can usually customize your car to suit your preferences, for example, if you’d prefer sports seats or you’d like heated seats or fancy alloys.

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Cost

Budget is a consideration for the majority of buyers. It’s always beneficial to have a figure in mind when you start shopping. If you can set a maximum price when you’re searching online or you can give a salesperson a budget, this will help you to narrow down your options. You can also prevent a situation, which sees you falling for something that’s not in your price bracket. If you can’t afford a brand new car, but you want a new model, it may be worth waiting. The value of a vehicle will start to drop the moment you drive it off a forecourt for the first time. You could save a significant sum even if you buy a car that’s only a few months or a year old instead of one straight from the factory. If you’re looking for ways to get the best deal, take a look at http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/car-finance/buying-new-car.

Driveability

You don’t really ever get a sense of what a car is like until you sit behind the wheel and take that car for a spin. This is why it’s so helpful to arrange some test drives and see how the car performs and how you feel when you’re driving. You may love the vehicle from the shiny brochure images, but find it incredibly uncomfortable when you drive it. Research shows that around 40% of people only visit one dealership when shopping for a new car. To be sure you’re making the right choice, consider different options. It doesn’t take long to have a test drive and go through some figures.

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If you’re on the lookout for a new car, there are some incredibly exciting new releases in the pipeline. Before you make a decision based on an online gallery or a glossy brochure that’s come sailing through the letterbox, do some research, find out what’s different about the new models, and set a budget. Once the cars have arrived, book some test drives and see how you get on.


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About Sean Mackay

Sean writes about cars, golf and events going on in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the editor for The Automotive Review – an automotive publication bringing a West Coast flavour to its editorials.

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