Read the three magazine reviews below and
decide which word fits each gap best.
The NEW Mini
Four decades Alec Issigonis penned the original,
there's a new MINI, car designed with the fundamental principles of
its predecessor in mind, but with an eye very much to the 21st century.
Created a joint team of Rover and BMW designers and
engineers, but built at former Rover plant at Cowley in Oxfordshire,
the new MINI is as much a fashion accessory as a piece of transport. Of
course, it is a serious car well, for BMW's intention is to make the
new MINI a true baby BMW - which means class-leading build quality,
specification, design and desirability.
While it no obvious rivals (except perhaps other
fashion statements like the new VW Beetle) other manufacturers
still be keen see the effect baby BMW has on buyers. Most
importantly, they prepared to trade the space and utility offered by
practical superminis the Renault Clio, Fiat Punto and Volkswagen
Polo for style and pose value? And being a trend-setter demand any
Reliability and Quality
From the first glance you see that this car is a cut above
your average supermini. Of course, entry-level price is a
cut-above too, but you get what you for. Like a body two to
three times stiff as its rivals, which should mean no squeaks,
terrific detailing in items as the chromework, the door
handles and excellent exterior fit and finish. Inside, the Mini
almost opulent, with aluminium finishes, expensively
textured plastics and stylish seats. Even the boot attractively
trimmed. It feels well engineered, and is likely prove
robust and troublefree.
3 versions costing from £10,300 to £14,500.
Overall star rating (1-5)
Superb quality, desirability, safety features,
character - and great to drive.
Tight rear seating, awkward rear access, and small
A car that will make you smile. A hoot drive,
refined, practical (for two) and lavishly finished the price. A
bargain BMW for those want something different!
Jaguar X Type
The most affordable Jag -
Desirable cars, Jaguars, but they've always a bit
old-mannish and, good value, out of reach for of us
unless we're buying second-hand. The X-Type, , will change
all that. Jaguar has never made a car small before, nor this
affordable - not that £22,000 cheap, of course. It hopes
to attract new and younger buyers to the brand, is partly
why it has re-entered grand prix racing - Jaguar to present a
younger, more dynamic face to the world.
The X-Type is squarely aimed buyers of BMW 3-Series, Audi
A4s, Mercedes C-Classes, Alfa Romeo 156s and Volvo S60s. are
relatively few choices in the so-called compact executive saloon
market, and most of are German, so merely by dint of being
different, the X-Type is bound to attract buyers. But needs to
be good, too. Apart from looking a Jaguar, the X-Type's other
major asset is that it has four-wheel drive standard.
This Jaguar is the car for those want something rather
different to the usual executive car, and want to stand out
the crowd. And if that's you, you be diasappointed.
8 versions costing from £19,995
Overall star rating
Looks and feels a Jag, generally well
finished, entertaining four-wheel-drive handling, innovative
Limited range, minor quality glitches, engines
slightly unrefined, predictable styling.
Better than the S-Type, and the most entertaining
drive in class - despite some rough edges. Desirable.
Land Rover Range Rover
From the Savoy hotel to the Sahara, it
is ultimate off-roader
When BMW took over Land Rover, it decided
facelifting the Mk 2 in 2000 and replacing it 2007 - Land
Rover's original plan - was not good enough the world's most
prestigious four-wheel drive. And so all-new car was
commissioned, the car that you here. Although Land Rover is
now owned by Ford, BMW finished the job it started, delivering
Ford a car which it always intended would be best off-roader
in the world - better, even, its own X5.
The new Range Rover, says Land Rover, is intended not only to
be the world's most off-roader, but to be an entirely
credible luxury car too, machine to tempt chairmen out of their
BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Classes. It's bigger than before,
considerably sophisticated and, lovers of the breed will be
relieved hear, claimed to be vastly better built. Pleasingly,
prices start at the same level as they did the old car.
6 versions costing from £42,995
Overall star rating
Style, presence, tenacious off-road ability, fine
on-road manners, cabin quality, robustness - and sense
well-being it engenders.
Fuel consumption, especially of V8, fiddly
The Range Rover back on top the most