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27 Feb 2018

The start of the year is always pretty crazy for new car releases, and our players are always asking us to add in new cars. So we’re going to try this out – adding in some new cars as and when they come out and giving you a little blog post like this one to tell you all about them. This week we’re adding a sleek do-anything super-estate, a sporty SUV, a cute little sports car and a luxury pickup truck – don’t ever say we’re not diverse in what we offer!

Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo

When Porsche launched the original Panamera it was widely regarded as a great car to drive and own, giving you the Porsche 911 driving experience but in a big 4dr saloon, but the looks were a bit of an issue. Fine around the front, but the rear was hunched and awkward looking. So for the latest model this was all rectified with a much sleeker and 911-like back end which is far nicer and makes for a stunning car. But Porsche looked out on the car world and saw more practical cars like the Mercedes E63S Estate and Audi RS6 Performance Avant selling really well, so they created the Panamera Sport Turismo – not a full estate car but it has an extended roofline meaning more rear space and a more practical boot area. It also helps that it looks utterly amazing – some say better than the saloon. But we’re not going to let this new model pass by with a simple six cylinder 4S model – oh no, this is the Turbo. So under that bonnet sits a 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 producing 543bhp which means a lovely exhaust note and the ability to hit 62mph in just 3.8 seconds thanks to the AWD system and of course, Launch Control. Practical, fast, great to look at, fantastic to drive and has a Porsche badge – this Turbo Sport Turismo really does do it all.

Audi SQ5

The Audi Q5 is the quintessential medium sized luxury SUV – understated looks, classy yet high quality cabin, lots of tech and the ability to fit in at the opera or the golf club. But as ever with any car range, some people want more and in this case, that’s the SQ5. The previous generation SQ5 had a diesel V6, but for this latest model Audi has switched to a 3.0 litre turbocharged petrol V6 (it was available in the US last time, but now here too). What that means is 350bhp and a fruity exhaust note finally. You still get everything else that makes the SQ5 so desirable like the Virtual Cockpit dashboard and amazing interior but now you get great performance to boot. In these modern times when diesel is a dirty word (especially in the VW Group) it’s nice to see a sporty SUV coming out with a petrol engine. Should be a fantastic all-rounder.

Mazda MX-5 RF Sport Nav

When Mazda started designing the Mk4 model they went back to the drawing board. They wanted a car that was more like the lithe Mk1 model, so it became smaller, more driver focused, weighing in at just over a tonne and has been hugely poplar. However the best selling version of the old model was the folding hard top version and Mazda couldn’t ignore that so they have created the RF (Retractable Folding) version. More like a Targa than a full convertible this time, the roof panel stows away electrically leaving buttresses, which means you have a very coupe-like profile when the roof is up. This top spec Sport Nav model gets a 158bhp 2.0 litre engine which thanks to the low weight gives ample performance, while there are  17” alloy wheels and a leather interior with Bose speakers in the headrests. Pure, back-to-basics driving pleasure is what the MX-5 is about and you won’t believe how much fun it can be…

Mercedes X 250d Power

The pick-up truck has been the biggest sales surprise of the past few years. They offer an intriguing mix of practicality, usability and versatility that along with some tax benefits when used as a company vehicle means they have grown in popularity like no other market sector. Mercedes saw this and thought they needed a slice of that pie, but being slightly hesitant they didn’t develop a completely new vehicle. Instead they took a Nissan Navara as a base to save development costs but have fully Mercedes-ised it to create the first luxury pick-up truck. So there’s the familiar Mercedes front end with the imposing grille and three-pointed star, while inside this top-spec Power model gets a full leather interior that looks like it came straight from one of their high end saloons, all the tech you can imagine and a serious feeling of high quality. Add in a torquey engine and 7-speed automatic gearbox and the X-Class is a very convincing first entry for Mercedes into the pickup market.