Top tests 2007 - specifications
- 1IntroductionWe put the best cars head-to-head each week. Here we look back at the highlights of the year...
- 2Hot HatchesWith a hot hatch group test to blow away the post-Christmas blues, it was an exciting start to 2007 for the Auto Express road test team. we picked our best contender
- 3Economy carsAs the most important car that the Korean manufacturer has ever produced, the Kia Cee'd means business, so we drove two rivals to meet the top-spec 1.6-litre CRDi LS head-on.
- 4Soft roadersIt’s always exciting when a manufacturer claims its new car is unique. But if it doesn’t fit into traditional class boundaries, what do you test it against?
- 5CabrioletsThe Focus CC, despite being designed in partnership with Italian styling house Pininfarina, simply isn’t that good-looking, but that didn't affect our decision
- 6Family saloonsSummer saw the arrival of Ford’s brand new Mondeo. We covered more than 2,500 miles in our four cars and spent three days putting the new family model to the test against its key competitors before reaching our verdict.
- 7SupercarsThe Audi R8 turned more heads than a Wimbledon tennis match on our test route, but how did it stack up to its rivals?
- 8EstatesOne question that had been on everyone’s lips was finally answered at the end of the year. How practical is the new MINI Clubman? We found out if it was better than its chief rivals.
- 9HatchbacksWith half a million sold worldwide, the 307 was such a massive hit for Peugeot that it decided on a low-risk strategy for its replacement. But did it beat the competition?
- 10SuperminisIt still hasn’t gone on sale in the UK but the Fiat 500 was undoubtedly the most eagerly anticipated car to be launched in 2007. How did it fare in our test?
- 11Performance carsOne of the most high-powered showdowns of the year took place in the autumn. A test which compared four of the best performance cars on the market.
- 12Compact SUVsLand Rover set the ball rolling with its new Freelander late in 2006, when the compact SUV instantly became our top-rated model in the class. But this summer Japanese firm Nissan hit back with its second-generation X-Trail.
- 13Full-size SUVsWhen it first appeared in 1999, the BMW X5 quickly established itself as the sector benchmark, helping to kick-start the popularity of full-size SUVs. Does it still reign supreme?
- 14Facts and figures - currently reading