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
 
 
 

AS the 5 Series saloon was already established as one of the best all-rounders on sale, it was no surprise when our first drive of the new Touring version revealed it was just as impressive. With a 570-litre boot and air suspension that allows it to carry up to 750kg, the Touring is arguably even more appealing.

• BMW 5 Series road test

Despite being packed with technology, the latest 5 Series Touring is also lighter than the car it replaces, helping our favourite 520d variant claim up to 62.7mpg and emit just 114g/km of CO2. 

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