September is coming and if you love cars, it always means one thing: the introduction of a new license plate.
This time it’s the record ’72’ that comes to the fore. If you’re eager to get a new 72-plate car, there’s no shortage of options as a whole host of new metal hits the market just in time.
So whether you’re looking for petrol, hybrid or electric, here are 10 great new cars for the new 72 plate.
BMW 2 Series
One of the most enjoyable cars to drive BMW makes, the 2 Series Coupé is a hugely entertaining sports car, but also one that offers plenty of everyday usability and a high-quality interior.
Best thought of as a shrunken 4-series, BMW has kept the classic rear-wheel drive setup here, while there’s a host of engine options, including an efficient 220d diesel model that can get down to 60mpg. However, those who want the most thrills should look to the potent 369 horsepower M240i model.
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Jeep Compass 4xe
Jeep is really expanding its electric range, with most of the models it sells now including a hybrid element. One of the highlights is the Compass 4xe – a PHEV version of its mid-sized SUV.
It comes standard with four-wheel drive and is impressively proficient when it comes to off-road driving, while delivering more than enough speed with its range of up to 237 horsepower. Up to 30 miles of range can also be covered on electricity alone, allowing for some impressively low running costs.
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Ford Puma ST
Few manufacturers have managed to successfully create sporty crossovers that are truly fun to drive, but Ford has successfully worked its magic with the Puma ST. With the same 197 hp 1.5-litre petrol engine and underpinnings as the Fiesta ST, it’s a hugely entertaining choice behind the wheel.
All Puma STs also come with plenty of standard equipment, while retaining the same functionality as the standard Puma – meaning you have a large boot with plenty of under-floor storage.
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The Spanish performance brand Cupra is finding its way well and the sales of this company are growing rapidly. The latest addition to his line-up is the Born – his first electric car, which uses the Volkswagen ID.3 as its base.
With a sportier driving experience and a sharper, more aggressive look than the VW, it is arguably the better car. With generous trim levels, plenty of tech included and a range of up to 340 miles, there’s plenty to enjoy on the Born.
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It took a long time for Nissan to follow up on its groundbreaking electric Leaf, but that car is just getting started at the dealerships – the Ariya. This model, a new electric SUV, offers a very luxurious interior and an impressive range of new technology for Nissan.
Available with a choice of two battery sizes – 63 kWh and 87 kWh – the larger version can travel up to 529 miles on a charge. The Ariya is also great to drive and a practical choice that would be a great choice for families.
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While the Mini Electric may be a few years old, this is still a fantastic EV, especially for those who don’t need long range. With a powerful electric motor, it is very lively and one of the most fun EVs to drive on the market.
Like the regular Mini Hatch 3dr on which it is based, the Electric also has a very luxurious interior for a small car, while offering an impressive level of style and personalization across the range.
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Skoda’s latest generation Fabia has really taken the game further and this is without a doubt one of the most complete small cars on the market. With a particularly spacious interior for a small car, the Fabia’s 380 liters of boot space outshine many cars in the class above.
This latest Skoda is also more stylish than its predecessor, while the interior also gets more technology. The Fabia represents good value for money and is a great new car to get on the 72 plate.
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Hyundai IONIQ 5
One of the funkiest EVs on the market today, the IONIQ 5 is a truly eye-catching model that looks like no other car on the market. Great to drive and packed with technology, it’s easy to see why this Hyundai has proved popular in a short space of time.
Customers can choose from a variety of powertrains, with performance models that can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just five seconds. Or if range is more important, the IONIQ 5 can travel up to 315 miles on a charge.
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Toyota Yaris Cross
The compact crossover class is one of the most contentious segments out there, and a car really needs to stand out if it’s to impress. Toyota’s recently introduced Yaris Cross does just that, with the main highlight being the fantastic hybrid powertrain that can return up to 64mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 100g/km.
It also offers a very practical interior, while the elevated driving position appeals to those who want to sit higher behind the wheel.
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Alfa Romeo Tonale
A new Alfa Romeo is not that common and we have been waiting for the Tonale for a while. But in September it will finally arrive at dealers as the new, more compact SUV from the Italian brand, which sits below the Stelvio.
Representing a step forward in technology, the Tonale also features Alfa’s signature stunning styling that helps it stand out from competitors such as the Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLA. Launching with a mild-hybrid setup, the lineup will soon be expanded to include a plug-in hybrid.
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