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Business Traveller UK|February 2020
From supercars to superminis and reborn classics to high-tech saloons, 2020 will see a huge array of new cars vying for your attention
Nat Barnes

LAND ROVER DEFENDER

Price: from £45,240

On sale: spring It’s been a long time coming, but the new Land Rover Defender is finally here. Sure to please and anger car enthusiasts in equal measure, the new Defender isn’t an exact replacement for the previous model, for the simple reason that the market has moved away from that farming essential of yesteryear. All Defenders will boast plenty of off-road ability and practicality along with easily recognisable styling cues. Also, there will still be Commercial versions for those after a workhorse. The longer 110 will arrive first, with the shorter 90 threedoor version following soon after. Four accessory packs and 170 individual accessories mean you can build your own bespoke Defender, exactly how you want it. Mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions will join the range soon. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel.

PORSCHE TAYCAN

Price: from £115,858

On sale: now Porsche has fully embraced battery power with this new Taycan, its first fully electric sports car. A four-door saloon, the Taycan initially comes in Turbo or Turbo S forms (indicating their power levels) with a marginally less powerful 4S model due later in the year. The immediacy of electric power combined with the Taycan’s fourwheel drive system means that its performance is at hypercar levels – the Turbo S covers the traditional 0-60mph sprint in only 2.8 seconds with a fully-charged range of 414km. Better yet, the Taycan handles beautifully and, despite the new technology, still feels like a Porsche, too. This year’s World Performance Car? We certainly wouldn’t bet against it.

VAUXHALL CORSA

Price: from £15,550

On sale: now The Vauxhall Corsa has been one of the UK’s favourite superminis since 1993 and this fifth-generation model looks set to cement that position. Smarter and sleeker than its predecessor, it packs more equipment and technology than ever, along with greater interior space. Crucially, just as with its Peugeot 208 sister car, for the first time you’ll be able to buy your baby Vauxhall as an electric version in the form of the Corsa-e. Its 50 kWh battery gives a 330km range on a full charge, meaning you can buy exactly the same car with a choice of petrol or diesel engines or an electric motor. If the Corsa isn’t shortlisted for next year’s World Car of the Year awards in the best Urban Car category, we’ll eat our fedoras.

KIA SOUL EV

Price: £33,795

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