"AROnline readers with long memories might recall that AROnline‘s Car of The Decade for the 2000s was the MINI. Launched in 2001, the BMW-funded and Rover-engineered R50 (and its R56 replacement) successfully helped reinvent the UK’s favourite small car for the new millennium. It was cute, good looking, introduced a new generation of fans to the Mini marque, and sparked countless imitators. In short, it was a British success story, and one that was deserving of the honour of Car of The Decade.
The 2010s have been an interesting time for the British car industry, marked by the rise and rise of Jaguar Land Rover, fuelled by the huge success of the Range Rover Evoque (above) and the subsequent near reinvention of the premium car sector. After all, who now buys compact saloons and estates now, when they can have a car-like SUV instead? Love them or loathe them, the 2010s have been all about the rise of the SUV, and the Evoque has been at the forefront of this"