At this time of year we all like to watch out on the roads for the shiny new cars with brand new plates.

This time around it’s certainly lucky for those buying cars with 13 plate number plates. There is nothing quite like getting behind the wheel of a hot of the press motor and being one of the first to drive the new car registration.

Vospers New Cars Director, Jonathan Tremain, has certainly tried a few. If you’re planning to invest one of the new cars with 13 plates then here are our five of our favourites to watch out for.

 

The Hot Five – Our pick of the new cars with 13 Plates

 

1. Renault Clio

With its five star NCAP rating and sleek new styling the fourth generation Renault Clio has a lot going  for it. This new model offers a huge amount of customisation right down to offering the opportunity to match dash to the exterior colour.

It’s no surprise that this car has been widely praised by reviewers. Renault have created an ultimate super mini with responsive handling, quiet engine and a spacious interior. Nice job Renault, this is one to watch for 2013.

Jonathan’s Renault Clio review in three words: Restart your heart

 

2. Ford Fiesta

When talking about Super minis it is difficult to ignore the mini might of the Ford Fiesta. There are good reasons that this car is the country’s number one choice.

The new Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost is available in a broad range of engines to suit all drivers. The exterior is almost identical to its predecessor which is good news. If it isn’t broken then don’t fix it. Ford have however made improvements to the car’s handling and the latest Fiesta is agile and responsive and the nippy and stylish ST certainly vies for the top super hatch spot.

Jonathan’s Ford Fiesta review in three words: Style, technology, performance

 

3. Mazda 6

If you’re looking for an alternative to the Ford Mondeo then Mazda have your car. The Mazda 6 offers a sleek profile with spacious interior, fuel efficiency and performance to boot.

With its competitive pricing and a considerably lower tax band than cars of similar profile, the Mazda 6 has to be a strong contender when looking for a powerful saloon.

Jonathan’s Mazda 6 review in three words: Eye catching design

 

4. Fiat 500L

This mini-MPV has been much anticipated following the success of the Fiat 500. This model is a five-seater with attitude that is designed to appeal to families.

The manufacturers have given attention to the needs of those travelling with kids and the cabin is just chock full of storage. The dash is well laid out with a touch screen infotainment console although more traditional in style than that of the quirky Fiat 500. Visibility on the 500L is incredible thanks to inset windows in the windscreen pillars. If you’re looking for a fun, practical drive then this is the one for you.

Jonathan’s Fiat 500L review in three words: 500 goes large

 

5. Ford Kuga

Always noted for its handling, the latest incarnation of the Ford Kuga also has a bigger boot – to boot. The interior of this SUV is tardis-like with a low floor to the boot offering maximum usage of the available space.

This car is quiet, agile and takes corners like a dream. It’s a good sturdy drive for those looking for a sporty drive that doesn’t scrimp on practicality.

Jonathan’s Ford Kuga review in three words: Smart utility vehicle