Best cars at the 2013 SMMT Test Day

The organisation’s annual test day sees many motoring journalists and bloggers from around the UK gather together at Millbrook where those invited can jump in and test many of the current and exciting cars currently on sale, including very recent arrivals.

The 2013 SMMT test day hosted recently featured many intriguing and current models for the UK to be sampled by some of the country’s top motoring journalists.

The test day included many models already available including recent arrivals at Perrys Dealerships nationwide where they can be ordered or arranged for a test drive.

Here is a selection of the best cars in attendance around the challenging and spectacular Milbrook roads for the 2013 SMMT test day. Each model features here is available for order at your nearest Perrys Dealerships.

Dacia Sandero

With prices ranging from just £5,995 to £9,795, the Dacia Sandero is currently by far the cheapest new car sold in Britain right now. Launched in the UK earlier this spring, the Sandero five-door hatchback offers 320 litres of boot space, three trim levels and three engines.

The engine options include a 1.2-litre petrol unit with 75bhp, a 0.9-litre petrol engine with 90bhp and a 1.5-litre diesel also with 90bhp.

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Fiat 500L

Another arrival to the UK during earlier this spring, the 500L is a compact but also spacious five-door MPV based on the retro-styled Fiat 500 city car.

Standard equipment for all variants of the Fiat 500L includes Bluetooth, cruise control and a radio which is operated via a five inch touchscreen. Prices for the Fiat 500L currently begin at £14,990.

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Ford Focus ST Estate

The performance-focused Focus ST Estate is driven by a 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 247bhp in total and connected to a six-speed manual gearbox.

This allows the five-door model to cover the 0-60mph sprint in 6.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 154mph. Pricing for the Ford Focus ST Estate currently starts from £23,095.

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Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The highly luxurious XF Sportbrake is an estate conversion of the five-door premium car. It offers a selection of engines including a 2.2-litre diesel and a range-topping 3.0-litre V6 developing 275bhp.

The spacious Jaguar XF Sportbrake also offers a 1675-litre load space with the rear seats folded and a luxury interior using leather, wood veneers and aluminium details. XF Sportbrake prices currently start at £31,940.

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Nissan Juke Nismo

Starting from £19,995, the recently launched Nissan Juke Nismo is a performance-enhanced version of the mini crossover SUV.

Boasting a new extra-aerodynamic body kit, 18″ alloy wheels and other distinct sporty styling touches, the Juke Nismo is an even more standout car in terms of styling.

Inside there’s a 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. The car can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 7.8 seconds, and is able to hit a top speed of 134mph.

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Range Rover

The new Range Rover launched during the start of 2013 is currently available at Perrys from £71,295.

The highly luxurious 4×4 SUV has been given a major design overhaul compared to the previous generation model, allowing it to achieve an even greater level of quality in both its performance and touch of class.

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Renault Clio

Another recently launched model for the UK market, the new-generation Renault Clio can be bought by Britain’s motorists from a starting price of £10,595.

The classy French supermini offers a selection of petrol and diesel engines, including a road tax-busting 1.5-litre dCi diesel unit.

The new 2013 Renault Clio also boasts a maximum five-star rating from the Euro NCAP crash tests.

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Peugeot 208 GTi

Available to order now from £18,895, this exciting new Peugeot hot hatch is a much anticipated vehicle which aims to replicate the success of the cult classic 205 GTi.

The 208 GTi uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 197bhp. This engine is linked to a six-speed manual transmission. With this set-up the car can sprint from 0-62mph in just 6.8 seconds.

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Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 has been a very popular choice as a convertible car for motorists in Britain. It has been updated once again for 2013, with changes including an update to the front grille, some other aerodynamic enhancements and a safer active ‘pop-up’ bonnet.

Standard equipment across the full Mazda MX-5 range includes climate control, electric windows and alloy wheels.

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Ford Fiesta ST

Another example of a very recently launched hot hatch, the Ford Fiesta ST is priced now from £16,995 and already boasts over 1,000 orders.

So far over 90 per cent of orders for the Fiesta ST have been for the range-topping ST2 trim, which sits above the ST1 model.

In either specification the car uses an 180bhp 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and it can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 6.9 seconds.

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Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro muscle car is still available for official imports to the UK, with prices starting at £35,025 for coupe models, and £40,285 for convertible versions.

A minor facelifted version of the current Camaro is expected to arrive sometime during 2014.

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Jaguar F-Type

Simply one of the most anticipated cars of 2013, the Jaguar F-Type is a fast all-new two-door convertible sports car.

Effectively serving as the spiritual successor to the legendary Jaguar E-Type, the F-Type is available for UK orders now, with prices starting at £58,520 for the 335bhp V6 specification.

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Renault Zoe

With the Government’s £5,000 plug-in grant in place the all-electric Renault Zoe is available in the UK for purchase now, starting at just £13,650.

First UK deliveries of the all-new Zoe are expected to begin on 7 June 2013. The hatchback uses an 88bhp electric motor and records a top speed of 84mph while the total travel range is projected at 130 miles.

As expected of an electric vehicle, absolutely no CO2 emissions are produced by the Zoe in use.

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Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster is a remarkably affordable SUV model which starts pricing at just £8,995.

With low prices as its main selling point, the Duster offers up to 1,513 litres of boot space and the choice of a 1.6-litre petrol engine or a 1.5-litre diesel unit. With either engine there are both two-wheel and four-wheel drive specifications of the Duster available.

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Vauxhall Cascada

This recently launched model is Vauxhall’s first full-size convertible in a long time, over seventy years in fact.

Starting prices at £23,995, the Cascada is being marketed as a more affordable alternative to other premium soft-top vehicles. The roof itself can be finished in one of three colours, and co-ordinated with one of ten bodyshell paint jobs. The Cascada’s loading space can range from 280 to 750 litres.

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