Representing 15 vehicle manufacturers across Dorset and Wiltshire, the Westover Group, which is part of the UK’s largest network of motor dealerships, has revealed which cars from the brands it oversees have proved popular with the region’s car buyers during the first six months of 2019.

In alphabetical order of brand, listed are details of the most popular car purchases at a Westover Group dealership from January to June this year:

Abarth 595 Competizione – this car pushes performance to the limit and is powered by a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 178bhp and 250Nm of torque. It sprints from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds, while the top speed stands at 140mph.

Alfa Romeo Giulia – voted number three in the Auto Express Driver Power survey of the top 10 of the best new cars to own in 2019. This car offers a mix of gorgeous looks, fun handling and impressive running costs.

Dacia Duster – winner of the 2019 Auto Trader Best Value New Car award as well as the WhatCar? 2019 Best Family SUV car for less than £18,000 award. For ultimate fuel efficiency, the Dacia Duster Blue dCi 115 diesel engine offers an impressive 64.2 mpg and CO2 emissions of only 115g/km​.

Fiat 500 – choose between a 1.2-litre 69bhp engine, or the 0.9-litre Twinair with either 85bhp or 105bph. Four trim levels (Pop, Pop Star, Lounge and S) are on offer, plus numerous special editions.  With low running costs and affordable insurance, the Fiat 500 is proving popular.

Hyundai Ioniq – number seven in the Auto Express Driver Power survey of the top 10 of the best new cars to own in 2019.  The Hyundai Ioniq is available as an electric, hybrid or plug-in vehicle.

Jaguar E-Pace – confirmed as Jaguar’s best-selling car in UK. Jaguar has also been acknowledged by the Auto Trader New Car Awards as the Brand with the Best Features in 2019.

Jeep Compass– A combination of 4×4 capability with leading, advanced, fuel-efficient powertrain options makes the Jeep® Compass the most capable compact SUV. Drivers can choose between two petrol or four diesel engine options.

Land Rover Range Rover – immense styling, high-end cabin, and incredible off-road capability of the full-size Range Rover. It features a line-up of powerful engines and a sophisticated suspension, which allows the vehicle to handle like a much smaller SUV.

Kia Niro – Number 10 in the Auto Express Driver Power survey of the top 10 of the best new cars to own in 2019.  The Kia Niro combines a hybrid system that can switch between petrol and electric power, or uses a combination of both and will charge the battery whenever it can. The Niro’s hybrid engine means the car has low emissions and great fuel economy.

Lexus RX – Number five in the Auto Express Driver Power survey of the top 10 of the best new cars to own in 2019.  Lexus has also been acknowledged by the Auto Trader New Car Awards as the Most Reliable Brand in 2019.  The RX is a showcase for ground-breaking Lexus hybrid power.

Lotus Elise – lightweight build and nimble handling are true to the philosophy of Lotus founder Colin Chapman. In 2004, Lotus added a Toyota engine in the 111R edition, giving it 189bhp and this is more reliable model is the one to go for.

Nissan Qashqai – April was a particularly good month for this model, with 3,791 UK registrations making it the best-selling crossover.

Renault Sport Mégane – its punchy engine loves being revved hard, and thanks to its 340Nm of torque, the car covers 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds. The standard chassis delivers great agility.

Skoda Kodiaq – Number six in the Auto Express Driver Power survey of the top 10 of the best new cars to own in 2019. Drivers can choose between two or four-wheel drive and engines range from a 1.4 petrol to a 2.0 litre diesel.

Toyota CH-R– 2019 winner of the best city car for drivers in the Auto Trader New Car Awards as well as winner of the Parkers Best Small Family Car and Car of the Year Award 2018.

Established in 1923, the Westover Group operates from 28 locations across Dorset and Wiltshire and represents 15 vehicle manufacturers – Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Dacia, Fiat, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lotus, Nissan, Renault, Skoda and Toyota.  The motor firm is now part of the Hendy Group. 

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