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I must first explain that I am not updating this section directly, when a new promising car come out - partly because you get normally the best value, from a car that is one to three years old and is in a "practically new" condition... So you should not buy a brand new car, anyhow. And I mainly use that fact, to collect more deep reviews and check out new cars more carefully, before I recommend them. And the great value on "practically new" cars, is also why I still recommend some excellent models, that not are made anymore!
Then do I recommend the finest choice, of each type and in each price segment, plus any really good alternatives - that has some clear advantage, normally are very good looking and in addition has been tested with fine to excellent results... Plus sometimes a very promising new model, that not yet are tested... The lengths and other measurements, is in the metric system, that is the most common in Europe... And I write in first hand about the extra good qualities / advantages, that make it the Best Buy and point finally out any bad points... So the other aspects are normally average, for that class and you can easy find more specifications in other sites!
One strange problem since 2001 is that many new models had a "new strange design" with several ugly details, as very strange headlights and crazy lines and I almost only recommend good looking models (with max one really ugly part, according to common taste) which now are rather hard to find... But cars with extra fine design, use to be extra fine in almost every other aspect too and we have not yet seen any ugly car, that is a better alternative technically... I suspect that this "new strange design" with ugly details, is a sad result of limited imagination (creativity) and the natural fact, that some very fine looking models, can only become worse - if they absolutely want to change the design, to get a "new" result!!
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Mini Cars Strangely enough can I not find any fine two seats mini car, except Smart (that you can read about just below) and that interesting machine costs almost the same as the next class of cars, that are dramatically more roomy... The cute Smart ForTwo made until 2013 is the result of an unique project between Mercedes and Swatch, that was expected to be a cheap micro with a superior "clock work" engine, but it became too expensive, very slow (first from 18.3sec) and not really revolutionary... The second generation ForTwo model did costs from 110tsek 2013 (slow 15.5sec 0-100 61hp just 4.7litre/100km) 116tsek (ok 13.3sec 71hp 4.7litre/100km) to expensive 142tsek (speedy 10.9sec 84hp 4.9litre/100km) and 2014 got the design rather strange, as almost all Mercedes today... So Kia Picanto or the "old" Seat Ibiza below, is a clearly better alternative - even if this car was a bit more fancy... Yes, until 2013 was it still a very sexy micro, great for two and take 150-550 litre luggage!


The fine Mitsubishi Colt, from 2009 version... Click any thumb, to see the big pix!

Small Cars One of the best options was Mitsubishi Colt made until 2012 that offer modern aggressive exterior lines (from the 2009 version) four roomy seats, almost sport car class performance and a nice clever drivers place, at 123tsek 2012 (speedy 10.4sec 95hp 5.1 litre/100km) and other small cars, use to offer clearly worse performance and a very boring (or rather ugly) drivers place, even at a much higher price...
Then is the finest new car, that in addition offer some advantages Mini One and Cooper that especially is a bit more luxurious and fun, with excellent road handling "like a go cart" and truly sporty performance, from Mini One 160tsek (9.9sec 102hp 4.6litre/100km) or Mini Cooper 180tsek (very sporty 7.9sec 136hp 4.5litre/100km) and it has also four seats, but the back seats are not made for tall people and the 160 litre boot is tiny, so you may normally use the back seats instead. Then is the first version, that was made until 2006 and the second made until 2013 almost as fine.
And the best new alternative, with a rather roomy back seat is Audi A1 with a delicious modern design, four doors and a nice dashboard, but they are also rather expensive from 169tsek with the smallest (fine 11.1sec 95hp 4.2 litre/100km) engine...
And if you don't mind a bigger car, offer the almost midsize Mazda 3 Axela even more room in the backseat, four doors and wild sharp clean lines, at only 169tsek and you can read more about that car below...
The finest new budget alternative is KIA Picanto from 2011 which look clearly better than most small cars (except the more expensive alternatives above) offer a nice backseat for teenagers, has an ok dashboard, a 200 litre boot (or 870 litre if you fold down the backseats) and modest performance (14.4sec 69hp 4.1litre/100km) at 110tsek.
And if you prefer a very fine 3 doors Four Wheel Drive car, will you find a Suzuki Vitara made until 2014 below, in the Sporty Luxury SUV section, from only 170tsek 2013... And there is also an even finer 5 door version...
And if you especially want exceptional performance in a very convenient car, is BMW 1-serie M coupe made from 2008 to 2012 the finest alternative, with a truly delicious design and down to 4.9sec (almost ultra sport car class) acceleration with 340hp (straight 6 cylinders, 3 litre turbo, just 9.6 litre/100km) at 495tsek 2012 and every motor journalist that review one, did love this masterpiece in every way - but BMW seem to think it was too wild, or cannibalising too much on their other sport cars, so they did stop making this extreme version... It offer in addition a rather tiny back seat, a roomy boot (compared with other super sport cars) and the most sexy front lights I ever seen... And from 2008 was there also a 135i version that did cost much less, with 306hp and almost the same extreme performance.
And the "old" Seat Ibiza (from spring 2002 to 2008) is still a masterpiece in this class, with every quality of the very nice version it did replace... And it became both very sporty and elegant, at the same time (click the picture to see two BIG ones) and it has also a nice driving place... I could also adjust the driver seat for my 186cm and then sit right "behind myself" in the back seat, with several possible leg positions, so it's rather roomy... And it got good result in EuroNCAP crash test with 26 points... At only 114tsek 2008 (fine 11.9sec 85hp 6.4litre/100km) or 155tsek 2008 (truly sporty 8.4sec 1.8FR 150hp) and this model of Ibiza is actually a sporty Volkswagen Polo / Skoda Fabia (almost every technical part is made in German) with finer design, more luxury equipment and a stronger engine, at a clearly lower price... This smart sporty car, got also "Best car of the year" from British What Car, even if we recommend it first... And the cute "micro" Fiat 500 is a lot more expensive and not more potent... But the last Seat Ibiza version that came 2009 has slightly strange exterior lines and an even worse dashboard / instrument panel, so if you want a brand new small car, then is the cars above clearly more interesting...
The sublime Rover 214 which was made until 1998 is possibly the most delicious (you can click the picture to see a BIG one) small car ever built (sporty 9.8sec 109hp 6.7litre/100km) but it has a tighter back seat, than most... And Rover had to close it's factory 2005 because of incredible incompetent new owners, so it can be problem to get service for this model... And the last version Rover 25 that came 1999 has a clearly less elegant drivers place / dashboard and rather ugly front design.



