New car reviews online: Honda HR-V and Audi Q7Plus a review of the dynamic Jaguar XE Prestige

30 April 2016

If a spacious interior is number one on your list of priorities for your next car, this selection of 4x4, crossover and saloon cars could be just what you're looking for.

Kicking off our newly-reviewed large car collection is the crossover SUV Honda HR-V, which may look familiar since it's based on one of the most popular cars with our members - the Honda Jazz. If it's a true 4x4 you're after the second generation Audi Q7, with its comfy and huge seven-seat interior, could be a front-runner.

If you want space but you'd rather not drive something halfway to a minibus cast your eye over the Jaguar XE. We've now tested two versions of one of the most talked about saloons on the market, this time looking at the Prestige spec. It should combine a high level of luxury with a truly engaging driving experience - and for less than £30,000.

Whether it's a two or seven seater, or has three doors or five, every car we rate is subject to our stringent lab tests. Whether in the lab or on the road we push cars to their limits to make sure our results are as useful and accurate as possible.

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Honda HR-V (2015-) new model

Sitting between the four-wheel drive Honda CR-V and the Jazz, the HR-V marks Honda's return to the world of compact SUVs. Despite being based on the Jazz, the HR-V's aesthetic has more in common with its 4x4 cousin and, despite being compact, it's not short of interior space.

The HR-V is pricey but there's plenty of tech to make you feel like you're getting your money's worth, like a seven-inch touchscreen centre console and autonomous emergency braking. 

Is the Honda HR-V more than a high-ride Jazz? Does it need to be? Find out in our Honda HR-V review.

Audi Q7 (2015-) - new model

The first-generation Audi Q7 was a long-lived SUV lasting eight years before its successor rolled around, bringing with it a range of improvements. Despite only being slightly smaller than the original, some clever contouring on the body makes the Q7 look slimmer but put the beefy 4x4 on some scales and you'll find a bigger change - the second-gen Q7 is a whopping 325kg lighter than the original.

Can the reduced weight, adaptive air suspension and range of auto-drive features net the Audi Q7 Best Buy status? Find out in our Audi Q7 review.

Jaguar XE 2.0d 180 (2015-) - tested model

With the X-type now a distant memory the Jaguar saloon resurgence continues with the two-litre diesel XE. The elegant chassis and smooth responsive drive are the big draws for the XE and the bump in horsepower up to 178 on this diesel model could be the kick it needs to compete with the established Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

Read our Jaguar XE 2.0d 180 review to see if Jaguar has made a world-beater.

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