Car talk

Ryan Borroff
Honda recognises the need for speed with its latest CR-Z Hybrid
Honda’s latest CR-Z Hybrid will cost from £20,550 OTR when it goes on sale in January. Improvements to the car’s hybrid powertrain sees power go up to 135bhp. The 0-62mph sprint time is reduced from 10 seconds to 9.1 seconds and the top speed is 124mph. The car will even come with a Sport Plus (S+) boost system. Press the button and an electric boost kicks in to increase acceleration for 10 seconds.

The new Fiat 500L is spacious and comes with a string of gizmos
If you've long admired the looks of the Fiat 500 but it's not roomy enough for your needs, then Fiat's new 500L mini-MPV might be what you're looking for. Aimed at young families, customisation options include Beats by Dr Dre audio speakers and even a Lavazza on-board coffee machine. L stands for 'large', unsurprisingly and prices start from £14,990 OTR.

Toyota has enhanced its compact MPV in a big way
Toyota’s Verso compact MPV goes on sale early in the New Year and it’s worth looking into. The car has an array of styling improvements to give it a stronger identity including new lights, grille, interiors and engine enhancements. Even the entry level version comes with fog lights, air conditioning, electric front windows and a hill-start assist system. OTR prices start from £17,495.