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First held in 1898, the Paris Motor Show has cemented itself as a giant on the automotive calendar because of the sheer amount of innovation that is showcased year after year.

It seems fitting then that the 120th Anniversary of the Mondial de l'Auto brought a host of hybrid and electric vehicles alongside futuristic concepts. It's also interesting to see the gulf between premium and everyday brands shrink as manufacturers continue to improve the quality of their products.

Having run from 4th to the 14th October, there were some sensational vehicles on display. Here's the ones you can expect to see at your local Evans Halshaw in the near future, and some that are just too good to ignore.

Citroen

Citroen revealed the C5 Aircross, a spacious SUV that follows the trend set by the innovative C3 and C4 Cactus by offering an incredibly comfortable ride alongside distinctive styling.

The most interesting thing about the C5 Aircross is the introduction of the 'progressive hydraulic cushions', the technology has been a major success in the C4 Cactus and really helps to smooth out Britain's rough road surfaces.

Unsurprisingly, it's the interior where the C5 Aircross really impresses. The quality, design and finish are second to none. There is a mass of head and leg room in both the front and back of the car, while the wide seats are very comfortable. The engine quiet and smooth, and the front windows are double glazed - this helps to ensure the Aircross remains civilised on journeys.

Citroen C5 Aircross

DS

The small SUV segment has a new contender - and I think you'll agree, it's quite a striking one to look at. The DS 3 comes directly from aspiring French brand DS and is designed to be a high-tech and futuristic take on the crossover.

It's all the small details that combine to create an all-round luxurious product. Take the seats for example, the engineers have used a special type of foam that is designed to keep passengers comfortable on longer distances while acting as additional sound proofing.

The door handles will only pop out when you walk within 1.5m of the car, while there is also a DS smartphone app that can be used to unlock the car and grant permission to relatives who fancy a drive. Small details - big package.

DS 3 CROSSBACK

Hyundai

Hyundai have enjoyed great success with the introduction of their first hot hatchback - the i30N, and rightfully so. However, they have now added the i30 Fastback N to their line up of performance cars.

The recipe remains the same as the hatchback, but the Fastback shape brings extra practicality in the form of a large boot alongside excellent leg room for passengers in the rear. The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine remains under the bonnet, producing 250bhp (275bhp with performance pack). The variable exhaust system brings the engine to life, providing a multitude of pops and crackles.

Inside the stylish cabin is a host of driving modes that tailor the driving experience to your mood, all of the adjustments are at the fingertips to ensure you concentrate on the road. Meanwhile, the infotainment system is designed to make long distance journeys more relaxing.

i30N Fastback

Kia

Kia have been busy recently, they unveiled their latest Ceed GT alongside their new ProCeed and an electric version of the Niro SUV.

The first generation of Ceed GT was well received by critics and highly regarded for closing the gap on rivals despite costing less. The latest incarnation brings a host of updates to both the engine, chassis and styling. The end result is a more rounded product that is more efficient.

Kia have also brought a ProCeed shooting brake to the party, an estate-like body style that is usually occupied by the premium brands. The ProCeed comes in a lukewarm GT-Line or hotter GT trim, both offering an array of new engines that return better efficiency and economy.

Last, but not least; Kia have revealed an electric version of the Niro. This may not seem like particularly enticing news, but Kia claim the e-Niro is capable of 301 miles on a full charge - a potential game changer. This range capability comes courtesy of a sizeable 64kWh battery, which is covered by Kia's industry-leading seven year/100,000-mile warranty for good measure.

Kia Ceed GT

Peugeot

It's been a mixed bag from Peugeot at this year's Paris Motor Show, they didn't bring anything revolutionary to their line-up - but they did reveal a stunning concept car, more on that later.

You may have seen the all-new 508 Fastback that Peugeot are releasing, well they decided to reveal the SW Estate version that will accompany the Fastback. The estate is arguably more handsome than the saloon, but offers 530 litres of boot space - putting it right there amongst the class leaders.

While we're on the topic of the 508, Peugeot also announced they will be releasing a plug-in hybrid version of the Fastback and SW Estate - which promises increased fuel economy and up to 25 miles of zero-emission driving. A plug-in hybrid will also be making its way into the popular 3008 SUV, helping to reduce running costs for families on a daily basis.

Now, it wouldn't be a French motoring show without one of the French automotive giants bringing a concept car. The new Peugeot e-Legend is a stunning coupe that has been heavily influenced by the retro Peugeot 504 Coupe, while borrowing elements from US muscle cars. Power figures from the 100kWh batteries are interesting too, 456bhp and 590ft/lbs torque. Although the e-Legend is strictly a concept, Peugeot have a plan in place to bring autonomous and electric technology to their mainstream vehicles - stay tuned.

Peugeot e-Legend

Renault

Another French giant with a similarly outrageous concept car next to a more modest release - there's a degree of déjà vu about this.

The Kadjar has received a modest refresh, which may come as a disappointment to some - but having sold over 450,000 of them worldwide since its introduction, you could forgive Renault for not tinkering with the formula too much. So, what do you get? Well, there's a subtle facelift on the outside, an updated interior and a range of new engines and colours - what more do you need?

If you thought the Peugeot e-Legend was outrageous, then you should see the Renault's EZ Ultimo concept car. This outlandish land yacht is an electric autonomous vehicle that is designed to transport passengers in privacy and futuristic luxury. The exterior and interior have been carefully sculpted by Laurens van den Acker's team, who have done an exceptional job of bringing the future to the modern day. If this is the future of autonomous vehicles, then count us in.

Renault EZ Ultimo

SEAT

SEAT aren't strangers when it comes to a sporty SUV, both the Ateca and Arona have been incredibly popular since their introduction. The new Tarraco is much of the same recipe, but in a larger package with seven-seats.

It has been confirmed there will be a host of features included, such as: adaptive suspension, LED headlights, a virtual cockpit and gesture control. Other details haven't been confirmed yet, but it's safe to say the engines used will be highly efficient. It's also interesting to see that the Tarraco designers have said the car will be driver focused, meaning the family man who needs a practical car can also have fun in the corners.

SEAT Tarraco

Take a look at the gallery below to see some more images of the cars mentioned throughout this article.

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