The Best New Cars for Christmas Shopping
The festive season is almost upon us, and soon enough it'll be time for Britain's motorists to do battle with hordes of other shoppers at retail park across the land.
But there are a few new cars out there that might be able to bring comfort in the logjam and make life in that car park just a little easier. Whether it's because they're easy to park, spacious, or just downright compact, they're the pick of the crop for Christmas shopping joy this year.Renault Captur
The Captur is Renault's entrant into the burgeoning compact MPV market, and it's a good one too. Interior plastics are a little cheap in places, but it's frugal, cheap to run, and has a huge boot. What's more, the rear seats slide forward and backward, offering plenty of flexibility, and its compact size and light steering mean it's easy to fit into tight parking spaces.
If you're after the ultimate in ease of parking, though, it simply has to be the VW Up. Its compact size makes it a doddle to nip through tight gaps and into the tiniest of parking spaces, and it's a full four-seater, too, so you can fit the kids in the back if you need to. That said, its size does mean it isn't the most spacious car here – but if your needs are city-based, or you only need room for two, it's the one to have.
Citroen C4 Picasso
Of course, if you need to tow two-point-four children around while you're on the Christmas shop, the latest Citroen C4 Picasso is a great bet. Its airy interior mean there's plenty of space for all, and the enormous boot means you'll be able to cart the shopping home with you too. Plus the rear seats slide and fold forward when not in use, giving you a brilliantly flexible load bay.
You won't find such cleverness in the Fiesta – but if you don't need it, the small Ford represents a great buy. It manages to offer plenty of space for all, as well as a decent boot, while still being compact and nimble enough to wheel around town without any trouble. Light, direct steering makes it a breeze to position in a tight parking bay, too. What's more, it's truly good fun to drive, and if you go for the characterful 1.0-litre turbo and you'll have an engine that's both perky and frugal.
But if all our other choices are a little mumsy for you, how's about this? The freshly-facelifted Skoda Yeti's interesting styling and 4x4-esque stance set it apart from the pack, but inside it offers all the flexibility of the best mini-MPVs, with seats that not only fold and tilt, but can also be removed completely. A sturdy interior means it's kid-proof, while an enormous, van-like load bay means you can fit not just the presents, but also the tree and all the trimmings in too!