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NEWS
New BMW Z4 The Mk3 roadster is most focused yet 6
Audi reinvents R8 Supercar to embrace EV power 11
Bugatti Divo New £4.5m hypercar already sold out 13
Fastest Lambo unveiled 759bhp Aventador SVJ 15
What next for Mini? Uncertain times for UK firm 16
Jag icon gets electrified Green light for E-Type EV 19

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Road test results Autocar’s data archive 79
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Third-gen roadster unveiled in limited-run M40i Performance First Edition form


MW has revealed its new, The new roadster will make The 718 Boxster rival has 60kg less than the folding separate story, p9). The design
third-generation Z4, with its European debut at the Paris been designed and engineered hard-top of the Z4 Mk2, while of the steel and aluminium
a renewed focus on driving show in September, when from the ground up in a move providing the basis for a lower structure is described as being
dynamics to take on the BMW will reveal more about its aimed at reigniting buyer centre of gravity and what BMW unique, although it adopts
Porsche 718 Boxster. The new mechanical package ahead of interest in roadsters in the face officials describe as “more chassis, suspension and
Z4, developed in conjunction right-hand-drive deliveries to of dwindling sales over recent sporting driving attributes”. electrical components from
with Toyota’s upcoming Supra, the UK early next year. The first years. As well as boasting a The new Z4 also uses a BMW’s cluster architecture
made its public debut in the US derivative to be unveiled is the completely new look with more brand new platform, which (CLAR) platform, as used by
at the Pebble Beach Concours flagship M40i Performance distinctive proportions, the will be shared with next year’s the latest 7 and 5 Series, the
d’Elegance in California, with First Edition, which will use a new BMW adopts an electrically resurrected Supra in a joint new X3, X4 and X5 and the
global sales due to commence 335bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre operated fabric hood. The new engineering programme upcoming seventh-generation
later this year. straight six. structure is claimed to weigh between Toyota and BMW (see 3 Series. The Z4 will be built by

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The limited-volume Z4 M40i M
Performance First Edition goes
from 0-62mph in 4.6sec
a

The new Z4 soft-top


weighs 60kg less than
the Mk2 hard-top

CAN THE Z4 DO SHOW AND GO?


J A M E S AT T W O O D

There’s an old motorsport its engineers have


cliché that if a racing car acknowledged and
looks right, it’ll go right. It’s responded to those
not entirely true, of course, frustrations. As much
but here’s something that development time has been
Magna Steyr at its assembly the manufacturer has yet built, With 335bhp and 332lb ft in is: when a car looks right, it’s spent on honing the Z4’s
plant in Graz, Austria, alongside and claimed it to be stiffer even the M40i M-Performance hugely frustrating when it driving dynamics as has
Toyota’s sports car, which also than the fixed-roof M4. First Edition model, it propels doesn’t also go right. been spent on the styling.
launches next year. Despite increased exterior the new two-seater from Style is subjective, of Having had a brief drive
With a brief to deliver more dimensions, including a 0-62mph in 4.6sec and on to course, but the Z4 looks in a prototype Z4 earlier
dynamic driving qualities significant 70mm increase in a limited top speed of 155mph. right, with a design that this year, I’m encouraged
than its predecessor, the new width, the new Z4 is also said Fuel consumption and CO2 improves on that of the that it was time well spent
Z4’s platform incorporates to be around 50kg lighter than emissions are set at 39.7mpg previous version. Does that – although, obviously, we
extra-wide sill elements that its predecessor, suggesting and 162g/km respectively. matter? After all, the old Z4 won’t know for sure until our
are said to contribute to a more the M40i will tip the scales The range-topping new Z4’s looked the part but couldn’t testers get an extended run
than 30% increase in torsional at under 1500kg. The six- peak power is 3bhp shy of the fully deliver on that promise in the finished version. But
rigidity over its predecessor. cylinder engine that powers 338bhp made by the naturally when it came to driving. I’m hopeful it will deliver both
BMW has described the new it is the same as that offered aspirated 3.2-litre in-line six To the credit of BMW, style and substance.
Z4 as the stiffest open-top car in a number of existing BMWs. in the old Z4 M Roadster, a ◊

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The M40i M Performance First
Edition has an electronically
controlled rear differential
a

∆ performance version of the sDrive20i model and, in a wheel drive on certain variants sporting model. With the latest saloon cars. Digital
first-generation Z4 produced higher state of tune, in the have been denied by Munich six-pot mounted well back instruments and a touchscreen
between 2006 and 2008. region of 260bhp in a mid- officials, who confirm instead in the engine bay, the new monitor for the infotainment
Although it can’t quite claim to range Z4 sDrive30i model. that it will be sold exclusively in Z4 is said to boast a 50/50 functions have also been
be the most powerful Z4 yet, While full details are yet to rear-wheel-drive guise. weight distribution. In M40i added, along with newly
the M40i M Performance’s be confirmed, it is understood In a move that would take M Performance First Edition developed seats and a Z4-
332lb ft beats the Z4 M that the base Z4 sDrive20i it into direct competition guise, the Z4’s suspension, specific set of controls housed
Roadster by 63lb ft. By way will offer the choice between with the likes of the Jaguar which uses a combination of within a broad centre console.
of comparison, the Porsche a standard six-speed manual F-Type 3.0, BMW is also said double wishbones up front Among a long list of options
Cayman S uses a turbocharged gearbox and an optional eight- to be developing a Z4 M and a five-link arrangement are a head-up display and
2.5-litre horizontally opposed speed automatic, while the variant featuring the same at the rear, features multi- a Harman Kardon sound
four-cylinder with peak outputs remaining models will all be turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line mode electronically controlled system, both of which are
of 345bhp and 310lb ft. equipped with an eight-speed six-cylinder engine launched dampers. An M Sport braking fitted at standard to the M40i
Known internally under automatic as standard. The in the new M2 Competition, system and 19in alloy wheels M-Performance First Edition.
the codename G29, the new M40i M Performance variant with around 405bhp and the featuring a bicolour, double- That generously equipped
Z4 is also set to be sold with comes with an electronically same 332lb ft as the Z4 M40i spoke design are also standard derivative will also feature
a turbocharged 2.0-litre controlled M Sport rear M Performance. The outgoing on the launch model. black leather, electrically
four-cylinder petrol engine. differential. Z4 was never offered with The interior of the new adjustable seats with a
That power unit is expected Early rumours suggesting an M-tuned variant, backing BMW features a new driver- memory function and adaptive
to develop at least 180bhp the new BMW roadster could BMW’s claims that the new orientated dashboard with LED headlights.
in a planned entry-level Z4 be given the option of four- model has become a more technology taken from BMW’s GREG KABLE

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The Z4 will share
its tech with BMW’s
latest saloons

The new Z4 is intended


to reignite buyer
interest in roadsters

HOW WILL THE SUPRA COMPARE?


At Toyota, former GT86 Goodwood is, aesthetically
chief engineer Tetsuya Tada at least, finished. “We still
is working on the new Supra, have another half a year
a job he first thought he’d be for it to be mature
doing 15 years ago. engineering-wise,” Tada
That the new Supra said. “We’re still working
needed to be true to its on some of the handling
predecessor is why Toyota aspects and finer details.”
involved itself with BMW. Tada said the Supra’s
“When we decided we centre of gravity is “even
were going to do this, we lower” than that of the
didn’t just want a revival boxer-engined GT86,
or a rehash of what we had ensuring its handling will be
before,” Tada said last month both neutral and adjustable.
at the Goodwood Festival of As with the BMW, the Supra’s
Speed. “We wanted to ask all weight distribution will be
the Supra fans around the 50/50 front to rear, and
world what was essential, although Toyota hasn’t
and I tried to look for these confirmed specific details
conditions. The answer was yet, Tada did reveal that
clear: an in-line six, turbo, the Supra will produce
front engine and rear-wheel about 350lb ft and weigh
drive. A lot of manufacturers approximately 1500kg.
had stopped
making in-line od
six engines; BMW Disguised Supra broke cover at Goodwo
was the only one
continuing with an
in-line six.”
The Supra is yet
to be revealed in
its finished form,
All Z4s will be rear-wheel but beneath the
drive; launch M40is will disguise the model
get an M Sport rear diff Toyota revealed at

Q & A C A LV I N L U K , B M W Z 4 D E S I G N E R
BMW’s reborn roadster sets The Z4 also features a At the rear, the focus was Nagashima, a mentor
the tone for a new era of reinterpretion of BMW’s on creating a wide stance and of mine. I drive a first-
design language for the brand, ‘double-round’ lights, with the reducing shutlines. generation Z4 and my
according to the Z4’s exterior units stacked on top of each parents drive a second-
designer Calvin Luk. other, a design motif which What were the biggest generation Z4, so it’s an
“The new design language hasn’t been done on any BMW challenges when designing emotional project for me.”
on this and the 8 Series is model previously. the new Z4?
about minimising line work,” Luk also worked on making “Every project has unique Have you compared
he explained. “The philosophy the Z4 more driver-focused, challenges but the front design notes with Toyota
is a couple of major lines fitting in with the increased end tends to be the most given that the Z4 and
coupled with softer lines.” emphasis on involvement. problematic because of the What does this car upcoming Supra were
BMW’s kidney grille has “The wheelbase is slightly required crash structures. For mean to you? developed together?
been designed with a new shorter but we’ve brought the example, we tried to get the “The proportions were “The Supra was a really
mesh, which is expected to driver forward a little to bring kidneys as low as possible but inspired by the Z8, which independent operation. I’ve
appear on other models. Luk the focus back to him or her. we would probably have put was one of my favourite cars never spoken to anyone at
said the shape evokes “the Before, the hood was a bit too them even lower if it weren’t growing up. We also looked Toyota during the design
328 Mille Miglia race car”. long,” he said. for other considerations.” at the Z3, designed by Joji of the Z4.”

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Concept hints at new-era electric supercar that tops 186mph and charges in 15min
udi has unveiled its new
PB18 E-tron concept at
the 2018 Pebble Beach
Concours d’Elegance.
The car previews a potential
electric successor to the R8.
As well as providing a
foretaste of Audi’s “high-
performance supercar of
tomorrow”, the 764bhp
concept also hints at plans
by the German car maker to
adopt the latest in lightweight,
solid-state battery technology.
With a body constructed of
aluminium, carbonfibre and
plastic composite, the new
four-wheel-drive Audi is said to
weigh less than 1550kg.
The PB18 E-tron draws
on the styling lineage first
established on the 2017 Audi PB18 E-tron covers
Aicon concept, albeit with a 0-62mph in little 311 MILES
more dramatic cab-forward more than 2.0sec The quoted range
silhouette. An extended cockpit of the PB18 from its
incorporates tapered rear liquid-cooled 95kWh
side windows and a large back Developed under the either to the left of the interior The combined solid state battery, Audi claims.
window that hint at the look of a working title Level Zero, the or in the centre, providing system output is mounted under Alternatively, it
modern-day shooting brake. PB18 E-tron eschews Audi’s space for a passenger. The idea 671bhp, but a the boot can be charged
Key design elements include autonomous driving functions is inspired by Audi’s Le-Mans- boost function wirelessly.
a heavily structured front end for a more purist approach, winning R18 LMP1 racing car. allows up 764bhp for Drawing a link to
with a hexagon-shaped grille placing the driver in the thick of The 4530mm-long brief periods, giving the car motorsport, the concept uses
and large air ducts as well as the action. concept is lower, wider and 509bhp per tonne. Torque suspension inspired by Audi’s
thin ‘laser’ headlights and a Fully electronic controls longer than today’s R8 and it peaks at 612lb ft. A 0-62mph LMP1 racer, with independent
prominent splitter. The rear is have allowed Audi to provide has a 470-litre boot. time of “scarcely more than transverse control arms, a
dominated by an adjustable its latest concept with an The PB18 E-tron is powered two seconds” is claimed and it’s pushrod system up front and
spoiler, full-width light band intriguing variable cockpit by three electric motors — one said to top 186mph. a pullrod set-up at the rear —
and a high-mounted diffuser design, allowing the driver’s within the front axle delivering With 800V compatibility, the each with variable magnetic
that can be adjusted to seat and dashboard to be 201bhp and two sited within the PB18 E-tron’s battery can be ride dampers. 
increase downforce. positioned in one of two ways: rear axle with 234bhp each. fully recharged in 15 minutes, GREG KABLE

PFO is a £2m electric


hypercar due in 2020

INFINITI HAS CHOSEN Pebble speedsters of the mid-20th The Prototype 10 will never
Beach as the venue to show century and features a make production. Its purpose
off a new electrified, single- rear-mounted electric motor is to reflect the flexibility
seat speedster concept. cooled by large vents behind available when designing cars
Called the Prototype 10, it the driver’s seat. No power with electrified powertrains.
signposts Infiniti’s intention or battery range figures have Infiniti’s future range of
to be an electric-only brand been quoted. sports cars, saloons and
from 2021 and is the second The interior features SUVs will be made using
retro-inspired concept after only one seat, a four-point some of this concept’s design
the Prototype 9 of 2017. harness and a small steering language, with a variety of
The roofless concept draws wheel that’s attached to a hybridised, plug-in hybrid and
heavily on early California steer-by-wire system. fully electric models.
PININFARINA HAS SHOWN and crack 186mph. A driving
its upcoming PFO electric range of 310 miles is promised.
hypercar to potential The company aims to sell 150
customers at a private event at examples globally.
Pebble Beach — and released The PF0 is the first
an image that details some of production car branded
the car’s rear. The PFO is set purely as a Pininfarina and is
to cost about £2 million and is described by chairman Paolo
expected to go on sale in 2020. Pininfarina as the realisation
Based on Rimac’s latest EV “of an American dream”. It’s
Prototype 10 is a pure-electric single-seater that draws inspiration from classic US speedsters platform, the PF0 is said to be the first of several pure electric
capable of covering 0-62mph models due to be produced by
in “less than two seconds” the Italian design house.

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Limited-run £4.5m hypercar ramps up downforce, sheds weight and adds agility
ugatti has used the The Divo — named after bonnet and wings. Even the improvement in downforce, wheels, carbonfibre parts and
Pebble Beach Concours two-time Targa Florio winner roof has been altered to form increasing maximum lateral reduced insulation contribute
d’Elegance in California Albert Divo — features an an air duct. cornering forces to 1.6g. to a 35kg saving.
to unveil its new Chiron- aggressive redesign that The rear end is equally The chassis fine-tuning Inside, upgrades include
based Divo hypercar. includes a distinctive front- purposeful, with a new height- was aimed at making the Divo new, more supportive seats
Limited to 40 examples, end look. A large front splitter adjustable rear spoiler that is sharper and more agile than and a redesigned Alcantara
and already sold out despite boosts downforce and feeds 23% wider than the Chiron’s. the Chiron. Increased camber steering wheel. The cabin is
its €5 million (£4.5m) price, air to the enlarged intakes, It inherits the air braking — necessary for the desired trimmed in new materials, too.
the Divo features a bespoke while new vertically oriented function from its sibling, too. handling characteristics — There are no changes to
exterior design, modified LED headlights give the Divo a New rear lights are formed of has caused the top speed the Chiron’s 8.0-litre quad-
chassis and improved unique lighting signature. 3D-printed fins, 44 of which to be limited to 236mph. turbocharged W16 engine,
aerodynamics. The result is a Great attention has been light up to produce a striking Meanwhile, the steering which still puts out 1479bhp
claimed 8sec improvement on paid to improving brake and lighting effect. and suspension have been through a seven-speed dual-
the Chiron’s lap time around powertrain cooling through a The result of all the tweaked to ensure a more clutch transmission.
the Nardo handling circuit. raft of new inlets across the bodywork changes is a 90kg direct response. Lightweight LAWRENCE ALLAN

Just 40 Chiron-based
Divas will be made and
all are already sold

MSO division
shows potential
for 600LT spec

THE NEW MCLAREN 720S of 24-hour and 36-hour tests. The GT3 shares the
GT3 racing car has begun an Built to GT3 regulations for Monocage II structure of
extensive testing programme customer GT championships, the regular 720S, although
ahead of its introduction the 720S GT3 uses a race- extensive race-spec
next year. tuned version of the 720S bodywork developments
Two development versions road car’s M840T twin- increase downforce. It also
of the successor to the turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, gains adjustable dampers
650S GT3, which won more driven through a six-speed with coil-over springs and
than 50 races, will take sequential gearbox. The runs on bespoke Pirelli tyres.
part in an extensive testing engine has been tuned to The race car will be
programme. More than deliver smoother torque homologated for use from
18,500 miles of running is and to boost efficiency for the start of 2019 and will cost
planned, including a number endurance races. £440,000.

GT3 race car will


take to the track
next season
MCLAREN HAS ALSO revealed feature six-point harnesses,
a 600LT shod in bespoke and an upgraded Bowers &
upgrades from the firm’s MSO Wilkins sound system is also
division. The car features a showcased.
number of carbonfibre parts, Detail touches, which can be
including an F1-Longtail- specified by potential 600LT
inspired air intake scoop, owners, include bespoke
bodykit and roof. Lightweight embroidery, ‘600LT’ etching
carbonfibre seats are sourced on the throttle pedal and even
from the McLaren Senna and a set of hand-painted keys.

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make 900 Aventador
SVJs and 63 specials

Extensive aero was key to its ’Ring lap

OFFICIAL PICTURES

New Aventador SVJ comes with 759bhp, 531lb ft and a new Nordschleife lap record
he Aventador SVJ, which V12 and transmitted to the road SVJ’s downforce is 40% over the SV’s. Other tweaks to ESC and ABS systems are
has been revealed at the through all four wheels. greater than that of the the suspension are claimed to tweaked to accommodate the
Pebble Beach Concours Four-wheel steering is also Aventador SV, its former improve on-track stability. car’s enhanced grip levels.
d’Elegance, lays claim to fitted, as on the Aventador SV, performance flagship. Larger A re-engineered exhaust A total of 900 SVJs will be
being the fastest Lamborghini but the SVJ builds upon that side air intakes, a huge rear system reduces back pressure built, with UK prices starting
on sale today. car’s agility with the second wing, tweaked underbody and has been fettled to produce at around £356,000 when
With 759bhp and 531lb ft generation of Lamborghini’s with vortex generators and a a “more emotive” sound, as deliveries begin in early 2019.
on tap, the SVJ — which active aerodynamics system prominent rear diffuser and well as being lighter than the An further 63 units will be
stands for Superveloce Jota — (ALA 2.0). Improvements aerodynamic bodywork at standard set-up, with higher produced in ‘63 Edition’ guise,
matches the power output of over the first system include the front help to achieve the exit points. of which the Pebble Beach
the super-limited Centenario redesigned air inlets. This improved aero. The chassis The mechanical upgrades launch car is one, celebrating
and is 29bhp more powerful system helped the SVJ to is tweaked for additional also run to a reprogrammed the brand’s inception in 1963.
than the Aventador S. These lap the Nürburgring in 6min stiffness. An anti-roll bar that’s seven-speed automatic These cars feature bespoke
reserves are delivered by a 44.97sec — a new record for a 50% stiffer has been fitted gearbox, while the four-wheel colour and trim and will carry a
tuned version of the firm’s production car. and the suspension’s damping drive system now sends 3% higher price than regular SVJs.
naturally aspirated 6.5-litre Lamborghini claims the force range is increased by 15% more torque rearwards. The JIMI BECKWITH

EQ Silver Arrow MERCEDES-BENZ HAS active aero tech, such as is powered by a 738bhp
references W125 resurrected the spirit of spoilers that extend at speed, electric powertrain (13bhp
Rekordwagen its streamlined high-speed and a lightweight carbonfibre more than the original V12
record breakers with the EQ body. There’s only room for of the Rekordwagen). No
Silver Arrow concept at Pebble a driver in the wood-and- performance figures have
Beach. The 5.3m-long single- leather-lined cockpit. been released but it has a
seater pays homage to the Destined to remain a theoretical range of 249 miles.
W125 Rekordwagen prototype, one-off concept, it’s based A similarly specified
which hit 269mph on a closed around an extended version powertrain is understood to be
German road in 1938. of Mercedes’ new modular under development for a new
The super-slippery shape of electric platform, using electric AMG performance
the EQ Silver Arrow concept a flat floor to house an model, rivalling the likes of the
is combined with the use of 80kWh battery. The concept Porsche Taycan.

RENAULT TO DENY UK ITS NEW ARKANA KALASHNIKOV LOADS UP TESLA RIVAL


Renault’s new crossover, revealed at the Moscow Kalashnikov, the Russian maker best known for
motor show this week, will be called the Arkana. the AK47 assault rifle, has unveiled an electric
The C-segment model is not bound for the UK but car. The 295bhp CV-1 features retro styling based
it will be key to increasing the French brand’s sales on the 1970s Izh 2125 Combi. It has a range of 220
in Russia, its second-largest market. miles and a 0-62mph time of around six seconds.

29 AUGUST 2018 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 15


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If the BMW-Great Wall project
goes ahead, the 2023 Mini
family will be quite different
a

Parent firm BMW could partner with Great Wall to create brand’s next model range
he future of the Mini Wall teaming up to engineer a ones, as revealed by Autocar in the axle not powered by the which drivers will swap to pure-
brand is being radically new small front-wheel-drive December last year. internal combustion engine. electric vehicles.
rethought as its BMW platform, which would be used This strategic move, say This engineering layout means As a global brand, BMW also
parent makes major for an all-new range of Minis to insiders, has left Mini’s future that future BMW plug-in has to cover individual market
changes to its product plans. be launched from 2023. up in the air because the FAAR hybrids will be all-wheel drive. moves in different countries.
Autocar understands Sources also say the architecture is too expensive Such a complex ‘multi-fuel’ For example, China is switching
that plans for a new fourth- fourth-generation Mini range and too big to underpin future platform will be more expensive to electric cars at a much faster
generation Mini have been is likely to shrink, with an axe Mini models. to engineer and produce than rate than Western markets.
pushed back and any new hanging over future versions of As BMW platform strategist today’s rather simpler, front- Furthermore, the Mini
model will not appear before the cabriolet and the three- Lutz Meyer told Autocar, both wheel-drive UKL platform, brand’s fundamental problem
2023. Even the major door hatchback. the FAAR and CLAR platforms which underpins the Mini family is that it is a relatively small
makeover scheduled for The dislocation of the Mini will be engineered to allow and BMW models such as the part of the BMW operation.
today’s Mini range in late brand comes after BMW’s vehicles to be produced with 2 Series Active Tourer and X1. In 2017, the BMW Group sold
2019 might be canned as part decision to shift production internal combustion engines, For BMW, the FAAR 2.46 million vehicles. Of that
of BMW’s comprehensive to just two platforms for all as plug-in hybrids and as pure- and CLAR architectures total, Mini accounted for
planning overhaul. of its future models. These electric models. are essential because it is 372,000 units globally — a sixth
One plan for the Oxford- have been dubbed FAAR for The electric motor on the proving difficult to predict of the company’s output.
based brand would see BMW front-wheel-drive cars and hybrid versions of the new- with accuracy future buying Crucially, however, the
and Chinese car maker Great CLAR for rear-wheel-drive generation vehicles will drive patterns and the extent to six-model Mini range shares

16 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 29 AUGUST 2018


NEWS

CONFIDENTIAL
GOSSIP | RUMOURS | TRENDS
THE MERCEDES-AMG GT R testing at the Nürburgring,
Roadster will go on sale next sport familiar R design
year as the brand’s most cues. The roof mechanism
hardcore drop-top yet. and structural additions
IMAGE The C version is currently
the flagship convertible
are expected to add around
35kg to the 577bhp GT R’s VOLKSWAGEN HAS
in the range of the front- kerb weight. That could add ruled out GTI versions
engined sports car and AMG a couple of tenths to the of its SUVs, according to
was previously undecided coupé’s 3.6sec 0-62mph UK managing director
about whether to produce an time. Minor revisions to the Alison Jones, but she said
R version. suspension are also likely. SUVs would fit in with the
However, that decision The car’s arrival will company’s R performance
now looks to have been made coincide with a number of range. Jones noted that
because this prototype, seen updates for the GT range. R-badged models “have
always been four-wheel-
drive and in essence that’s
S PY S H OT what SUVs are all about, so
MERC-AMG GT R it makes more sense to lead
with that one.” A VW T-Roc
R has been seen testing,
although the firm has said
nothing about it in public.

