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Honda CR-V diesel

Honda launches new range in 2014

Honda CR-V diesel (January)
The first car to be launched by Honda in Australia in 2014 is the CR-V diesel. The petrol version of this car has been available to buy for a while, but the Australian market has been crying out for a diesel during this time. So, Honda is going to cater to demand and offer the CR-V with a 2.2-litre diesel engine that will develop a tasty 110kW/350Nm.

Honda CR-V diesel

Honda Odyssey (February)
The all-new Honda Odyssey will be available to buy in February 2014 in the US and Australia. For the first time ever it will be available as an eight-seater, and there will be a variety of engines to choose from, most notable of which is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. A six-speed manual will come as standard in this car. You can expect to see plenty on the roads near you.

Honda City (Q2)
The Honda City is a very intriguing car. This is a small saloon that has been designed for town and city use. It has a short turning circle and Honda have refined the steering to be as sharp as possible so that darting in and out of traffic is easy. There will be Honda offers from Vertu Honda on the Honda City, and prices are expected to start from around $16,000 and go up to the low $20,000s.

Honda Jazz (mid 2014)
The latest generation Honda Jazz has collected plenty of awards, and in mid 2014 it will find its way into the showrooms of Australian dealerships. Powering regular Jazz models will be a 73kW/119Nm 1.3-litre four-cylinder and a 97kW/155Nm 1.5-litre. There will be a six-speed manual available as standard across the range or a 5-speed automatic.

Honda Vezel (late 2014)

Honda Vezel

The Honda Vezel will be Honda’s subcompact SUV in 2014. It will make its way over to the Australian market in late 2014, and it’s expected to sell quite well. There will be a few different engines available, the most notable being the company’s familiar 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol – it will be interesting to see how this engine pulls a car the size of the Vezel. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.

Honda Civic Type R
The Honda Civic Type R is one of the most hotly anticipated hot hatches of 2014. With the likes of the Ford Focus ST and latest Volkswagen Golf GTI taking in the sales, it’s going to have to be pretty sweet to sell. Thankfully, it looks as though it will be. It’ll be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that develops in excess of 280 bhp and 250 lb /ft of torque. That’s very different to the previous generation Type R, but it’ll be good – Honda have had enough time to refine it.
Vertu Honda Retford believe that this will be the hot hatch to beat in 2014.

2014 Renault Clio

The 2014 Renault Clio Review

The Renault Clio underwent a rather large transformation in 2012, ditching the previous shape completely in favour of all new looks. It goes without saying that the Clio has always been one of the best super minis money can buy, so does this latest model follow the trend?

2014 Renault Clio

Review

To look at, the Bristol Street Motors Renault Clio is rather gorgeous. In fact, it’s the best looking super mini money can buy right now, beating out the latest face lift Fiesta, Ibiza and ageing VW Polo. LED daytime running lights and Renault’s next-generation styling give the new Clio huge kerb appeal.
As always, the Clio range features a strong engine line up. The entry level 1.2-litre petrol unit is the same as the prior model, but there’s a revised 0.9-litre TCE unit and a 1.5 dCi. Topping the range is a potent 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that’s merged with a semi automatic gearbox in the RenaultSport.

Perhaps best of all is the 1.5 DCi engine, which will return a combined fuel economy of 80+mpg according to Renault and it also qualifies for FREE road tax. This is even better than a Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion, and it also ups that car on looks – as noted, the new Clio is in my opinion the best looking super mini money can buy right now.
On the move, you immediately notice just how grown up the new Clio feels. Despite all of the sporty looks and the modern interior that is designed to appeal to a younger crowd, comfort is exceptional and refinement at speed is really rather good. This feels more like a German super mini than a French one.
That being said, it lacks the fit and finish of, say, an Audi A1, but then again it costs way less – all in all, you feel like you are getting a lot of car.

The driving position is also great, and despite the cars low roofline, there’s good vision making it a top recommendation for first time drivers.
With prices starting from just £10,795, the Renault Clio is an affordable super mini. We recommend the 1.5 dCi Expression+ model which rolls in at £14,295. This model qualifies for free road tax and standard equipment includes cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth and split/fold seats.

Overall

There is a lot to like about the new Renault Clio, which merges stunning looks with a sporty drive. Choose your engine right, and you will also end up with a car that has free road tax and the potential to return mind-blowing economy figures. The interior may not be as high a quality as a VW Polo, but it firmly beats the German competitor in pound for pound fun. As such, the new Clio is highly recommended.