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Kia has kept it simple by offering just two trim levels – 2 and First Edition priced at £49 and £699 respectively when paired to the pick of the engines the 1.0 litre petrol which is a highlight.The diminultive three cylinder unit can boast 118bhp and enough pep to reach 62 mph in 9.9 seconds and a claimed economy of 56.5 miles per gallon.The success of the compact SUV such as the Nissan Juke and Audi Q2 has led to most every manufacturer adding one to their range.The Crossland X is the Meriva replacement, similar in size to the Mokka X with more of a MPV slant.The date they join the Scheme can depend on a number of factors and there are no hard and fast rules, but any delay is usually due to production scheduling. Mitsubishi already make two SUV’s, the ASX and the Outander, the Eclipse Cross is slightly larger than the ASX and slightly smaller than the platform sharing Outlander, if this seems strange it’s because the next generation ASX is to be smaller and the next Outlander to be larger, making a clearer differential within the stable.First impressions of the Eclipse Cross is that the front half is all Outlander and the rear half ASX with a spoiler, it can be a little odd looking from certain angles.The 445 litre boot is generous in this class and the high riding drive is perfect for those that like SUV’s but don’t need the size of the Tiguan.The T-Roc is very ‘on trend’ – two tone paint, colour dashboard and a 6.5 inch touchscreen (8 inch in higher spec models).
The grille and front lights have been reshaped and now appear less fussy.Powered by an all new 1.5 litre petrol engine producing 16o bhp, 0-62 mph in 10.3 seconds and economy of 42.8 mpg as a six speed manual.The automatic gearbox is a CVT, but it does have an ingenious 8 speed manual override which will require a test drive to see if it is to your liking. All cars get a 7 inch touchscreen with apple carplay and android auto (wired) with DAB radio and touchpad, cruise control and reversing camera, move up to level 3 for heated seats and 18 inch alloy wheels in place of the 16 inch and front and rear parking sensors and up to 4 for leather and a panoramic glass roof. The Stonic clearly shares a look with its Rio supermini sibling and from the front in particular has the appearance of a slightly raised hatchback rather than a full SUV.175kg lighter than the old car with a longer wheelbase offering improved cabin space.The Toyota Coupe High Rider (C-HR) with its angular design and hidden rear door handles is causing quite a stir.