Volvo V60 Cross CountryAlthough it’s Volvo’s range of SUVs, the XC90, XC60 and the new XC40 that hog the limelight of the Scandinavian brand’s significant popularity and sales growth in the premium car market, it shouldn’t be forgotten that Volvo has excelled for over 60 years in producing estate cars.

Kia OptimaFrom being an also ran when launched in the UK in 1991, Kia has become a serious challenger to the best from Japan and mainland Europe and the latest Optima D-segment saloon is a good example of why their rivals should worry.

Skoda Karoq Scout The Karoq is Skoda’s range of mid-sized SUVs available from £21,945 to £33,375. This wide range of prices covers petrol, diesel, manual, automatic, 2WD and 4WD models. Competitors are numerous in this mid-sized SUV sector and include the Dacia Duster, MG GS, Seat Ateca, Peugeot 3008, Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, VW Tiguan and Suzuki Vitara.

SEAT Ateca If you ever thought SUV’s were boring, then the SEAT Ateca FR 2.0TSi will change your mind in an instant.

Lexus ES 300h hybrid saloonThe new seventh generation front wheel drive ES 300h self-charging petrol-electric hybrid D-segment executive class saloon is the first ES range ever to be sold in the UK and Western and Central Europe.

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