53. January 2013: Skoda Rapid 1.2TSI
Slip on your sensible shoes and stay-pressed action slacks: the Rapid delivers tried and tested VW tech in an elegant, affordable package.
Price: £12,000 | Skoda
54. November 2012: Vauxhall Astra
Worried about emissions and MPG? The Vauxhall Astra VXR isn’t for you, then. But its affordable, old-school handling could unleash even George Monbiot’s inner ruffian. On the basic specs front it hits 275bhp managing nearly 300lb/ft of torque through the front wheels and has a £27,000 sticker price. The VXR also sports dampers with the FlexRide system which makes three different stiffness levels available at the touch of a button: Normal, Sport and VXR. The VXR isn’t about precision. It is about power and edge. It’s about stamping on those Brembos brakes.
Price: £26,995 | Vauxhall.co.uk
55. November 2012: Toyota Yaris Hybrid
Petrol-electric hybrids hit the mainstream with competitive pricing making the Yaris Hybrid – and others like it – an option for more punters. Dodging the London congestion charge, the Yaris has a CO2 figure of just 79g/km and is capable of 99bhp with the help of the re-engineered Hybrid Synergy Drive. You can also expect a quiet drive when taking it out on the open road.
Price: £14,995 I Toyota.co.uk
56. November 2012: Morgan Plus 8
Missing in action since 2004, it’s pre-war style meets modern alloy chassis and BMW engine tech in the Morgan Plus 8. Weighing in at 1100kg, the automobile packs a 4.8 litre engine capable of 367bhp and can do 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 155mph. It’s lovingly hand-built but also a tad pricey.
Price: £85,200 | Morgan-motor.co.uk
57. November 2012: Audi S7
Audi’s five-door coupe gets an injection of adrenaline, with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that’ll make the commute “interesting”, the Sportback sports saloon has a much bite as the R8 it carries a 4.0-litre TFSI twin turbo V8 engine that produces an output of 420 horsepower, 405.66 lb/ft of torque and does 0-62 mph in just 4.7 seconds. MMI Navigation means support for route data and Google Earth while the car’s Wi-Fi hotspot means you stream music via Bluetooth to the 15-speaker B&O sound system.
Price: £61,995 | Audi.co.uk
58. September 2012: Lexus GS 450h
An advanced hybrid powertrain and gaping, 12.3-inch LCD screen with a LED precision analogue clock make this a prince amongst Lexi (that’s the plural of Lexus). Sporting 18-inch alloy wheels, the Luxury model of the GS can hit a top speed of 155mph and do 0-62mph in just under six seconds. Blind spot detection system and pricey Mark Levinson speakers packed inside also gives this latest Lexus serious tech credentials.
Price: £44,995 | Lexus.co.uk
59. September 2012: McLaren MP4-12C Spider
For wind in your hair at over 200mph, try the drop-top Spider variant of McLaren’s technotastic supercar. If you’ve got a big enough wallet to buy one, you will be rewarded with a MP4-12C coupe-like interior with a carbon-fibre monocell chassis and the supercar speed demon that can produce 616bhp courtesy of a 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 engine and 0-60mph acceleration in 3.1 seconds. Did we mention that the retractable roof also folds away in 17 seconds?
Price: £195,000 | mclarenautomotive.com