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Peugeot 2008 BlueHDi 120

Peugeot's improved 2008 is a small Crossover that offers an arguably more sophisticated take on the kind of little urban SUV-style design popularised by cars like Nissan's Juke. Supermini-based, it offers all the advantages of that compact runabout you were thinking of, together with the kind of added space, style and light off road driveability you probably never expected to be able to enjoy on a small car budget. Here, we try the top diesel version, the BlueHDi 120.


Alfa Romeo Mito 1.3 JTDM-2

Cars that are smaller and more efficient can also be more desirable. Alfa Romeo hopes proof can come in the form of this Mito model, a supermini-sized sporty small hatch. Aimed at the MINI but offering a little more high street wow factor, this Italian alternative is attracting a loyal following. To understand why, we've been taking a look at the now more efficient 1.3-litre JTDM-2 Multijet diesel variant.


Nissan Micra - Preview

Here's a very different-looking Nissan Micra. If like many of us, you'd always seen this model line as a rather boring, predictable choice in the supermini segment, it's probably time to revise those opinions. This 'Gen5' version is better in virtually every way - as Jonathan Crouch discovers.


Mazda MX-5 RF

It would have been incredibly easy for Mazda to ruin the MX-5 by putting a folding hard top roof on it. Just as well then that instead of rushing this concept to market, the Japanese company did a proper job on this car. It's not just an MX-5 with a different roof. Mazda have managed to imbue the RF derivative with a more mature feel without losing the fun factor.


Toyota Proace

When it comes to vans, Toyota's speciality has always been the medium-sized market it's targeted with its Hiace model ever since the Seventies - but never really cracked. Things are changing though, as the brand gets more serious with business buyers thanks to a technology-sharing deal with PSA Peugeot Citroen. The second product of that partnership is this, the MK2 model Proace van. On paper at least, it seems to have much to offer if you're looking for a versatile medium range Transit Custom or Vivaro-class van.


Audi Q5

Audi's understated Q5 continues its subtle conquest of the premium compact SUV sector. This second generation model gets a range of more efficient engines and even more car-like driving dynamics that are great on tarmac and are even pretty effective for light off road use. There's loads of advanced technology and a beautifully practical interior crafted in Audi's own inimitable style. In short, if you can afford it, you'd like one.