August's reviews in brief
We took SEATs, Jaguars, Audis, Toyotas and Volkswagens for test drives in August. Here's what we said in brief...
8. SEAT Ateca
The overwhelming demand for SUVs is showing no sign of letting up with buyers wanting neatly-packaged, practical vehicles that are bursting with technology, practical to run and still leave some funds in the bank balance. The SEAT Ateca certainly ticks all those boxes.
7. Audi e-tron GT
The luxury electric car scene is getting really interesting these days with the usual suspects from Tesla, the Porsche Taycan and now Audi’s e-tron GT line-up. The more the merrier we say, especially if they're up to the standard of the truly jaw-dropping e-tron GT. If electrification is the way forward, it has to cater for the masses and that means the thrill-seekers too.
6. SEAT Leon Hatch e-HYBRID
With a string of financial savings and tax advantages, adding plug-in hybrid technology to the SEAT Leon mix will be a welcome addition especially to business drivers. It drives as dynamically as it looks and is generously kitted out too. Quite the all-round package if you can make the most of the EV driving range.
5. Toyota GR Yaris
This may surprise you but the GR Yaris takes the inaugural car of the month award.
There’s no denying the fact that over the years the Toyota Yaris has always been a good car. But now the standard has been raised to a whole new level with the arrival of this blisteringly quick GR model. All we can add is … we want one!
4. Jaguar I-PACE 400PS Electric S
With its impressive range, excellent driving dynamics and high standard of on-board technology, the Jaguar I-PACE is a superb all-rounder for anyone looking to buy a premium quality all-electric SUV that is practical, efficient, stylish and great to drive.
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3. Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45
Overall, the Clubsport 45 is another anniversary edition from VW, which feels like it’s there for the sake of it, offering little over other models. Considering a standard Clubsport is priced a lot cheaper, you’re effectively paying more money for some ‘45’ stickers, a bit of red trim and an exhaust system you won’t really notice.
Nevertheless, the fact it’s virtually the same as the standard Clubsport doesn't make it a bad car. On the contrary, it's still terrific to drive.
But the Golf R, which has more power and has four-wheel drive, is also a touch cheaper. So, if your heart is set on a Golf hot-hatch, it’s hard to make a case specifically for the 45.
2. Audi Q4 e-tron
There is something to be said for developing fully electric cars that look ‘normal’ without over-the-top, futuristic and often off-putting designs and Audi has succeeded on every count with the Q4 e-tron. It delivers all the power, dynamics and practicality of a family SUV but has been developed with the electrified future in mind. With excellent range and competitive pricing, this is certainly one to watch.