FORD WILL NOT make


a performance-focused
ST variant of its Ka+
supermini, according to
sources at the manufacturer,
despite the popularity of
the Volkswagen Up GTI.
The Ka+ line-up will not
even get the sporty ST-Line
WHY BMW IS LOOKING TO CHINA trim available in other Ford
H I LT O N H O L L O WAY models, such as the Fiesta
and Ecosport.
One significant reason for massive issue for cars like
BMW pursuing a platform the Mini, which are priced
deal with a Chinese maker is from £16,000 in three-door
that the engineering costs form. In stark contrast, the
will be notably lower than BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
for a platform engineered costs from £24,000, making
in Europe. It’s not widely it far easier to cover the cost
appreciated that the cost of of the European-engineered
engineering a new platform multi-fuel FAAR platform.
has to be amortised across Traditionally, Mini’s vast
every car that is built on it. array of options packages TOYOTA WILL LAUNCH
High wage costs for has boosted profitability, a hydrogen-fuel-cell-
Western engineers (alongside but as standard equipment powered bus in Tokyo next
factory workers, designers levels have increased, this year using an upscaled
and management staff) is a effect has lessened. version of the powertrain
in the Mirai. Around 100
hydrogen buses will be on
technology with a number of This is the hard industrial nothing. A deal with Great Wall case of the five-door hatch) by the roads in Tokyo in time
BMWs (including the new X1 logic that lies behind BMW’s looks more promising because having to be built on a platform for the 2020 Olympics, each
and X2 crossovers) and total attempts to broker a deal with BMW and the Chinese maker designed primarily for vehicles with capacity to carry 78
production of the front-drive another car maker to engineer have already formed a 50/50 from a larger segment. passengers and a 125-mile
UKL platform is a very healthy a new platform that is modern joint venture. Called Spotlight Three-cylinder engines with range. Toyota aims for all
850,000-plus units annually. and safe but less complex and Automotive, it will produce mild-hybrid assistance will new buses in Japan to be
Even so, when BMW expensive to produce. an electric version of today’s be standard issue on the new hydrogen-powered by 2030.
begins the shift to the FAAR Industry rumours suggest Mini in China. models. A pure-electric version
platform from 2021, production that BMW held extensive talks If the new BMW-Great of the platform, spun into two SKODA’S HEAD OF product
of the UKL platform will be with Toyota on a co-operative Wall platform project goes models, is part of Great Wall’s management, Guido
phased out. project, but that came to ahead, the 2023 Mini family plan to offer seven EVs in its Haak, reckons Tesla is the
will be quite different. There’s range by 2025. number-one risk taker
unlikely to be a cabriolet and The Mk4 Mini will still be in the industry – but the
the three-door bodystyle could made in the UK, but localised Model 3 is too expensive
also be dropped. Expect a production for the Chinese to be a car for everybody.
compact five-door hatch and market seems highly likely. Haak said an electric Skoda
new Clubman and Countryman In 2017, only 35,000 Minis would have a less ‘vanilla’
models that will be less were sold in China. The cost list of attributes, including
bulky and rather more lithe benefits of local production price, range, fun-to-drive
than today’s cars, which are could boost that significantly. characteristics and other
New family is likely to retain the five-door, Clubman and Countryman hampered (especially in the HILTON HOLLOWAY desirable features.

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E-Type Zero will enter
production. Its range WHAT IS IT
will exceed 170 miles LIKE TO DRIVE?
The very idea of an almost
noiseless E-Type might
seem sacrilegious, but
the ion-fuelled powertrain
suits the car surprisingly
well. Our drive was
conducted at modest
speeds on the streets of
Monterey in California but
it still gave us the chance
to experience both the
seamless torque and,
under bigger throttle
openings, a surge of
acceleration that felt
utterly right for the car.
The motor produces
OFFICIAL PICTURES some distinctive whine
under acceleration, but
there were none of the
creaks or squeaks that
might be expected from
an old car on poor roads.
The standard E-Type’s
Heritage division will turn existing E-Types into pure-electric cars softish suspension
settings cope well with
rough surfaces and the
aguar will put the Zero concept shown last year components from the Jaguar fitting in the space of the newly Zero’s near-identical
electric E-Type Zero into featured a 295bhp electric I-Pace electric SUV. absent gearbox. The E-Type weight distribution means
production following the motor and had a claimed The battery of the E-Type Zero weighs 46kg less than that it handles almost
enthusiastic reception 150mph top speed — matching Zero takes the place of the the original. exactly like the donor
received by a one-off concept the original 1961 car’s — and a original’s 3.8-litre six-cylinder It also receives modified car. Our prototype had
version unveiled last year. 0-60mph time of 5.5sec. The iron-block engine under the instrumentation, with a unassisted steering,
Jaguar Land Rover Classic, powertrain takes many of its bonnet, with the electric motor touchscreen available as which was heavy but full
the company’s fast-growing an option. LED headlights of feedback. The plan is
heritage division, will sell are added, but otherwise to offer buyers the option
original E-Types that have the concept is described by of electrical assistance,
been restored and converted Jaguar as “largely original”. which shouldn’t feel out of
to run on battery power. It The conversion will be fully place given the changes
will also offer a conversion reversible, allowing owners to to the powertrain.
service for owners of existing refit the straight six if required. MIKE DUFF
E-Types, alongside its current The conversion of an existing
E-Type Reborn restoration donor E-Type will cost around
programme. First deliveries are £60,000, with a complete
expected in summer 2020. E-Type Zero estimated at
The firm hasn’t released £300,000. The Concept Zero’s
full technical specs but has most notable appearance
said it is aiming for a range of to date was during the royal
more than 170 miles using a wedding earlier this year.
Instrumentation is new and a touchscreen is available as an option
40kWh battery. The E-Type JAMES ATTWOOD

OFFICIAL PICTURE

PORSCHE CLASSIC HAS The rest, some 6500 parts, The car is the 346th
revealed a one-off 993-era 911 were made using the original 993-era Turbo S produced
Turbo S built from an original specs by the Porsche Classic and features a ‘1 of 1’ plaque
bodyshell but using all-new division. It includes an original inside, announcing its one-off
parts. Making its public debut 444bhp twin-turbo 3.6-litre status. It’ll be sold at auction
at the Porsche Rennsport flat six engine, four-wheel by RM Sotheby’s in October,
Reunion at Laguna Seca, the drive system and gearbox. where it is expected to achieve
car, dubbed ‘Project Gold’, is Finished in gold paint, a price well in excess of the
a track-only restored model in the car pays homage to the £150,000-£300,000 used
which the bodyshell is the only far more recent 911 Turbo S 993-generation Turbo S cars One-off 993-era 911 Turbo S nods to newer Exclusive Series car
original part carried over. Exclusive Series. currently sell for.

SUBARU AXES ALL DIESELS IN THE UK HONDA NSX GETS DETAILED MAKEOVER
Subaru has removed all of its diesel models Honda has updated the NSX for 2019 with a series
from sale in the UK in a move understood to be of chassis tweaks, including new settings, and
prompted by the new WLTP emissions tests. The efficiency-boosting powertrain revisions that
Levorg estate has also been withdrawn from sale, meet the latest emissions standards. New cabin
with Subaru unable to confirm when it will return. trim and exterior colours complete the update.

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MY WEEK IN CARS
Mustang makes light
work of its V8 with a
new 10-speed auto ’box

` TUESDAY
Any fool could see the A barmy chief constable is in the news. I’m
tempted to wonder if Shropshire-based Anthony

Speed enforcement proposal is unworkably draconian


Toyotas were the winners Bangham’s half-baked proposal to nick people for
going 1mph over the limit is a helpful invention
a for the holiday-starved news industry, but, sadly,
he is real. As both he and anyone else who ever
SUNDAY the winners. People kept saying rules were rules drove a car knows, his proposal is as unworkable
To Silverstone for the World Endurance but the decision seemed puerile in the extreme. as it is trivial. You have to wonder how an
Championship, driving an Orange Fury Ford individual so lacking in common sense can
Mustang rag-top its maker had kindly put my MONDAY become Head of National Roads Policing. Guess
way. I was keen to try this pokier 2019 5.0 V8 Some consoling news lands: an online appeal no-one else wants it. I’ve known some well-placed
Mustang 10-speed auto (a recipe that struck for the family of Henry Hope-Frost, much- coppers in my time, always with a right-thinking
me as overkill, in a nice way), and it was duly loved Goodwood commentator, father of three but essentially practical outlook. Let’s hope this
brilliant. In Drive, the inscrutable computer in its and former colleague who died in a motorbike zealot gets shouted down and that people with
bowels swaps ratios imperceptibly, keeping the accident on his way home from work, has raised sense (plus workable ideas for curbing the speed
engine percolating at 2000-2500rpm anywhere £110,000. That’s three times the £38,000 target abuse that does exist) are appointed.
between 10mph and 70mph. In Sport it holds initially chosen – ‘38’ because H was widely
lower ratios longer, often leaving out the top few. known for his ‘fever’ over anything fast, loud and WEDNESDAY
And if you operate your gearbox via the nice-to- automotive, and 38deg C is the body temperature My request a couple of weeks ago for your help
use short-throw paddles it becomes impressively at which humans are deemed to have a fever. identifying insurers capable of making the whole
responsive, although the gaps between ratios are Nothing lessens the extent of this tragedy, but it’s fraught business viable has resulted in a storming
so small and you’re pulling left and right so often fantastic seeing people rally round. win for NFU Mutual. Its recipe of using hand-
that you soon default to a self-shift mode. picked local agents prepared to deliver personal
What about the racing? Good fun witnessing service while plugged into a muscular national
Fernando Alonso’s star quality on the pre-race
grid, and the racing itself was interesting if
AND ANOTHER THING… organisation is the one most of you are happy to
recommend. I also heard quite a bit from people
inconclusive. The road-reminiscent Astons, Fords We’re putting the finishing who deal with obviously well-run brokers.
and Ferraris took most limelight and we saw lots touches to what has become But just as I was reading your helpful replies
of close-shave overtaking involving cars radically our annual Low Carbon a nicely turned letter from the local NFU rep fell
different in performance. The two Toyota LMP1 Vehicle supplement, timed through my Gloucestershire letterbox (was this
hybrids, the closest to automatic winners you’ll to coincide with the LCV a coincidence?). If I can work out how to transfer
ever see, were disqualified for grinding away too Show at Millbrook, Beds, in my business without losing several shirts in the
much of their underbody skid-blocks for the post- two weeks’ time. The subject process, I think I’m going to give them a go.
race scrutineers to tolerate. That made a mockery becomes ever more relevant
of the man-hours, miles and millions expended and exciting, and the cars GET IN TOUCH
on Toyota’s race campaign and was hardly an and know-how ever more
ideal outcome, but any fool could see they were accessible. Don’t miss it. steve.cropley@haymarket.com @StvCr

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TESTED 21.8.18, SURREY ON SALE NOW PRICE £159,925

It’s the world’s first super-SUV, according to its maker, but is this
hard-edged 641bhp tech fest too big for its boots on UK roads?
hatever you think of the and the rest are building SUVs of
Lamborghini Urus, even if their own and Lamborghini would
you find it so objectionable be mad to watch them gobble
that you can hardly bear up the pie while it sat back and
to look at these photographs, congratulated itself on being so
you must arrive at your opinion singularly faithful to the supercar
of it availed of two pieces of cause. Lamborghini says this car
information. could double its output to 7000
The first is that it is right units a year, which sounds like very
and proper that this car exists. good business. And Lambo, unlike
Lamborghini is no less a money- many others, does have some sort
making concern than a house of heritage in off-road vehicles.
builder or an accountancy firm, Of course, it is possible to be
and for it to overlook a vast and fully aware of all that and still find
growing sector of the market the high-performance SUV thing
on the grounds of some sort of depressing. This is simply where
imagined sacrosanctity, or to the automotive industry finds itself
respect Ferruccio Lamborghini’s in 2018. You might just think the
legacy, would be a curious self- Urus is the most wonderful car
punishment. Porsche, Maserati, since the turn of the millennium,
Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls-Royce though, in which case the second ◊
TESTER’S NOTE
You select Drive
using the right-hand
`
Away from corners, there is
gearshift paddle. It’s
fine, unless you’re
in the middle of a
athleticism and agility, but
manoeuvre and the
steering-wheel-
not any real playfulness
mounted paddle isn’t
where you need it. DP
a

Urus puts on speed quickly thanks to the torque-rich nature of its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8

∆ piece of information will make are simply too high riding and too products could pick out component well have been its undoing. As it is,
you very happy indeed. It is that heavy and no amount of technology after component that is shared across the Urus – on 22in wheels rather
Lamborghini’s SUV is very good. or hardware can get around that. the group. Lamborghini has at least than 23s, the largest available –
It really is. If you listed the 10 or 12 There’s no doubting the Urus has tried to give the cockpit a bespoke feel feels busy and tense over the worst
things a car like this should be able to presence, but to my eyes the detail with the drive mode and gear selector stretches of Tarmac, without being
do, you couldn’t honestly say the Urus styling is overwrought, particularly mechanisms, but I’ll leave you to hopelessly uncomfortable. At least
is bad at any one of them. around the fussy front end, and the decide how tasteful you think they are. that’s true in Strada mode, in which
With that out of the way, let me slightly contrived coupé roofline just Inevitably, the Urus has a more the air suspension is at its most
tell you something else about this doesn’t look right. Meanwhile, the connected, less isolating ride quality pliant, and just about in Sport mode,
car. Lamborghini reckons it is the cabin is spacious – although the rear than a Porsche Cayenne or Bentley too. In the firmest setting, Corsa, the
first-ever super-SUV, which isn’t seats might be a little claustrophobic Bentayga. On smoother roads, the ride does go to hell on anything other
an unreasonable claim, and it is for really tall passengers – and ride is fine and even on rougher than super-smooth asphalt. There
so loaded with technology and the quality throughout is very sections it isn’t unduly harsh. One is also what Lamborghini calls Ego
hardware that it’s quite surprising good indeed. It’s a pity, though, of the main reasons for testing this mode, incidentally, which allows you
you don’t have to attend a two-day that anybody at all familiar with car extensively in the UK is that our to adjust parameters independently.
course simply to operate it. It has other premium Volkswagen Group sometimes appalling roads might This car’s seating position is very
active torque vectoring, four-wheel
steering, a rear-biased centre
differential, adaptive air suspension
and active anti-roll bars, all of which
are there to make the car as agile as it
can possibly be. It also has staggered
tyres front to rear and plenty more
besides. On top of that, it has the
least ambiguous remit of any high-
performance SUV so far: be great
to drive along a winding road. It is a
Lamborghini, after all.
And it is great to drive – for an
SUV – but what it absolutely isn’t is
fun, or engaging, or rewarding, or
interactive, not in overall terms, not
in the way a purpose-built sports car
can be. Which, to me, demonstrates
a point: if the Urus isn’t the kind of
SUV that will make you wake up
early on a Sunday morning just to go Drive mode and gear selectors aim to put a Lambo stamp on VW-led surroundings
for a drive, no SUV ever will be. They

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DOES IT FEEL LIKE A
REAL LAMBORGHINI?
What makes the Urus a
Lamborghini? Apart from
the way it looks, all that really
differentiates it from every other
large Volkswagen Group SUV is its
hardware calibration. In fact, chief
technical officer Maurizio Reggiani
has said it was the calibration work
that took the most time.
So although the Urus shares
its underpinnings with the Audi
Q8, Bentley Bentayga, Porsche
Cayenne and VW Touareg, and its
engine is borrowed from the Audi
RS6, among others, its gearbox is
the ubiquitous ZF automatic that’s
used right across the industry.
The air suspension, active anti-
roll bars, four-wheel steering
system and so on are off-the-shelf
parts, they have all been tuned
to work together in a unique way,
to give the Urus its own distinct
personality. Is that enough to
make it a real Lamborghini? That’s
probably a matter of opinion.

Driving position feels very much like a sports car’s, only you’re sited a couple of feet higher

good, because although you do sit feel in a more overtly sporting car. least not at road speeds. Away from and the soundtrack, while clearly
high above the road surface, you The steering is a highlight. It is corners, there is athleticism and manufactured and programmed, is
do so in much the same repose as electrically assisted, of course, so not agility, but not any real playfulness at least quite amusing. The automatic
you would in one of the company’s remotely communicative, but it is despite the rear-biased four-wheel transmission, meanwhile, is smooth
more on-brand models. That is, you precise, consistent and so natural in drive system and active torque and refined when left to do its own
feel snug, with the bodywork rising its rate of response down at the front vectoring. Again, not at road speeds, thing, but when you take control
up to meet the glass somewhere axle that you pour the car into corners anyway. Body control is exceptionally yourself, you are aware of a slight
around your shoulders, while the more instinctively than you do in any good for a car of this size. delay between tugging either paddle
steering wheel reaches out towards other SUV. There is just enough body What of the Audi RS6-sourced and the shift actually happening.
your chest. It’s a sports car seating roll to let you know you’re working twin-turbo V8? It’s a monster, It was only a matter of time before
position, just a couple of feet higher the chassis, masses of turn-in grip frankly, and with its bundles of low- Lamborghini claimed its slice of
up. When you start pushing the Urus and even, when you chuck the car rev torque, it is very well suited to a the SUV pie. Like it or loathe it, the
a little harder, then, it doesn’t feel around a bit, a sense of balance, of car like the Urus. Throttle response Urus is at least the sportiest and most
completely alien. You start hustling harmony between the front and is sharp, the rate of acceleration agile car of its type.
the car, despite its size and weight, rear axles. The Urus doesn’t merely under full load in second gear is more DAN PROSSER
with much the same confidence you’d plough on in hopeless understeer, at unsettling than that of any other SUV @thedanprosser

LAMBORGHINI URUS
Rampantly fast and sharper than
any other car of its type. Too heavy
to thrill like a sports car, though
AAAAC
Price  £159,925
Engine  3996cc, V8,
twin-turbo, petrol
Power  641bhp at 6000rpm
Torque  626lb ft at 2250-4500rpm
Gearbox  8-spd automatic
Kerb weight  2197kg
Top speed  190mph
0-62mph  3.5sec
Economy 23mpg
CO2, tax band 290g/km, 37%
RIVALS Bentley Bentayga,
If you think the design looks complex, you should see the tech that lies beneath it Porsche Cayenne Turbo

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TESTER’S NOTE
It could just be my
imagination, but I
reckon Audi’s 3.0-litre
diesel V6 isn’t quite
as refined in the Q8 as
it is in the A7. There’s
something ever so
slightly more, well,
‘dieselly’ about
it’s timbre. SD

TESTED 21.8.18, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE ON SALE NOW PRICE £65,040

Ingolstadt’s flagship SUV arrives on UK roads in 282bhp V6 diesel form


he Audi Q8 is an impressive and Touareg and, of course, the Audi Q7; controlled, progressive manner The V6 diesel’s 442lb ft gives plenty
highly competent luxury car that all of which are impressive things in in which the weight shifts from of smooth, refined acceleration out
hasn’t quite got the styling verve their own varied ways. right to left won’t discourage you of corners, although the eight-speed
or intoxicating performance The form the MLB platform takes from pressing on. And if you do automatic transmission can take its
to set it apart from the established here differs slightly from that in decide to lean on the Q8 through the time finding the right gear. Using the
sports SUV set. Well, not yet, anyway. the Q7. It has a wheelbase that’s twisty stuff, there’s a healthy reserve paddleshifters remedies this.
That, more or less, was our verdict shorter by 1mm, at 2994mm, wider of grip waiting for you. There’s still a lot to like here, then.
a few months back when we first tracks and adaptive sports-tuned air Dynamic mode firms things In addition to the way it drives, the
drove Audi’s new flagship Q-car in suspension that’s standard rather up, providing closer levels of both Q8 also has a hugely spacious and
Chile. Now we’ve driven it on the than an optional extra. vertical and sideways body control. luxuriously appointed cabin, while
UK’s roads, not a lot has changed to Even on the optional (and £1750) The trade-off here, though, is a it’s 605-litre boot is hardly devoid
move our opinion on. 22in alloys fitted to our test car, this heightened awareness of the mild of space either. If that’s what you’re
The SUV here is an S-Line model, translated into a ride quality that, jostling that occurs at lower speeds after, then great – you likely won’t
similar to the one we drove before, for the most part, left little to be over blemished surfaces (although be disappointed. But the sense that
while the 282bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel desired. In Comfort mode it remains you notice that in Comfort mode, there’ll be even more to like about
– designated ‘50 TDI’ – remains the soft enough to ensure that passage too), while compressions through the Q8 in a few months’ time hasn’t
only engine currently available. over undulating road surfaces is dips aren’t as masked. faded. As good as it might be now, it
The only difference this cushioned and forgiving without the The steering is pleasingly weighted feels like a real-deal Q-car flagship is
time around is that we’re in compromise of lacklustre vertical but comes with a sense of vagueness yet to arrive.
Buckinghamshire, not the Andes, to body control. It doesn’t feel quite as that’s typical of Audi’s larger models. SIMON DAVIS
find out how the Q8 copes on British tight as a Porsche Cayenne in this It’s direct and lends the Q8 a keen @SimonDavisNZ
roads – an undertaking at which, in regard, but there’s still an impressive sense of responsiveness, but at the
theory, it should perform rather well. fluency to the manner in which it same time it removes you from the AUDI Q8 50 TDI QUATTRO S LINE
It’s based on the same MLB Evo travels over variable surfaces. driving experience slightly more
architecture that, albeit with slightly The Q8 remains adequately flat than you might like in a model that Audi’s SUV flagship is a competent
different suspension and wheelbase through bends. There is, of course, has so obviously been conceived to be and impressive steer but lacks a
configurations, underpins the likes some body roll around the lateral axis sportier and more engaging than the touch of that all-important X-factor
of the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen – this is still a 2145kg SUV – but the SUV to which it’s so closely related.
AAAAC
Price £65,040
Engine V6, 2967cc, diesel
Power 282bhp at 3500-4000rpm
Torque 442lb ft at 2250-3250rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
Kerb weight 2145kg
0-62mph 6.3sec
Top speed 152mph
Economy 41.5mpg
CO2, tax band 178g/km, 37%
RIVALS BMW X6 xDrive30d M Sport,
Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d
The vast cabin is luxuriously well appointed; the Q8’s body roll is well controlled 4Matic Coupé

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FIRST DRIVES
TESTED 15.8.18, MIDDLESEX ON SALE NOW PRICE £24,020 (AF TER PICG)

Refreshed urban-biased EV gets a boost in performance

VW GOLF R PERFORMANCE
PACK ESTATE
Price £38,425 On sale Now
What’s new? Performance Pack enhances the
R’s point-to-point credentials but is expensive

YOU’D STRUGGLE TO unearth


a driver whose lifestyle would not
benefit in some measurable way from
the addition of a Golf R estate. A
sub-5.0sec 0-62mph time, 1620 litres
of luggage capacity with the rear
seats laid down, laudable four-wheel-
drive handling and a real-world
touring economy of close to 35mpg
give it sensational breadth.
The £2300 Performance Pack
addresses the track-day fragility
of the standard car’s brakes,
introducing uprated front discs, and
unfetters the electrically limited
top speed, raising it to 168mph from
155mph. ‘Spielberg’ wheels, 19in in
diameter, are also included, although
enault’s European battery car pace. As before, its urban muscle is well enough through bends and on the standard 18s better cushion the
sales champion, the Zoe, has derived as much from instant throttle smoother surfaces. It’s only bigger firm ride. Overall, though, this pack
just been updated for 2018. It response as outright torque; that and lumps and bumps taken above is better suited to the hatch. RL
gets a more powerful electric the fact that the energetic surge of 50mph that upset its composure. AAAAC
motor, a revised touchscreen acceleration is totally seamless and The rest of the Zoe’s package is
infotainment system, a new shade of gearshift-free. It amounts to a town respectable for practicality and
paint and some new interior trim. driving experience that is at once perceived quality – but only by
So, having had 91bhp and 162lb ft liberating and enjoyable. supermini class standards. And
to call its own last year, this year’s The Zoe’s performance out of when you compare the Zoe’s price
Zoe gets 107bhp and 166lb ft. The town is improved as well, not that the with a Nissan Leaf’s on like-for-like
motor upgrade doesn’t affect its difference is anything like enough to terms (taking Renault’s battery
battery range, either. make it seem as well suited to longer- lease model out of the equation),
Renault says that it’s at long- distance hops as it is to urban errand there’s now only a couple of thousand
distance speeds where you’ll notice running. Where the old Zoe quickly pounds between them.
the difference made by the Zoe’s ran out of puff above 50mph, the new Little enough, in this tester’s
motor upgrade and that the new one maintains a decent turn of pace opinion, to make the Nissan look like
version is fully two seconds faster- up to motorway speed. the better-value car overall. Having MAZDA 6 165 SPORT NAV+
accelerating from 50mph to 75mph A more powerful electric motor can said that, bought as a second car of Price £25,995 On sale Now
than the old R90 one was. But to this do nothing about the car’s choppy a slightly narrower remit, the Zoe What’s new? Revisions inside and out plus
tester, the car felt quicker than its vertical body control at higher should retain its appeal; because, upgrades to the suspension and engine range
forebear at urban speeds, too. speeds, though, which is one way the although it is what it is, where it’s
The Zoe now really zips away Zoe gently reminds you that it’s not good, it’s still great. MAZDA’S FORD MONDEO rival
from standing, and up to 40mph at really intended for longer journeys or MATT SAUNDERS still isn’t feeling its age. Interior
what must be close to hot hatchback for a quicker stride. The car handles @thedarkstormy1 improvements have boosted
perceived quality, and the new,
RENAULT ZOE R110 ZE40 larger infotainment screen is crisp,
clear and very easy to operate.
Retains a lot of urban-runabout Additional driver assist tech keeps it
appeal. It’s no every-occasion car, competitive, too.
but where it works, it works well The 2.0-litre petrol engine seems
AAAAC much the same, needing to be worked
hard to extract its performance
Price £24,020 (after PICG) and getting a touch raucous in the
Motor AC electric motor process. It’s characterful, though,
Power  107bhp at 3000-11,300rpm and impressively efficient in the
Torque  166lb ft at 250-2500rpm real world. Chassis tweaks improve
Gearbox  Direct drive the ride and bolster the 6’s already
Kerb weight 1480kg impressive handling, making it agile
0-62mph 11.4sec when you want it to be and cosseting
Top speed 84mph when you’re not in the mood. LA
Battery range 186 miles (WLTP) AAAAC
CO2, tax band  na, 13%
RIVALS Hyundai Ioniq Electric, R E AD MOR E ONLINE
Nissan Leaf
Updated Zoe gains some new trim inside and a revised infotainment system autocar.co.uk
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ROAD TEST No 5386

Will it be third time lucky for Kia’s Europe-only hatchback?


