Weekly round-up: 2017 Ford Fiesta, top five ultra-low emission vehicles and we have a closer look at the new Tiguan

After Road Safety Week and the Autumn Statement announcement last week, it���s been somewhat quieter at our news desk over the last seven days. However, the automotive world has been as busy as ever, with somewhat of a supermini extravanganza…

From top left clockwise: Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW i3, 2017 Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Arteon.

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Superminis on show

Without a doubt, the biggest story of the last week comes from Ford that revealed its all-new Fiesta for 2017. While its unweaning popularity would suggest otherwise, the current generation was well overdue an update and, with four stylish new looks to choose from, customers will be spoilt for choice.

The rework extends well beyond the exterior though, with an all-new cabin featuring much improved materials and a new infotainment interface. While no engine line-up has yet been confirmed, we know an improved version of Ford’s excellent EcoBoost 1.0-litre petrol engine will feature, while a new 1.5-litre turbo diesel will be the most frugal in the range.

The new Ford Fiesta will be available in four distinct versions when it hits the road next year.

Ford won’t have the market to itself next year however, with a number of other small hatchbacks making their way onto the market too. Nissan this week announced pricing for the all-new Micra, and it couldn’t be more different from its forebear if it tried.

From what we’ve seen so far, the new Micra really could be the car to take on the Fiesta. Taking its swoopy design cues from the company’s more popular models like the Qashqai and Juke, it’ll also feature a tiny three-cylinder turbo charged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel, just like its main rival.

The upcoming Micra marks a big departure from the current generation, with an all-new platform as well as an all new look.

If you can’t wait until next year though, how about a Hyundai i10? The Korean company has just given it a refresh to bring it in line with its latest cars like the new i30. A facelifted front end and new infotainment tech features, along with several active safety features.

Latest Euro NCAP results are in

If safety’s on the top of your priority list however, the latest results from the boffins at Euro NCAP are always worth a look. They use an easy-to-understand points system to evaluate a car’s performance in a crash. Their latest batch saw top marks going to the Audi Q2, Ford Edge and the hybrid Hyundai Ioniq.

The Q2, Ioniq and Edge all get five stars from Euro NCAP in standard form.

On the subject of hybrids, it’s very possible the upcoming Volkswagen Arteon saloon will feature an efficient 1.4-litre– electric motor combo, similar to that in the Passat GTE. With low-slung styling and a fastback rear end, Volkswagen will be eyeing up the likes of the Audi A7 and Mercedes CLS when it comes to the market next year.

The sloping design might look great, but if you’re after a Volkswagen that’s a little more capacious how about the new Tiguan SUV? We already brought you the review back in July, but we were so taken with it we just had to have a closer look. Here’s five things you need to know about Volkswagen’s latest SUV...

Five things you need to know about the Volkswagen Tiguan...

It’s unlikely most people will require a roomier vehicle than something like the Tiguan but, just in case you that unlikely person, how about Volkswagen’s Amarok pick-up?  It’s just been updated, and now gets even more torque courtesy of a 3.0-litre V6 diesel.

All-electric future?

That said, we’re being told more and more that it is electric and hybrid powertrains that’ll be the future. With ever tightening emission controls, several cities are even considering banning diesel and high-polluting vehicles from their roads.

Are we in for an all-electric future?

Further confirmation of electric power’s increasing uptake is the fact that several major manufacturers have announced they will collaborate to create a Pan-European fast-charge network on major routes.

With that in mind, maybe it’s time to jump the gun and get an ultra-low emissions vehicle as your next car? We had a peruse of the best on offer and chose our top five ULEVs you can lease…

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