Are premium cars and SUVs all they're cracked up to be, or are you just paying over-the-odds for the brand name? This month, we review a whole range of upmarket motors, including both small and large SUVs, as well as a 'sporty' saloon and four-door coupe. Find out which perform the best, and fail to stand out from the crowd.
First up, we've reviewed two compact SUVs - for those who love a high ride height and offroad looks, but don't want a bulky motor that's difficult to park. But is it worth paying £10,000 more on the BMW X1, or is the Vauxhall Crossland X a great money-saver? Our experts give their verdict.
Meanwhile, if you need a seven-seater SUV, the Lexus RX-L Hybrid looks like a modern and luxurious choice. But can a car this big really be great to drive? We take it for a spin to find out.
If you love coupe looks with a sweeping roofline, but want four-door practicality, the Audi A7 Sportback could be the choice for you. Provided, that is, it lives up to expectations, rather than being overpriced.
The Volvo S60, which Volvo calls a sports saloon, looks like a cheaper and practical alternative. Discover if it's worth a look.
Find out what we thought of all of these cars through the links below.
The BMW X1 is the German car manufacturer's smallest model in its 'X' range of SUVs. This latest generation X1 sports more overtly off-road looks than its tamer-looking predecessor.
A six-speed manual is standard on cheaper versions, with an automatic gearbox available as an option.
It looks like it might be ideal for city use, with its scaled-down SUV approach and high driving position. Plus its premium-styled, spacious interior aims to set it apart from cheaper rivals.
launched the Crossland X compact SUV into a packed market - so does the Crossland X have anything to offer above its rivals? The price certainly looks attractive compared with the X1, but it's actually slightly above the starting price of direct rivals such as the .
The Crossland X is the third SUV in Vauxhall's range. It's priced below the similarly-sized and larger . Although the Crossland X is targeted at a more mainstream crowd than the more adventurous Mokka X, which has a 4×4 option.
There's a wide range of trim levels to choose from. All come with alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control and Vauxhall's OnStar and IntelliLink communication system as standard.
Go for the mid-range Techline Nav trim to add front and rear parking sensors, and touchscreen navigation.
If you need an SUV with bags of space for people and luggage, this brand-new hybrid Lexus RX-L could be just the ticket. It's the seven-seat version of the brand's luxury , aimed at increasing the SUV's appeal to families.
The dimensions are largely the same as the RX - you'd have to park them next to each other to notice the elongated rear bodywork to fit in the extra seats.
The Lexus RX-L is exclusively available as a petrol-hybrid, powered by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and two electric motors for a combined power output of 313hp.
The Audi A7 is a slightly odd concoction - it's aimed at those who love the sporty looks of a coupe, but need the practicality of a four-door saloon.
It's packed with tech, with the entry Sport trim offering 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, and LED lights all around. Plus Audi's MMI Navigation Plus including a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, wireless charging pad for compatible mobile phones and more.
However, this certainly isn't a cheap car, and you'll have to pay more if you want even more gizmos.
However, the Volvo S60 is something different.
In addition to Volvo's new hallmark luxury, the Swedish firm's given the S60 a sporty twist and claims a dynamic drive.
From launch there's only a single 250hp T5 petrol engine with front wheel drive, but this is soon to be joined by a T8 hybrid engine with a combined power of 390hp, and a performance 'Polestar Engineered' version with 405hp.
Both the latter choices promise 0-62mph in less than five seconds and come with all-wheel drive.
This will be the first Volvo ever to not have a diesel engine option.
Every car we review is subjected to hundreds of tests in our lab and on the road. Our thorough lab and road tests allow us to assess all the most important aspects of a car - ranging from how it handles to how accurate (or not) manufacturer fuel efficiency or electric car range claims really are.