The elegant and sporty Seat Toledo... Click any thumb, to see the Big pictures!

Midsize Cars The finest choice since 2016 is Mazda 3 Axela that came 2014 and offer sexy wild design, great road handling, four doors, a smart hatchback boot of 364 to 1250 litre and very generous 270cm wheelbase, at just 170tsek with 120hp or 193tsek (165hp 8.2sec 0.58l/10km)
The finest choice made until 2015 was Seat Toledo that came late 2012 as a 2013 model and this sporty sedan offer a rather roomy backseat, four doors, a huge 550 litre boot / trunk which open with the back window and discreetly elegant sharp clean lines, at only 135tsek 2015 (nice 11.9sec 85hp turbocharged) or 160tsek 2015 (sporty 10.3sec 105hp turbocharged 5 litre/100km) five star safety in Euro NCAP and 260cm wheelbase - but this excellent model cost suddenly 170tsek 2016 so Mazda 3 above became a better alternative and the nice dashboard could look even better (especially the all grey version sold in uk, that look ugly) if you compare with dramatically more expensive cars...
Most people think rightly, that you have to pay almost twice as much for a brand new car in this class and an Audi A3 sedan (with its vulgar grill) cost actually from 233tsek... Then has Audi A4 slighly more room in the back seat, but an ugly dashboard and cost from 299tsek... Seat is actually a division of Volkswagen (just as Audi) with more delicious Spanish design, mainly German made mechanical parts and this model is actually built by Skoda, so its an excellent example of perfect European collaboration!

And if you want a clearly more roomy backseat, is Mazda 6 from 2013 the best alternative - with a both wild and elegant design, some smart technology improvements, generous 283cm wheelbase, a good looking dashboard, precise six-speed manual transmission with light short throw and excellent road handling in several tests... And from truly sporty to very sporty performance, from 240tkr (9.5sec 2.0 145hp 5.5litre/100km) to 311tsek (7.9sec 2.5 192hp 6.3litre/100km) One review wrote "the brilliant new engines are now in BMW and Audi class" and you get fine smooth ride quality on 17-inch alloy rims (except in one review, who grade it a bit too bumpy and firm - but then can you naturally upgrade the shock absorbers, to whatever you want) and it get as always clearly worse with 19 inch rims. The front seats are very comfortable, according to several reviews and everyone agree that the backseat is very roomy, including an excellent head room - which may surprise considering the sloping roofline... It's also much quieter than before and the road experience is now of "premium" class, just as the feel in controls and interior materials. This car got also five star safety in Euro NCAP - but the steering feels slightly less exact at centre and the 489 litre big boot don't open with the back window, as the "hidden hatchback" in Seat Toledo above.
But early 2015 did Ford finally present a totally new version of Ford Mondeo with very elegant lines, clearly "inspired" by Aston Martin, including an almost exact copy of the front and the sexy behind... The first reviews celebrate the smooth drive and excellent road handling, a combination Mondeo already was famous for, but they did improve these important qualities and even if this latest version is a rather big car, is it really fun to drive... They report also that it's very quiet, with barely any wind or road noise at speed... And this new version have in addition a good looking drivers place (many look worse and only a few luxury cars look better) with a 10 inch screen and Sony stereo, very comfortable seats, a very roomy back seat, 285cm wheelbase and it cost from 247tsek with 120hp diesel or 160hp (9.2sec 5.8litre/100km) petrol engine, so this brand new Mondeo is a truly excellent "family car" (together with Mazda 6 above and the even more elegant Jaguar XE below) and also one of the most elegant four doors sedan, ever made... It is also voted "Best Family Car" in 2015 UK Car of the Year Awards. And this lovely car is also slightly more roomy than Honda Accord and Toyota Carmy, both inside and in the 550 litre boot / trunk, which even open together with the back window... And it's also available as a roomy station, at only 7500 sek more... Then can you also buy this Mondeo with four wheels drive, which only cost 13t sek extra... And they began to sell a twin version of this car 2013 in USA as Ford Fusion (!) that already is a big success and did work as a real life "test bench" for Mondeo. But the wild Mazda 6 above cost little less, the slightly smaller Jaguar XE below is even more elegant from 340t sek and the almost three times more expensive Tesla model S is totally superior.
Yes, I live for the beauty in life and Aston Martin's own four doors sedan - Rapide - look rather strange at the back doors and have not generous leg room at the rear seats... So Im very happy that someone else use this unique style of design (that many love) and finally made it almost perfect... But the front lights on Jaguar XE look even finer... And I hope Mercedes (that gone crazy lately) will try to make an even better masterpiece - because the most elegant four doors cars, was their speciality... But now look Mazda 6 above, just as Mercedes should look!
Then was the 2007 to 2010 version of VW Passat (truly sporty 9.4sec 2.0 litre 150hp) at 250tsek 2010 a very good looking alternative, that is exceptional big inside with 6cm in front of my knees in the back seat... But the dashboard / instrument panel are a bit boring... And this car was also available as a roomy station, at only 8tsek more...

