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Five of the best cars you’ll NEVER drive in Britain

Five of the best cars you'll NEVER drive in Britain

AROUND THE WORLD, foreign drivers enjoy fantastic motorcycles that we will never experience as they are not available in the UK.

But while Brits will never get the chance to drive some of these fantastic cars, we can always find the following.

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The Toyota GR Yaris is a popular car choice in the UKCredit: Carsite

Here’s a list of the five best cars you’ll never drive in the UK, as well as their replacements, according to: AutoSite Editor Andy Brady.

Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra won North American Car of the Year in 2021

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The Hyundai Elantra won North American Car of the Year in 2021Credit: Carsite

The Hyundai Elantra was first introduced in 1990 and is marketed in the US, Canada, China and South Korea, among others.

Sharp and stylish, the engine is a popular sedan in foreign markets, winning North American Car of the Year in 2021.

It’s affordable too, starting at just £16,523 for the base model and buyers have a choice of gas or hybrid.

The best alternative for motorists in the UK is the Hyundai i30.

The larger Elantra is actually sold under the i30 name in Australia, but they are different cars.

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The i30 also has the option of a hatchback or fastback which bears vague resemblance to the Elantra.

Both performance models are powered by the same engine, so UK drivers can experience the same thrills as Elantra N owners.

Ford F-150 Raptor

The Ford F-150 Raptor is the most popular car in the US

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The Ford F-150 Raptor is the most popular car in the USCredit: Carsite

The powerful Raptor is available in the US and Canada and had a whopping 842,405 sales worldwide in 2021.

The F-150 is an iconic motorcycle and the most popular car in the US. It is used for everything from transporting farm equipment to loading the weekly shop.

The Raptor is the high-performance variant of the F-150 and is powered by a 3.5l V6 that produces 450 horsepower.

The ‘R’ variant is rumored to be released later this year, tipped to tuck an even more powerful V8 engine under the hood.

For Brits, the smaller brother of the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor may be more suited to the UK’s thin, twisty roads.

It has a smaller, but still respectable 2.3-liter V6, as well as a smoother aesthetic that isn’t quite as brutal and loud as the F-150 Raptor.

Honda N-Box

The highly efficient Honda N-Box is only on the market in Japan

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The highly efficient Honda N-Box is only on the market in JapanCredit: Carsite

The efficient Honda N-Box was launched in 2011 and is only available in Japan.

Built for urban environments, this compact city car delivers 68.2 mpg from a 660cc engine.

Every feature makes it perfect for cities, including the boxy design that allows for a relatively spacious interior despite its small size.

The Japanese love these “kei cars” and their unique design, so it’s no surprise that the Honda N-Box is one of the best-selling cars in Japan.

Driving around London would certainly be easier and more economical than the SUVs that are now commonplace

As this bike is off limits to British, the best alternative for British drivers is the Suzuki Ignis.

It captures the essence of the N-Box for British roads, despite being a small SUV.

The boxy design allowed Suzuki to create a small car that is still practical, and the Allgrip technology gives the Ignis limited off-road capability for those looking to travel from city to country.

Nissan Sylphy/Sentra

The Nissan Sylphy is a popular choice around the world

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The Nissan Sylphy is a popular choice around the world

Available in China, Canada, Mexico and the US, the Nissan Sylphy is a popular choice worldwide with sales of nearly 700,000 in 2021.

While hatchbacks often top sales lists in the UK, it is the larger sedans that are often preferred abroad.

This is the case in China, where the Nissan Sylphy is the best-selling car in the country, while in the US it is sold under the “Sentra” name.

The Sylphy is a sensible sedan, with plenty of space, a comfortable driving experience and a feast for the eyes.

It is a practical car that will not please the driving experience, but will transport the whole family safely and comfortably.

Like the Hyundai Elantra, the Nissan Sentra occupies a part of the market that the UK just doesn’t seem that interested in.

However, there are still some sedans and the closest thing to the Sentra for Brits is the Mazda 3 sedan.

It offers comparable performance at a great price, with buyers having a choice of both hatchback and sedan models.

Toyota GR Corolla

The Toyota GR Corolla will hit the market in 2023

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The Toyota GR Corolla will hit the market in 2023Credit: Carsite

Last but not least is the Toyota GR Corolla which, despite the popularity of hot hatches in the UK, will only be sold in North America.

Toyota states that each market will have only 3 GR models with a powerful 1.6L 3-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower.

Mitigating the blow somewhat is that he won’t let go until 2023, so even the Americans will have to wait.

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The GR Yaris is definitely the best choice for British drivers as it shares the same rally-bred styling and performance components as the GR Corolla.

The GR Yaris has already proved hugely popular in the UK, but it still packs a punch and has the same rally design as its big brother, the Corolla.

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