Forget the supercars and concepts! Here are my picks of the best ordinary cars from the 2016 Paris Motor Show. These six will be arriving in Ireland over the coming months and into 2017.
One of my stars of this year’s show, Suzuki has given new life to the Ignis name in the form of a new compact crossover. The Ignis will be arriving in Ireland in early 2017 and has a cute and quirky presence. Customisation will be a key feature with the option of two tone colour schemes (with a black roof) and accent colours in the cabin. Four wheel drive will be available and power will come from a 1.2-litre petrol engine.
There was a big surprise on the Nissan stand with the unveiling of Generation 5 of the long standing Micra. For the first time the Nissan Micra is a cool and edgy affair, and some of the cars on display sported daring colours and youthful colour accents. The interior design and quality looks a huge step forward for the supermini. At launch, the car will offer the choice of a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel, both developing 90hp. The range will be joined soon after by a naturally aspirated 73hp 1.0-litre petrol engine.
Citroen released photos of the new C3 a few months ago but this was the first time to see it in the metal and this will really be one to watch. This car looks far better in reality and is something refreshingly different in this segment with crossover inspired styling. A look inside reveals a smart interior with stylish colour accents and neat design details.
This was the first time for us to explore the new 3008 SUV in the metal and it looks really promising. Peugeot have been talking a lot about a move upmarket, and the 3008 looks like a really well polished vehicle with crisp styling and a stunning cabin based around Peugeot’s next generation of the i-Cockpit. This will be an interesting entrant to the C-segment SUV market when it arrives in Ireland in December.
Skoda has been leading an epic build up campaign to the Kodiaq. Photos of the new seven seater were released a few weeks ago but this was my first time to look around the car. Interior space is exceptionally good, even in the third row, while there is decent cargo space with the third row of seats in place. The interior quality seems really good too and on the outside the Kodiaq has the same premium look as the new Skoda Superb. Bound to be a hit if the pricing is good.
The Honda Civic has matured and is looking more ‘normal’ now than it has since the mid-Noughties, which should mean that there will be less of a Marmite reaction to the car. The Civic has always been a fine car but did it always get the attention it deserved? Less polemic styling should certainly help. New turbo petrol engines are promised too so the engine line up should be competitive to what else is knocking about in this segment. Cabin space seems generous too.