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The Top-rated Cars: So Hot Right Now…Why?

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When it comes to car makes and models you have so many choices, almost too many. But what one country thinks is hot, another might not. Differences abound. What one person thinks is the best car ever, another will say “Meh”, and that is because needs and desires are changeable.

Forbes.com has a great list of the ‘coolest new cars for 2020’, and no disrespect, these cars might make many people’s wish lists. They are very nice (except maybe for the 3-wheeled wonder—the Electra Meccanica Solo—a car not for the masses in mind). Are these cars what YOU personally want or, more importantly, need? If not, why? Oh so many reasons. 

UK

Your country might not be where the hotlist cars were designed to be driven. For instance, an American-made car is designed for American roads, not British roads that are too narrow and windy. Different chassis, etc., etc.

What vehicles make the hot list, regardless of the straight and broad or the narrow and winding?

What’s hot 2020?

Subjectivity must be evaluated when rendering a ‘what’s hot’ list. Everyone has their own opinions indicative of their personal tastes. These are some, but not all, of the hottest cars in the market for 2019/2020. Make sure to check ULEZ if you live in London.

  • Aston Martin DBX
  • Audi e-tron GT
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • Honda e
  • Jaguar F-Type
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Maserati Alfieri
  • Polestar 2
  • Volkswagen ID.3
  • Range Rover Sport 5.0 V8 SVR V
  • BMW 4 Series M4
  • Chevrolet Corvette 
  • Lexus LC F
  • Porsche 911 GT3
  • TVR Griffith
  • Ferrari 812 GTS
  • McLaren F1
  • Czinger 21C
  • Lamborghini Centenario
  • Pagani Imola
  • Bugatti Chiron
  • Aston Martin Valkyrie

I just started adding supercars for the fun of it. But it is not really a fair playing field when supercars zoom past their competition as only they can do. The following list is a more down-to-earth group of cars that are way more practical but still hot.

  • The Ford Fiesta Hatchback
  • Skoda Citigo eiV Hatchback
  • Skoda Octavia Hatchback
  • Mercedes S-Class Saloon
  • Hyundai i30 N Hatchback
  • Volkswagen e0Golf Hatchback
  • Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Hatchback
  • Mazda MX-5 RF Convertible
  • Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid
  • Citroen C3 Aircross SUV
  • Audi A3 Sportback Hatchback
  • Kia Picanto Hatchback

Locale

What does your locale dictate; do you care about that? Or is it more important for your chosen vehicle to wow you with sassy high specs? Twin-turbo grunt and ‘boy racer’ modifications?

What’s popular 2020?

It is easier to be definitive when it comes to what vehicles are popular because the results largely rely on sales numbers such as car finance and car leasing. Whatever the statistics claim will be pretty accurate with little margin for error or opinion. 

Nearing the final third of the first quarter in 2020, these cars are showing all the promise they did in 2019. Hatchbacks and SUVs are all the rage for the UK, both vehicle types commanding 2019’s Top 10. 

The Ford Fiesta. This no.1 car speaks to all kinds of people according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) statistics from 2019, and the first quarter performance for 2020 is showing it to be no different.

The other most popular cars on the list are: 

  • Volkswagen Golf 
  • Ford Focus
  • Vauxhall Corsa 
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class 
  • Nissan Qashqai 
  • Ford Kuga
  • MINI 
  • Volkswagen Polo
  • Kia Sportage.

Price

What about price when it comes to your purchasing needs? Are the stats being manipulated by this one criterion? Maybe it is not all about the sticker price but about zingers are going to sting you farther down the road.

CO2 emissions. Try to get around without this topic rolling into the conversation. Fewer taxes warm the hearts and motivate the masses in their personal economies whether you care about the environment and global warming or not. What do the stats show?

Is the price right? 

According to the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2020, these next cars are the Best Value for money. 

While the Dacia Sandero TCe 90 Essential is less than £10,000 and hard to beat for the amount of car you can get for the little price, the Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVT-i X-Play costs between £10,000-£12,000 and is also in the running. But the Kia Picanto 1.25 3 starts at £12,000-£14,000 and is considered the best overall value car for your money.

But do these cars have the creature features?

Features

Once you’ve set the budget, ask yourself, ‘what do I want from my new vehicle?’ Do the cars and SUVs that are proving so popular from 2019 and into 2020 have the right specs for the UK roads? 

What about the ‘superminis’ that are still most popular in the UK despite their drop in sales over the last couple of years? Or, are people’s personal preferences and the current culture imposing their own local ‘world’ order?

What are the specs?

The What Car? Awards bestow the following cars their Best Overall award based on the all-round spec features for their categories.

Car, Hatchback, Coupé:

Small Car winner is taken home by the Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 95 SE,

Family Car top prize goes toSkoda Scala

Hot Hatch Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT

Coupé Audi TT Coupé 40 TFSI Sport S tronic

Best-in-Show SUVs:

Family SUV winner is the Range Rover Evoque D180 S

Sport SUV goes to Porsche Macan S

Coupé SUV Range Rover Velar D180 S

Estate, Executive, Luxury:

Estate Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE

Executive BMW 330e

Luxury BMW 520d SE

Hybrids, Electrics:

Hybrid Toyota Corolla 1.8 VVT-i Icon Tech

Plug-in Hybrid BMW 330e M Sport

Small e-Car Renault Zoe R135 GT Line

Large e-Car Tesla Model 3 Performance

Sports, Performance:

Sports Alpine A110 Pure

Performance Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo 510

The Car of the Year, as in the car goes to Ford Puma 1.0L mHEV 155 ST-Line X.

TheReaderaward (people’s choice) goes to Land Rover Defender.

In Conclusion

After considering your options, what is the most important factor in purchasing your next vehicle?

Settling on a particular vehicle is a personal choice that determine which factors will elect the winner above all others. You might believe in German-, British-, Italian-, American-, or Japanese-made ‘all the way’; or it might come down to what sparkles and shines or is flashy and fine.

Is your motto ‘tried and true’ or ‘try the new’? (Yeah, that rhymes.) Whatever case is made, the ‘hotness’ factor is up to you.

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