Luxury Cars, with four doors Begin with the completely new "mid size" masterpiece Jaguar XE that came early 2015 with a very elegant sharp muscular design, rather similar to Tesla Model S below, but even finer... At least six big car magazines did test drive pre production prototypes January 28 and they did write (with different words) that Jaguar give both a lovely comfortable ride, even on rough roads and offer an excellent road handling, which they grade as slightly to clearly superior to BMW 3-series, which Jaguar XE actually is build to outshine in every vital way... And it is the best looking four doors sedan ever made, according to my taste and many test drivers (some wrote it look even better in real life) even if I personally want some fine wood inside... The light weight and exceptional strong body is built to 75% of high grade aluminium... And this luxury sedan has a generous 284cm wheelbase (which give a rather roomy back seat) rear wheel drive and engines from 163hp diesel (0-100 in 8.4sec) at 330tkr, to 340hp (5.1sec) at 500tkr... So you get both a more luxurious and sophisticated car, in many ways - if you compare with BMW 3 series or Audi A4 and Jaguar XE cost anyhow about the same, with the same equipment... But the trunk is 450 litre big (30 less than BMW 3 series) and Tesla may naturally kill this lovely car, with its superior electric technology and "only" twice as high price, for the most basic version!

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The finest pictures I could find anywhere (!) of the elegant and sporty Jaguar X-type

Before Jaguar XE was the amazing Jaguar X-type the finest "mid size" alternative and this excellent machine, was made 2002 to 2009 with a very elegant design and truly superior road handling (better than BMW with very exact steering and fine 4w drive, which drive 60% at rear) according to several reviews... And even the sport model is very comfortable on the road... Partly because X-type was partly based on Ford Mondeo's celebrated chassis, which then was refined in many ways... This dream car has in addition a sexy engine sound, superb manual gearbox, 452 litres big boot, the back seat is rather roomy with some space in front of my knees (even when I set the driver seat for my 186cm) and it offer also excellent value, from 345tsek 2009 (truly sporty 8.3sec 4wd 194hp 2.5 V6) to 413tsek 2009 (almost super sport 7.0sec 4wd 231hp 3.0 V6) and it was also available as a roomy and very elegant station, at just 17tsek more... Compare that with the ugly BMW 523i (same room 8.5sec 2wd) at 341tsek 2009 with just basic equipment, or the partly ugly Mercedes C 350 (6.4sec 4wd) at 489tsek 2009 with some basic equippment...

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The last and first version of the delicious "retro style" Jaguar S-type

