Even cars, which aren’t class leaders tend to go about their business really well, just that, because they’re not quite perfect, they don’t get a look in some cars really deserve more love than they get, though. So this video is for the under appreciated the undervalued, the underrated new cars on sale today, but before we get into our top 10, make sure that you’re subscribed to the auto express channel to keep up with the latest car news and reviews in 10th place. We kick off with the jaguar xf it’s, so easy for midsize saloon buyers to just trudge down to their nearest premium dealer and buy an audi a6 bmw, 5 series or mercedes e class, and we don’t blame them. They’Re all great cars in their own right. But so is the xf, from an enthusiast point of view, it’s brilliant to drive there’s a range of new mild, hybrid powertrains and while jaguar’s latest infotainment tech is right up there with the best of them and then there’s those looks. Is there a more handsome four door on sale today, but not every underrated car has to be super posh or even that exciting. As the vauxhall astra proves, it was once a regular at the top of the uk sales charts year after year, but cheap pcp deals for premium hatches like the merc, a class and the bmw one series the rise of the suv, the fact that traditional competition, like The ford focus is just so good.
The astra has dropped down the order it may be getting on a bit now. But if you’re after a sensible family hatch, then the astra is tough to fault it’s, tidy to drive there’s a decent choice of engine and trim levels and it’s cheap to buy. There are a few too many segments where lexus doesn’t quite compete with the typical german execs, sometimes it’s justified, but the lexus ux deserves far more credit against its rivals. Aside from the stunning lc coupe, a the ux is the best car the lexus makes by far. Indeed, there’s only two weak points, a fiddly infotainment system and a tiny boot look past those floors and there’s a fancy crossover with a gorgeous cabin that’s, brilliantly frugal on fuel and it’s, not half bad, to drive either. Then, of course, there’s a fact that it will never go wrong, and even if it does, the dealers are the best in the business with so much buzz around stylish small evs, like the honda e and the mini electric, it seems like the little volkswagen e up Gets rather forgotten, while the others go heavy on the style and complexity, to justify a very unsuper mini asking price. The vw keeps things simple and it’s much more affordable. As a result, compact dimensions make it perfect for city driving and performance is much more lively than you’d expect from a car with 82 brake horsepower. It’Ll do 161 miles on a single charge too, which is plenty for the sort of journeys it’ll be used for now.
I know what you’re thinking, why is the julia in this list? Everyone always says what a great car it is to drive, that it looks really handsome and that the hot quadrifolia model is just a phenomenal sport saloon. But the julia makes it in because it’s pretty good in a way that you probably didn’t, expect the fact is owners love life with their julia’s in our 2018 auto express driver power, satisfaction survey, the julia came third overall. Finally, alfa romeo’s made a car. That is not only great to look at and to drive, but isn’t the hardship to live with every day. Citroen is at its best when it goes full quirky and we know that’s not for everyone and that’s cool, but daring to be a little individual deserves respect, and it just makes cars like this c4 cactus, even more appealing for those who want to stand out. While the c5 air crosses over’s worthy mention too it’s a c4 that shows citron at its best, instead of the sharp aggressive looks of rivals, it takes a softer, less threatening shape on the road, rather than needlessly stiff suspension. The cactus comforts its drivers with a pillowy soft ride and its sofa like seats feel like they’re, giving you a little hug it’s, also free of unnecessary gizmos, which makes it light. So even the modest engine lineup gives great performance and brilliant fuel economy. In reality, we could have picked pretty much any master for this underrated list other than the mx 5, which is pretty much the only car they make which gets the credit it deserves.
But the fact is this: if you’re driving enthusiasts – and you want something sensible for family life, then the mazda is pretty much. Your best bet we’ve singled out the cx30, because it really does just feel like a tall 5c mx5 to drive. There are quicker cars in the class and there are some that feel even sportier, but the cx 30 has beautiful control weights, a ready engine and a sweet balance between ride and handling. Not only that, but the cx30 is one of the safest cars ever tested by euro end cap badge snobbery certainly weighs heavily in the minds of most supercar buyers, which plays a big part in the honda nsx failing to get the credit. It really deserves this hybrid supercar shown here with the american akura badging offers ferocious acceleration and huge grip from its four wheel drive system, and it looks like nothing else on the road it’ll even run in pure electric mode, in short, bursts, which just makes the transition To full bore 573 brake horsepower madness even more exciting mercedes e class coupe and cabriolet fall into a bit of a no man’s land in a new car market. They don’t really have any direct rival below sits a range of two doors like the bmw, 4 series and mercedes own c class. While super posh stuff, like the bmw 8 series, sits above as a result, it kind of doesn’t really get talked about, but here’s the thing the e class gives 99 of the performance, comfort and sense of occasion as those really fancy two doors, but it costs far Far less, if you want the car that doesn’t shout too much but offers hot hatch light, speed, amazing, refinement and 40 miles to the gallon, get the 400 diesel coupe it’s a brilliant machine, but the most underrated car on sale today has to be this: the peugeot 308 gti in isolation, the 308 gti is a brilliant all around hot hatchback.
It looks great without being too shouty. It’S got a cracking chassis and the 1.6 turbo engine is one of the sweetest revvy engines of any of the current crop of hot hatches it’s. Even pretty relaxing to use every day, there’s, just one problem well about five or six really the torii gti has so many rivals, and all of them are just so good.