From self-driving to electric to good old fashioned speed, car buyers have never had so much choice and range when it comes to choosing a new motor.
And 2017 has proved to be the motoring's most innovative and exciting yet, as the industry's biggest names are joined by some ambitious newbies in a race to the top. Here we pluck out five of the best cars you should have on your radar...
Tesla Model 3
The man who can seemingly do no wrong, Elon Musk, is launching his first mass market car and there is certainly no shortage of demand. Around half a million orders have already come in for the Tesla Model 3, with deliveries beginning this autumn, though those ordering today will likely not receive their motor until the end of 2018 due to the current production rate of 5,000 cars a week.
So why the clamour for this premium saloon? Well, of course it being a Tesla means it is fully electric. But, largely thanks to Musk's passion and innovation, that fact no longer comes with a motoring stigma. Not when its long-range battery ensures 0-60mph in 5 seconds (quicker than its similarly-priced saloon competitors) and does 310 miles before needing recharged.
Given that its CEO is the man who also makes space rockets, there's no shortage of space-age gadgetry, from being able to unlock the car automatically using your phone to the 15-inch colour touchscreen that controls pretty much everything.
- Price: $44k (long-range battery model)
- Release: Available to order now, expect to receive in 2018.
Jaguar's compact and sporty E-Pace blends together the best of their F-Type and F-Pace to give add a smaller alternative to the ever-popular SUV market. But with a top speed of 151mph (electronically-limited), smaller doesn't mean slower.
And for anyone who thinks the innovative tech is restricted to Tesla, the Jag offers a number of driverless features, including a stereo camera that enables autonomous emergency braking, 4G Wifi hotspot, pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition and lane keep assist. Its driver condition monitor is also able to detect if its driver is showing signs of drowsiness and alerts them accordingly.
Unveiled just last month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, like most Jaguar reveals these days it wasn't exactly an understated affair. Instead, the car made its debut by breaking the world record for the furthest barrel roll in a production vehicle. Because, of course that's a thing. See the video below...
- Price: £28k
- Release: Available to order now
"Raise your limits" was the bold tagline that accompanied McLaren's promos when they launched the 720S back in April. McLaren Automative - the company's road car division - may only be seven years old but it hasn't taken the Woking-based supercar geniuses to produce something that could (and does) rival a Ferrari.
Lighter than its 650S predecessor, thanks to its Carbon Fibre Monocage that, along with it's 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, sees it hit 100mph in a blinkingly-quick 5.6 seconds. That makes it quicker than its direct Ferrari rival, the 488 GTB. Yep, this thing moves.
And if one criticism of McLaren's previous road-worthy drives were that they lacked soul or character, the same can't be said of the 720S, with its iconic twin-hinged dihedral doors and sumptuous leather interior. And of course, there's the noise it makes, which will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and then some...
- Price: £218k
- Release: Available to order now
Aston Martin Vantage
Social media was alight following the appearance of some pictures showing what appeared to be the new Aston Martin Vantage, due out in 2018. The new model was spotted going through its paces on UK roads recently, and although attempts to give too much away saw it decked out in garish camouflage, it was enough to set pulses of Aston Martin (and James Bond) fans racing.
For it appears to be quite heavily influenced by the DB10, the car used last time Daniel Craig took to the big-screen as Britain's most famous spy in 2015's Spectre, which has led to speculation that the Vantage may be making a return to the film franchise.
Although little is known of the car's exact details, it is expected to have a Mercedes-AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 under the hood and custom-made tyres from Pirelli.
- Price: In excess of £95k
- Release: Full reveal late 2017, available 2018
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
We couldn't finish a round-up of the best cars around at the minute without discussing the Lambo. Just look at it in our lead image above - who knew a static image could growl? And, boy, does it. In a recent whizz round the Nurburgring it clocked quicker times than the Porsche 918 Spyder and its own stablemate, the Aventador SV (see its record-breaking time below)
Using the same 5.2-liter V-10 engine as the standard Huracan (which, of course, there's nothing "standard" about...), Lamborghini have improved on it by bumping the horsepower from 602 to 631bhp.
Crucially, it's also shed some weight - 45kg to be exact - while its ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva, or Lamborghini Active Aerodynamics) gives maximum downforce while reducing drag, boasting a top speed of 202mph. With its front-end apparently inspired by snake fangs, there's no doubt that this beauty has some bite.
- Price: £215k
- Release: Available to buy now