If you’re going to preview a hot hatch, you might as well go a bit wild. And wild is exactly what Hyundai did with its RN30 concept. Okay, so the i30N that will make production will be milder, but as a flag in the ground of what Hyundai can do, the RN30 does the job perfectly. The good news is, if the i30N does well, an even hotter version could be built.
While the all-new Honda Civic has been upstaged somewhat by the unveiling of the Type R version, my pick of the show is the standard hatchback. The previous model had an awkward look, but this all- new model is a big improvement. The 478-litre boot and spacious interior are impressive given the sporty looks, and I can’t wait to find out how it drives.
Motor show concepts might attract the attention, but production cars such as the new Peugeot 3008 are what will make buyers part with their cash – and with this new crossover there’s good reason to. The old car’s dumpy looks are out and in comes a stylish SUV-like body. The interior is a big step on, too. Nissan’s Qashqai had better watch out.
Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster
At a show dominated by Evs and wacky concepts, Mercedes-AMG’s GT Roadster was the perfect antidote. It’s a drop-top version of one of the most stylish cars on sale. In fact, the GT is one of those rare models that looks better as a roadster than a coupé. The designers can be proud.
MINI JCW Clubman
We scooped news of a new JCW Clubman last year, revealing details on the 4WD powertrain and 2.0-litre turbo engine. The production car debuted in Paris, and while it doesn’t have a Ford Focus R5- rivalling 350bhp, the estate will still do 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds. As a MINI it’ll be suitably agile – so despite trailing on power, it should be a riot. I can’t wait.
Land Rover Discovery
If the purpose of a motor show is to get people talking about your cars, then the Discovery certainly delivered for Land Rover. Is it too posh? Is it too similar to the Range Rover? Is it too expensive? Everyone had something to say about the Disco, but for my money it is an extremely well executed addition to an increasingly impressive range.