Most innovative cars Essay

We live in exciting times. Rarely a day goes by without a new technological breakthrough, even if few are actually reported by the media and thousands of advancements in medical and computer science will pass most of us by every year.

There’s one thing forever being developed for the better that we can relate to, though – the cars we drive every day. Innovation has always been a vital force in the vehicle industry and increasingly car companies can’t afford to sit back and watch rivals march ahead.

Here are some of the most innovative cars of recent years.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

The Hyundai is the first vehicle to be offered with a choice of all-electric, hybrid and, coming soon, plug-in hybrid propulsion. That means in hybrid and plug-in hybrid guises, it can be considered to be a true alternative to the Toyota Prius – albeit with more conservative styling. The Ioniq Electric - offers a real glimpse of a future where cars like this are the rule, not the exception. For making low-emissions vehicles truly relevant to all, the Hyundai Ioniq takes first place. It may even become ‘iconic’.

Toyota Mirai Saloon

Toyota is branching out to another potential future power source: hydrogen. The Mirai generates power for its electric motors by mixing hydrogen with oxygen and emits only harmless water vapour. Right now the technology is in its infancy and consequently extremely expensive. There is currently only a handful of hydrogen refuelling locations in the UK and hydrogen cars are unlikely to become truly popular until filling locations approach the ubiquity of petrol stations. However, the Mirai still gives a fascinating insight into the possible future of personal transport.

Volvo XC90 SUV

Volvo has always been a car safety pioneer, so it’s not surprising to hear that the firm’s flagship, the Volvo XC90 SUV is crammed full of safety equipment. The dashboard is dominated by a huge touchscreen panel that resembles a large iPad, which controls most of the car’s functions. It’s intuitive to use, too.

Tesla Model S Hatchback

Tesla’s first car was a Lotus Elise-based electric roadster and few could imagine that its second would be a large luxury hatchback with world-class design and epoch-defining performance. Previously, the concept of an electric car was at best unromantic, but Tesla created the Model S as a truly desirable machine; an opulent car that puts a host of otherworldly technology at your command.

Renault Twingo Hatchback

The Twingo was developed in partnership with Mercedes and is closely related to the Smart ForFour. While it’s a similar size to the Volkswagen up!, its layout couldn’t be more different – the Twingo places its 0.9 or 1.0-litre petrol engine right at the back, below the boot floor. This has a huge effect on interior space and gives the Twingo a uniquely roomy feel. It also lends it a very individual driving character, with the engine noise coming from behind your rear-seat passengers.

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