Then is the glorious Jaguar S-type (made 1998 to 2007) slightly bigger than X-type, even in the very comfortable back seat and has a delicious retro design, that was updated in many ways for the 2002 model, from 466tsek 2007 (very sporty 7.6sec 243hp 3.0 V6) to 544tsek 2007 (super sport class 5.6sec 395hp 4.2 V8) and this is my favourite four doors saloon, together with X-type...
And you can now buy this delicious masterpiece or X-type, even in perfect "as new" condition, at amazingly low prices - because people think that a second hand Jaguar would cost too much, so they simply don't look and the sellers have to set crazy low prices!!
And the very good looking "replacement" Jaguar XF which came 2007 had first crazy much raw aluminium in the dashboard / instrument panel (according to my taste) which was made better 2015 even if it don't offer wood and the second generation offer also a very generous 296cm weelbase, from 360tsek to 598tsek with 380hp, so XF is from 2015 a great alternative to Jaguar XE at almost the same price!
And finally was the finest classic version of Jaguar XJ a great evolution, made 2003 to 2009 with aluminium body and even more generous leg space in the back seat (almost as Bentley below) from 626tsek 2009 (very sporty 8.1sec 243hp 3.0 V6) to 727tsek 2009 (super sport class 5.3sec 395hp 4.2 V8) and you could also get this model 12.5cm longer and totally 522cm, at 1034tsek 2009... The perfect choice for a discreet and successful businessman, who prefer a driver...
And the very different version of XJ that came 2010 could look even better - if it not was for the amazingly ugly rear lights, the less luxurios drivers place and the strange windshield, that simply disqualify that version!
Jaguar has also higher quality, since S-type and later (with clearly less problems, according to the owners) than both BMW and Mercedes.

