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Crossovers seem to be getting smaller as interest in them gets bigger. Take this Suzuki Ignis for example. It's just 3.7m long, so it's probably more accurate to call it a citycar-based Crossover, though one that has a very fashion-orientated remit.
Yes, there's a potent engine plumbed beneath the Audi S5 Coupe's bonnet, but the subtly aggressive bodywork only gives clues to those in the know. It's probably the closest thing Audi currently makes to the classic Quattro coupe that so defined the brand back in the 1980s, though today, the turbo engine has six cylinders rather than five. Oh, and 354PS....
Renault Sport has established quite a reputation for cracking sporty hatches. With a perky engine, beefed up driving dynamics and a whole heap of attitude, this hot Twingo GTshows that the French brand hasn't forgotten its younger customers.
For a certain kind of customer, the combination of the Audi badge and a pretty convertible bodyshape seems to be difficult to resist. We saw it with Princess Diana and her Audi Cabriolet in the early Nineties. Then with the huge success of the handsome A4 Cabriolet which dominated the executive drop-top sector in the early years of this century.
Beating the MINI is a thankless task but it's also the one that's been handed to the Alfa Romeo Mito. Alfa's effort has the design flair and the desirability and we're told that a further weapon up its sleeve lies with its two 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol engines. Their advanced technologies vary the combustion process to optimise economy and performance according to the driving conditions. The results are impressive.
If you accept that the main purpose of Audi's A5 coupe is to provide a welcome alternative to coupe versions of BMW's 4 Series and Mercedes' C-Class, then the importance of the affordable 190PS 2.0 TFSI variant we're looking at here can hardly be stressed highly enough. Previously, to get 150mph performance from an A5, you had to stretch to one of the pricey 'S5' variants. Now, not much more than £30,000 gets you behind the wheel of a surprisingly quick version of this car.