It’s the end of the year so I thought I would pick out my favourite cars of 2014.
I will try to explain why I’ve chosen these in particular. My list is not about budget, practicality or anything sensible like that, though some of these cars would tick those boxes anyway.
More often than not it’s because there is something really interesting about this car that I like – it’s different, innovative or boldly doing something new to make itself stand out from the crowd.
So here are my favourite cars of 2014 in no particular order…
You can also watch my video blog which explains the reasons behind my choices.
I was a bit worried about the future of the supercar. I thought the pressure of the green movement might anaesthetise it a bit. But in fact it’s just made the supercar cooler and cutting edge and the BMW i8 is the ultimate embodiment of that. It’s got an amazing wedge shape, it harks back to the BMW supercars of yore. The fact that it can do amazing mpg means more smiles per mile. And it’s got awesome if severely impractical doors.
I love the gentle evolution of the classic TT styling. I would plug for the petrol model as always ‘cos a sexy beast like this just cannot have a diesel under the bonnet. If you want a diesel in this, go buy an A3 for God’s sake. The virtual cockpit is very cool too.
Citroen C4 Cactus
I’ve chosen the C4 Cactus because though it’s very odd-looking – some might say it’s a bit ugly – I really take my hat off to Citroen for bringing this car to market in this form. It’s so different to anything out on the road.
Volkswagen is so great at making cars that if I was going to buy an electric car in this era I would want Volkswagen to have made it. You just know it will be smart and easy to live with. Volkswagen engineers want to help you out in life – not build a car that will be the biggest mistake you ever made. Thankfully they have chosen one of their best loved models, the Golf, and not made it weird or odd, but just smartly turned it into an eco lovin’ hatchback.
I was excited about driving this car all year because I was curious about the rear wheel drive, rear engine layout in a city car. I applaud Renault for going against the grain and trying something different – though the results are more about practicality (roomier cabin and more manouvrability) than tyre squealing action. But I loved that little whirr of engine behind my ears. It’s cool to tell people your engine is in the boot. And the Twingo is cute as a button too. I was smiling the whole time I was driving this car. That’s why it’s one of my favourite cars of the year – and all for less than €15,000.