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Tesla Model S

And finally is Tesla Model S the most amazing luxury car ever made, with a great margin... Okay, the smart dashboard / instrument panel has some strange aluminium decor frames and does not look very elegant - but everything else is state of the art, with this superior masterpiece of technology...
Following is a compact list of Tesla Model S unique advantages...
Tesla Model S is completely electric and even the least expensive version (with 70kWh batteries, that last 285 miles or 430 km) has both a longer reach and offer higher performance (almost super sport class 6.2sec 306hp 440Nm or 0-60mph in 5.9sec) than any other alternative, in the world...
The only real competition comes from the cute 4 meters short BMW i3 (1-100km/h 7.2sec) that cost 340tsek with batteries that only last 120 to max 179km... Then will the fine looking mini car Chevrolet Bolt cost about 37.500 usd late 2016 and have a range of 200 miles... And it is naturally smart to build small (and especially light) electric cars, but the cars above are higher instead and weight then about the same... And Tesla manage anyhow to built very roomy masterpieces, with great performance!
And Tesla did also present the amazing "Tesla Model 3" in 31 Mars 2016 which will cost from only 35.000 usd or about 400tsek (before any government rebate) be possible to buy late 2017 in USA and they got 180.000 reservations (with 1000 usd deposit) the first day... And totally 373.000 in 3 weeks... The building of the car and battery factories, goes faster than plan and Tesla hope to deliver 200.000 of the first orders in 2017 and then 500.000 cars from 2018... They began building more prototypes, to test the manufacturing processes, in early February 2017 and they did finally build some early "release candidates" in late Mars, which actually are complete pre-production cars, of way higher quality than the first model S and they was almost entirely built with final production tooling...
Model 3 offer especially a dramatically lower price and anyhow a long range battery, of 215 miles or 346km and most of the luxurious Model S advantages, including the same delicate timeless design style and a huge sunroof... Yes, Model 3 is mainly a 6 percent shorter Model S (who are 498cm or 196 inch long and model 3 is actually 469cm or 184.8 inch) and even this budget version will have close to super sport performance, going from 0-60mph in explosive 6 sec... Then will Model 3 also have a very generous 287cm wheelbase (model S offer 296cm) which mean you get slightly better space than in BMW 3-series, Audi A4 and Mercedes E class - at a clearly lower price, when you compare models with the same high performance... And the divided back seats, can also be folded flat and have room for a bike... Remember also that other cars are made to last about 20 years, if you are very careful and all Tesla are "made to last a lifetime" except some consumable parts, which also (when possible) are made to last dramatically longer than in normal cars... But otherwise can you already find up to 11 alternatives, that will come "soon" with about the same price and battery life - but then must you accept a clearly less elegant to rather ugly car, that normally is much smaller, have ordinary "performance" and die after 20 years... Then will Model 3 also have an even lower drag coefficient (wind resistance) at 0.21 than Model S which offer 0.24 and that was the lowest of any production car... The first cars will "only" get two wheels drive at back, but six to nine months after July 2017 can you select optional All Wheels Drive, which then will cost very little extra and in addition offer even higher performance... And then can you also get air suspension, if you pay extra, with dynamic ride height adjustment... You can also begin with a basic version and activate the autopilot functionality later... And later on may even solar panels in the roof, become an extra option... But this model will mainly be built in fine corrosion protected steel (not aluminium as Model S are) and the name will sadly not be Model E as they first plan, because Ford own that as a trademark for cars... Yes, the original idea was actually to have the model names S, E and X and they did even secure Y for a future model... But they may write 3 with three lines, just as they write E in tesla and get the vision of S E X Y anyhow *hehe*
Model S with the strongest 85kWh battery year 2016 did officially last 306 miles or 480 km or exceptionally 405 miles, driven in a normal way by a dad and his son.
And the second highest performance version of Model S offer maximum power of 421 horsepower or 310 kW, peak torque of 596 Nm and accelerates 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds or 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and just 3.9 sec in one serious test... Under 10 sec is truly sport car class, under 6 sec consider to be super sport and under 4 sec is what I call "ultra sport class" performance... So it's almost as fast as BMW M5 with exactly the same long wheelbase (but longer hood and less interior space) which costs 971.000 sek without any extras and go 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds!
All Tesla models use a more advanced type of electric motor, called 4 pole 3 phase induction motor - which actually was invented 1889 by the famous Nikola Tesla and this kind of electric motor has no magnets, but they can anyhow create very strong magnetic fields... And no other car maker, did use this kind of electic motor 2016 but that may naturally change in the future.
Tesla Model S has also a very low centre of gravity, of only 17.5 inches above ground. Which compete with the finest super sport cars and give superior road handling in it's class. That create also much less "tilt" in corners and a more comfortable experience for the passengers.
The active air suspension creates in addition a more comfortable ride.
Then has Model S a near 50-50 weight distribution and rear wheel drive, which is ideal for high performance road handling.
You could first charge it for free, at Tesla super charging stations and even when you pay for the electricity, is the "fuel cost" dramatically lower than any other type of car, even if you include the cost of replacing the batteries.
But replacing the batteries (which has a very generous 8 years or 200.000 km guarantee) will probably become cheaper with time and early 2014 did two battery replacements actually costs less, than the normal cost for an ordinary cars engine and transmission, which need replacement after 400.000 km... Yes, two batteries last the same time and cost less... And you should naturally consider all costs, if you compare.
And Tesla normally use regenerative breaking through the electric motors, so it charge the batteries and the brakes/brake pads don't need to be replaced as often.
Tesla Model S has only 10% as many mechanical parts, that wears out with time and most of those parts, are also made to last much longer than normal...
The rest of this amazing car is actually made to last a lifetime (!) and the exceptional safe body of Model S and X are made of aluminium, for example.
Tesla Model S is the safest car ever produced, with 5 stars rating of every aspect, plus four extra stars... Model S is actually so structurally sound, that the NHTSA's roof crush resistance testing machine broke when they tried to test the Model S under it. Model S's roof crush resistance is over twice the requirement by the NHTSA.
The elegant four door sedan, has generous room for five adults, plus two optional extra seats for kids.
Model S has also the most cargo space (31.6 cubic feet or 745-1645 litre in the back) of any car in its class... And the 150 litre front trunk can fit a whole person or two big golf bags. The car can also fit a bike, 55" screen TV and a surfboard inside, all at once.
The very advanced infotainment system is very intuitive / easy to use. The generous size of the 17 inch screen (another biggest) make naturally everything more easy to read, find and handle.
And Tesla Model S is also a truly elegant car, with a deliberate timeless design, clearly inspired by Aston Martin... Even if many write that the lovely new Jaguar XE look most similar.
It has also the lowest drag coefficient (wind resistance) at 0.24 of any production car.
And the largest panoramic sunroof of any production car.
Tesla Model S was the first electric vehicle to ever receive Motortrend's Car of the Year Award - one of the most desirable in the automobile industry. Tesla Model S also got the Autocar Car of the Year Award, the Yahoo! Auto award and a consistent string of positive reviews.
The Tesla Model S made even more dramatic headlines when Consumer Reports, America's leading consumer ratings magazine, announced that the Model S they had purchased scored 99 out of a possible 100 points, the best score in the magazine's 80-year history. When the magazine upgraded to a P85D, the new car broke both the record and the scoring system with an unprecedented 103 points.
But despite the high rating, did Consumer Reports refuse to give the Model S a "recommended" rating because of inital reliability problems. They surveyed 1,400 Tesla owners and found reports of frequent issues ranging from bad drive motors to leaky sunroofs, enough to rate its reliability as "worse than average" even if many owners also noted that Tesla was quick to sort out the cars under warranty. And despite the temporary problems, did 97% of the owners declare that they will buy another Tesla next time.
But all this excellence costs from 749tsek for Tesla model S 60 (0-100 5.8sec) to 938tsek (4.2sec) which is rather expensive - even if other luxury cars (in the same segment) which offer less performance, costs from clearly more to dramatically more... The slower Audi A8 385hp (0-100 4.7sec) with the same long wheelbase, costs for example 980tsek... Then came a new All Wheel Drive version in December 2014 in USA from 851tsek and P85D offer 691hp totally and do 0-100km/h in just 3.2 seconds, at 1171tsek... And you will at the same time get a new advanced Autopilot functionality, which sometimes can help you steer and brake... Then came a P90D with 772hp and 3.0 seconds and the latest version is P100D that just need 2.4 sec to 96km/hour, with Ludicrous plus mode activated... And when Motor Trend did test that statement, did a standrad P100D just need 2,28 seconds and it does the drag racing quarter mile (404 meters) on amazingly low 10.5 seconds... That is actually faster than ANY other mass production car (including street legal ultra sport cars) according to Motor Trend... But the smart dashboard / instrument panel has (since the first version) some strange aluminium decor frames and does not look very elegant, as I wrote in the beginning... So the older Jaguar X-type or S-type and especially the Bentley below, have a clear advantage in that minor to very important (depending on your personal taste) aspect of design!