MODEL TESTED 1.6 CRDI 115 2
Price £19,545 Power 113bhp Torque 207lb ft 0-60mph 9.9sec 30-70mph in fourth 18.1sec
Fuel economy 49.7mpg CO2 emissions 99g/km 70-0mph 48.0m
PHOTOGRAPHY NEIL WILLIAMS

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ver the course of the past at times, assumed a similar one. WE LIKE
O decade, the Ceed has been
the instrument through
which its globally
But the Ceed – an entrant into the
important European C-segment
hatchback market that was designed
Roomy, comfortable cabin z Refined, economical
ascendant creator has sought to in Europe, is built in Europe and is diesel powertrain z New-found sophistication of
convince the most discerning car
buyers in the world that it deserves
sold exclusively in Europe – is greater
proof than you’ll find anywhere
steering and handling z Impressive value for money
a mention in the same breath as else of how much European market WE DON’T LIKE
Volkswagen, Toyota, Renault, success and esteem matters to the
Nissan, Ford, Peugeot, Citroën and firm’s global bosses. Derivative styling z Long gear ratios can impede the
others; and that it can make cars of
matching style, quality, performance
With this third-generation Ceed,
Kia rolls its VW-Golf-rivalling
driving experience z Perceived quality needs lifting
and dynamic sophistication as those hatchback onto a new model platform
brands do. The larger Stinger has in a bid to make a more telling dent
lately taken on a talismanic role in in the regional segment dominance
that mission and the popular and of its European car-making rivals.
handsome Sportage crossover has, The car gets a new compact diesel
engine, too: the 113bhp 1.6-litre
U3-generation CRDi in the entry-
level sub-£20,000 example we’ve
chosen to test. Stand by to find
out how much closer either may
bring Kia to the European market
eminence it covets.
DESIGN AND ENGINEERING z These 16in wheels are standard fare z Kia has gone against two generations
AAAAC for Ceeds in 2 specification and they of tradition and dropped the apostrophe
The handiwork of Kia design look slightly lost within their arches. from this name. It was coined as an
luminaries Peter Schreyer and Larger 17s are fitted to Blue Edition, 3 acronym, with the ‘CEE’ part a reference
Gregory Guillaume is immediately and First Edition variants. to the European Economic Community.
recognisable on the Ceed. At the
front, there’s the familiar ‘tiger
nose’ grille and castellated upper
windscreen, and you may just be able
to make out the hints of Stinger GT in
the swept-back headlight design and
lowered, widened, front air intake.
Move your gaze backwards,
though, and the latest Kia becomes
much more nondescript, almost to
the point of becoming forgettable. Its
lines, profile and overall appearance
are certainly handsome, but it’s a sort z LED tail-lights come as standard z A signature Peter Schreyer cue
of derivative handsomeness you can’t on our Ceed 2. They feature a smart comes in the shape of the Ceed’s ‘tiger
help but think has been designed rear light signature, which adds visual nose’ grille. The design boss reckons it’ll
with uncharacteristic conservatism. interest, but they seem very similar to become as iconic as BMW’s kidney grille
In a lot of ways, it looks a lot like the rear lights of a Vauxhall Astra. in the near future.
several other C-segment hatchbacks
launched in the past few years and,
in that respect, it’s the sort of car you
might have expected from Kia five or
10 years ago.
As for the hardware, the Ceed is
based on Kia’s new K2 platform,
which allows its width to swell by
20mm, while its roofline dips 23mm
closer to the ground. It has grown in
overall length, too, now measuring
4.6m – an increase of 95mm. The
wheelbase remains the same at z The 1.6-litre diesel uses selective z The feed from the rear parking
2650mm although the cabin has catalytic reduction active emissions camera is grainy but not enough to
been shifted back by 68mm within control to lower the amount of oxides warrant any great complaint from us.
it, lending the Ceed a ‘cab-rearward’ of nitrogen matter that come out of the It makes an already easy-to-park car
profile that supposedly improves Ceed’s tailpipe. even easier.
occupant protection in the event
of a collision while also improving
visibility around the A-pillars.
There’s a transversely mounted
1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine
up front in our test car, although ◊

z Oval-shaped exhaust pipe is a nice z Headlights are reminiscent of the


touch. It looks purposeful and doesn’t Stinger GT’s. On Blue and First Edition
appear to hide a weedier genuine models, they house LED bi-function
tailpipe, either. lights. It’s halogen projector lights here.
Mk1 (pictured) and Mk2 were named Cee’d
29 AUGUST 2018 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 31
z Layout of the controls on the steering wheel spokes z Ceed 2 comes with old-fashioned air conditioning. z Entry-level cars get a USB port and twin 12V sockets,
is similar to that of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Those who want automatic climate control will have to which is more than most cars in the class offer. First
although probably only by chance. They work well. stump up the extra cash required to upgrade to 3 spec. Edition cars gain a wireless charging pad.

M U LT I M E D I A S YS T E M
+++BC
The 7.0in touchscreen that comes as standard. Sat-nav is not included, but
standard with 2 specification doesn’t Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with
feature any noticeable drastic their corresponding mapping apps,
change to its software or graphics provide smartphone users with a
compared with what we’ve seen in perfectly suitable alternative. Those
Kia’s other recent market debutants. who prefer their Ceed to come fitted
Its menus are quite intuitive but its with its own navigation software will
responsiveness and visual appeal need to upgrade to the £21,995 Ceed
could both be a touch sharper. As 3 trim level, which also adds a larger,
such, it lags behind Volkswagen’s 8.0in screen.
Composition Media system but is on a The six-speaker sound system
par with Ford’s Sync3 set-ups. is powerful enough to satisfy the
At this level, you get DAB radio, needs of your average punter,
USB and Bluetooth connectivity although audiophiles will probably
and a reversing camera fitted as find it ordinary.

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∆ 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre petrol Kia in Europe as a Golf’s fixtures and
powerplants are also available. The fittings do for the standing of VW.
diesel develops 113bhp at 4000rpm That said, the Kia’s interior is
and 207lb ft is available between attractive enough at eye level.
1500rpm and 2750rpm. This is sent The 7.0in floating touchscreen
to the front wheels via a six-speed crowns the dashboard in a neat
manual transmission. and tidy fashion, and the various
Front suspension, meanwhile, is by infotainment, heating and
MacPherson struts and an anti-roll ventilation controls are integrated
bar. A multi-link arrangement with cleanly. The shiny soft-touch plastics
trailing arm and anti-roll bar are on the dash top do an unconvincing
employed at the rear. Kia has fettled impression of leather, though, the
the front spring rates, ratcheting up faux stitching in particular looking
stiffness by 40%, and the torsional untidy; and in a place where a nicely
rigidity of the front stabiliser has grained slush-moulding would have
been reduced by 22% – the aim of been better.
these modifications being greater Scan towards the footwell and
mechanical grip and more incisive some cheaper-looking materials
handling, causes also helped by come to the fore. Hard plastics are
the car’s wider axle tracks. At the used on the lower door cards, the
back, a 10% drop in effective spring centre console and the lower dash,
rate is intended to give the Ceed a and the door bins aren’t lined,
more pliant ride. allowing loose items to rattle and
slide around noisily inside them.
INTERIOR Although features like these might be z That rather busy-looking cloth upholstery is fitted as standard on 2 models. Full
AAABC forgiven on a value-oriented family leather is standard on First Edition models only.
In much the same way that you can hatch, they will need to be addressed
get behind the wheel of any VW, if Kia wants the reputation for quality
cover up the badge on the steering that it has talked about targeting.
boss and still know what you’re The front seats are fairly large,
driving, the same is true for the new comfortable and sensibly (but not
Ceed. This interior’s mix of materials, overly deeply) bolstered, their cloth
its graphics, its infotainment system upholstery feeling a bit harsh to
and the haptic feel of its switchgear the touch but no doubt helping to
all seem familiar; and none will do hold your backside in place. The
quite as much for the reputation of steering column adjusts for rake ◊

HOW BIG IS IT?


x
m ma

0.30
940m

Typical leg room


1000m

1447mm

395-
1291 litres 720mm
ax
mm

mm
720

0m
110

Kerb weight: 1388kg


880mm 2650mm 780mm
4310mm
z Passengers of average height will find that rear leg and head room are abundant
VISIBILITY HEADLIGHTS enough for comfortable travel.

A-pillars are conventional and average Halogen projector lights feature on


in their size, so the forward view is lower-grade cars like our test car. We
good. The view backwards and over the had no opportunity to test them.
shoulder are typical for the class.

circle: 10.6m
Turning
90mm 60mm
1565mm 180mm

Width 1030-1370mm

10mm Height 510-750mm


Length 750-1570mm
Centre

1573mm W H E E L A N D P E DA L
ALIGNMENT
Pedals are quite widely spaced but
1800mm they’re well positioned and their action
is entirely comfortable. There’s a rest z Folding the 60/40 split rear seats flat will increase the Ceed’s total load-carrying
2035mm
for your left foot. capacity to 1291 litres. The boot floor adjusts for height, too.

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∆ and reach and makes settling into engine proves highly competitive benefit-in-kind tax liability surely accurate fashion through the gate
your preferred driving position easy. for outright measurable quantity of will, you’ll get a car that narrowly and has adequate, although not
Those in the back will find leg and noise: it’s quieter at 50mph, by our dips under 10sec to 60mph from outstanding, mechanical feel. The
head room are in relatively generous measurements, than an equivalent rest – faster-accelerating in that clutch itself is medium weighted and
supply, too. The Ceed isn’t quite as diesel-powered Renault Mégane, respect than a like-for-like Mégane pleasant to use. Both controls make
accommodating as a Honda Civic or Vauxhall Astra and Mazda 3. 1.5 dCi (11.1sec), Astra 1.6 CDTi 110 the regular changes necessary to
Skoda Octavia but yields to little else Next, after that improved (10.8sec) and outgoing Focus 1.5 maintain an assertive stride in the
in the class on that front. mechanical refinement, you might TDCi 120 (10.9sec). Ceed easy to execute. The engine
As for the boot, there’s 395 litres notice how long-geared the Ceed The Ceed has all three beaten on response and usable operating range,
of space on offer (more than you’ll seems. A longer final drive ratio is 30-70mph acceleration through the meanwhile, also contribute to the
get in a Ford Focus or Golf), all of it something that Kia Europe offers as gears, too, although not on in-gear Ceed’s respectable overall drivability,
accessed via a suitably large aperture. part of an optional Eco pack available acceleration. Here, the car pays a both being better than those of some
There is a reasonable lip to navigate, on the 1.0-litre turbo petrol and penalty for its long final drive ratio, small-capacity diesels.
although the boot floor can be raised 1.6-litre diesel versions of the car. needing more than 18sec to cover
to make loading easier. However, rather than complicate the
RIDE AND HANDLING
30-70mph in fourth gear where the
PERFORMANCE
buying process and miss out on the Ford does it in little more than 12sec. AAAAC
‘standard’ taxable emissions gains On the road, those long gear Getting bigger – wider of track and
AAAAC it delivers, Kia UK simply fits the ratios are occasionally problematic, longer overall – seems to have been
Relatively clattery diesel engines pack as standard on its lower-grade too. Ushering the car into motion just what the doctor ordered for
have been a cause of criticism of petrol and diesel derivatives. If you takes a more deliberate juggling of the Ceed’s ride and handling. For
Kia’s cars over the past 20 years, want a 99g/km Ceed, then, you have clutch and accelerator than some some, that idea may seem odd, given
but the Ceed’s new diesel seems to to buy a Ceed 1.6 CRDi 2; and if you will be used to, and managing the that plenty of this car’s competitors
be cut from a different cloth. The want to avoid the long cruising legs, powertrain into higher gears at lower (Golf, Peugeot 308) seem to derive
new-generation U3 diesel feels as low-resistance tyres and lowered speeds takes care as well. Third plenty of dynamic benefit from
well isolated in the nose of the Ceed suspension springs necessary to gear is best for urban motoring and their compact overall proportions.
as almost any like-for-like diesel in optimise the car’s efficiency, you avoiding sixth advisable on anything But then it wasn’t outright grip or
the hatchback class. And although simply buy 3 specification or above. other than a decently quiet motorway low-speed manoeuvrability the
there’s a faintly rough quality to the Even if you stick with a 2 model, on which you can choose a cruising last Ceed was missing; more the
timbre of the noise that it makes as we did for the purposes of this test speed and stick with it. parallel impressions of easily won,
when it’s working, the Ceed’s and as anyone with one eye on their The gearlever moves in light and intuitive handling agility, fluent

T R AC K N O T E S
Despite having its outright grip and z Charge hard into T2 and you’ll get some
balance compromised by its tyre z Adverse camber at T4 turn-in understeer but not enough to T2
specification, the Ceed showed off a will allow you destabilise prevent you taking a good cornering line.
creditable depth of dynamic integrity the car momentarily, but
on the Millbrook hill route, handling with the ESC system quickly T4
linearity of response and staying stable curtails any sliding.
T3
and predictable even when leant on hard.
The eco tyres make it begin to T6
understeer earlier than you might
expect, although only markedly so when T1
you set out to carry more speed through
corners than you would in typical road
driving. Mid-corner balance is good,
even under plenty of lateral loading, z Be smooth and you can carry reasonable
and traction on the exit of corners is speed through T5 and up the steepest part
respectable. of the course, although the engine struggles
The car maintains good lateral to pull the car’s long intermediate gear ratios.
control of its body at all times, and
although its stability control system T7
remains active even when it claims to be
deactivated, it intervenes harshly only
when you introduce adverse cambers T5
or deliberately move the car’s weight
around in order to destabilise it.
FINISH
START
AC C E L E R AT I O N
Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDI 115 2 (25deg C, dry)
Standing quarter mile 17.5sec at 80.6mph, standing km 32.1sec at 101.5mph, 30-70mph 9.6sec, 30-70mph in fourth 18.1sec
30mph 40mph 50mph 60mph 70mph 80mph 90mph 100mph
3.4s 5.0s 7.3s 9.9s 13.0s 17.3s 23.2s 30.8s
0 10s 20s 30s
Renault Mégane 1.5 dCi 110 Dynamique S Nav (2016, 22deg C, dry)
Standing quarter mile 18.3sec at 76.4mph, standing km 33.4sec at 98.5mph, 30-70mph 11.1sec, 30-70mph in fourth 15.1sec
30mph 40mph 50mph 60mph 70mph 80mph 90mph 100mph
3.8s 5.6s 8.3s 11.1s 14.9s 20.1s 26.1s 35.2s
0 10s 20s 30s

B R A K I N G 60-0mph: 2.87sec
Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDI 115 2 (25deg C, dry)
30mph-0 50mph-0 70mph-0
8.9m 24.6m 48.0m
0 10m 20m 30m 40m
Renault Mégane 1.5 dCi 110 Dynamique S Nav (2016, 22deg C, dry)
30mph-0 50mph-0 70mph-0
8.4m 23.1m 46.1m
0 10m 20m 30m 40m

34 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 29 AUGUST 2018


ROAD TEST

We recorded in excess of 70mpg on our touring test

but dependable body control, good just a hint of the sort of noise and
high-speed stability and supple ride fussiness that experience teaches you
sophistication that distinguish the to associate with efficiency-boosting
very best cars in the class and make low-rolling-resistance tyres and
them seem so well rounded and lowered suspension springs.
easy to drive.
The new Ceed gets much closer
BUYING AND OWNING
to reproducing those key, tricky- AAAAB
to-tune dynamic qualities than Our 2-grade test car represents
any of its forebears have. The car’s the entry-level diesel offering in
single biggest advance might be the Ceed range for the time being,
how it steers. Gone is the leaden, although a more affordable 1 model
sticky, monotone feel we’ve known is expected at a later date. Coupled
in the car’s predecessors and in its with the 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel, the
place comes a rack of well-judged Ceed is priced from £19,545. That
directness and weight; one with gets you 16in alloy wheels, automatic
good centre feel, even capable of headlights, cloth upholstery, a
telegraphing the building of lateral reversing camera and a suite of active
load at the front axle usefully well. safety systems. There’s the 7.0in
The Ceed’s lateral body control, touchscreen infotainment system, too.
outright grip level and balance of Where value for money is
grip are all fairly good, although in concerned the Ceed makes a strong
some of these respects our test car case for itself. A comparable Golf is in
must have been a little adversely excess of £2000 more expensive and
affected by the tyre specification of slightly less practical and the new
Kia’s aforementioned Eco pack and Focus is some £1200 pricier. The Kia
you’d have reason to expect better of a is expected to withstand depreciation
model in a higher trim level. very solidly, and competitive personal
At normal road speeds, the car contract deals on the car, supported
handles very well, with accurate by a manufacturer-backed deposit
and progressive corning manners, incentive, are already on offer.
being easy to place and stable at high There’s also plenty of credit to
speeds. On its Michelin Energy Saver award here in recognition of the
tyres, the car pushed into understeer Ceed’s real-world fuel economy.
sooner than some of its competitors We recorded in excess of 70mpg
might have, but not until it was being on our touring test – and that was
driven harder than anyone would accounting for calibration of the car’s
venture on the road. When it did, trip computer after brim-to-brim
however, it showed that its traction testing, which proved to overestimate
and stability controls also have the that economy by 8%. On that front,
tuning sophistication you’d hope for. this is definitely a car that would
The car’s ride was quiet and repay a high-mileage driver for z Latest Ceed displays greater dynamic prowess than any of its predecessors and
absorptive for the most part, with keeping faith with diesel. ◊ the steering especially is much improved, with pleasing weight and directness.

