Three years ago, a similar list of this nature was made on Oppo, let’s see how far we’ve gone since then…
Subcompact: Renault Twingo GT
Because it’s a rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive hot hatch for under 15k GBP!
Compact: VW Golf GTI
The king, now with lower insurance rates and a diff that kills understeer.
Midsize: Toyota Mark X
It looks fantastic and sports a V6 with RWD or AWD, that’s surely enough.
Compact Luxury: BMW M2*
Proof that BMW still remembers what made them great - it’s the new E30 M3.
Entry-Level Luxury: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Gorgeous, and with a Ferrari-sourced V6. Nothing compares.
Midsize Luxury: Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate
I heard you liked the CTS-V Wagon - so here’s a much prettier version of it.
Fullsize Luxury: Lagonda Taraf
No room for peasants here. Just a V12 and acres of pure luxury.
Grand Tourer: Aston Martin V12 Vantage**
Big engine, small car - great recipe. Also, you can’t beat its looks.
Supercar: Porsche Cayman GT4***
Lotus by Porsche. Limited in production so as to not sidestep the 911.
Convertible: Honda S660/Mazda MX-5
I’m appreciating both as some of the few slow-car-fast vehicles left.
Roadster: Audi TT RS
Speaking of dying breeds, here’s one of the last 5-cylinders around. It sings.
Muscle Car: Dodge Viper****
The best of American muscle in one package, sadly production ends in August.
Hybrid/Electric Car: Ferrari TheFerrari Aperta
Finally some good news: this car is better than a Chevy Volt.
Minivan: Nissan Elgrand
No longer RWD, but with this many toys - who cares? This is sci-fi luxury.
Cargo Van/Passenger Van: Citroën Berlingo
My favourite purely because it has the best name - Citroën Berlingo.
Compact SUV: Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Aced the safety tests, yet it drives like an Alfa should. This is your pony CUV.
Midsize SUV: Volvo XC90
Breathing new life into the stereotypical big Volvo, the interior says it all.
Fullsize SUV: Land Rover Range Rover
Limitless off-road capability with Mercedes S-Class-grade luxury. Yes please.
Midsize Pickup Truck: Toyota Hilux
Granted, it looks a bit silly now, still indestructible though.
Fullsize Pickup Truck: Toyota Land Cruiser 70
Some argue Toyota’s quality was better in the past, hence they still make this.
Heavy-Duty Pickup Truck: Any kei truck
Specialised for agricultural/work-related purposes. So, they define heavy-duty.
*Fullsize class is nearly dead, so it’s replaced with ‘Compact Luxury’ here.
**When production ends this year, replace the Aston with a F-Type or a Maser.
***When production starts, replace the Porsche with the new TVR.
****When production ends next month, replace the Viper with the Bass 770.
And there we have it - quite an interesting time for the car industry indeed. Let’s see how the future goes from here～