Here are some of the best new cars joining our fleet in the new year.
New Model Skoda Octavia Estate & Hatchback
The Skoda Octavia has been given a new look with slimline headlights and smarter looking grille. However, it still holds its Tardis qualities, with a class-leading boot and a very generous amount of interior passenger space.
Inside, the Skoda Octavia feels upmarket with soft-touch plastics, material padded finished trims, and very comfortable seats. The dashboard is dominated by a large infotainment screen which even comes on the entry-level models, it looks and feels modern but it is also very easy to use and navigate. Apple CarPlay & Android Auto is also standard across the range.
Interior space is where the Octavia really shines, there are huge amounts of room for adults in both the front and the rear. The Boot has a massive capacity of 600 litres which dwarfs its hatchback competitors, Seat Leon and Ford Focus.
Designed for the family, the Suzuki Vitara is a spacious SUV that comes with everything but the kitchen sink as standard. From adaptive cruise control to a double sliding panoramic sunroof, there are plenty of features on board to make each journey as comfortable as possible. Additionally, the Vitara is one of the few vehicles on our fleet that has Hybrid technology along with a full 4-wheeled drive system.
Styling-wise, the Suzuki is a very handsome looking car and the top-spec ‘SZ5’ models benefit from 17-inch alloy wheels and rear tinted passenger windows as standard. Inside, the cabin is outfitted with suede seat upholstery, suede door trim inserts and plush material covering the main controls on the dashboard.
When it comes to driving the Vitara, there are few choices that are as easy and as comfortable as this model. The heightened ride grants you with a clear, commanding view of the road ahead with great visibility all-round which helps for tight city parking. The main audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel and the Sat-nav and climate controls are dead centre and easy to navigate around.
Practicality-wise, the Suzuki’s angular frame makes loading awkward pieces of luggage as effortless as possible and provides easy access for passengers to embark from the car. Head and legroom is plentiful inside which makes those longer journeys as comfortable as possible. Additionally, the front seats have plenty of height and angle adjustment to accommodate all types of passengers.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
The icon of a hot hatch which is the Volkswagen Golf GTI was first introduced back in the 1970s it has had a very successful 40+ year history and now it is back with the 8th Generation. The Mark 8 GTI has had some tweaks, the honeycomb grille is wider, LED running lights set into the plastic pattern and at the rear of the car, the twin tailpipes have been pushed further apart for a more planted stance. Plus the GTI badges are bigger.
Inside, you get the classic tartan seats which are figure-huggingly bolstered, helping you stay in place going into corners. One thing you will notice is that Volkswagen has gone more digital with their dashboard. There is a screen behind the steering wheel and a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen above the air vents which hosts the sat-nav, smartphone interactivity and many more menus.
The car is equipped with a 2-litre petrol turbo engine kicking out 245bhp which sees it be able to go from 0-60mph in around 6.2 secs. It handles extremely well going round corners, this is where the VW Golf GTI really shines.
Land Rover Discovery Commercial
Designed to be better than the ‘standard’ commercial vehicle, the Land Rover Discovery Commercial is a luxury 2-seat SUV that has 4×4 capabilities and an impressively large 1,856 loadspace. Now available for short term leasing with contracts anywhere between 28 days to 6 months.
Beginning with the outside, the Discovery Commercial is a striking SUV and is near identical to the passenger Discovery 5. The only exception being the rear windows replaced with concealment panels guised as dark-tinted glass, for added security to prevent anyone from looking into the back of the car. As standard, the Land Rover comes equipped with huge 20-inch ‘5 split-spoke’ alloy wheels granting the car a sporty profile.
Step inside and the gorgeous front cabin is there to instantly greet you. You’ll instantly notice the fine craftsmanship that fills the cockpit from head to toe as each material you feel or touch just feels great and robust to use. The ebony leather seats are wide and extremely comfortable to sit in and there’s a multitude of adjustment options to suit any type of passenger. Aside from the quality, there’s plenty of driver features as standard too. HSE models benefit from Navigation Pro, 360° Parking Aid, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Adaptive Cruise control and if you love your sound, a Meridian™ Sound System 380W with 10 speakers plus subwoofer come standard with the car!
Whilst this Land Rover is technically in the same category as a van, the two are worlds apart when it comes to driving. It’s actually a car that you’d be excited to drive at the weekends! The Discovery comes standard with a 3.0L diesel engine and boasts a monstrous 306hp which won’t have you feeling power-starved, especially coming down the slip road. In addition to that, there are no awkward blind spots on either side of the car and it’s not limited to 60 MPH on dual carriageways or 50 MPH on single A/B roads. The heightened driving position gives you a great command of the road, and if there’s no road left, you won’t even notice as the smooth suspension soaks all the bumps, nooks and crannies.
However, despite all that, the Discovery Commercial performs really well as a van too! The rear offers an impressive 1,856-litre capacity and comes with additional underfloor storage compartments. Loading is easy thanks to its heightened suspension and gesture rear tailgate and remote powered inner tailgate. You can also use either rear passenger doors for extra access into the back of the car.
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