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DATA L O G
KIA CEED 1.6 CRDI 2
On-the-road price £19,545
Price as tested £20,095
Value after 3yrs/36k miles £7925
Contract hire pcm £248.92
Cost per mile tbc
Insurance/typical quote 20/£595

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST
16in alloy wheels
50 litres
Air conditioning
Electric windows
Cloth seat upholstery
Cruise control with speed limiter
7.0in colour touchscreen infotainment
with 6-speaker audio, DAB radio, USB
and aux inputs, Apple smartphone
mirroring
Reversing camera
Lane keeping assist, high beam assist,
forward collision assist and driver T E C H N I C A L L AYO U T
attention warning active safety Third-generation Ceed sits on Kia’s K2 model platform and has wider tracks, a wider
systems body and a lower roofline than its predecessor, together with a matching wheelbase.
Front, side and curtain airbags Suspension is now fully independent on all versions. All engines are turbocharged,
Alarm and immobiliser go in transversely up front and drive the front wheels via a choice of six-speed
Temporary spare wheel manual or seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes.
Dual-height boot floor
Metallic paint £550 ENGINE POWER & TORQUE C H A S S I S & B O DY
Options in bold fitted to test car Installation Front, transverse, 300 300 Construction Steel monocoque
= Standard front-wheel drive Weight/as tested 1388kg/1411kg
Type 4 cyls, 1598cc, diesel 207lb ft at Drag coefficient 0.30
R A N G E AT A G L A N C E Made of Iron block, aluminium head 1500-2750rpm Wheels 6.5Jx16in
ENGINES POWER FROM Bore/stroke 77.0mm x85.8mm Tyres 205/55 R16
200 200
1.0 T-GDI 2 118bhp £18,295 Compression ratio 15.9:1 Michelin Energy Saver
Power output (bhp)

113bhp at

Torque (lb ft)


1.6 CRDI 2 113bhp £19.545 Valve gear 4 per cyl 400
4000rpm
40 Spare Spacesaver
1.4 T-GDI Blue Ed’n 138bhp £21,095 Power 113bhp at 4000rpm
Torque 207lb ft at 1500-2750rpm TRANSMISSION
TRANSMISSIONS Redline 5000rpm 100 100 Type 6-spd manual
6-spd manual Power to weight 81bhp per tonne Ratios/mph per 1000rpm
7-spd dual-clutch automatic £1100 Torque to weight 149lb ft per tonne 1st 3.77/6.0 2nd 2.04/11.2 3rd 1.19/19.1
(1.4 T-GDI, 1.6 CRDI only) Specific output 71bhp per litre 4th 0.80/28.5 5th 0.66/34.5 6th 0.55/41.4
Engine (rpm) Final drive ratio 3.25:1
0 0
0 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000

ECONOMY SUSPENSION BRAKES SAFET Y


TEST Track 25.1mpg Front MacPherson struts, coil springs, Front 288mm ventilated discs ABS, EBD, BAS, ESC, VSM
Touring 70.3mpg anti-roll bar Rear 272mm solid discs Euro NCAP crash rating Not tested
Average 49.7mpg Rear Multi-link, coil springs,anti-roll bar Anti-lock Standard, with brake assist

CLAIMED Urban 67.3mpg STEERING CABIN NOISE E M I S S I O N S & TA X


Extra-urban 78.5mpg Type Electromechanical, rack and pinion Idle 41dB Max rpm in 3rd gear 74dB CO2 emissions 99g/km
Combined 74.3mpg Turns lock to lock 2.4 30mph 61dB 50mph 64dB 70mph 68dB Tax at 20/40% pcm £65/£130
Turning circle 10.6m
Tank size 50 litres
Test range 547 miles

AC C E L E R AT I O N AC C E L E R AT I O N I N G E A R MAX SPEEDS IN GEAR R E S I D UA L S


MPH TIME (sec) mph 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 20
0-30 3.4 20-40 3.0 5.9 16.3 - - 30mph 96mph 118mph Seat Leon 1.6 TDI SE
0-40 5.0 30-50 3.8 4.8 9.7 16.9 - 5000rpm 5000rpm 3421rpm
15 Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDI 115 2
0-50 7.3 40-60 - 5.0 8.0 11.4 20.7
0-60 9.9 50-70 - 5.7 8.4 10.9 15.3 1 3 5
Value (£1000s)

0-70 13.0 60-80 - 7.3 8.8 11.9 16.7


10
0-80 17.3 70-90 - 12.7 10.1 13.4 -
0-90 23.2 80-100 - - 13.1 - -
0-100 30.8 90-110 - - - - -
5
0-110 - 100-120 - - - - -
0-120 - 110-130 - - - - - 2 4 6 Peugeot 308 1.5 BlueHDI 100 Active
0-130 - 120-140 - - - - -
0-140 - 130-150 - - - - -
56mph 118mph 118mph* 0
New 1 year 2 years 3 years 4 years
5000rpm 4147rpm 2851rpm
0-150 - 140-160 - - - - - *claimed
z Retaining 41% after three years/36k
0-160 - miles beats the Leon and 308 hands
RPM in 6th at 70/80mph = 1691/1933 down, according to CAP’s forecasts.
THE SMALL PRINT Power-to-weight and torque-to-weight figures are calculated using manufacturer’s claimed kerb weight. © 2018,
Haymarket Media Group Ltd. Test results may not be reproduced without editor’s written permission. For information on the Ceed,
contact Kia UK Customer Services, Walton Green, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1FJ (0333 202 2990, kia.com/uk). Cost-per-mile figures R OA D T E S T N o 53 8 6
calculated over three years/36,000 miles, including depreciation and maintenance but not insurance; Lex Autolease (0800 389 3690).
Insurance quote covers 35-year-old professional male with clean licence and full no-claims bonus living in Swindon; quote from Liverpool
Victoria (0800 066 5161, lv.com). Contract hire figure based on a three-year lease/36,000-mile contract including maintenance; Wessex
Fleet Solutions (01722 322888). Read all of our road tests autocar.co.uk
36 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 29 AUGUST 2018
ROAD TEST

VERDICT
TESTERS’
N O T E S 
SIMON DAVIS

Big step up in hatchback class is a watershed moment for Kia I can’t help but
feel the design
team responsible
AAAAC for the Ceed spent all of
its time on the Stinger-
hen Kia Motors broke ground on its first wholly owned factory outside of its esque front end before
giving up on the rest.

W home territory, in Slovakia in 2004, it might have imagined getting to this


point more quickly, but be that as it may. At the third time of asking, the firm
From many angles, the
design leaves me cold.

MATT
seems finally to have succeeded in making a European-style family hatchback that is SAUNDERS
designed, engineered, finished and tuned to a standard of which a great many of its better- The Ceed
indicated
established European rivals would be rightly proud. 76.4mpg on our touring
test, which replicates
After a couple of nearly cars, the Ceed has fulfilled its potential. That doesn’t mean it a 70mph motorway
cruise. If you drove it with
has become a class-leading car in our estimation, but it certainly now has a roster of static economy in mind, you
could probably see an
and dynamic qualities that’s long enough to make it more worthy of recommendation indicated 80mpg.
than all but the very best cars in one of the toughest market segments in the world.
S P E C A DV I C E
The Ceed is now a top-five contender and outranks the Astra, Octavia, Mégane and
The 2 trim level comes
others that shoppers at the value end of the hatchback spectrum might be considering. with everything you
really need thanks to
And if that sounds like a bit of a coming of age for Kia, that’s exactly how it seems to us. the inclusion of Apple
CarPlay and Android
R OA D T E S T R I VA L S Auto, but 3 spec might
deliver an even more
rounded car to drive.
1 2 3 4 5
JOBS FOR
T H E FAC E L I F T
z Keep working on lifting
perceived cabin quality.
VW GOLF 1.6 TDI SE 5DR SEAT LEON 1.6 TDI SE HONDA CIVIC 1.6 I-DTEC SE KIA CEED 1.6 CRDI 2 VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.6 CDTI The background-level
£21,910 £19,415 £20,245 £19,545 DESIGN mouldings need to be
Mix of quality, desirability, Many of the related Golf’s Outstanding diesel engine and It has budget-market bases £19,870 better.
compactness, space, ease of assets in a more stylish, creditable ride and handling covered well and is better to Roomy, well-equipped, big- z Give us more choice
use and dynamic polish second better-priced package. make this family sized Honda a drive than any Kia hatch has value Astra a sure-fire bargain if over wheel, tyre and
to none. Worth the premium. Handles smartly, too. force to be reckoned with. been previously. A contender. you shop around. Okay to drive. transmission spec.
AAAAB AAAAC AAAAC AAAAC AAABC z Use the company’s
new-found confidence
V E R D I C T S O N E V E RY N E W C A R , P 82 to be bolder with the
exterior styling.

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Driving and MINI COOPER S
B B R M X- 5 1 . 5 T U R B O
scoring by...
M AT T P R I O R
Editor-at-large VW UP GTI
Autocar’s
main-attraction
columnist, acerbic
dissident in chief,
lead car assessor
and YouTube’s
least-popular hoodie
enthusiast needs no
introduction but gets
one anyway. Also your
guide to the opening
exchanges of this test.

M AT T
SAU N D E RS
Road test editor
Made the plans,
set the lap times
and paid for the
best evening’s
entertainment
available in north-
east Lincolnshire.
Was pleased that the
madras wasn’t spicier
and that Blyton’s kerbs
weren’t bigger.

RICHARD
LANE
Road tester
Most recent road
test recruit made
an (almost) incident-
free BBADC debut.
Annoyed the Huracán
Performante wasn’t
eligible and maths
not a strong point (his
second-round votes
totalled more than 10).

DAN PROSS E R
Contributing
writer
Amusingly
bequiffed but ever-
professional freelance
contributor displayed
Schumacher-like
focus throughout. Also
resisted the Blyton
tuck shop’s flapjacks,
crisps and ice cream
with the discipline F O R D F I E S TA S T
you only get by not
having a guaranteed
regular income.

M AT T B I R D
Special
correspondent
Pistonheads’
‘busy’ news editor
managed to find time
to join us this year.
His witty, informal
take on our line-up
was welcomed by all,
and his unblinking
readiness to befriend
Lincolnshire’s locals
came in very handy.

38 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 29 AUGUST 2018


INTRODUCTION BBADC 2018

SUZUKI SWIFT SPORT

H Y U N DA I i 3 0 N

R E N AU LT M E G A N E R S 2 8 0 C U P

T OYO TA YA R I S G R M N

Which of today’s new cars delivers the most amount of driving


fun without breaking the bank? It’s time to find out
PHOTOGRAPHY LUC LACEY AND WILL WILLIAMS

t’s that time of year again: lock need to spend Porsche Cayman levels of cash in that’s won our annual Britain’s Best Affordable

I
away your bank cards and bury order to get the best of this particular breed. Driver’s Car (let’s call it BBADC) shootout before.
your smartphone in the garden, But this year we’re sliding our definition of Sit tight, then, and enjoy the action as it took
because we’re going to decide ‘affordable’ downwards in a direction which place on the roads of the Lincolnshire wolds
this year’s most cost-effective should please your mortgage advisor. This year’s and South Yorkshire peaks, followed by a
route to performance thrills, handling poise and flurry of new, downsized pocket rockets, ranging couple of sunny, skiddy, kerb-hoppy days at the
driver engagement. from the £14k VW Up GTI to the £27k Toyota outstanding Blyton Park Driving Centre.
Last year the not-for-wallflowers Honda Civic Yaris GRMN, means we’re stacking the deck with By the end of day three, a clear winner had won
Type R topped an order full of full-fat, full-sized particularly cheap and exceptionally cheerful affection and respect in equally telling measure
hot hatchbacks that included the Mercedes-AMG front-driven hot hatchback options. Moreover, and, as I hope you’d expect of us, Autocar’s
A45, Volkswagen Golf R, Ford Focus RS and Audi the priciest car we’ll tempt you with is the £29k attending judging, driving, filming and
RS3 Sportback, in doing so proving that you don’t Renault Mégane RS 280 Cup, the heir of a car photographing crew had had an absolute riot. ◊

29 AUGUST 2018 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 39


BBR MX-5 is great
on the road but too
sanitised on track

WE NEED FOUR from the eight, convention of a longitudinally front- track fun, despite a tiny kerb weight
that’s the idea. There’s a fifty-fifty mounted engine and correct-wheel and nearly 200lb ft, this is a precise
chance of getting through to the drive. It’s the recent tweaks by tuner and remarkably unlairy drive.
knockout phase, then, and, as was BBR that not only make the Mazda That is not a criticism you’d put
said quite a lot earlier this summer, MX-5 eligible this year but also make towards the Toyota Yaris GRMN. My
once you’re there, there’s every it likely that this version can compete favourite line about this car comes
chance, right? At the end of the day, at the pointier end of the competition. from m’colleague Saunders’ first
Clive, on the night, with a little bit of I drive it from BBR’s Brackley HQ, drive of it, likening it to the gag about
luck, it could go your way. Isn’t it, eh? next door to the Mercedes F1 team, stopping to ask for directions: ‘If
So consider this to be the and can tell almost immediately what that’s where I was headed, I wouldn’t
important group stage, over two legs, sets this car apart from a regular have started from here’.
on road and track. It’s the important MX-5. It isn’t just the extra power, But where Toyota has ended up in
reckoning where the obvious duffers although at 210bhp there’s plenty. a rather wonderful place with this
are sent home while those with It’s mostly smoothly delivered, too, rather unlikely supermini. People
potential leap, or scrabble, through. except for a minor sticky spot at don’t make cars like this any more
Only here there aren’t any duffers. 2000rpm, where you rarely sit. and I’m not sure Toyota ever did.
Each year I’m slightly surprised by No, it’s BBR’s chassis kit that It’s daft, in excellent ways. Not
this, but for ‘junior handling day’ makes a bigger difference. Better many of our testers thought much Size matters: Swift
we manage to assemble as close as dampers improve the body control, about the way it looks, nor its Sport weighs just
we can to 10 cars that are, at least in removing much of the tip-toeing feel £26,295 price, but such is the cost 975kg at the kerb
part, new since last year and which that undermines the demeanour of having a supercharged, Lotus-
come at a tantalisingly approachable of the standard car, which has a tuned 1.8-litre engine rather than
price. And we have at least as much wickedly fast roll rate and initial something from the rest of the
fun as we do at our money-no-object turn. You still feel like you’re sitting product line up, I suppose.
Britain’s Best Driver’s Car contest on top, rather than inside, this MX-5, Besides, the price matters only for
each autumn. and the steering is a touch quick off getting into this test. On the road
The winner of this gets through to the straight-ahead, but you can place prowess counts for a bit but on the
that contest, too – but given the fun it much more confidently thanks to track far more than that. The Yaris
we have over these three days of kerb- improved roll stability. is more entertaining than plenty
bashing, chase video-making, road- On Michelin Pilot Sports, though, of cars costing twice as much. It’s
driving, lift-off-oversteering, over- it has tyres that are perhaps still too infectiously raw, with the chassis
hyphenated entertainment, maybe it good for the chassis and which rob tune given over almost entirely
should be the other way around. it of some on-the-limit adjustability. to body control rather than ride
At Blyton Park and on the way to, On the road they improve steering comfort, which a couple of testers
from and around the Pennines, we accuracy, but if you’re looking for thought was a bit much for the road. MINI COOPER S
have a tremendous giggle. And But there’s terrific agility, too,
yet… no brakes are fried, no tyres albeit ultimately less lift-off Price £20,630
are destroyed, no support teams adjustability than some of the Engine 4 cyls, 1998cc,
are required, no width restrictors cars here enjoy. But we loved it. turbocharged, petrol
are threatened and nobody calls And if ‘GRMN’ is too obscure, Power 189bhp at 5000-6000rpm
us an irresponsible bunch of think of this as a Yaris GT3. Torque 221lb ft at 1250rpm
<redacted>. Whisper it, but these “I’d want a more competent Gearbox 6-spd manual
are the true driver’s cars for the car for £26,000,” reckoned Kerb weight 1265kg
days in which we live. Saunders. “But I don’t think 0-62mph 6.8sec
Only one of the eight – I wish you could ask for a much more Top speed 146mph
there were more, but such is life involving one.” Agreed. Fuel economy 47.1mpg (combined)
Prosser breezed the ‘Touch the car’ con
making fun cars on restricted test We’d expected similarly fine CO2/tax band 138g/km, 28%
budgets – follows the preferred things from the Volkswagen ◊
40 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 29 AUGUST 2018
KNOCKOUT STAGE BBADC 2018

`
As the smallest car in the
contest the Up GTI always
has physics on its side
a

SUZUKI SWIFT SPORT


Price £17,999
Engine 4 cyls, 1373cc,
turbocharged, petrol
Power 138bhp at 5500rpm
Torque 170lb ft at 2500-3500rpm
Gearbox 6-spd manual
Kerb weight 975kg
0-62mph 8.1sec
Mégane RS has more Top speed 130mph
of a ‘big car’ feel Fuel economy 50.4mpg (combined)
than its rivals here CO2, tax band 125g/km, 26%

29 AUGUST 2018 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 41


`
We have a tremendous giggle.
These are the true driver’s cars for
the days in which we live
a
KNOCKOUT STAGE BBADC 2018
For my money…
T OYO TA YA R I S G R M N

Nothing else here got


under my skin like this
barmy Yaris did. It
doesn’t have the grip or
body control to excel on track but
on the road it fosters a devil-may-
care attitude while at the same
time rewarding precision. RL

Fiesta ST is agile if
firm; Yaris GRMN is
endearingly bonkers

∆ Up GTI, the cheeky, light city car thrummy three-pot engine, albeit a way in or out. It’s impressive, and weight. On a circuit it can be banged
from Wolfsburg finally untamed. bit laggy, sounds good, and there’s fun in its own right, but this relative over kerbs and it wants to rotate
But the thing about VW is that such an agreeable mix of body control and compliance doesn’t do it too many around its middle in the way that a
is the consistency it retains between ride comfort. Except it’s just slightly favours on a circuit, where it errs great hot Ford can – only I don’t think
models, even when one is allowed to too agreeable, too Volkswageny. This into blandness. It’s good – better the most recent Focus ST did it this
let its hair down, its locks still barely is a little warm hatch you can drive than good, actually – but here it’s up well. A real star, this car, I think.
brush its shoulders. every day, but if you’re looking, as we against some serious competition. Granted, the Hyundai doesn’t turn
The Up is an enjoyable car. Not are, for enjoyment, this car errs too Such as the Hyundai i30N. This around its middle in quite the same
just in isolation but in company, too. far towards the sensible. As one tester version is shorn of the Performance fashion as a Ford Fiesta ST. But then
As the smallest car in the contest put it: “Affordability got it into this Pack that put off quite a lot of testers the i30N rides better. The Fiesta has
(if not quite the lightest) it always test but the driving experience means (although not me) at our main better body control. But the i30N
had physics on its side: it doesn’t it can’t place anywhere but last in my Britain’s Best Driver’s Car contest last has a better driving position. The
weigh very much so it doesn’t take book”. He’s got a slightly different year. Here, then, without a limited- Fiesta steers so quickly, intuitively, so
much stirring to make progress. The book to me, but I take the point. slip differential, with a bit less power enthusiastically... I could go on. ◊
It’s not a disappointment, though. and with more compliant springs,
This test isn’t about that; it’s about the i30N is finally the car that makes
being perennially surprised by the other testers come around to my way
quality of the entrants. Case in point? of thinking. I genuinely think this is
The Suzuki Swift Sport. From the the best mid-sized hot hatch you can
moment the first tester climbed buy. And, hey, it has 247bhp and does
aboard until the last one got out we 0-62mph in 6.4sec. Honestly, how
heard the same thing: “I really like fast do you want to go?
it.” But not quite enough. The notes It’s the additional compliance that
say things like ‘The controls don’t seemed to make the difference to
lure you in like the last one’s did’, ‘The most of our crew. “Adjustable, with
handling is a touch softer’ and ‘It has nice coherent control weights and
more power but less star quality’. predictable manners on the limit,”
VOLKSWAGEN UP GTI The Swift Sport, then, has grown said Saunders. “Few cars could be TOYOTA YARIS GRMN
up a bit. You can tell as soon as you sit backed into Blyton’s quicker corners
Price £13,750 inside: there’s an excess of head room with more confidence. Didn’t want Price £26,295
Engine 3 cyls, 999cc, and the whole demeanour is far more for traction but could perhaps have Engine 4 cyls, 1798cc,
turbocharged, petrol mature than it was. done with a more zingy top-end supercharged, petrol
Power 114bhp at 5000rpm But fun can be wrung out of power delivery.” Power 209bhp at 6800rpm
Torque 147lb ft at 2000rpm it, particularly on the road. Body Perhaps. But it’s the honesty of it, Torque 184lb ft at 4800rpm
Gearbox 6-spd manual control is really good, exceptionally the straightforwardness of it, that Gearbox 6-spd manual
Kerb weight 1070kg composed, in fact. In some of the I rate the most. It’s an old-school Kerb weight 1135kg
0-62mph 8.8sec cars here, you approach, say, a cattle but not old-fashioned (yes, I nicked 0-62mph 6.4sec
Top speed 119mph grid and know you’re in for a bit that from the creator of the Porsche Top speed 143mph
Fuel economy 49.6mpg (combined) of a grilling (sorry); in the Swift Cayman GT4) kind of hot hatchback. Fuel economy 37.7mpg (combined)
CO2/tax band 129g/km, 24% there’s absorbance of the bumps but Its steering is accurate and has the CO2/tax band 170g/km, 35%
a surprising surfeit of float on the right levels of torque build-up and

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The Suzuki Swift Sport has grown
up a bit but fun can still be wrung
out of it on the right road
a

F O U R F O R M E R W I N N E R S : N O W E V E N M O R E A F F O R DA B L E

H O N DA CIVI C T YPE R 2017 FO RD FI ESTA ST200 2016 MAZDA MX-5 2 .0 2015 RE NAU LT M EGAN E RS 265
The Civic Type R’s wild looks certainly The Fiesta ST is another car that’s Mazda MX-5 values, on the other hand, 2014
haven’t escaped the attention of always held its value well — in stark have always tumbled pretty fast, and Renaultsport Méganes are starting
the second-hand market: prices for contrast to the cooking model on which happily for the used buyer (if not the to look cheap now — especially given
year-old cars are roughly on a par it’s based, which is cheap as chips as a owners who bought new), that remains their incredible ability. Watch out for
with those of the Volkswagen Golf R, used buy. That’s especially true of the true of the latest ‘ND’ version. Around the slightly fragile interiors and watch
despite the Honda costing £2000 run-out ST200, which will still cost you £15,000 should now be enough to get for electrical niggles. Just £14,000
less when it was new. Expect to pay £17,000 from a dealer. Too steep? Then you comfortably ensconced in a tidy gets you into a 2014 facelift example
upwards of £27,000 for a clean pay £8500 for an early standard ST, our early 2.0 example, in the excellent Sport from a franchise, or pay less than
example being sold privately. 2013 BBADC winner. trim, from a main dealer. £10,000 for an early pre-facelift.

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KNOCKOUT STAGE BBADC 2018

There’s little to hint The Mini’s obvious


at the Yaris GRMN’s style trumps its
entertaining nature overall substance

VW is sensible and Swift Sport’s shift


strait-laced inside, towards maturity is
just as it is to drive reflected in its cabin

Clearly it doesn’t take long in the to let your hot hatches be hot, this of what it has; the Mini feels like it’s
company of these two to realise latest Cooper S represents it. On holding something back. HOW WE SCORED
you’re edging towards the upper the road the Cooper S is a relatively Which brings us, finally, to a
echelons of hot hatch quality, as swift, well-finished and attractive manufacturer, and indeed a model First-round votes
usually tends to be the case with an everyday proposition. As one tester name, that has in the past trounced (one point per car per vote)
ST-badged Ford. harshly put it: “Cooper S has become all other comers in this shootout: the MB BBR Mazda MX-5, Ford Fiesta
Is the Fiesta’s ride still a bit much something of a trim level over the Renault Mégane RS. ST, Toyota Yaris GRMN,
for the road? According to a few of past decade, the true performance Same old story, then? Spoiler Hyundai i30N
us (me included), it is. But the Fiesta ingredients being saved for even alert: not so. The new Mégane feels RL Ford Fiesta ST, BBR MX5,
ST has an infectious, bubbling pricier derivatives”. That might, bigger, heavier and considerably Hyundai i30N, Renault
enthusiasm for getting around unfortunately, be true: it takes a JCW more mature than its predecessors. Mégane RS 280 Cup
corners in ridiculously agile fashion. badge for the Cooper S to come alive. Its considerable hardware is perhaps MP Hyundai i30N, Toyota
Maybe the engine is a bit dull, and Which is a shame, because the too much in the Cup chassis with Yaris GRMN, BBR MX5,
yes, the driving position is a bit high. basics are all there: it looks good and which this one arrived. “It feels too Ford Fiesta ST
And, yes again, sometimes that it feels good, but where there ought to highly strung on the road for my DP Hyundai i30N, Renault
flippin’ ride quality is an issue. But a be poise and agility you get flop and tastes,” said Saunders. “It’s too firm Mégane RS 280 Cup, Ford
few corners is all it takes to forgive it. sag. The Up GTI came last in a couple and reactive over bumps, too prone to Fiesta ST, BBR MX5
That’s a harder thing to do with of testers’ books but the Mini was last bump steer and too surface-sensitive MS Ford Fiesta ST, BBR MX5,
the Mini Cooper S. If there’s a lesson in mine. The Up makes quite a lot out with that limited-slip diff. Just a bit Hyundai i30N, Renault
too high-maintenance and too short Mégane RS 280 Cup
on basic composure to drive quickly.”
But what about on a circuit? “Wow, POINTS
what a track car,” was his verdict. Ford Fiesta ST 5
Quite. Whatever Renault has done BBR Mazda MX-5 5
here, it has lost some of the delicacy Hyundai i30 N 5
that was the hallmark of RS Méganes Renault Mégane RS 280 Cup 3
and Clios of old. Consider what Toyota Yaris GRMN 2
happened to the Clio between the Mini Cooper S 0
previous generation and this one: the Suzuki Swift Sport 0
same, to my eyes, has happened to Volkswagen Up GTI 0
the Mégane. It’s still adjustable to the
point of hilarity and fast to the point
of daft, but some nuance and delicacy by a single nod. I’m not saying that’s
has gone – and that’s a shame. wrong, I’m just saying Bird and I
All of which means the are right. Anyway, other than that,
Renault wasn’t a clean sweep for every car that gets through is one to
qualification. Five testers, four which we all give our wholehearted
nominations apiece and the Mégane backing: the Ford Fiesta, the BBR
only convinces three of us: Lane, MX-5 and, praise be, the Hyundai
Cooper S doesn’t Saunders and Prosser. Bird, of team i30N. How’s that for consistency? No
pack the thrills it Pistonheads, and I both nominate other car gets a look-in. Enter Prosser
once might have the Yaris in its place, for its infectious with the final reckoning.
charm. So the Mégane only swings it MATT PRIOR