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The magnificent dashboard and centre console, of the first Bentley Continental Flying Spur

Bentley Continental Flying Spur - Photos by Linus Pröjtz / Teknikens Värld

Then has the first Bentley Continental Flying Spur made until 2012 a few very special qualities, like the most impressive centre console I ever seen and state of the art brakes... This magnificent four doors saloon, that is 531cm long and has very generous leg room in the back seat, offer almost performance like a super sport car and excellent road handling, even in very difficult conditions, with help of a sophisticated four wheels drive and air suspension... Then does the fastest sedan in the world (at least 2005-2007) include almost every possible luxury as standard equipment - as seven choices of wood veneer, memory for three drivers and four climate zones... And even if I prefer the clearly more elegant Jaguar's above, mainly because the head and tail lights look rather strange, has the "old" Flying Spur almost finer lines than the clumsy but very impressive Rolls Royce Phantom (0-100 in super sport class 5.2sec, top speed 312 to 325km/h, 560hp 6 litre V12 twin turbo) at 1871tsek 2011...
Which was amazingly low, if you compare with about the double for Rolls Royce Phantom or Maybach 57 which are amazingly ugly and both are clearly slower - but this Bentley become anyhow very old, rather ugly and too expensive, if we compare with the masterpiece from Tesla above...
And we would otherwise replace this recomendation with Porsche Panamera (which also look a bit strange, like a sleeping panther) but Tesla is totally superiour in the special class of truly luxurious cars, with four doors and ultra performance, even if it cost almost half as much (at the same total performance) even if Panamera was the fastest four door sedan around Nürburgring Nordschleife 2008 to 2014 with a time of 7 minutes and 56 seconds... Until the new sexy Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio for 700tsek (ultra sport 3.9sec 510hp 1524kg) become the fastest four door sedan 2015 with amazing 7 minutes 39 seconds... And a top performance standard Tesla (which accelerate in 3sec) with active speed reduction (to save the battery from any possible damage) have done Nurburgring is 8 minute 50 seconds (by a private driver nd in heavy trafic) which also is in super sport class!

Midsize Family Vans Volkswagen Touran TSI 150 look nice, has a rather nice dashboard / instrument panel, offer fine road handling and truly sporty performance, at 259tsek (8.9sec 150hp 5.4litre100km) so it seem to be the best alternative...
Then look Ford Focus C-Max also very nice, offers fine road handling and sporty performance (9.8sec 150hp diesel 4.6litre100km) at 250tsek - but the last versions dashboard / instrument panel look rather silly and that make this car a bit hard to recommend, even if it otherwise may be great in this class...

Big Family Vans Ford Galaxy Costs little more, than the very similar S-Max - but are even bigger and offer a very impressive dashboard / instrument panel and rather elegant design, especialy for a family van... What Car and other magazines grade this model, as clearly the best in it's class... And it costs "only" 284tsek (160hp) with AC and captains chairs!
Then is the "old" Citroen Evasion (that was replaced with the C8 model, with a strange space inspired dashboard / instrument panel) smart and elegant, with truly sporty performance (10.1sec 150hp) and more roomy inside than the bigger alternatives, at only 180tsek for the last 2002 model... My friend bought two, on my recommendation and he was completely satisfied... Especially with the elegant modern style, fine quality and delicate road handling... You could also buy the sister model Peugeot 806 which is more expensive, or the slower Fiat Elysse...


The very elegant Suzuki Grand Vitara 5 door... Click any pix, for more and bigger pictures!

Sporty Luxury SUV of midsize The elegant Suzuki Grand Vitara 5 door made since 2006 to 2014 offer a delicious design, including the elegant drivers place, has an excellent 4w drive system (in USA can you get 2w drive, or simple to advanced 4w drive) and get top results, by many fine car magazines... It is also the most reliable modern SUV and have the lowest repair costs, according to a study made 2011 by insurance company WarrantyDirect... The 264cm wheelbase give you also generous leg room in the back seat (with a convenient 60/40 split) it take 398 to 1386 litre luggage and the car is 430cm long (only 51cm shorter with 5 seats, than Volvo XC90 with 7 seats) at only 220tsek 2014 (fine 11.7sec 2.4 litre 166hp 8.8mix/litre/100km) with CD radio, speed and ACC climate control, plus more... Then has this masterpiece extra rigid structural components, formed and welded directly to the body, which give the same strength as a classic "truck frame" at a much lower weight... It has also independent suspension, for comfortable handling and is built to handle the 185hp V6 you normally get in USA - but the other engines are slightly more raw and noisy than avarage, according to one car magazine and the bigger Volvo XC90 is even more luxurious inside, at a dramatically higher price...
Then was that great version, replaced 2015 with Suzuki Vitara 5 door 4x4 which mainly is a clearly smaller copy of Range Rover Sport, with just 250cm wheelbase and wilder design (that not is very elegant anymore) at only 190tsek (fine 11.5sec 1,6 litre 120hp 5.6mix/litre/100km) so it got slightly better performance and less fuel consumption, because of it's smaller size and much lower weight.


