Geneva motor show 2017 - our star cars
The all-new Range Rover Velar, the next Honda Civic Type R and a plug-in hybrid Mini Countryman - here's everything you need to know about the cars on display at the Geneva motor show...
The annual Geneva motor show is one of the biggest dates in the automotive calendar. That's because while there are other motor shows scattered throughout the year, Geneva places a focus on European car makers - and that means showcasing the new cars you'll be able to buy in the coming months.
With so many new cars on display, we've created this round-up to bring you the very best from the show floor. Read on to find out all you need to know about the star cars of the Geneva motor show.
Geneva motor show 2017 – all the star cars
The Renault-owned Alpine brand is back with its new A110 sports car, which will arrive in the UK early next year. Order books for the the mid-engined Porsche Cayman rival are open now, with prices estimated at around £50,000. The A110 is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol engine developing 247bhp and 236lb ft of torque. Although Alpine has withheld some performance figures, it has confirmed the A110 will cover 0-62mph in 4.5sec, eclipsing both the 718 Cayman’s 5.1sec and 718 Cayman S’s 4.6sec.
BMW is taking the fight to the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé with this revitalised 4 Series. Updates to the car's interior and exterior styling are very light, but the big news is that the car's iDrive infotainment and sat-nav system has been overhauled to make its appearance similar to that of the larger BMW 5 Series, our 2017 Car of the Year. The facelifted 4 Series will go on sale in April, costing from £32,525, making it more expensive than both of its main rivals.
It's a safe bet that this latest 5 Series Touring is going to be good - it is, after all, based on our current Car of the Year. This 5 Series estate is longer, taller and wider than its predecessor, and has a bigger boot, giving plenty of space for your luggage. There's also more space inside for people, and the interior has an upmarket air. Four engines will be offered from launch, but the pick for most buyers is likely to be the same 520d which we recommend in the saloon. The 5 Series Touring will cost from £38,385.
See more of the BMW 5 Series saloon in our video below.
Look just under the surface of Citroën's C-Aircross concept car and you'll see the next C3 Picasso MPV. Like Citroën's C4 Cactus and C3 hatchback, the next C3 Picasso will receive chunky styling including the French brand's plastic Airbump door protectors. The C-Aircross's interior is more of a dive into the future, and includes a large head-up display instead of traditional instrument dials. When the new C3 Picasso goes on sale towards the end of this year, we expect it to cost from around £17,500.