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Cup-spec Mégane RS
is highly strung but
agile on the track

THERE IS A CORNER of Blyton Park all wrong. It would have been


that is more revealing than all of the possible, in fact, to write this
others put together. In it there’s more top-four shootout without taking
to be learned about a car’s high-speed hold of a single steering wheel, Steven Spielberg (in hat) liked the Yaris bes

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stability, or its throttle-adjustability, simply by setting up camp in the t
or its low-speed agility than there is paddock and quietly observing.
through the eye-widening esses or However, there wasn’t a fart in
the fiddly sequence of 90deg bends at
the end of the lap.
the wind’s chance that I was about
to let Ricky ‘Bobby’ Lane and the
with the number of cars reduced to
four, we can allow ourselves a little With the number
That corner of Blyton Park – of
any circuit, in fact – is, of course, the
paddock. In it, cars are left to tick and
Three Mattsketeers have all the fun.
No way.
The reality of an occasion such as
more time behind the wheel of each
and more time still for contemplation.
And the car I was desperate to
reduced to four,
ping away as their metal components
cool, while drivers emerge from
stuffy cockpits and remove their
Britain’s Best Affordable Driver’s Car contemplate the wheels off more than
is that you have to form your opinion
of each car quite quickly. With eight
any other? The Fiesta ST.
Had Ford simply grafted the new
we have a little
helmets to download their findings
to anybody who might care to
listen. Mill around the paddock for
of them to assess, initially at least,
and five drivers to assess them,
there simply isn’t the time to drive a
Fiesta’s nose onto the old ST and
called it a wrap I would have been
happy, so much did I adore that car.
more time for
an hour at a time to catch snippets
of conversations or spot telling
single car for hours on end, to stroke
your chin like Galileo pondering the
But here we are, an all-new model
with a smaller engine and an entirely contemplation
expressions and you will quickly
get a sense of which car is doing it
right and which ones are getting it
stars and to allow your thoughts to
settle over time. Get in, drive the car,
scribble some notes, move on. Now,
overhauled chassis. We know already
that it’s very good, but what pleases
me most is that this version’s ride and a

MX-5 and Mégane RS The Hyundai’s plush


might have benefited composure went down
from a tyre swap well, as did its pace

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FINAL FOUR BBADC 2018

For my money…
B B R M A Z DA M X- 5

The MX-5, without


question, would get my
cash. It looks expensive
for the power given
the alternatives but is an absolute
joy to drive. The engine makes the
other turbo installations here look
flat and boring. The car is small,
compact, agile and fast and a set
of less-focused tyres away from
being even more fun. MB

handling fingerprint is basically a akin to a perfect carve turn in skiing


perfect match for that of the old car. (or at least what I imagine a perfect
Perhaps the new model doesn’t feel carve turn feels like, given that I’m a
quite so tough over a broken road terrible skier). The McLaren 675LT
surface at low speed and maybe it and Porsche Cayman GT4 both did
doesn’t steer quite so cleanly, but something similar, but neither one
fundamentally the two cars feel was a small, cheap hatchback.
much the same. Importantly, the What Ford Performance has
new model still does that curiously demonstrated both with this car and
addictive thing of seeming to yaw its predecessor is that it understands
about its centre point and roll onto a driver’s car can’t be deemed
its outer edge in perfect, exquisite great just because it has X levels
unison the instant you turn into a of performance, Y levels of lateral
corner. It leans and rolls as one and grip and Z levels of body control.
at exactly the same rate, so from No, it’s the sensations that matter,
behind the wheel you feel as though those fizzes and tingles that can’t be
you are swooping through bends, or expressed on a spreadsheet but which
driving on gravel. make you want to drive and drive
When a car does that, driving it simply because it’s fun to do so – and
intersects with any physical pursuit that’s exactly what we’re looking for
that demands finely honed complex in each of the remaining three cars.
motor skills and becomes more about The Fiesta ST isn’t perfect. “I’m
the sensations than anything else. not convinced by the three-cylinder
Feeling the ST’s outside rear corner engine,” said Saunders. “It’s lost the
squat down and seem to sweep top end of the old motor. You get to
around on the entry phase to a bend is 5000rpm and feel like shifting up.” ◊

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∆ Matt Bird added that the
driving modes are pointless. “I

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don’t like the steering either. It’s
springy and wants to self-centre
the whole time.”
The Ford’s admittedly quite
contrived dynamics work
beautifully on the road, but on
The Mégane’s relatively
track they can be a hindrance. It’s
great right up to nine and a half
It’ll probably be a straight-to-DVD release
uncompromising
tenths, but go after that final half
and it begins to feel ragged and
scruffy. It’s still entertaining, but
set-up means it is simply
that this car actually feels better
on track a step below full
commitment is hard to forgive.
gets better and more rewarding the
harder you drive it. Nonetheless,
brilliant on a circuit
From the cheapest and least

to the most expensive and most


potent, the Renault Mégane RS 280.
we have our reservations. The
powerful car of the final four I switch Bridgestone Potenza rubber, for
instance, is not quite an out-and-
out performance tyre but more of a
a
The weight of expectation upon this performance all-rounder. It is the sort
car is every bit as heavy as that felt by of tyre that would suit a VW Golf R
the Fiesta, except that Ford has lived and consequently lacks some of the
up to its own exceptional standards precision and sheer grip you’d get
with its new model while Renault from a full performance tyre.
has not. The car’s four-wheel steering
Not quite, at least. Saunders system is a curious thing, too. In
wondered if the basic Sport model Race mode it steers the rear wheels
would have fared better in this test in the opposite direction to the fronts
than the Cup. “I’m the only judge to all the way up to 62mph, rather than
have driven this car on Sport and Cup 30mph as in other modes, which
suspension tunes. The Cup feels too means the Mégane monsters those
highly strung on the road, too firm second and third-gear turns that
and reactive over bumps, too prone make up the final sequence of the
to bump steer, too surface-sensitive lap. But Bird reckoned the system
with that differential. It’s short on sends mixed messages: “The car
basic composure to drive quickly. never feels as transparent or honest
And yet the Sport’s supple and as the old one.”
progressive damping blew my mind.” What could be more honest than
What the Mégane’s relatively a small sports car with a manual
uncompromising set-up means, of gearbox and a driven rear axle? The
course, is that it is simply brilliant on BBR-fettled Mazda MX-5 is the only
a circuit. Fast, entertaining, agile and car here that isn’t adapted from a
adjustable when you want it to be and workaday base model, the only one
stable and secure through the quick designed from a clean sheet to be a
stuff. In fact, it is the only hot hatch performance car. I can almost hear
here that’s really cut out for track some of you shouting, ‘And that’s why
driving, the only one that actually it should win!’, but I’m not so sure. ◊

Mégane RS has 276bhp and 288lb ft


For my money…
R E N AU LT M E G A N E R S

The Mégane RS 280


is the most expensive
car here by some
margin and it’s flawed
Rear-drive MX-5 gets on a bumpy road. Even so, it’s still
the purist vote but Ford the one I would most like to own,
nails the fun factor because it’s such fun on circuit. DP The i30N offers 247bhp and 279lb ft

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FINAL FOUR BBADC 2018

Fiesta’s ‘pivot around


the middle’ approach
to corners was a hit

Fiesta ST has just 197bhp and 214lb ft

BBR MX-5 makes 210bhp and 197lb ft

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BBR’s turbo upgrade is a thing of
wonder: the 1.5-litre engine simply
doesn’t feel turbocharged. Not a
hint of lag is detectable, there is no
perceptible point at which the turbo
begins to boost and the crank still
spins to 8000rpm. I would have bet
on it being supercharged. And yet,
despite an 81bhp uplift in power,
the MX-5’s basic character hasn’t
really changed. You still dig into the
throttle pedal and run the engine out,
shifting down a gear or two on the
way into a corner rather than leaning
on a wall of torque on the way out.
Gone is the standard car’s
frustrating body roll, this uprated The Hyundai i30N’s
version being tauter, flatter and steering has a sweet
better controlled. The steering is and natural feel to it
sharp around the straight-ahead,
though, making it flighty and
nervous. My biggest reservation,
however, is the amount of grip the
car has. On Michelin Pilot Sport Cup
2 tyres it grips like chewing gum to
hair, so you carry more and more
speed along a road as if you’re trying
to escape from something. It’s too
much even for the circuit. Yes, the car
has massive turn-in bite, but when
you have to take enormous liberties
just to awaken the car’s rear-wheel-
drive balance, you can’t help but
wonder what the point is. The MX-5
is actually the least playful car of the
four, although you could quickly fix
that by changing the tyres. Mégane’s four-wheel
Lane thought more highly of it: steering can send
“What limits its appeal on the road – mixed messages
the firmness and constant jostling,
the twitchy steering off-centre,
endless grip – works in its favour on
track. You can really drive it at the
limit on circuit. With a better driving
position and fractionally less sticky
tyres it would have been my winner.”
Throughout BBADC one car
quietly went about its business like
a sensei, studious and unassuming,
gradually winning us all over with
its mature and undemanding
manner. To a man we preferred
this lower-powered version of the
Hyundai i30N to the more highly
strung Performance Pack model.
On the road it has a plush and pliant
ride quality that evades the more MX-5 steers quite
powerful model and it is easily the sharply off the
most absorbent over bumps of our straight-ahead
final four. The steering is sweeter
and more natural, too, and with no
limited-slip differential it isn’t so
fighty on rutted, craggy surfaces.
The i30N is good on track, too, and
happy to be driven any way you wish.
This is a car that’s comfortable in its
own bodywork. “It’s very different to
the other cars here,” said Lane. ◊

Fiesta ST’s steering Actually, the MX-5


The skateboard has the best air-con system has a springy, self- isn’t as playful as
centring feel to it this photo suggests

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FINAL FOUR BBADC 2018

For my money…
H Y U N DA I i 3 0 N

I want a car that can


do it all and I want a
car that can entertain
like no other, so no
pressure, then. For me, there’s
no other mid-sized hot hatch that
does it like the i30N. It picks up
where the old Mégane left off. MP

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The Fiesta ST leans and rolls as one
a

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The Ford Fiesta ST is
simply the best afordable
performance car you can buy
a

∆ “It has a weightier, GT-type feel. took three apiece. That made the
You guide it through direction Fiesta ST and Mégane RS 280 my
changes in a way you don’t with joint winners, the former because
more pointy hatches.” of its endlessly enjoyable on-road
Saunders concurred: “It’s so much dynamics and unrivalled value for
better than the Performance Pack money, the latter because it is the
model. Few cars could be backed only car in this test that I really loved
into Blyton’s quicker corners with driving on track.
more confidence. It could perhaps On the Mégane, however, I’m
have done with a more zingy top-end more or less alone. With all the votes
power delivery, though.” counted it actually came in fourth,
These, then, are the four best just slightly behind the Hyundai.
real-world performance cars to have What a scalp that is for the Korean
emerged during the past 12 months. manufacturer, though, still merely
Everyone is a winner in our eyes, a minnow to Renault Sport’s great
although we wouldn’t be doing white shark in the hot hatch game.
our jobs if we didn’t determine the Our runner-up was the BBR Mazda
champion of champions. MX-5, but out in front, topping every
Each of our judges had 10 points judges’ list but one, was the Ford
to award across the four cars, and Fiesta ST.
the car that earned the most points Prior, as right as ever, gets the
would be crowned Britain’s Best last word: “I just love how eagerly
Affordable Driver’s Car. it turns, right around its middle,
I could split the group down the at every chance. It’s so infectious,
middle: two cars I quite liked, two so enthusiastic. This car actively It’s the cheapest and
I adored. The Hyundai and the wants you to have fun. Which, least powerful finalist,
Mazda earned two points apiece after everything, is the point.” but the Fiesta ST wins
from me while the Ford and Renault DAN PROSSER

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THE WINNER BBADC 2018
L A P T I M E S A N D B A N G F O R YO U R B U C K
We don’t award overall credit for The fight for the remaining demonstrated the cost of under-
lap times in this contest because, lap time podium places was speccing the rubber on your
as cars such as the Morgan 3 incredibly close, however, and affordable performance car.
Wheeler and Toyota GT86 have while the Fiesta ST lost out If getting the biggest bang
so plainly illustrated in the past, so narrowly, its pace proved for your buck matters above all
driving fun often has little to do conclusively that if you want to else, the Hyundai i30N asks the
with outright pace. go fast on a budget, you needn’t least for each of its imperial brake
Had we taken lap times into look anywhere else. horsepower (£101), narrowly
account, however, the Mégane The BBR MX-5’s Michelin beating the Rénault Megane
would have climbed the order. Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres certainly RS 280 (£105). The priciest
The Renault’s time illustrates helped it to a time that the thoroughbred horses in the field,
what’s evident when you drive it outright performance of its meanwhile, at £132 each, were
at track pace: that it has big-car 210bhp engine couldn’t have stabled in a place that few would
performance, outright grip and hit had it been on lesser tyres. struggle to guess: under the
circuit purpose to burn. The Yaris’s time, conversely, bonnet of the Toyota Yaris GRMN.

Lancaster
T1

B LY T O N PA R K
The Ump
The Wiggler Jochen
Ushers
Bishops
Twickers
T3 T4
Port Froid START/FINISH
Bunga Bunga
T2 T1 T2 T3 T4
For my money… Mégane 102.8mph MX-5 52mph i30N 85.1mph MX-5 40.5mph
F O R D F I E S TA S T i30N 98.4mph Fiesta 51.9mph Fiesta 84.5mph Mégane 39.1mph
Fiesta 98.0mph Mégane 51.4mph MX-5 84.3mph Yaris 38.6mph
This might have been
a more difficult shout LAP TIME ORDER
if the Renault had Renault Mégane RS 280 Cup 1min 15.0sec £105
been in cheaper Sport BBR MX-5 1.5 Turbo 1min 16.4sec £114
suspension guise. Having said Hyundai i30N 1min 16.5 sec £101
that, when it’s your own cash, the Ford Fiesta ST 1min 16.6sec £109
motivation to get maximum fun for Toyota Yaris GRMN 1min 18.7sec £132
your money weighs heavily. I liked Mini Cooper S 1min 19.8sec £109
the Swift but the Fiesta’s so much Suzuki Swift Sport 1min 19.9sec £130
better for so little extra outlay that Volkswagen Up GTI 1min 23.5sec £124
I’d just have to have one. MS
JUDGES SCORES:
S E C O N D R O U N D VO T E S
e RS 5
N T an M X-
S g
30
i ta é a
ai i es ltM azd
d F u M
un rd na R
Hy Fo Re BB
MB 2 4 1 3
RL 2 3 2 3
MP 4 3 1 2
DP 2 3 3 2
MS 1 4 2 3
Total 11 17 9 13

1 Ford 2 BBR Mazda 3 Hyundai 4 Renault Mégane


Fiesta ST-3 MX-5 1.5i Turbo i30N RS 280 Cup
Price  £21,495 £24,295 (car plus kit) £25,010 £28,990
Engine  3 cyls, 1497cc, 4 cyls, 1496cc, 4 cyls, 1998cc, 4 cyls, 1798cc,
turbocharged, petrol turbocharged, petrol turbocharged, petrol turbocharged petrol
Power  197bhp at 6000rpm 210bhp at 7000rpm 247bhp at 6000rpm 276bhp at 6000rpm
Torque  214lb ft at 1600rpm 197lb ft at 4150rpm 279lb ft at 1750rpm 288lb ft at 4800rpm
Gearbox  6-spd manual 6-spd manual 6-spd manual 6-spd manual
Kerb weight   1262kg 1250kg (est) 1400kg 1407kg
0-62mph 6.5sec 145mph (est) 6.4sec 5.8sec
Top speed 144mph 7.0sec (est) 155mph 158mph
Economy  47.1mpg (combined) 40.0mpg (avg, est) 40.4mpg (combined) 39.8mpg (combined)
CO2/tax band  136g/km, 28% na 159g/km, 32% 161g/km, 33%

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Few cars have caused as much of a stir as Alpine’s A110, and the first right-hand-drive
example has just landed in the UK. Colin Goodwin meets its proud owner

ic Norman’s Alpine “I’ve owned about a dozen Porsche

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A110 arrived last 911s and my current one is a 997
week. The first right- Carrera 4,” says Norman. “It’s done
hand-drive A110 in around 110,000 miles but I’ve not
customer hands. Not thought about replacing it because
surprisingly, he’s extremely excited. the 911 has got too wide and heavy.
More revved up about the arrival of It’s a shame because I used to have
a new car, he says, than he’s been in a real passion for those cars, but
decades, perhaps ever. frankly they just turn me off now.
That is quite a statement from an “I have a few classics, including an
enthusiast whose back catalogue AC Ace and a Porsche 356, which I
is dramatic in the extreme. At one love for their simplicity and emotion,
time his garage contained not but I really didn’t think I’d ever buy a
only a Ferrari 250 GTO but also an new car again.
aluminium-bodied 250 SWB. “However, a year or so ago I was
They were second-hand of course, chatting to Gordon Murray, who is
but Norman also bought a new AC an old friend, and he said ‘Vic, you
Cobra in the 1960s, a couple of new should see this new little Alpine
Dinos in the 1970s and a Ford GT40 A110’. I remember the Alpines
that, according to Norman, was his from the 1960s and knew about Norman relishes
wife’s shopping car. So why all this their history. They were built for the A110’s simple,
emotion over a small, French mid- competition and were enormously lightweight feel
engined sports car with only 250bhp? successful and, I thought, very

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UK'S FIRST ALPINE OWNER INTERVIEW
Norman (r): ‘This is all
Gordon Murray’s fault’

Blue of course. I knew I’d like it but


I hadn’t sat in one or even seen one
in the metal.
“When I went to collect it and
first saw it I thought, ‘yeah, that
looks really nice’, but I was thrilled
when I opened the A110’s door and
saw inside it for the first time.
n
Goodwin had to be content to ride shotgu “You see all the detail, the
machining, the beautiful seats
and where they’ve saved weight.
French – so small and efficient and I got the same feeling when I bought
lovely in their trademark blue. I’ve a Czech Zlin 50 aerobatic aeroplane
always associated blue with Alpine, which, like the Alpine, was made
just as I do red with Ferraris. like a Swiss watch with the same
“After Gordon mentioned the car attention to detail.
I read a few road tests and did some “There’s nothing in it that you
online research and everyone was don’t need yet it’s a very usable

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I wouldn't swap the
raving about the car and how great it
was. I started getting interested, not
least because it was so different to
today’s supercars, which are too
everyday car. It is easy to get in
and out of and I like the automatic
gearbox, which is perfect for
modern driving. I’m not particularly
big, too wide and too close to the technical but the multimedia system

A110 for a new Ferrari, ground. I have no interest in these


cars; they do nothing for me. They’re
fine if you simply want to show off,
is useful: it’s handy being able to link
your phone up to it.
“And relatively speaking this isn’t

Lamborghini or Porsche but they’re next to useless, have


totally unusable performance and are
too big for country roads.
an expensive car. Certainly it’s going
to be very easy to run and economical

a
to look after. Ignoring the money
“I got more and more interested side of it, I wouldn’t swap this car for
in the Alpine, so I placed an order for a new Ferrari or Lamborghini, or a
an A110 Première Edition – in Alpine Porsche for that matter.” L

V I C N O R M A N ’ S A L L -T I M E FA M O U S F I V E
CARS SHOWN IN SIDEBAR ARE FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES

AC CO B R A FE RR ARI 250 SWB FE RR ARI 275GTB/4 JAGUAR D -T YPE PO RSCH E


“I bought one of the first “I had to sell a car to pay “This was an amazing car and “This was a really special 911 2 .7 RS TOU RI N G
coil-sprung cars. I’d seen the kids’ school fees and it I wish I’d kept it. It was one of car that we used to drive “This was a bit like the Alpine
one at a motor show and had was either the 250 SWB or very few alloy-bodied cars on the road and take in that I bought it because
fallen in love with it. I picked the 250 GTO. The latter was made and — I think — the only abroad with a plank in the a mate said that it was a
it up from the AC factory in really a racing car on the right-hand-drive one [with back so that it could get on magic car. The friend was
Thames Ditton in Surrey. It road, so we kept the SWB such a body]. It used to be and off the ferries without Alain de Cadenet, who had a
was a fantastic car. It’s hard to and used to go around Mike Parkes’ car when he was scraping on the ground. It lightweight version. It was the
believe, but I replaced it with a France in it, taking part in a Ferrari grand prix driver. It is was an ex-Ecurie Ecosse fastest A-to-B car you could
SuperSpeed Ford Escort V6. various fun races. It had such a beautiful car.” car (registered MWS 302). get. It was difficult to get hold
That was a cracking car but everything that the 250 GTO I eventually swapped it of and cost more than a Ferrari
not one of the special ones.” had but was more practical.” for a Maserati 250F.” Daytona at the time.”

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t
Forth Bridge marks the dawn starting poin

e’ve been here before.

W
Not here here – sitting
in the shadow of the
Forth Railway Bridge
at 4:30am – but
rather in a brand-new Ford facing an
unlikely challenge. From a round-
Europe trip in the first Mondeo to
12,000 miles in a week in the original
Focus, without ever leaving the warm
embrace of the M25 motorway.
For the all-new fourth-generation
Focus, we’re aiming for a distilled
adventure: shorter but just as tough.
We’ve set one of the first examples
of the new Focus to arrive in the UK
the simple mission of visiting the
maximum number of our favourite
driving roads in just once day.
Hence Edinburgh and a not quite
dawn start.

W E D R I V E AT DAW N
The chosen Focus is an appropriately
mid-range example. This is meant
to be a test of a representative model
rather than a performance outlier.
Titanium X trim and a moderate
options workout bring plenty of
kit, but the 1.0-litre three-cylinder
Ecoboost engine in its 123bhp state
of tune represents what Ford reckons
will be the most popular powerplant
in the UK. It also means that our
car uses a torsion beam rear axle in
place of the more advanced multi-
link system that’s now reserved for
brawnier versions.
South Queensferry gives us not
only the photographic backdrop
of first light breaking behind the
cantilevered magnificence of the
Forth Bridge – which sits in splendid
isolation from the two road crossings
upstream of it – but also fast access
to some of the brilliant roads that run
through the Borders.
Because although Scotland has
plenty of epic Tarmac, possibly
more per capita than anywhere
else in the world, none of the better-
known roads north or west of our
starting point can offer a more
varied challenge than the A701
that spears south-west from the
Edinburgh suburbs and encounters
pretty much nothing but scenery
and contour lines before reaching
the town of Moffat nearly 50 miles
away. The northern stretch is fast and
flowing with well-sighted straights,
the middle gets bumpier and more
demanding and the final section does
a good impression of an Alpine pass
as the road skirts a natural bowl in
the hills with the unimprovable ◊

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FORD FOCUS ROAD TRIP

With the all-new Ford Focus poised


to hit the UK, Mike Duff takes one on
a 600-mile dawn-til-dusk drive over
some of the finest roads in Britain
PHOTOGRAPHY OLGUN KORDAL

Focus shows off its


dynamic prowess
on roads like this

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Light from the
smouldering sky
picks out its lines

Primacy tyres
aren’t at their best
in these conditions

∆ name of the Devil’s Beef Tub. Callum have cited it as a favourite


Starting before the sparrows road – but we head south on the
have cracked means we also have M74. The idea is to let the motorway
the A701 pretty much to ourselves. network join the dots today. Higher
It’s soon obvious that, as in its speeds produce a couple of niggles:
previous applications, the three-pot heading into the second hour, the
Ecoboost’s defining characteristic Focus’s seats are already starting to
is mid-range brawn rather than any feel short of upper-thigh support;
marked enthusiasm to explore the and there’s some wind whistle from
red bits of the rev counter. There’s the top of the driver’s door, but the
more than enough urge for rapid, lack of any from the passenger side
inconspicuous progress, but it’s suggests it is just an ill-fitting seal.
definitely no hot hatch. The chassis Even on a smooth motorway, the
is already impressing, though, with suspension never quite settles down,
a well-damped compliance that the base of my spine registering a
barely notices the weather-worn very slight shimmy at a constant-
state of much of the road and with the speed cruise. It’s tiny but, like a
steering yielding commendably dripping tap, hard to ignore
quick responses. once noticed. I suspect
The it’s something the more
F I R S T M O T O R WAY capless advanced multi-blade
The A701 stays good Easy Fuel system axle of the more
past Moffat – both remains a great idea: powerful versions might
racing driver Allan just open the flap, put in well cure.
McNish and Jaguar the nozzle and go. Why Having crossed into
design director Ian doesn’t everybody England, we turn on to
use it? the A689 at Carlisle. The
first few miles are filled
with trucks, but these all turn
towards the A69 and Newcastle
upon Tyne at Brampton, which
leaves us on another near-empty
back road. Next destination:
Alston. No fewer than five A
and B-roads meet in this
Cumbrian market town and,
trip from previous experience,
Two fuel stops were needed on this road they’re all belters. But we take
the best-known, the A686

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W E S T I S B E S T, F O R

` T H I S T R I P AT L E A S T

The whif of hard-working Queensferry


With only a day to play with, planning
a route was a fun challenge and the
decision to head down the west rather
than the east of the country effectively

brakes is obvious in the cabin Broughton


played the percentages of the better
roads we’d find. The A701 had to
represent all of Scotland — the

a Alston
A68 and B709 are equally
entertaining ways to cross the
borders — and missing the
North Yorkshire Moors was
a blow. But maximising
Penrith our time in Wales was
definitely the right
choice in terms
of driving kicks,
Snowdonia’s
weather aside.

