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Abarth 595 Competizione
We love a hot hatch here at BOTB and along with the Mini Cooper, the Abarth 595 is about as iconic a hot hatch as you can get, with the Abarth 500 stretching back as far as the 1960s. The modern Fiat 500 takes the style of the original and makes it cute, but Abarth turn cute into aggressive with all their styling touches and the latest 595 Competizione really looks the part. Add in a 178bhp turbocharged 1.4 litre engine and a raspy exhaust note, not to mention darty handling and you have a seriously fun little car.
BMW 520i M-Sport Touring
BMW don’t replace the 5-Series very often, it’s a huge seller for them worldwide and so they need to get it right when they do. So just as we were thinking the old 5-Series was getting on a bit they bring out this latest model looking like a mini-7 Series to shut us up. The front is very much a scaled-down 7, but there’s more athleticism in the body and an amazing interior. The new 5-Series is lighter than before too, so the less powerful 520i engine is still more than enough for the big estate car and yet still gives great economy. All the family car you could ever need?