Published: 06 Nov 2018

2018 Top 5 Motor Trends

With the 68’ reg having been and gone we have seen our share of facelifts and brand-new models, but what has been the most popular bandwagon of 2018 and what will manage to stick around until our 2019 release? See our overview of 2018’s top motor trends!

The Crossover

The crossover is becoming increasingly more popular over the past year with almost all manufacturers competing or at least planning to expand on their current range. This particular style of vehicle seems to promote to a larger audience than other larger models due to the more luxury and expensive styling, of course lacking the price tag of an SUV or larger 4X4. Most of these vehicles now come with the new, all-wheel drive which is now a competing option with 4X4, offering different modes for different terrain and weather conditions.

The Crossover range varies depending on the manufacturer with differences in size, style and price. The more popular models are made by the likes of SEAT featuring the SEAT Arona, costing you just short of £20,000 in more basic models and the KIA Sportage at a very similar budget but let’s not forget the Mazda CX-3 if you’re looking for something a little sleeker coming in at a similar price tag of both the Mazda and KIA crossover at around £19,000! These vehicles have increased in popularity this past year with other manufacturers catching on.

Ford has recently released the ‘Active range’ which is available in the KA+ Active and the Fiesta Active, however, they recently spoke out about the development of a Focus Active too. The Active range is, in plain sight, a slightly higher set vehicle with exterior extras to compete with the Crossover style, however, Ford does offer other Small SUV’s like the KUGA and EcoSport.

The crossover is predicted to carry its reign well into 2019 with more models to be released and others to undergo facelifts and specification changes.

Driver Convenience

This year has seen a fast development over driver convenience packs and autonomous driving, with vehicles becoming more and more independent. While this trend began with simpler features like folding wing mirrors and parking sensors, we now see vehicles with impressive add-ons such as park-assist (self-parking options) adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The development of the on-board computer has given us more independent vehicles, needing less input from the driver.

Other aspects of the driver convenience include key-less entry, lane and front assist as well as electric tailgates! Now, of course, these features are subject to each manufacturer and their models, but more and more vehicles are seeing the addition of such technology.

These features also pose the question of, how much longer will we be behind the wheel of our cars? As self-driving vehicles are becoming more of a reality.

Understanding technology like this can seem daunting when choosing a new vehicle so why not check out our Technology pages on Ford, SEAT, Kia and Mazda for more information!

Pop of Colour

Of course, the most purchased car colour of 2018 is silver and Black but 2018 has seen the launch of some more unusual colours, branching away from beige and natural tones.

2018 has seen the increase in more bright and vibrant shades like Ford’s Desert island blue to Tangerine Scream and SEAT’s Eclipse Orange, although the neutral tones will probably always see the top of the charts at least those who want a more daring shade for their motor have the option.

We have also seen the rise of the two-tone trend, especially with the SEAT and their Arona model. The Arona range features a variety of colours with the option of the stylish black roof.

Hybrid

2018 may see the most Hybrid vehicles on the roads, with more being developed daily. A hybrid is essentially a vehicle that combines a petrol engine as well as an electoral motor both of which can propel the car.

This year we have seen the launch of the Ford Mondeo HEV – hybrid as well as another Kia Optima, the popularity of electrical hybrids is increasing due to the money-saving prospects as well as other advantages like weight savings, cleaner energy and regenerative braking.

However, all cars come with their cons, hybrid vehicles need more maintenance which may not seem economical alongside the sometimes-hefty price tag, another point being these vehicles are built for economy, not speed so performance can be an issue. So, if you’re looking for something low-maintenance on the faster side an electrical hybrid might not be the best choice for you.

They may lack in power but let’s remember these vehicles home a smaller engine as it doesn’t have to rely on the engine alone, having the electrical motor to fall back on increases efficiency and impacts the weight of the vehicle, making it lighter and easier to Manoeuvre.

Smaller engines bigger cars

Keeping with the theme of engines the modified 1.0L has been around for quite some time now, however, has not been quite as popular as it is at the moment. The added turbo ensures the engine has enough power to pull considerably larger vehicles, examples being the Ford Focus EcoBoost, SEAT Ibiza and the KIA Ceed.

This reduces the carbon footprint of the vehicle as well as fuel costings but this option reduces the bhp of the vehicle in comparison to other models in 1.4 or 1.6 engines.

In the time it is likely that most vehicles will feature a smaller engine whether it be paired with a turbo or a hybrid. We can see the economical pros displayed with these options but will we always offer the larger engine options for those who prefer it?


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