Llwyn Onn

Crickhowell

Lynton Bishop's Lydeard

explore the deeper reaches of


the Sync3 infotainment system
through its crisply rendered
touchscreen interface.
North Wales turns out to
be a big, fat bust. A carefully
plotted route to join up some of
Snowdonia’s finest roads falls
victim to miserable weather.
Rain on the A55 grows heavier
Hartside Pass towards Penrith. es as we turn towards the
On sunny weekends, it’s hugely Low clouds curtail driver fun in North Wal mountains, and after Denbigh,
popular with bikers, although few the Focus is climbing into low
are in evidence on a damp Monday cloud. On a good day, the A543
morning. The famous Hartside Café hard-working friction materials is to Pentrefoelas can lay claim to be
at the summit burned down earlier obvious in the cabin, although the one of Europe’s finest driving roads,
this year, but the good news is that it brakes still feel fine. Beyond the but with visibility below 50m, there’s
is going to be rebuilt and – until then question over cruising refinement, nothing to do but trundle through
– a temporary catering van in the car I’m facing the conclusion that Ford the fug at a cautious pace, frustrated
park is doing brisk business. can make a beam axle perform by how much scenery is hiding out
The twisting descent gives a better than most manufacturers can there behind the greyness.
good chance to harvest some more manage with a multi-link rear end. No matter: you’re never far from
dynamic impressions. Previous a good road in Wales and opting
generations of the Focus have always TWIN PEEK for a cross-country route rather
driven more expensively than their Back on the motorway and there’s an than the fastest possible journey to
price points suggest they should, unlikely Vanishing Point moment. Newport brings plenty. By the time
and the new one keeps with the The eagle eyes of photographer the navigation slots us on the B4518
tradition. The 17in Michelin Primacy Olgun Kordal spot what seems to and takes us past the spectacular
tyres don’t find much bite on damp be an identical Mk4 Focus heading Clywedog Reservoir, the weather has
Tarmac and the slower turns reveal in the other direction, a remarkable changed to bright sunshine. Despite
a fair amount of roll on the softish coincidence for a car that’s not on the hottest summer on record, the
suspension settings, but the steering sale for several more weeks. Progress water level seems to have barely gone
remains spot on, with responses slows as we reach Preston, with down. This is where the much-copied
nicely balanced between both axles. frequent roadworks bringing ‘Dambusters’ TV advert of a Land
PETER LIDDIARD

The damping is exceptional, doing an patches of congestion all the way Rover Defender winching its way up
Alston has a rich outstanding job of keeping the body’s to where we turn on to the M56. the dam was filmed in 1986.
selection of driver’s mass under control over bumps and It’s a chance to test the radar cruise The afternoon disappears in the
roads on its doorstep compressions. By the bottom of the control – which allows gearchanges strange time warp of mid-Wales, a
hill, the unmistakable whiff of without tripping out – and to place where journeys take hours ◊

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`
The shortcut
over the mountain
backfires, taking us
into a half-hour queue
a

∆ without feeling it. The respectable for a car shoot in no The Focus has its a rising average speed. personal favourites – squeezed
pace of most local traffic means that more than five miles, own sat-nav built Although the official between banks and hedges but
the Focus’s shortage of overtaking it has become a in, but if you connect 57.6mpg would require with minimal traffic and a real flow
punch isn’t an issue. Although the favoured spot for road a phone through Apple outstanding throttle to it. The natives definitely don’t
engine pulls strongly on turbo boost, testing, although in CarPlay or Android Auto, discipline, mid to high- hang around. We encounter a Dacia
a hesitancy when asked to deliver the early evening, it it will default to the 40s seems to be realistic. Duster being driven with sufficient
full acceleration at short notice limits seems far busier than device’s system. Shadows are already enthusiasm that a hard-charging
confidence in opportunist passing usual. Nobody in the lengthening dramatically Focus can barely stay in contact, let
moves. Long stretches of relaxed crowded car park on top by the time we get to Taunton. alone consider a pass.
cruising give the chance for under- of the hill bats an eyelid at the The A358 direct to Minehead The villages of Wheedon Cross
utilised fingers to explore the cabin. presence of an all-new Focus. Indeed, would probably give us the best and Exford come and go. Then we
There are some scratchy plastics in during our entire time together, the chance of a suitable photo at sunset, turn north at Simonsbath and shed
hard-to-reach places, but pretty much car didn’t seem to be recognised as but the B3224 that heads north- a digit, taking the B3223 towards
everything a driver might frequently something different at all. west from Bishop’s Lydeard gets Lynton and the Bristol Channel.
touch feels a fair distance upmarket The shortcut over the mountain us to Exmoor faster. It’s one of my The moors surrounding the road
of the cabin of the Mk3 Focus. After also backfires, taking us into what are dark enough to look black,
400 miles I’m also starting to like the turns out to be a half-hour queue but the sky is filled with a truly
six-speed gearbox more. The selector caused by big roadworks on the Realistic economy spectacular sunset. Niggles
doesn’t have the hand-filling mass of A45 Heads of the Valley road. With is mid to high-40s aside, the Focus has proved
the last Focus’s and the shift action just a couple of hours of sunlight its all-round excellence. We’ve
has what feels like a longer throw, left, the odds of getting to our covered 593 miles in 16 hours,
but it’s smooth under gentle use and final destination – the depths including the time required to
effortlessly fast when it needs to be. of Exmoor – are lengthening take a fair number of pictures,
Crickhowell brings a small dramatically. Fortunately the fill the tank twice and grab a
diversion to the B4560, probably M4, M48 and M5 flow freely, sandwich. Britain has some
the most photographed piece of with the Focus’s trip computer outstanding roads, and a
road in the country. With the neat still reporting improving fuel humble Focus remains a great
compression of everything required consumption numbers alongside way to experience them. L

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Scenery stuns but
the Focus attracts
little attention

O R B I TA L O DYS S E Y
The first Focus was a radical
departure for Ford, with its wedgy
‘New Edge’ design and emphasis
on driving manners a conspicuous
contrast to the Mk5 Escort it
replaced. It was good enough
to win the European Car of the
Year gong, an achievement that
Autocar decided to celebrate with
a suitably ambitious challenge.
The plan was to accumulate
mileage as quickly as possible, with
The dash top a pre-production example sent to
seemed particularly lap the M25 motorway 100 times,
susceptible to reflections translating to 12,000 miles. The car
with the sun at certain stayed moving night and day, with
angles and the wire heating pretty much the entire editorial
elements of the Quickclear staff drafted in to drive stints.
windscreen were clearly Officially, the only choice was
visible in the fog we whether to go for a clockwise or
encountered. counter-clockwise navigation – a
straight call on preference for the
bridge or tunnel at Dartford – but
after a few days, the tedium of
repeated shifts meant that some
drivers went off-piste. In the
case of then features editor Colin
Goodwin, considerably so, with
a strictly unofficial trip to Devon
during which the car was flashed
by a speed camera. Thankfully, no
paperwork arrived, so Col’s secret
was safe – until now.
Achieving 12,000 miles took just
a week. Ford’s Heritage collection
still has the car.

After Wales, Exmoor


beckons, via the Second
Severn Crossing Journey’s end comes after a 593-mile day

FORD FOCUS 1.0 ECOBOOST


Mk4 Focus feels as good in the UK
as when we first drove it in mainland
Europe. It’s bigger and better than
the Mk3, but the 1.0-litre turbo has
to work hard to deliver proper pace.
RATING AAAAB
Engine 3 cyls, 998cc, turbo, petrol
Power 123bhp at 6000rpm
Torque 147lb ft at 1400rpm
Gearbox 6-spd manual
Kerb weight na
0-62mph 10.0sec
From sunrise in Top speed 124mph
Edinburgh to sunset Economy 57.6 mpg
just off the B3223 CO2, tax band 111g/km, 23%

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WRITE TO
autocar@haymarket.com

Battery swap pit-stop


Nigel Brecknell’s idea of using ‘brick- LETTER OF THE WEEK
style’ batteries to quickly replenish
an electric vehicle’s power supply is
not a new one (Your views, 8 August).
During World War 2, and for a year
or two after, the household electricity
supply was intermittent. One of my
jobs as a six-year-old-plus boy was to
collect my grandparents’ discharged Mini Cooper 1275s stood out for Michael
‘accumulator’, which powered their
radio, and take it to the ironmongers
on the corner and swap it for a only include it because they can (and
charged one. I am sure helps the NCAP rating),
Alan Coring not because they think it actually
Via email contributes to safer driving.
I do not believe that this stuff is
Can’t afford not to fully tested in the real world of real
You suggested a used BMW M135i for drivers and real conditions, when
£16-17,000 (Spied in the Classifieds, we should actually be concentrating
8 August). I was ahead of the curve. on driving a safely as possible rather
My local dealer had one so we than being interrupted by various
tested it. Fun, sensible and refined,
there was nothing not to like. The WIN bongs, flashing lights and vibrations
through the wheel, pedals and seats.
deal was almost done until he said:
“We have a couple of M140i Shadow
Let me spell it out for you Letter of the week
wins this ValetPRO
exterior protection
Dave Taylor
Via email
Editions at £29,000, pre-registered, Fifty years ago, as a ten-year-old, I was one of Euro NCAP’s safety assist protocols do
and maintenance kit
with 13 miles run.” the winners who correctly identified the grilles indeed cover lane-keep assist – or ‘lane
worth £48
On the road, with gap insurance of 32 different cars in a competition on the back support systems’ – hence the Touareg’s
and allowing trade-in on my 11-year- of a Kellogg’s Corn Flakes packet. I won the largest ‘default to on’. And like you say, Dave,
old Mercedes, the four-year PCP was Scalextric set available at the time and became expect more of this sort of thing as an
just £30 a month more than the used everyone’s best friend at my school. increasing number of driver-assist
M135i because it qualified for ‘new Today car manufacturers spend indecent safety features inevitably fall under the
car finance’. Deal done. The M135i amounts on marketing their individual brands, NCAP umbrella – MB
and M140i are the best hot hatches but I have noticed that what must be their
I’ve ever driven – almost as much fun insecurity has led many to spell out their brand Real life with a Leaf
as my 2014 Morgan Aero Plus 8! name across the tailgate – an expensively I have recently returned my Nissan
Peter Jenks nurtured, iconic logo doesn’t seem to be enough any Leaf after owning it for 11 months.
Salisbury, Wiltshire more. Bentley, Porsche, Jaguar and Aston Martin, to I did a few long runs with it but
name a few, are all guilty. unfortunately charging became a
Don’t ignore the fundamentals For others who rely upon the brand logo alone, they screw it up by not nightmare, and for several reasons.
The Volkswagen Polo is yet another displaying which model of, say, Ferrari or McLaren the car is. I couldn’t First, a lack of public rapid
new car with a severely restricted fuel tell you one from another today. There again, when every car seems to chargers in east Kent. Second,
tank capacity of just 40 litres and a look alike now, I suppose it doesn’t matter. Just saying… logging on to the charge points was
subsequent limited practical range Dermott Simpson touch and go and you had to carry
between refills (Road test, 1 August). Via email several different account cards in
Is cost the reason for this order to get them to work – if they
parsimony, or is it that fuel
consumption testing is done with on every long journey in fear and Enough of this nannying
a fixed percentage of capacity, trepidation of a puncture. On the Matt Prior’s comments on the
therefore the smaller the tank, the three occasions attention has been Volkswagen Touareg (Road test, 8
less the fuel load, thereby increasing needed, not one local supplier has had August) sum up the futility of most
consumption by yet another fraction? my tyre size in stock, necessitating of the new technology in today’s cars.
This fault can be added to the a wait of hours and once days for a He says: “Lane-keep assist defaults
crime of not fitting a useable spare replacement. Any new car I buy will to on and it’s four buttons on the
wheel to every car. Having a car not have run-flats and preferably a steering wheel to turn it off. Which,
with run-flats and no spare I set out proper, full-size spare if possible. if you don’t want it, is more irritating
Manufacturers are seemingly set than it should be.”
to fit more and more complicated I have similar problems with my
gadgetry and electronics while new BMW 5 Series in having to turn
forgetting or ignoring some off unwanted ‘nannying’ technology
fundamental basics. before the start of each journey.
Roger Tagg I dread to think what lies in wait
Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire when I change this car: we won’t
The outgoing NEDC economy test be able to turn most of this stuff off
stipulated a full tank, Roger. We’re on the next models, but I just do
not sure about the new WLTP rules not want all of this technology. It’s
Bargain M140i is keeping Peter happy but we can’t imagine that particular distracting and far from fail-safe and
requirement would change – MB it strikes me that the manufacturers
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LETTERS
weren’t out of order, that is. In order
for electric vehicles to really take off, G R E AT R E A S O N S T O B U Y
rapid chargers should be far more
plentiful and debit/credit cards
should be readily accepted.
At present EVs are brilliant for only
local journeys. Perhaps in a few years
time a genuine range of 350 miles
in all weathers will be obtainable. ON SALE 5 SEPTEMBER
Meanwhile, I’ll just have to be
content with my Nissan Pulsar.
Richard Hunt F E AT U R E
Via email

A couple of characters
I read the feature on cars with
character, which was interesting and
somewhat surprising (‘Get to the
heart of the motor’, 8 August). In the
1960s and 1970s I had a job which
fortunately allowed me to drive
almost every type of car available.
There were two stand-outs. The
first was the Mini Cooper 1275s, just
ahead of the 1071-engined version.
The Mini just helped you to drive
neatly and tidily suitably quickly.
The second car was the Jaguar
Mk2 3.8L, particularly when fitted
with the Laycock limited-slip diff.
You could feel exactly what the car
was doing and you very quickly learnt
the best way to get from A to B.
Michael Kidson
Via email
The Jaguar XJ at 50
Andrew Frankel celebrates one of the great British saloons with a drive
Badge engineering
I’m interested why you say the in the fastest yet. Plus, Ian Callum discusses the future of Jag design.
Mercedes-Benz X-Class you’re
running is so admired (Our cars, 25 F E AT U R E NEWS
July) . I understand the appeal of an
upmarket pick-up, similar to what
many Americans love so dearly, but
can the public really be fooled that
easily into buying a rebadged Nissan?
If so, then I feel as if Mercedes
is laughing at its customers as an
expensive Navara with a star badge
on the front is sold without them
even bothering to change the key. I
wasn’t aware of just how many people
could be attracted to the automotive
equivalent of an instant coffee in a
Starbucks cup.
This is not a criticism of Autocar,
but of the very materialistic views of
the British public.
How to fall in love with driving Mercedes-Benz EQ C revealed
Piers Blyth The best ways to have fun on four Full details on the first model in
Via email
wheels, whatever your budget. Merc’s new electric sub-brand.
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F E AT U R E D T H I S W E E K

BMW M5 FORD FIESTA NISSAN LEAF SKODA OCTAVIA vRS SSANGYONG REXTON SUZUKI SWIFT SPORT

Is it too much to expect supercar


pace and executive class comfort from
one car? We’ve been finding out M5 was tested
against rivals
has tried to race me away from traffic and the clock
FINAL REPORT MILEAGE 14,982
lights and people haven’t called
WHY WE R AN IT me rude names just for having the past 100mph in 7.5sec, through a
To ascertain if so much power and four- temerity to be driving it. standing quarter-mile in 11.5sec and you’re going to lose a twin test, it
wheel drive are assets or unnecessary Which is a bit of a result for a car a standing kilometre in 20.8sec. It might as well be against a car that’s
excess. And, well, because it’s an M5… that costs more than £100,000 in this lapped our dry handling circuit, in all but the same, right?
specification and does 0-60mph in damp conditions, in 1min 14.5sec, The M5 has done all of this while
hat’s it like to run a 3.3sec, and so especially given the which is about the same time as we keeping intact what I’d consider to

W supercar? What’s it like


to run an executive car?
It’s possible that both
sternness of use our M5 has received.
It’s a car, see, that has been put
into more articles and videos than
once put a Lamborghini Murciélago
around it in the dry.
Since then it has been straight-line
be its more important role: that of
executive car –a role the 5 Series
does so well that our sister magazine,
of these questions can be answered any other long-term test car in recent tested for video against several rivals What Car?, now considers the BMW
by explaining what it’s like to run a memory. We picked it up in north including a 600bhp Seat Arosa diesel to be its luxury car of choice.
BMW M5. We’ve had one for a few Wales, after a quick stint on track at (on our YouTube channel and worth I’d stop short of considering the
months, in which time we’ve covered Anglesey, and immediately threw a look), and twin-tested for video and M5 a luxury car, not because it’s
10,000 miles. You might well suspect it into a group test (which it won), words against an Alpina B5. insufficiently lavish – that’s not the
that the BMW M5 isn’t like a supercar then drove it to MIRA, where it went Some of our testers preferred the case, even without the options that
at all, despite the fact that it makes through our gruelling road test mill. B5’s easygoing way of doing things raise this one’s base price of £88,000
592bhp. It hasn’t needed a service, That’s where we recorded the over the M5’s rather more sporting by almost £14,000 – but because
nothing has fallen off, I haven’t aforementioned 0-60mph time, as gait, and there are plenty of occasions it rides with more control than
grounded it on a speed ramp, nobody well as being impressed as it sailed when I’d feel the same. But hey, if luxuriance. It remains, however,

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Not all Pirelli P Zeros TEST DATA
are born equal; the L OV E I T
M5’s are bespoke BMW M5
TEST STARTED 19.4.18
Mileage at start 5174
Mileage at end 14,982
PRICES
List price new £87,940
List price now £89,705
Price as tested £101,900
Dealer value now £91,000
Private value now £89,000
Trade value now £87,000
OPTIONS
Premium Package (including soft-close doors,
PRACTICALITY
The M5’s 550-litre boot is
massage seats, ceramic finish for controls)
£1995, Comfort Package (including steering wheel
supplemented by the fact that
heating, seat heating all-round) £1195, M Sports
the rear seats split and fold.
exhaust £1100, carbonfibre engine cover £1025,
carbon-ceramic brakes £7495, M seat belts £260,
carbonfibre/aluminium-look trim £495, Apple
Its cruising ability CarPlay £235, online entertainment £160
made the long trek FUEL CONSUMPTION AND RANGE
to Le Mans a cinch Claimed economy 26.2mpg
Fuel tank 68 litres
Test average 23.1mpg
Adept body control
Test best 28.4mpg
makes itself known Test worst 7.5mpg
on winding roads Real-world range 345 miles
TECH HIGHLIGHTS BRAKES
0-60mph 3.3sec (tested) Carbon-ceramic discs and pads
Top speed 190mph show no wear and retain brilliant
Engine V8, 4395cc, twin- stopping power.
turbocharged, petrol
Max power 592bhp at 5600-6700rpm
Max torque 553lb ft at 1800-5600rpm
Transmission 8-spd automatic
Boot 530 litres
Wheels 9.5J (f), 10.5J (r), 20in
Tyres 275/35 (f), 285/35 (r),
ZR20 Pirelli P Zero
Kerb weight 1930kg
SERVICE AND RUNNING COSTS

` Contract hire rate


CO2
£1000pcm
241g/km
It lapped our dry handling circuit at about Service costs None DRIVING POSITION
Other costs New tyres, £450 Massively adjustable seats mean

the same pace as a Murciélago once did Fuel costs £1501


Running costs inc fuel £1951
that the memory pre-set function
is extremely handy.
a Cost per mile
Depreciation
20p
£12,900
L OAT H E I T
SECOND OPINION warehouse, who reckoned they could Cost per mile inc dep’n £1.51
get a pair of 285/35 ZR 20 Pirelli Faults Precautionary ECU update
I’m sad that we’re already P Zeros by that afternoon. Which PREVIOUS REPORTS
saying farewell to the M5. sounded a bit suspicious: BMW and 2 May, 16 May, 30 May, 13 June, 27 June, 11 July,
What an impressive, multi- Pirelli make a bit of a thing about the 25 July, 15 August
talented bit of kit it is: a comfortable tyres being bespoke to the M5. So I
cruiser and an engaging B-road phoned my preferred tyre fitter (ever
weapon all rolled into one. That’s since they managed to source a tyre it over and carry out a software
not to say it’s without fault — its ride for our Kia Stinger within an hour update. No hardware was changed.
is a touch jiggly at lower speeds, for on a Saturday morning), Bob’s Tyres So if you’ve got an early M5 and that
instance — but for the most part it’s of Stevenage, who said sure, you can update hasn’t been done by a dealer,
sehr, sehr gut. It’ll also do 0-60mph get the right size P Zero quickly, but it’s worth chasing.
in 3.3 seconds – in the wet. SD they’re not necessarily the right tyres. The only other time the BMW IMPRACTICALLY HUGE KEY
McLaren, among others, use the needed to be stopped was when It’s a smart key, so can tell me stuff
same size as BMW. fuelling it which, at around 23mpg, such as how much fuel is in the car –
refined, quiet and comfortable and M5-specific ones – BMW fitment was once every 350 miles or so. But but I’ll know that when I get in.
makes a great executive car. has a star on the sidewall, which sits drive sedately, settle on motorways
That said, there are things to on the rim differently – had to be a lot as I quite often do, and you can
consider on a car with this level of ordered direct from Pirelli. That took coax 28mpg out of it, along with 375
oomph. Specify carbon-ceramic a couple of days, but at least I was miles from a tank of fuel.
brakes (£7495) and you’ll need to give sure I was getting the right rubber. Which is pretty darned good for a
them an occasional workout to stop Anyway, drive more sensibly and, 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, even if you’re
them from screeching like they’ve like our front tyres, you’ll have no not asking a lot of it, and well into
got gravel stuck in them. A few hard problem even over 15,000 miles. genuine executive car territory. It is a
stops tends to do it, I found. And We had no other issues. In the US, reminder that there are very few cars
if you engage two-wheel drive too M5s have been recalled to update which can do both things with quite
often and over-exert the rear tyres, software that can stop the fuel the same purpose as the M5.
then, well, you’ll remember this is a pump working, as has happened MATT PRIOR CAR’S WIDTH
553lb ft car and the cost for a pair of to one UK car I know of. There’s no This 5 Series is extremely wide.
replacements will be north of £400. British DVSA recall, but BMW’s UK These parking cameras, which show
When I rashly wore through the head office took the car back about
OWN ONE? SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE door openings, are very handy.
M5’s rears, I phoned my local tyre halfway through our loan to check
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Some show a keen interest in our pocket rocket, but others give it a wide berth
MILEAGE 4828 be pleased to know it does indeed
make for an excellent, economical
WHY WE ’ R E RU N N I N G IT city runabout – although you can’t
To find out if the new, turbo Swift Sport buy one in Champion Yellow.
still offers good, simple hot hatch fun The Swift Sport uses a 1.4-litre
that can compete with the best in class turbo, so when you step into it you’re
expecting the extra whack
he owner of the Bentley of performance (although a bit

