Forecourt Finesse

Here are some of the motor industry’s most affordable, best-rated and attention-grabbing cars to look out for in 2022.

Budget – The new Toyota Aygo, will be based on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, boasts electrified powertrains, and while extremely affordable at a price rumoured to be around the £14,000 mark.

It’s designed to look and feel as snazzy as a string of other reliant, comfortable and practical versions that have rolled off the Japanese car manufacturer’s production line over the past decade.

Mid-range – The 2 Series Coupe for 2022 is heavy rear-wheel drive, and the lightest available model from the German giants.

An entry-level price of around £30,000 looks a fair investment given the prestige and reliability that inevitably comes with cars made by the iconic manufacturer, and there will be a choice of either three- or four-cylinder petrol engines.

The Coupe is also longer and wider than previous models and comes with the option of no more finger-poking at the digital display, as new features can be activated wirelessly.

Mid-range electric – The Cupra Born will be the first SEAT sporty electric car launched. It comes with an estimated price tag of around £29,000, and immediately slots itself in as prime competition for the Tesla Model 3, the Volkswagen ID.3 and the Nissan Leaf.

The manufacturers guarantee a punchy 335-mile driving range with the larger 77kWh battery on the premium model.

Premium – The Lotus Emira will sit well beyond most people’s budgets, though it’s worth celebrating this hugely respected brand, with production of its three siblings – the Elise, Exige and Evora – coming to an end this year.

That means the Emira will be the flagbearer for the Norwich automotive heavyweights, and what a car to take Lotus forward.

It will be a V6 hybrid engine, powered on top of a lighter chassis, with the impeccable handling Lotus pride themselves on. Price range is thought to be close to £85,000.

Premium Electric – The Tesla Roadster was expected two years ago. Covid-19 restrictions are said to have had a bearing on that stretched timeframe, but the delays have only heightened the sense of anticipation over the launch.

Notably, the 1006bhp+ will enable it to reach speeds of more than 250mph, accelerate from 0-60mph in a frankly staggering 1.9 seconds, while a monster battery size of 200kWh offer it a range of 620 miles. A price of £150,000 makes it aspirational beyond compare, but never say never!

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