We take a look at the best cars we drove throughout 2017
2017 will go down as an extremely interesting year in the car market, both in the UK and across the globe. There was some serious upheaval as Government upped its efforts to divert car buyers towards alternatively fuelled cars at the expense of diesel, while SUVs and crossovers continued their seemingly unstoppable takeover of UK roads. All the while, the Auto Express team continued to deliver our verdicts on every new car on sale.
• Auto Express car of the Year Awards
Each year there are always stand-out cars and this is exactly what we are celebrating here. From conventional hatchbacks and estates, to SUVs and hypercars, the past 12 months have been ram packed with a huge number of fantastic new cars and those shown below are the cream of the crop.
We aren’t necessarily talking about the cars which top their market segments - we have our Car of the Year Awards for that - but any models launched in 2017 that grabbed our attention and imagination from the moment we got in the driver's seat. These are the best new cars we drove in 2017...
Best new cars of 2017
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Our first taste of Alfa Romeo’s new SUV showed it had been well worth the wait, taking the stylish looks and great handling of the Giulia saloon and packaging them into the kind of off-roader-inspired bodystyle buyers have been lapping up.
• Alfa Romeo Stelvio road test
On the downside, the ride is firm and interior quality doesn’t match up to that of an Audi Q5 or BMW X3. Yet the Stelvio should still become Alfa’s biggest seller.
BMW 5 Series Touring