T Continental GT wasn’t
taking any chances.
To the chagrin of the
of extra noise to go with it would
be nice). But the time and money
Suzuki’s engineers saved by not
car park official at Rockingham giving the Swift Sport a more
Motor Speedway trying to make the substantial design makeover has
most efficient use of space, he left been well spent working on the car’s
a huge gap between his car and my chassis. The steering is heavier, the
Suzuki Swift Sport. Standard Swift, right, shares hot suspension firmer and the handling
It was, he assured me, nothing hatch’s looks but not its 1.4 turbo is pure well-honed hot hatch.
personal. He’d only taken delivery There are a few areas where
of the car three days earlier and was berth might have been down to a spot previous Swift Sport was that it was a you notice a compromise in the
taking absolutely no chances. In of stereotyping of me as a slightly hot hatch for those ‘in the know’, and conversion from Swift to Swift Sport.
return, I assured him that I had no carefree hot hatch hooligan. Upon my experiences suggest that under- One is the common seating position,
desire to swing a car door into the seeing our Suzuki’s beefy bodywork, the-radar appeal has carried over into which is a little lofty for a hot hatch.
side of his fresh Bentley. But, frankly, dual exhausts and ‘vibrant’ paint, I’d this new one. While there are plenty The other is the 37-litre fuel tank they
I couldn’t blame him for doing wager a regular British Touring Car of visual cues that it isn’t a standard share. That’s sufficient for the Swift,
everything in his power to ensure he Championship race attendee would Swift, the difference isn’t as marked which does a claimed 62.7mpg, but
didn’t get a Champion Yellow-tinged quickly recognise that ‘my’ Suzuki is as, say, the contrast between a Honda you’ll struggle to get 300 miles out of
ding in one of his doors. a Swift Sport, and not its more sedate, Civic and a Civic Type R. a full tank in the Swift Sport.
Still, while his caution was entirely non-sporting Swift sibling. But spend any time in the two Still, one of the reasons I’m visiting
understandable, I did briefly wonder That encounter with a Bentley and there really is no mistaking. the filling station more often is how
if his giving me a quite literal wide owner contrasted sharply with one I Shortly before collecting our Swift much fun I’m having getting through
had with a neighbour the other day. Sport, I spent a week or so driving the that fuel. The fact not everyone
LOVE IT He’d seen the Suzuki parked in the standard Swift. Although they look recognises what I’m driving makes it
A S H OW O F FO RCE street a few times – let’s be honest, it’s similar – especially inside, where even more enjoyable.
A g-force meter on the instrument hard to miss – and when he saw me only some upholstery trim and minor JAMES ATTWOOD
panel is an oddity in a standard getting out of it one evening he was design flashes split the two – the
Swift but adds to the fun of driving keen to know what I made of it. After difference really is both substantial TEST DATA
the Swift Sport on flowing roads. all, he said, one of his family had and remarkable. SUZU KI SWI F T S PO RT
owned an older Swift and thought The SZ5 Swift I was driving uses Price £17,999 Price as tested £17,999
LOATHE IT it made an excellent, economical Suzuki’s 1.0-litre turbocharged mild Faults None Expenses None
CU P H O LD E RS city runabout. Although, he added, hybrid petrol engine. It’s a quiet and Economy 43.5mpg Last seen 15.8.18
Another standard Swift holdover, he thought mine was a bold choice frugal unit yet peppy enough for
they remain a little too small and of colour. I tried to explain what the motorways and faster roads. And the
too close together to cope with Sport bit of the badge entailed. I’m Swift itself featured the sort of light
some drinks receptacles. not quite sure he got it. steering and smooth ride you’d want
OWN ONE? SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE
Still, part of the charm of the from a supermini. My neighbour will
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OUR CARS

Nissan Leaf
MILEAGE 2727 LAST SEEN 15.8.18
Although the Leaf’s instrument
panel is clear and the digital part is
configurable, I don’t understand why
it still has an analogue speedometer,
which seems anachronistic in such
a futuristic car. I have the digital
screen set up to show a digital speed
readout, which I much prefer. Surely
a high-tech, fully digital display that
does away with traditional dials
would be more appropriate. AM

Our fast Czech estate holds its own in some exalted company
MILEAGE 4376 it was loaded up with cases,
bags, cleaning equipment and
WHY WE ’ R E RU N N I N G IT whatever else photographers and
We’ve had a diesel vRS for three videographers need to do their
months. Now it’s a petrol vRS for three jobs, while at other times it was
months. Which makes the better buy? used as a video tracking car. It
didn’t miss a beat, although to be
Ssangyong Rexton
don’t have a dog or any frank I’d have been alarmed if any MILEAGE 5570 LAST SEEN 15.8.18

I children, my wardrobe
removal business is yet
to get off the ground
of that had been troublesome.
More revealing, though, was
driving my car back-to-back with
A neat feature of the Rexton’s
instrument panel is a profile graphic
which uses animated illustrations
and you’re more likely to see me the likes of the Hyundai i30N and to indicate whether any of the car’s
swim the Channel in a tutu than Renault Mégane RS 280, which six hinged body panels are open.
voluntarily undertake any DIY task. It beats having a labradoodle in the boot were in the BBADC contest. The So a door opens when you open it.
Basically, I don’t have much need route between Blyton Park and our Best is the power tailgate, with its
for an estate car. Yet on a couple of petrol engine sounded a bit like a hotel took in a brilliant stretch of rise illustrated in steps. It’s a fine
occasions recently, I’ve found myself diesel under half throttle openings B-road, thick with fiddly corners example of what Ford used to call
putting the vRS’s spacious rear seats and he wasn’t too impressed by the and quick bends and with a lumpy ‘surprise and delight’ features. RB
and enormous boot to good use. quality of materials inside the cabin, surface to boot. In terms of outright
The first occasion was an early although he was so amazed by the pace the Skoda didn’t give away
morning dash from home in Bristol Octavia’s traction away from slippery much, if anything, to the hot hatches,
to Bicester Heritage with three car- roundabouts he was convinced it had but what the roomy estate couldn’t
mad friends. We were going to the four-wheel drive. quite replicate was their sense of fun.
Luftgekühlt event – a gathering of Riding in the back, meanwhile, The vRS is all about grip, composure
air-cooled Porsches, basically – and was Adam, who said the ride was too and body control, but it doesn’t have
the weather was grim. With the firm for him to nod off (how my heart the adjustability that makes a well-
boot full of walking boots, jackets, bled) and Ross, who was surprised at sorted hot hatch so engaging.
umbrellas and dry clothes, the how much more leg room the Skoda The Octavia vRS doesn’t excel
four of us piled into the car. Ben, in offered than his BMW 3 Series estate. at any one task, but it is more than
the front seat, thought the Skoda’s It’s enlightening to get a second, competent across a wide range of
third or fourth opinion of a car you disciplines. It is the consummate
LOVE IT drive every day and it’s interesting
SO LI D I NTE R I O R to hear what other people pick up
real-world all-rounder.
DAN PROSSER
Ford Fiesta
The cabin is proving to be hard- on. For what it’s worth, I thought the MILEAGE 6231 LAST SEEN 18.7.18
wearing. After a few thousand Octavia was in its element on that TEST DATA Our Fiesta is equipped with the
miles it cleans up easily and looks journey, although as we splashed S KO D A O C TAV I A 2 . 0 T S I 10-speaker B&O Play premium
more or less brand new again. away from Bicester Heritage after a V R S 2 4 5 E S TAT E sound system, which is a £350
day of Porsche indulgence I wished I Price £29,300 Price as tested £29,805 option. Apparently, B&O’s engineers
LOATHE IT was driving a 964RS rather than an Faults None Expenses None spent a year developing the system
MAP FRUSTR ATI O N Octavia vRS. Economy 33.9mpg Last seen 8.8.18 to suit the Fiesta, listening to 5000
The sat-nav isn’t particularly The second occasion was Autocar’s songs in the process. The sound
clever. I can hack chunks out of Britain’s Best Affordable Driver’s Car quality is far superior to the tinny
the estimated time of arrival shoot-out. No, the Octavia wasn’t in tones you’d expect from a small car’s
by taking short cuts. the contest, but it was being put to
OWN ONE? SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE sound system. Money well spent. LL
work as a support car. That meant
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What to buy, where to buy it and how much to pay
THE HIGH PRIEST OF BANGERNOMICS
It’s very easy to get
comfy in the seats
of a used S-Class

Take a load off by choosing a used car with cosseting chairs


ad back? You’re not alone adjustable, seats as standard. We’ve ‘Topline’ model for £2500. A cursory

B according to my research,
accrued from 30-plus
years of helping motorists
mentioned Lexus, but what else
could we buy with a posh badge and
multi-adjustable electric seats? I have
look around the interweb turned
up some quite weird covers which
cost only £100 but which look like
with their used car conundrums. If always rated the seats of a Mercedes someone has gaffer-taped a Puffa
I had a quid for every time someone S-Class and we could consider a 2004 jacket to the seat. Otherwise a few
asked me to suggest a car to help 350L with quite a few miles and fancy hundred quid can get a second-hand
cope with their back issues, I’d have a programmable chairs for £3795. example from a breaker’s yard, or you
brand new Porsche 911 GT3. Another option would be to find could scour one of those sites where
So here’s a fairly typical query, an orthopaedic seat and bolt that in people are selling off granny’s old
and I hope it proves that these place if possible. Recaro make such stuff before she's moved into a home.
medical issues can be tackled in a seats, but they aren’t cheap. I saw a Otherwise a bargain option is a
frugal fashion. The latest patient Saab. I used to travel huge distances
was the survivor of three serious
operations and who suffered from
` in the larger models and found
their seats to be brilliant. 9000s are

W H A T WS TE
middle and lower back pain. She had
sold her Lexus because the seat was
Luxury cars tend to getting more rare by the day and a
2.3T Anniversary from 1997 is just
ALMO T
B O U G HE E K
positioned too low down. She found
she could eliminate the pain in the
come with decent £1795. It’s an automatic, which is
important because not having to stir
THIS W middle of her back using the Japanese
car’s electronic adjustments, but her
seats as standard the gears can lessen back stress.
If none of these options work, we’re
lower back pain wouldn't go away.
We love a Lexus, even if it only
a back to square one – pun intended.

half-cures a problem, and buying an


LS is always great thing to do. Fixing
one can potentially cost you dear, but
a tidy 2001 LS430 with a solid six-
B MW i 8 figure mileage is less than £1500.
Our drive of the new BMW i8 She was advised, and I don’t think
Roadster in the 8 August issue it was me, to buy an SUV, which is the
got us thinking about the coupé, default back cure position. Getting
which is now available from in and out is easier and that high-
around half the as-new price. rise driving position is supposed to
The good news is that most help. Well, the Nissan Qashqai she
have covered less-than-average bought didn’t help at all. Indeed,
mileages and are therefore in she regretted saying goodbye to the
great condition. We found this Lexus, because the Qashqai’s seat A £1500 Lexus
2015 example with just 25,000 was of only average quality. LS can pamper
miles on the clock for £53,513. That is the point: luxury cars its occupants
tend to have decent, or at least very
TA L E S F R O M R U P P E R T ’ S GA R AG E
READERS’ QUESTIONS

Is there any essential


QUESTION equipment I should
take with me when
I go to inspect a used car?
Jon Webber, Torquay
MILE AGE 39,330
There’s usually a long list of things,

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF but the one we’d recommend over


ANSWER all others for everyone from an
expert to an amateur is a torch.
I might have written recently that the Ruppert family Golf, also Armed with that and pairs of eyes
and hands, you can see and touch a lot of the bits
known as ‘Gordon the Golfer’, is no bother whatsoever – and of a used car that might set alarm bells ringing.
Whether you have the knowledge to know that
that continues to be the case. what you’re looking at is potential trouble will
The Queen’s Highway, though, is littered with obstacles, and depend on your level of experience, but the basics
of rust and decay should be obvious. JH
one that could not be avoided due to heavy traffic was this
important part of a trailer, which got wedged underneath.
The errant wheel punctured the plastic engine cover, but I
managed to pull it out. Cable ties have stopped the cover from
flapping around for the time being and nothing important
seems to have been snagged. We will investigate further.

READER’S RIDE

I want to go as
QUESTION bargain basement
as I can. Where’s
the best place to find cars
that cost hundreds, not
thousands, of pounds?
Jason Harry, London
The force of Bangernomics is
strong in you, Jason, but first
ANSWER we must offer a cautionary line
about not breaking any laws, and
always being certain that the car
has no outstanding finance and is owned by the
BMW 330ci Clubsport person selling it. Once you’ve checked that, we’d
recommend steering clear of the high-profile
Alan Horsman has so enjoyed some of the stories road. It looks amazing and classy. They sure built them websites and either walking your local streets
on these pages recently he was inspired to submit well in those days. With this type of car, it is best to or pulling up a chair in the local pub and letting
his own: “I’ve purchased a BMW 330ci Clubsport, purchase while it is still relatively affordable.” it be known what you’re after. Both can be great
manual on 52 plate, 97,000 miles, FSH in Estoril blue Wise words from Alan. Buying at the right price at sources of decent under-priced motors. JH
for £5200. And there are only about 400 left on the the right moment is the key to used car satisfaction.

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W H Y YO U N E E D A U S E D

I N YO U R L I FE

Leather
Dead cow was
standard on Plus
4s from 2012.

It won’t make you rich but a Morgan Plus 4 is a gently appreciating classic
that you can really enjoy. John Evans checks out his next investment
lus 4: it sounds like a borne out by the rush of orders dashboard was mounted farther The same year fixed-back sports

P pair of baggy trousers,


but while older Morgan
Plus 4s can feel distinctly
that followed – despite Sir John
Harvey Jones’s mauling of Morgan
in his Troubleshooter TV series.
back. The following year, the Plus 4’s
steel wings gave way to ones made of
aluminium and constructed using
seats became standard on two-seat
Plus 4s, with reclining seats as an
option. Given how snug the car’s
loose, with their rotting ash frames, Development continued apace, at the Superform process that produces cabin is, it’s important to know what
rusty chassis and unassisted brakes, least in Morgan terms. In 1992, the a longer-lasting and better-fitting your preferred model has. Meanwhile
the version made from 1992 and M16 engine was replaced by the more wing. Also in 1998 the front bulkhead recliners became standard on the
considered here is a very different up-to-date Rover T16. Crucially the and valances switched to stainless four-seaters. At the same time the
animal – more Lycra than tweed. car also went from the 4/4’s narrow steel. In fact, in this period the Plus old nine-stud vinyl roof was replaced
In truth, things for the little chassis to the Plus 8’s wider type, 4 experienced no fewer than 114 by the simpler and more convenient
roadster had started to improve a giving an additional four inches of changes, many of them driven by new Easy-up hood. In 2012, a Mazda five-
few years earlier. In 1986 the ash shoulder room. European type approval legislation. speed gearbox replaced the Ford unit.
frame came treated with Cuprinol In 1995 the company’s engineers And then in 2000, just as things Today ‘classic’ is a much over-used
wood preservative as standard. Two turned their attention to the car’s were looking up, production was term suggesting future investment
years later, in 1988, the model gained rust-prone steel chassis, which they brought to a halt in favour of the potential, but despite the fact that
Rover’s punchy, 135bhp M16 16-valve started galvanising as standard. The all-new Aero 8. In 2004, the Plus 4 there are rather more used Plus 4s
2.0-litre engine, along with the firm’s car was already available in a choice reappeared, this time with a 145bhp available than in years gone by, it’s
five-speed gearbox. of two and four-seat configurations, 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine mated a description that suits the little car
Now the Plus 4 was looking but in late 1997 Morgan added a to the company’s five-speed gearbox. perfectly. Buy a sound one, take care
and feeling in better shape for long-door option, which was easier Fortunately parts availability for the of it and it’ll be at least as good as
the new decade, an impression to get into. It helped, too, that the Rover engine remains excellent. cash in the bank – only more fun.

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H O W T O G E T O N E I N YO U R GA R AG E

Cabins are snug


and some cars
have fixed seats

An expert’s view
PHIL BENFIELD, ALLON
wings. Whether steel or aluminium
wings, check for corrosion around the
WHITE SPORTS CARS sidelights, edges and beading.
“Morgans are special. No two are the
same, each one has character and Q I N T E R I O R
soul. There’s a lot of misinformation Check seats are fixed-back or reclining.
circulating about the cars, that the Check fascia and trim for rain damage.
chassis is wooden, for example [it’s
steel]. Another is that they’re a
sure-fire investment that’ll make you
a fortune. True, after 10 years a used
Also worth knowing
Until 1986 the Plus 4’s wings were
Plus 4 will be worth more than you sprayed in situ. One giveaway is that
paid for it, but don’t expect to clean the bead between the wing and wing
DID YOU KNOW? up overnight. A 1988 E-reg Plus 4 panel is also sprayed, another is the
A Plus 4 driven by that was £16,000 five years ago costs rust developing when the paint flaked
Chris Lawrence and around £19,500 today.” as the car moved. Later cars had their
Richard Shepherd- wings sprayed separately, so if the
bead has overspray, it’s been repainted.
Barron won the class
for 1601-2000cc Buyer beware…
Q E N G I N E
cars at the Le Mans
24 Hours in 1962. Look for oil and rad leaks. Servicing is
5000 miles or 12 months (10,000 miles
How much to spend
F R O M £ 17, 0 0 0
The first person to
race a Morgan at Le on post-2010 cars). Lack of use affects Can’t afford Plus 4 money? Consider
Mans was Prudence perishables like rubber hoses. Ensure the less powerful 4/4. Prices for clean
Marjorie Fawcett, any start-up smoke clears quickly. dealer cars start at £17,000 for a tidy
who partnered 1992 4/4 Lowline.
Geoffrey White in a Q T R A N S M I S S I O N
Morgan 4/4 in 1938. The Rover gearbox with the Rover T16 £22 , 0 0 0 - £3 3 , 9 9 5
engine can be notchy. Listen for noises 1993 to 2005 two and four-seat Plus
from the rear diff and check its oil level. 4s, short and long doors, with up to
55,000 miles on the clock.
After a hiatus, the Q B R A K E S A N D S U S P E N S I O N
Plus 4 returned in Lack of use can lead to seized brakes £3 4 , 0 0 0 - £3 9, 9 9 5
’04 with Ford power and leaky master cylinders. Check the High-spec Plus 4s from 2006 to 2015
car pulls up quickly in a straight line. with around 5000- 20,000 miles.
Steering should be tight and direct;
serious play could be a worn universal £ 4 0 , 0 0 0 - £ 4 9, 9 9 5
joint or bushes, while shaking could Good spread of mint, low-mileage
be worn kingpins and bushes. Check Plus 4s, 2016-on.

With thanks to: Phil Benfield (allonwhite.co.uk); Steve Barnes (morganspecialist.com)


for sagging rear leaf springs and leaky
dampers and for regular servicing of £5 0 , 0 0 0 - £5 6 , 0 0 0
the sliding-pillar front suspension. Nearly new 2018-reg cars.

Q C H A S S I S
Galvanised chassis from 1995-on
don’t rust but can crack at the engine
mountings. On earlier cars check for
rust by crossmembers and footwells.
Post-1998 cars have stainless steel
valances and front bulkheads but
check for crash damage.

Q F R A M E
Post-1986 cars have Cuprinol-treated
One we found
M O R G A N P L U S 4 , 1 9 9 7/ R ,
ash frames to cure rot, but still check 3 6 , 0 0 0 M I L E S , £2 4 , 9 9 5
below the doors, sill boards, door hinge Long-door main dealer car with Rover
` posts and rear numberplate mounting. T16 2.0-litre engine in British Racing
‘Classic’ is a much over-used term but it’s a Q B O DY
Green. Has the comfier Suplex front
suspension mod, wind deflectors,
description that fits the Plus 4 perfectly Look for even panel gaps, but expect
a sizeable one between bonnet and
green wire wheels and cream leather
interior with green piping.
a
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BUY THEM
BEFORE WE DO

OFFBEAT
V6 SUV

£11,989
emember Infiniti? Of Chief among them was the FX, a Criticism was mostly mild: a small can also be found for sale. Alas, we

R course you do, because


the brand is still tapping
away trying to carve a
big brute of an over-styled SUV which
was in many ways ahead of its time
for its out-there styling. In V6 diesel
boot and disappointing rear seat
space. Only ride quality got panned,
with testers noting that a switch from
could find no V8 petrols available.
But we’ve highlighted this petrol-
engined FX for its exceptional value.
niche in the premium market. You’ve form it warranted a reasonable, if not 21in to 20in wheels made the ride Priced from almost £50,000 when
got to love a trier. eye-catching, three-star review from “slightly less shocking”. new, it has done a less-than-average
Back in the day, when Infiniti our road testers and drew praise for The engines weren’t great, either: mileage over the past eight years
decided to try to crack Europe, it had the way it drove (other than off-road, here we have a 390bhp 3.7-litre V6 but lost close to 80% of its value. Yes,
a sometimes wildly inappropriate where testers noted it had “little petrol that is quick (0-62mph in there’s risk involved, and there’s
line-up of cars which were often more ability”), exceptional build quality 5.8sec) but exceptionally thirsty little chance you are buying a future
appealing than the more mainstream and for a kit list so long that it left its (21.6mpg). Most sane buyers went for classic, but for the adventurous buyer,
offerings the firm sells now. opposition behind. the 3.0-litre diesel, examples of which it looks like a lot of fun.

BARGAIN Saab 9-5 CHEAP Jeep Grand Cherokee


SWEDISH £1495 ROUTE £3495
ESTATE TO A V8
This 1.9 Tid Linear Sport model is SUVs are ultra-fashionable right
a 2007 example that has had one now, so how about making a stand
owner and has done 110,000 miles. for frontrunners of the trend with
The advert lists the car as a ‘recorded this 11-year-old Jeep? Okay, so it was
cat C’, which suggests it has been never a great car, but the years have
declared a write-off and repaired at pared down its price nicely, making
some point. That’s not the end of the it a cheap way into ownership of a V8
world, but its history and any repairs motor. It has a full service history and
need very careful examination. 110,000 miles on the clock.

Aston Martin Cygnet Alfa Romeo 4C


£30,990 £37,995
It’s official: this most unloved of all Critics may have panned its dynamic
Astons, born of humble beginnings as capabilities, but the Alfa 4C remains
a Toyota, is now collectable. This 2011, both beautiful and in limited supply,
25,000-mile example is the lowest- which goes some way to explaining
priced of a bevy of Cygnets currently why this four-year-old example has
up for sale in Pistonheads’ classifieds lost so little value from its launch
and is retailing for almost as much as R ARE price of £52,500. It’s a two-owner,
it cost new. Perhaps the posh city car ITALIAN 12,000-mile car that has benefited
WILD CARD was just ahead of its time. COUPE from a host of upgrades.