The elegant and sporty Suzuki Grand Vitara 3 door... Click any pix, for bigger pictures!

Then is the sporty Suzuki Grand Vitara 3 door made until 2014 a 43cm shorter alternative, with mainly the same design and ok leg room in the back seat (that fold with 50/50 split) plus 184 to 964 litre storage, from only 170tsek 2013 (ok 14.4sec 1,6 litre 106hp 8.2mix/litre/100km) to 200tsek (fine 11.2sec 2.4 litre 166hp 8.8mix/litre/100km) with CD radio and ACC climate control.


The big, smart and luxurious Volvo XC90 Click any pix, for more and bigger pictures!

Big Sporty Luxury SUV The big and luxurious Volvo XC90 D5 AWD made until 2014 from 429tsek 2013 (sporty 10.3sec 2.4litre 200hp Diesel) was completely superior, in almost every aspect and especially the excellent road handling... But you can not get this car with very sporty performance, anymore... You can anyhow get 2 more and totally 7 comfortable seats, for 15tsek more... Then is the driving place both smart and very elegant... And the "old" XC90 was the safest alternative, with many unique advantages, both when you drive and if you have an accident... But some other, has even better off road qualities and this masterpiece was rather expensive, even if it's smarter...
Then came an even finer version 2015 that unfortunately happen to be very expensive (from 598tkr 2015) costing dramatically more than the clearly finer Jaguar F-Pace below and almost the same as Rage Rover Sport (which also are too expensive, but more classy) so the next alternative is slightly smarter...
So Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI was a finer alternative, until Jaguar F-Pace below came... Tuareg was originally based on the same chassis as Porsche Cayenne and did look really fine until 2010 - but the new model look also rather fine, even if I don't like the leaning head lights and it has a very good looking dashboard / instrument panel, at 530tsek (very sporty 7.3sec 262hp V6 diesel) But the first version did handle many off road situations much worse than the competition (according to a deep Swedish test) and had a less elegant dashboard / instrument panel than Volvo...
Then is Jaguar F-pace that came 2016 simply the most delicious luxury SUV ever made (and actually made by the same company that make Range Rover) with the same sexy back lights as F-type (as Jaguar XE should got) a very nice drivers place, generous 287 wheelbase, smart 4+20+40 back seat and actually more performance than you need, from only 451tkr (awd clearly sporty 8.7sec 180hp diesel mix 5.2litre/100km) and 580tsek (awd almost super sport 6.2sec 300hp diesel mix 6litre/100km) and the first five test drivers, from different magazines LOVE it's road handling and everything else... They did naturally compare this masterpiece with the success Porsche Macan, but this one is superiour and Jaguar did actually design F-Pace to beat Macan in every way.


The cute Mini Cabrio / Convertible... The last pix is the first "old" version... Click any pix bigger!

Sport Cars The finest low cost alternative (with a back seat) is the cute Mini Cabrio / Convertible made until 2015 that is very luxurious, offer excellent road handling "like a go-kart" many delicious design details and 4 real seats, including a very comfortable drivers seat and two back seats, which are fine for short friends... Okay, one tall friend can naturally sit behind a short and if both are tall in the front seats, can one more tall simply sit a bit sideways in the back seat... Then have most other sport cars, no back seats at all and a few have just enough room for tiny kids... And the "One" model costs only from 190tsek 2015 (fine 11.3sec 98hp mix5.7litre/100km) and the "Cooper" model costs 220tsek 2015 (truly sporty 9.8sec 122hp 5.7 litre/100km) so they are actually true luxury cars, at a very low cost... Then is the fabric hood / roof with a rear window of glass, very well made and especially the second version that came 2009 - so it's practically free from extra wind noise (we recommend anyhow a good test drive before you buy) look also very good closed (just as before) fold down electro-hydraulic and fully automatic, after a smart open "sunroof" pause and it just reduce the 160 litre boot to 125 litre... And you can naturally use the back seats, instead of the tiny luggage compartment... Then will the boot grow to 195 litre in the all new 2016 version, that will cost from 223tsek Cooper (very sporty 8.8sec 136hp mix5.1litre/100km)
But then came 2015 the amazing new Mazda MX-5 Miata which is a real open sport car in every way - with 2 seats and a completely new, rather wild and truly delicious design by Masashi Nakayama... Yes, the older MX-5 versions did look mainly cute - but the new 2015 version look actually amazing (with some vital lines stolen from the ultra sexy Jaguar F-type, which cost three times more) and offer many sophisticated advantages, so it is suddenly the smartest sport car ever made, from just 225tsek (0-100 very sporty 8,3sec 131hp) to 240tsek (almost super sporty 7,3sec 160hp mix6.9litre/100km) plus a sport version with some wilder equipment... And I have read three tests done in Spain and Road & Track wrote for example "it's entirely superiour to nearly every other sporting viehicle on the market" so they simply did LOVE this mastepiece road handling and delicate design... And yes, this great little sport car is mainly a modern version (with wilder design and a clearly lower price) of next alternative!
The slim line Honda S2000 which was made until 2009 did give you open modern elegance, excellent road handling and almost super sport class performance (6.2sec 241hp) at "only" 348tsek 2009 and you can even fit a pair of golf bags in the trunk... Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, leather seats and more comfy equipment... But you could only get S2000 with a 6 speed manual transmission, the power soft top with heated glass rear window is thin (a removable aluminium hardtop was also available) you should not be much longer than 186cm and I don't love the dashboards rather ugly control satellites, or the digital speed meter...

