You can see from the Telegraph’s top new cars that 2013 has already been a triumphant year for car design and production. Vehicles are now far sleeker, more efficient and advanced than ever before.

So what are the top 5 cars to hit the forecourts in 2013 and just why are they so good?

1. Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster

For an eye-watering 700 bhp, this 1,625kg machine powered by a 6-litre V12 engine can storm into your life for a budget-busting £294,665.

This supercar has a body as dramatic in looks as it is bold and confident in performance. But as furious as Lamborghini’s designs are, the CO2 emissions have actually been reduced by 25 per cent on previous models so you can turn heads and drive an efficient roadster at the same time.

2. Porsche Cayman

With a more affordable price tag of £39,694 the Cayman has been billed as ‘the poor-man’s Porsche’ (though clearly, not by Porsche themselves). However, the simple design is still essentially Porsche through and through, with the 3.4 litre engine delivering 321 bhp, which maintains the no-compromise performance one expects from the brand.

With a variety of packages available to accessorise, your new affordable sports car has a top-speed of 164 mph with 6-speed manual transmission as standard and optional 7-speed with a PDK twin clutch unit.

3. Volkswagen XL1

Fresh off the production line, just 250 units of this exclusive £90,000 supercar have been offered for sale in Europe this year. Acclaimed for its revolutionary engineering, this finely-honed machine is being called the most aerodynamic and fuel-efficient vehicle on the planet.

The fuel economy rating is a shockingly efficient 261 mpg, achieved through the use of exotic super-light materials, two-cylinder engine and hybrid lithium-ion and diesel engine.

4. Jaguar F-type

The latest offering from this quintessentially British motor is the £58,520 F-Type model with a stylish Aluminium 1.6 tonne body with a soft-top that converts in 12 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph.

The V6 engine is capable of a top-speed of 161 mph and 335 bhp with a fuel-efficiency rating of 31.4 mpg. Unlike traditional Jaguars this motor is not an automatic; instead, an 8-speed gearbox is built in with a graceful shift that means the drive is as swift and smooth as one would expect.

5. Ford Fiesta ST

This £16,995 hatchback is a great bang-for-your buck, with the US-car manufacturing giant delivering a car designed to do the thing it’s meant to: to drive and drive well.

The 1.6 litre Ecoboost turbocharged engine delivers a top-speed of 139 mph and 179 bhp with a fuel-efficiency of 47.9 mpg. A great run around.

Verdict

If there’s a thread here, it’s the overriding theme of fuel efficiency matched by performance. So if you compare car finance deals to find out what your pocket will allow, you’ll see there’s a range of affordable and frankly amazing cars out there for 2013.