With the imminent arrival of 2017, well very soon be entering the decades final quarter. It’s been quite a year for plot-twists, with relegation-favourites Leicester City capturing the Premier League title and the national imagination. Lets take a look in the rear-view mirror and reflect on five of the cars weve loved to drive over the past seven years and see whether the courses they’ve taken have been anything like as unpredictable!
5) The Nissan Qashqai
With the Qashqai, Nissan continue to combine exceptional handling and a sturdy build. Balancing quiet engines with smooth movement and enjoying superb fuel economy, the Qashqai has consistently proven a dependable and durable companion on every long journey. It’s a favourite for families and great for holidaying: while you’ll be able to hear the plaintive cries of Are we there yet? in the highest definition, the generous storage provisions and spaciousness that Nissan provide will keep all other complaints to a minimum.
4) Volkswagen Polo
As early as in the 1990s, the Volkswagen Polo enjoyed an iconic status in pop culture. Beginning the decade by winning the World Car of the Year award in 2010, the Polo continues to show no signs of slowing down. With the fifth generation debuting in 2009, the Polo’s most recent iterations enjoy a compact size and excellent handling. They’re a superb choice for any journey: their size makes them adept at manoeuvring through the city’s rushes, while their resilience means that you’ll still enjoy a leisurely drive on harsher surfaces. As the decade draws to a close, it’s safe to say that the Polo remains a fashionable choice today.
3) Ford Focus
There are few words that relate more to high-quality car manufacturing than Ford, whose Focus range continues to be incredibly popular. Coupling the beautifully fluid handling for which Ford are world renowned with its robust frame, the Focus deftly handles the challenge of any awkward inner-city corner and equally excels on rougher countryside terrain. In 2012, the Focus pipped the Toyota Corolla to the plaudit of the worlds bestselling automobile. So, the Focus certainly takes the people’s vote!
2) Vauxhall Corsa
Though Ford’s reign as the decades leading car manufacturer remains intact, one vehicle that continues to challenge their ascendancy is the Vauxhall Corsa. With few competitors being able to match the quality of its design, the Corsa is a reliable and relaxing vehicle to drive, with excellent movement and spaciousness for passengers and driver alike. Newer models feature a City mode that enhances the sensitivity of the car’s steering and brings its manoeuvrability in urban areas to an even higher level.
1) Ford Fiesta
We did say that Ford retained the top spot, and nothing to date has crashed the party that the Ford Fiesta continues to enjoy. One of the nation’s most cherished cars since its 1970s debut, the Fiesta’s exceptional design and visual pallet make it one of the most responsive and comfortable vehicles the roads have seen, creating experiences in the spirit of its name everywhere it goes. Check out our timeline of the Ford Fiestas history to see when the party started, and how it grew into the vehicle we love to drive today!