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BMW Z3 * Plus five pictures of the fifth excellent version of Chevrolet Corvette

My "budget" true sport car favourite, was the delicious retro style BMW Z3 made until 2002 at 299tsek (7.9sec 170hp) 358tsek (6.0sec 3.0 litre 231hp) or the brutal M roadster (super sport class 5.4sec 321hp) at 523tsek... BMW made also a delicious series 1 coupe, with 340hp and 4.9sec (almost ultra sport car performace) from 2008 to 2012 as you can read more about, in the small car section above...
Then is Chevrolet Corvette C6 that was made 2004 to 2013 dramatically improved, in many vital aspects and even more delicious, with perfect powerful lines... Even compared with the last excellent "C5" version that came 1997 with airplane technology, a fine drivers place and almost twice as big trunk... The amazing C6 offer a completely new engine (almost ultra sporty 4.3sec 437hp 6.2 litre V8) new smooth transmissions, new sophisticated suspension, huge new brakes, new interior and many extensive refinements, as clearly more "delicate" road handling and even more grip in tight curves... It's also very easy to control and more forgiving, when driven hard... The standard suspension is actually great for everything from cruising to racing, up to 0.92g in curves... The Z51 package handle up to 0.98g and is anyhow rather comfortable at bumpy roads... And the slightly more expensive F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control, give you both options at your fingertip and offer simply the best of both worlds... Then comes C6 also with comfy things like six way power leather seats, a sporty but smooth automatic gear box (or a very fine exact six speed manual, if you prefer that) climate control with a pollen filter and cruise control, as standard equipment... So this masterpiece was superior to most of the finest from Europe (including some of the following alternatives) at very low 623tsek 2012 for the smart targa roof cupe, 729tsek for the cab / convertible or 1300tsek for the ZR1 cupe which offer true ultra sport performance (3.6sec 647hp) with help of aluminum chassis, magnesium and carbon fiber parts... But 2013 came a new Corvette Stingray with more edgy lines, that I personally think look slightly too dramatic and vulgar...
And the impressive new Jaguar F-Type that came 2013 give you ultra sexy lines, especially from behind and true super sport performance from 759tsek (5.7sec 340hp V6 mix 9.8 litre/100km) to F-type V8 R at 1183tsek (ultra sport class 4.2sec 550hp V8 mix 11.1 litre) so it might be one of the finest sport cars ever made - even if the boot almost only have room for the spare wheel!
But Aston Martin DB9 coupe made from 2004 give you an even more sophisticated combination of extremely elegant lines, comfortable English luxury and truly super sport performance (4.6sec 517hp V12) with delicate wood veneer, a body in aluminium and two extra (rather tiny) rear seats, from 1790tsek...
Then may Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 made to 2015 be the finest sport car ever built, with wild elegant Italian design, aluminium body, truly ultra sport perfomance (3.7sec 560hp V10 4w drive) and German quality in every detail, at 1735tsek 2015 with E gear box... And this delicious masterpiece, manifest the initial goal for Lamborghini, to make finer sport cars than Ferrari... But this model has only room for a few small bags and you should not be longer than 195cm...
And the very elegant Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SuperVeloce made to 2011 offer more than ultra class performance (3.2sec 670hp 660Nm V12, 4w drive) and both a clearly finer drivers place and much better road handling, compared to the legendary Lamborghini Diablo (which Murciélago did replace) at 4000tsek 2011 and then got this icon replaced with...
The wild Lamborghini Aventador made from the spring 2011 which offer a very aggressive design (actually inspired by fighter planes and almost over dramatic) even better road handling and amazing ultra wild performance (2.9sec 700hp 690Nm V12, 4w drive) at "only" 2900tsek - but the drivers place does not look as elegant anymore and other magazines agree...
Finally does I simply not like the design of most other models, even if some people love them... Especially the older Alfa spider, Lotus kit car style, some small Mercedes that simply look as toys, the even more silly looking Mercedes SLR with it's vulgar decor lines and the dangerous rear engine Porsche 911 (or boxter) which actually is strange versions, of the first Volkswagen Beetle!

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