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Suzanne’s Vote

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

1.       BMW 6 series Gran Coupe

I didn’t even have to think about this one. When I win the lotto (when, not if) it will be on my shopping list without a doubt. The only change I would make would be to go back to the original E24 6 series and lose the 2 rear doors!

2.       BMW M5

Eco lovers beware – this gas guzzler comes in a close 2nd place for me. 552bhp 4.4litre V8 heaven. The only thing I don’t like is the headrests!!

3.       Kia Optima

Performance wise it’s not exactly exciting, but with the legendary 7 year warranty and a reasonable price tag it’s a good contender for a sensible family car. I must admit it doesn’t look too bad either!

4.       BMW 3 Series

A more sensible (and cheaper) option than the M5 but nowhere near as exciting. There are so many other options in this category that other than the interior the 3 series just doesn’t stand out for me.

5.       Volvo V40

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this one. When I think of Volvo it’s usually big, safe…. And very boring but the V40 is actually a great looking car (for a hatchback with 5 doors), with a funky looking display! My choice would have to be the 2.0Litre 177bhp D4 with the 6 speed manual but I can imagine the “power meter” – which tells you how much you’re using and how much is left – being very distracting!

6.       Mercedes Benz M-Class

If I had a school run to do, I can imagine this being the perfect car for the job – no kerb or small child would be an obstacle. Unfortunately though, the price tag would be!

7.       Mazda CX-5

It may have rear wheel drive and great handling but there’s just something about this car that screams mid-life crisis….. and since the cabin isn’t designed for taller drivers I’ll have to give it a miss!

8.       Toyota GT86

It may be jap scrap but it’s rear-wheel-drive-ness and low driving position does increase its appeal. The fact that Subaru makes the flat four engine is another plus but if I wanted a Subaru I should really just buy a Subaru!  

9.       Kia C’eed

Once again, a 7 year warranty and it seems to be a fuel miser but unlike the Optima this doesn’t have the looks to bump it up the list!

10.   Peugeot 208

The good thing about this car is that it weighs less than its predecessor, the 207, and for me that’s really where the good things end! It’s not that there’s anything wrong with it, it’s just not my kind of car…. Sorry Peugeot!

11.   Ford B-Max

As the Mercedes has already taken on the role of my “imaginary school-run” vehicle and for just being too sensible I’m going to have to dump the B-Max down here at the bottom of my list….

21st November, 2012

 

Author: Suzanne Keane

A confirmed petrol head with a penchant for Retro VW’s, Suzanne has been taking apart (and sometimes putting back together) her own cars for years! You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at @_suzannekeane

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