Having been reviewing cars for over a decade, l thought it high time l summarised my thoughts and presented, for your delight and delectation, my choice of cars of the decade.
I have left out certain cars – those super and hyper cars that you will never drive and never even see as they are produced in limited numbers, snapped up from pictures alone by high net worth individuals and investment consortiums and stuffed into a garage as an investment, never to see the light of day until auction time, where the same process starts all over again. Eliminated cars such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Pagani and Koenigsegg.
Drive these cars on the road laying down a coupe of thousand miles, and the value plummets. Hide them away in a temp controlled garage and you can see an increase of up to 50% a year! I am not interested in these cars, l want cars we can use, enjoy and drive every day. I make no apology for the number of German cars in the line-up as they are just some of the best cars built today and every other manufacturers benchmark.
Here are my CARS OF THE DECADE followed by my all-important top CAR OF THE DECADE... https://www.platinumpublishing.co.uk/platinum-business-magazine/2019/12/car-of-the-decade-range-rover/
TOP SMALL CITY CARS
This is a hoot of a car with bags of personality and it makes me smile when l drive it. Definitely top of the pile.
Great build quality and it will run forever. Stylish design and faultless quality.
Sold by the bucket load and still great value and a cool personality
TOP MID-SIZE HATCHBACKS
Great build quality, great ride and great residual. Brand new model with a floating dash.
Nippy round town, good space and great build quality
An icon that still draws the buyers because it is a great car
TOP LARGE SALOONS
BMW 5 Series
An old stalwart that’s been around for an age but still going strong as the car of choice for the executive
Also been around a while but the new models are smooth and classy
Larger than the rest but a great car loaded with kit
TOP COMPACT SUVs
I really like this car. Great looks and a great price. It is more stylish than its rivals.
Audi’s SUV flagship, solid, spacious and a great drive
Alfa’s don’t fall apart anymore and this is a winner for the company
Solid as a Panzer tank and a great drive with the right engine
BMW 4 Series
Replaced the tired 3-Series, solid and a good involving drive
JLR have been doing well lately and this is a great saloon option
TOP LARGE SUVs
The best of the best since 1970. Nothing even comes close. Still going strong, the Range Rover just gets better and better and still trumps all-comers when it comes to all-round day-to-day use.
Since the Chinese bought the company, some great cars are being produced
A great new model with style and tremendous build quality
TOP SPORTS SALOONS
Rip your face off speed with five seats. Love it.
Mercedes AMG E63
Fast as hades, full of kit and bags of style.
BMW M5 Comp Pack
The perennial favourite, with flair and massive speed - if you can control it.
TOP COMPACT SPORTS
An old badge reborn, great looks and hilarious fun sideways
Porsche 718 Cayman
A shape that is little changed for the past 100 years perhaps but a great car in this sector
Audi TT RS
No longer a hairdresser’s car but a barnstorming drive and fast as hell
TOP ELECTRIC CARS
Tesla Model S
A stunning car that shows what electricity can do to our everyday motoring lives. Stupidly expensive but stupendously fast.
I really like this car, it is highly useable and bags of style
Tesla Model 3
At last an affordable mass market Tesla – it should take over the world – if the world ever fits enough charging stations
TOP ESTATE CARS
Audi RS6 Avant
A monster of a car that will carry a sideboard at supercar speeds
BMW 5-Series Touring
The extended back just adds to the appeal as it drives like the saloon
Mercedes E-Class Estate
Again, as good as the saloon with bags of room and style
The UK’s top selling cars in 2018:
Ford Fiesta 52,921
VW Golf 39,220
Ford Focus 37,988
Vauxhall Corsa 34,653
Nissan Qashqai 34,498
Mercedes A-Class 33,486
VW Polo 27,455
Ford Kuga 25,116
Kia Sportage 22,367
The UK’s most unreliable manufacturers in 2018:
MODEL FAULTS PER 100 VEHICLES
The world’s fastest cars in 2018:
Koenigsegg Agera RS £1.7m
Hennessey Venom GT £1.1m
Bugatti Chiron £2.6m
W Motors Fenyr SS £1.4m
Pagani Huayra £3.2m
Zenvo TS1 GT £1.1m
Noble M600 £200,000
Lamborghini Aventador S £350,000
Ford GT £420,000
McLaren 720S £208,000