For more like this, visit pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars

76 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 29 AUGUST 2018


USED CARS
AU C T I O N WAT C H
CLASH OF THE
CLASSIFIEDS
U S E D C A R D E S K D O E S B AT T L E

BRIEF

I’ve been left £10,000 in my uncle’s


will. He gave me my love of cars, so I
want to spend the cash on something
he’d have enjoyed. What should I buy?

CITROEN ID19
Let the arguments begin: when is a DS not a DS? When
it is an ID19, of course, this model being a cheaper Porsche 944 £9990
version of Citroën’s premium version and featuring I got immediately excited at the thought of a Porsche 944. It
isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but that’s one of the reasons why
more conventional steering and suspension, a examples of it are quite cheap. A £10,000 budget can get you
detuned engine and a less luxurious interior. a fully restored, concours-standard car from the late 1990s,
powered by the 2.7-litre naturally aspirated engine. It’ll cost a
Before anyone peers down their nose, look at the bit to keep up to scratch, but it’s certain to turn heads and could
even gain in value over time. MARK PEARSON
photo and ask yourself if you wouldn’t be proud to rock
up in this piece of French automotive history.
This 1962 example, up for sale at Anglia Car Auctions,
has an MOT until next April but a failed clutch. The
reserve price of £4250-£6250 reflects that.

GET IT
WHILE
YOU CAN
Vauxhall Monaro £10,250
How does a near-500bhp Vauxhall Monaro sound? You get a
rorty 5.7-litre V8 and a car that’s super-rare and therefore likely
to both turn heads and hold its value. Most examples have been
tinkered with or tuned. That’s the case with the example we
found (above), but at 12 years old and with 100,000 miles, the
modifications should be pretty well run in. MAX ADAMS

VERDICT

I’d extract maximum fun from


your late uncle’s goodwill:
Audi Q3 Price new £29,495, price now £20,720 buy the Monaro, enjoy
Having an Audi on the drive is all that some people want. And why not? A Q3 with a few
thousand miles on the clock can set you back little more than £20,000 as discounts mount
in the run-up to the new version of the car being launched. We've spotted 2017-registered
it for six months and
2.0-litre diesels in showy Sport trim up for grabs at main dealers. Go for a car with 5000 then trade it in for the
miles and you could get as much as £9000 off the list price. The Q3 isn’t the last word in
dynamic finesse or cutting-edge technology, but the outgoing version can still turn heads. Porsche. ALEX ROBBINS
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ROAD TEST RESULTS

Braking 60-0mph

Mpg test/touring
Make and model

Mph/1000rpm
Torque (lb ft)
Power (bhp)

Weight (kg)
30-70mph

50-70mph

TEST DATE
0-100mph
Top speed

0-60mph
Facts, figures, from the best road tests B-Max 5dr MPV AAAAB
FORD

1.0T Ecoboost 117 11.6 39.0 11.1 11.0 2.8 118 147 23.6 35/41 1345 2.1.13
No one produces as thorough a judgement on a new » 50 -70 M PH Recorded in top gear (*kickdown Fiesta 3/5dr hatch AAAAC
car as Autocar. As well as acceleration, braking, fuel with an automatic) and demonstrates flexibility 1.0T Ecoboost 122 9.6 28.1 9.6 13.2 3.2 123 125 29.3 42/52 1147 9.8.17
Fiesta ST 3/5dr hatch AAAAB
economy and noise tests, we carry out benchmark » FU E L ECO N O MY Prior to 7.1.15, figures are ST-3 1.5 T Ecb’st 144 6.6 16.2 5.7 6.4 2.7 197 214 26.0 38/48 1187 15.8.18
limit-handling tests, setting lap times if appropriate. touring (recorded over a set road route) and Focus 5dr hatch AAAAC
1.5 TDCi Zetec 121 10.9 36.3 10.9 10.3 3.35 118 199 33.1 59/63 1343 28.1.15
But we don’t just drive at the track, essential as it is for test average. From 7.1.15 on, figures are average RS 165 5.3 13.9 5.3 6.9 3.5 345 325 27.3 28/37 1599 4.5.16
finding the limits of performance; we also drive on a and extra-urban, to the What Car?/True MPG S-Max 5dr MPV AAAAC
2.0 TDCi T’ium 123 10.5 32.0 10.4 13.9 2.5 148 258 39.5 44/46 1725 26.8.15
wide range of roads. Where we have tested more than standard. **denotes mpkg (miles per kilogram) for Grand Tourneo Connect 5dr MPV AAAAC
one model in a range, the rating is for the range overall; hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles 1.6 TDCi T’ium 103 13.2 — 13.9 19.1 2.9 114 236 26.7 40/45 1785 6.8.14
Mondeo 4dr saloon/5dr/estate AAAAC
where a model within the range meets our coveted » B R AKI N G 60 - 0 M PH Recorded on a high-grip 2.0 TDCi 130 10.0 28.8 9.4 12.7 3.1 148 258 38 53/56 1597 14.1.15
five-star standard, it is highlighted in yellow. surface at a test track Mustang 2dr coupé AAAAC
5.0 V8 GT F’back 155 5.2 11.6 4.2 9.4 2.7 410 391 35.1 19/25 1720 24.2.16
» 30 -70 M PH Indicates overtaking ability » M PH/1000 R PM Figure is the speed achieved Ecosport 5dr SUV AABCC
through the gears in top gear 1.5 TDCi 99 14.3 — 15.2 14.4 2.7 89 151 28 39/48 1384 3.9.14
Kuga 5dr SUV AAAAC
2.0 TDCi 122 10.9 44.2 11.8 7.4 2.6 161 251 31.6 34/39 1707 13.3.13

Braking 60-0mph
Braking 60-0mph

Edge 5dr SUV AAABC

Mpg test/touring
Mpg test/touring

Make and model


Make and model

Mph/1000rpm
Mph/1000rpm

2.0 TDCi 131 9.7 27.6 9.2 5.6* 2.6 207 332 37 36/39 1949 27.7.16

Torque (lb ft)


Torque (lb ft)

Power (bhp)
Power (bhp)

Weight (kg)
Weight (kg)

30-70mph

50-70mph

TEST DATE
30-70mph

50-70mph

TEST DATE

0-100mph
0-100mph

Top speed
Top speed

0-60mph
0-60mph

H O N DA
Civic 5dr hatch AAAAC
1.5 i-VTEC Turbo 126 7.8 19.3 7.0 8.7 2.7 180 177 26.6 39/49 1357 19.4.17
Civic Type R 5dr hatch AAAAB
A L FA R O M E O 330d Touring 155 5.5 14.2 5.1 8.8 2.6 255 413 45.2 43/54 1735 21.11.12 2.0 Type R GT 169 5.7 12.5 4.4 6.1 2.8 316 295 25.4 29/43 1380 25.10.17
Giulia 4dr saloon AAAAB 330e M Sport 140 6.3 15.7 5.7 6.9 2.9 249 310 40.8 40/47 1660 4.10.17 Clarity FCV AAAAC
Quadrifoglio 190 4.5 9.2 3.2 10.3 2.57 503 443 38.7 34/49 1580 29.3.17 4 Series 2dr coupé AAAAC Clarity FCV 104 9.0 29.2 8.3 *5.3 2.9 174 221 na 51/72** 1872 12.7.17
Stelvio 5dr SUV AAABC 435i M Sport 155 5.5 13.2 5.2 6.3 2.7 302 295 28.2 28/37 1585 18.9.13 HR-V 5dr SUV AAABC
2.2D 210 Milano 134 6.8 20.6 7.0 7.3 3.01 207 347 41.3 38/50 1659 3.1.18 M4 155 4.1 8.8 3.2 6.1 2.4 425 406 34.0 29/36 1585 9.7.14 1.6 i-DTEC SE 119 10.5 34.9 10.4 11.2 — 118 221 34.4 56/57 1324 16.9.15
4C 2dr coupé/convertible AAACC 5 Series 4dr saloon/5dr estate AAAAB NSX 2dr coupé AAAAB
Spider 160 5.1 12.4 4.0 5.8 2.97 237 258 29.6 32/44 940 27.1.16 520d M Sport 146 7.4 21.3 7.4 14.3 2.7 188 295 42.2 40/52 1635 31.5.17 NSX 191 3.3 7.3 2.6 4.3 2.7 573 476 35.8 25/32 1725 5.10.16
M5 155 3.3 7.5 2.7 8.9 3.1 591 553 41.1 22/28 1855 18.4.18
ALPINA 6 Series GT 5dr hatch AAABC HYU N DAI
B3 Biturbo 4dr saloon AAAAB 630d xDrv M Spt 155 5.9 15.7 5.4 7.6 2.8 261 457 50.2 40/54 1880 8.11.17 i10 5dr hatch AAABC
B3 Biturbo 155 4.7 10.3 3.8 6.8 2.9 404 443 41.5 27/35 1610 29.8.13 7 Series 4dr saloon AAAAC 1.0 SE 96 14.7 — 16.2 19.9 2.9 65 70 20.0 44/51 925 29.1.14
730Ld 153 6.4 17.1 6.0 8.2 3.1 261 457 50.2 40/49 1795 11.11.15 i20 5dr hatch AAAAC
ALPINE i3 5dr hatch AAAAC 1.4 SE 114 12.2 42.4 12.1 17.3 3.0 99 99 21.8 43/54 1060 7.1.14
A110 AAAAA 1.3S Range Ext 99 7.7 — 6.6 *4.0 3.0 181 199 — 294wh/m 1385 21.2.18 i30 5dr hatch/estate AAABC
Premiere Edit’n 155 4.7 10.8 3.8 6.5 2.6 248 230 28.1 28/46 1103 16.5.18 i8 2dr coupé AAAAB i30 N 155 6.4 14.8 5.6 6.1 3.1 271 260 27.4 31/43 1478 27.12.17
i8 155 4.5 10.6 3.7 3.3 2.8 357 420 33.3 50/40 1560 17.9.14 1.4 Premium SE 129 9.5 28.9 9.7 10.9 2.7 138 178 28.1 39/49 1423 13.9.17
ARIEL X1 5dr SUV AAAAC i40 5dr estate AAABC
Atom 0dr open AAAAB xDrive20d xLine 136 8.2 24.2 8.0 11.8 2.8 187 295 35.1 43/49 1625 14.10.15 1.7 CRDi 118 12.2 41.4 12.5 12.3 2.9 114 192 29.4 44/51 1555 7.9.11
V8 170 3.0 5.7 1.9 3.7 2.55 475 268 16.4 21/37 650 10.8.11 X3 5dr SUV AAAAC Santa Fe 5dr SUV AAAAC
Nomad 0dr open AAAAA xDrive20d M Spt 132 8.3 26.6 8.6 17.5 3.3 188 295 41.2 37/49 1825 17.1.18 2.2 CRDi 118 9.0 27.6 9.2 *5.5 2.7 194 311 37.5 36/43 1940 19.9.12
Nomad 125 4.5 12.7 3.9 7.7 3.10 235 221 26.7 —/— 735 24.6.15 X4 5dr SUV AAABC
xDrive30d 145 5.9 16.9 5.8 11.1 2.6 255 416 43.7 34/45 1895 27.8.14 INFINITI
ASTON MARTIN X5 5dr SUV AAAAC Q30 5dr hatch AAABC
Vantage 2dr coupé AAAAB xDrive M50d 155 5.7 15.3 5.2 9.5 2.9 376 546 40.5 28/34 2265 13.11.13 1.6t Premium 124 9.4 26.4 9.1 15.5 2.85 120 148 31.6 35/39 1436 17.2.16
V8 195 3.7 8.3 3.0 10.5 2.7 503 505 42.6 18/25 1720 23.5.18 M 155 4.2 9.8 3.5 10.2 2.8 567 553 42.3 21/26 2350 13.5.15 Q50 4dr saloon AABCC
DB11 2dr coupé AAAAB X6 5dr SUV AAAAC 2.2 Premium 143 8.7 25.0 8.7 5.1* 3.0 168 295 42.5 49/59 1750 5.2.14
Launch Edition 200 4.0 8.4 3.0 10.1 2.6 600 516 46.2 24/34 1910 21.9.16 xDrive35d 147 7.3 21.2 7.1 *4.1 2.6 282 428 34.0 26/31 2275 11.6.08 Q70 4dr saloon AABCC
Rapide 4dr saloon AAAAC 2.2 Pre’m Tech 137 9.6 28.6 9.6 15.8 3.2 168 295 40.8 39/45 1896 25.2.15
Rapide S 190 5.3 11.3 4.3 8.3 3.03 550 457 33.6 19/23 1990 20.3.13 B U G AT T I
Veyron 2dr coupé AAAAB JAG UAR
AU D I Super Sport 268 2.6 5.0 1.7 5.9 2.6 1183 1106 40.6 12/18 1995 2.3.11 F-Type 2dr convertible/3dr coupé AAAAB
A1 3dr hatch AAAAC V8 S Convertible 186 4.0 9.4 3.4 8.0 2.8 488 460 46.8 19/29 1655 12.6.13
1.4 TFSI Sport 126 8.4 22.4 8.9 12.8 2.2 120 148 30.2 34/43 1165 10.11.10 C AT E R H A M V6 S Coupé 171 4.9 12.1 4.2 12.7 2.7 375 339 36.2 24/33 1594 11.6.14
S1 155 5.9 14.4 5.2 5.4 2.6 228 273 25.6 30/39 1390 28.5.14 Seven 2dr roadster AAAAC 2.0 Coupé R-Dy 155 5.8 14.7 5.1 9.5 2.8 296 295 33.2 31/44 1640 22.11.17
A3 3dr/5dr hatch AAAAC 160 100 8.4 — 8.7 7.6 4.8 80 79 16.7 39/45 490 20.11.13 XF 4dr saloon AAAAB
2.0 TDI Sport 134 8.9 25.9 11.4 10.8 2.7 148 236 30 48/59 1355 26.9.12 620S 145 3.8 9.2 3.2 5.7 2.7 310 219 21.2 25/29 610 9.3.16 R-Sport 2.0 136 9.4 26.1 9.0 16.1 2.9 178 317 44.1 47/56 1595 2.12.15
S’back e-tron 138 7.9 20.9 6.6 8.5 3.0 201 258 30.7 45/49 1540 31.12.14 XE 4dr saloon AAAAB
RS3 Saloon 155 4.0 9.9 3.5 9.0 2.7 394 354 33.7 29/35 1515 6.9.17 CHEVROLET R-Sport 2.0 147 7.6 19.0 6.9 13.3 2.7 197 206 33.8 30/49 1530 1.7.15
A4 4dr saloon/5dr estate AAAAC Camaro 2dr coupé AAAAC XJ 4dr saloon AAAAC
2.0 TDI S line 147 8.4 22.2 7.3 11.2 3.1 187 295 37.1 45/50 1940 4.11.15 6.2 V8 155 5.6 12.4 4.5 12.2 2.7 426 419 43.3 23/29 1175 20.6.12 3.0d LWB 155 6.3 16.5 6.6 *3.6 2.7 271 443 43.5 28/36 1960 9.6.10
RS4 Avant 155 4.0 9.6 3.5 11.0 3.0 444 443 38.4 24/37 1790 14.2.18 Corvette 2dr coupé AAAAC E-Pace 5dr SUV AAABC
A5 2dr coupé/convertible AAABC Stingray 181 4.4 9.4 3.3 11.7 2.3 460 465 48.4 22/33 1539 8.10.14 D180 AWD SE 127 9.9 30.9 10.5 14 3.6 178 317 45.8 36/49 1843 11.4.18
S5 155 4.9 11.7 4.4 9.7 3.0 349 369 40.5 26/33 1615 11.1.17 F-Pace 5dr SUV AAAAC
A5 Sportback 4dr saloon AAABC CITROEN 2.0d AWD 129 9.2 30.9 9.7 7.4 — 178 317 41.3 37/40 1775 11.5.16
2.0 TFSI S line 155 5.7 15.1 5.3 17.2 2.5 249 273 42.2 30/41 1535 8.3.17 C3 5dr hatch AAABC
A6 4dr saloon/5dr estate AAAAC P’tech 110 Flair 117 9.6 36.6 9.4 10.5 2.6 109 151 27 47/62 1050 28.12.16 JEEP
3.0 TDI SE 155 7.2 20.3 6.4 3.9 2.9 201 295 39.9 34/46 1805 19.10.11 C3 Aircross 5dr hatch AAABC Renegade 5dr 4x4 AAABC
RS6 Avant 155 3.7 8.7 3.1 12.8 2.4 552 516 40.0 20/28 2010 3.7.13 P’tech 110 Flair 115 11.5 36.4 10.7 12.3 3.5 109 151 27.5 35/39 1159 7.3.18 2.0 M’jet 4x4 L’d 113 10.8 37.6 11.2 10.0 3.5 138 258 34.0 41/53 1502 28.10.15
A7 Sportback 5dr hatch AAABC C4 Cactus 5dr hatch AAACC Cherokee 5dr 4x4 AABCC
50 TDI Sport 155 5.8 14.9 5.3 – 2.8 282 457 49.0 29/53 1880 11.7.18 1.6 BlueHDi 100 114 11.8 41.2 11.7 7.2 2.9 99 187 36.1 47/62 1225 16.7.14 2.0 140 4x4 Ltd 117 12.3 43.4 13.0 13.8 2.7 138 258 34.7 39/43 1846 24.6.14
TT 2dr coupé/convertible AAAAC C4 Grand Picasso 5dr MPV AAAAC
2.0 TFSI S line 155 6.6 14.5 5.0 6.5 2.5 227 273 30.1 29/35 1305 26.11.14 2.0 BlueHDi 130 10.1 30.1 9.6 12.5 2.9 148 273 34.7 44/52 1430 27.11.13 KIA
RS 155 3.6 8.4 3.0 7.8 2.7 394 354 35.1 27/37 1440 7.12.16 Stinger 4dr saloon AAABC
Q2 5dr SUV AAABC DACIA 2.0 T-GDI GT-L S 149 7.4 18.2 6.4 10.9 2.9 244 260 36.7 32/43 1717 25.4.18
1.4 TFSI Sport 132 8.1 23.9 8.2 9.8 2.7 148 184 29.4 45/56 1265 9.11.16 Sandero 5dr hatch AAACC Rio 5dr hatch AAABC
Q5 5dr SUV AAAAC 1.2 75 Access 97 15.3 — 17.6 23.0 3.0 74 79 20.3 32/38 941 27.2.13 1.0 T-GDI 3 Eco 115 10.0 37.0 10.5 12.3 3.2 99 127 27.1 40/50 1228 1.3.17
2.0 TDI S line 135 8.3 26.4 8.5 14.7 3.1 187 295 42.0 37/43 1770 15.3.17 Duster 5dr hatch AAAAC Ceed 5dr hatch AAABC
SQ5 quattro 155 5.5 13.7 5.0 11.1 2.6 349 369 45.2 26/32 1870 21.6.17 SCe 115 Comfort 107 13.1 — 12.5 23.9 2.9 113 115 24.0 37/42 1179 22.8.18 1.6 CRDi 115 2 119 9.9 30.8 9.6 15.3 2.9 113 207 41.4 50/70 1388 29.8.18
Q7 5dr SUV AAAAC Niro 5dr SUV AAABC
3.0 TDI S line 145 6.2 17.6 6.2 *3.8 — 268 443 47.6 32/36 2245 12.8.15 DS 1.6 GDI DCT 2 101 9.7 30.0 9.5 12.8 3.5 139 108/125 31.9 49/50 1500 31.8.16
SQ7 4.0 TDI 155 5.1 12.6 4.4 7.0 2.9 429 664 47.6 24/38 2330 26.10.16 3 5dr hatch AAABC Sportage 5dr SUV AAABC
R8 2dr coupé AAAAC BlueHDi 120 118 9.9 32.2 9.4 11.1 3.1 118 210 36.4 59/67 1150 23.3.16 1.7 CRDi ISG 2 109 12.1 46.4 13.1 16.8 3.3 114 207 34.4 50/51 1500 2.3.16
V10 Plus 205 3.1 6.7 2.6 5.7 2.8 602 413 26.8 15/23 1555 30.12.15 4 Crossback 5dr hatch AAACC Sorento 5dr 4x4 AAABC
BlueHDi 120 117 12.0 48.8 12.3 18.0 2.9 118 221 36.7 49/50 1290 6.1.16 2.2 CRDi KX-4 128 9.3 28.6 9.4 *5.7 — 197 325 35.2 35/39 1953 8.4.15
BENTLEY 5 5dr hatch AAABC
Continental GT 2dr coupé AAAAB 2.0 HDi 160 134 9.1 26.5 8.7 11.0 2.9 161 251 40.1 42/55 1660 18.4.12 LAMBORGHINI
W12 First Edition 207 3.6 8.1 2.9 8.9 2.8 626 664 52.4 20/26 2244 2.5.18 Huracán 2dr coupé AAAAB
Flying Spur 4dr saloon AAABC FERRARI Performante 201 2.9 5.9 2.0 4.9 3.0 630 442 24.5 17/22 1382 11.10.17
W12 200 4.5 10.4 3.6 8.4 3.0 616 590 44.5 18/26 2475 7.8.13 488 GTB 2dr coupé AAAAA
Mulsanne 4dr saloon AAAAC 488 GTB 205 3.0 5.9 2.0 3.7 2.43 661 561 28.9 —/— 1525 25.5.16 L AN D ROVE R
6.75 V8 184 5.7 13.7 4.8 *2.8 2.6 505 752 44.8 18/21 2745 21.9.11 812 Superfast 2dr coupé AAAAC Discovery Sport 5dr SUV AAAAB
Bentayga 5dr SUV AAAAA F12 Berlinetta 211 3.1 6.2 2.2 4.9 2.6 789 530 30.0 —/24 1630 25.7.18 TD6 HSE Luxury 130 8.7 27.7 8.7 8.9 3.4 254 443 37.1 26/34 2230 12.4.17
W12 187 4.9 11.6 4.4 8.7 3.0 600 664 48.2 20/25 2440 18.5.16 Range Rover 5dr SUV AAAAB
Diesel 168 5.2 12.6 4.6 7.6 2.9 429 664 48.7 29/39 2499 5.4.17 F I AT 4.4 SDV8 135 7.0 19.0 6.7 *3.8 2.9 334 516 41.8 25/35 2625 12.12.12
Panda 5dr hatch AAAAB Range Rover Evoque 5dr SUV AAAAC
BMW 1.2 Easy 102 14.6 — 15.3 19.9 3.0 68 75 22.2 39/49 1020 25.4.12 2.2 DS4 121 8.4 30.8 9.5 *5.7 3.1 187 310 37.3 30/36 1815 13.7.11
1 Series 3dr/5dr hatch AAABC 4x4 Twinair 103 14.6 — 15.8 16.0 3.0 84 107 20.8 37/44 1050 17.4.13 Range Rover Velar 5dr SUV AAABC
116d ED Plus 124 10.2 30.0 10.0 17.3 — 114 199 37.7 54/60 1395 27.5.15 500 3dr hatch AAAAC D240 HSE 135 9.3 27.4 9.0 15.7 3.8 237 369 41.8 33/48 2089 30.8.17
2 Series 3dr coupé/convertible AAAAB Abarth 595 130 7.5 20.1 6.4 7.0 2.8 158 170 23.9 34/39 1035 26.2.14 Range Rover Sport 5dr SUV AAAAB
220d SE 143 7.8 20.9 7.3 8.8 2.9 181 280 39.6 46/62 1450 19.3.14 500 Twinair 108 11.7 — 13 15.3 3.3 84 107 22.9 35/39 1070 24.11.10 3.0 TDV6 130 7.8 22.5 7.5 12.2 3.1 255 442 43.1 33/42 2115 2.10.13
220d C’vble 140 8.5 24.7 8.4 9.0 2.1 187 295 34.5 50/53 1610 1.4.15 Tipo 5dr hatch AABCC SVR 162 4.4 10.3 3.8 12.6 2.6 542 502 41.8 22/19 2335 15.4.15
M2 155 4.4 10.3 3.6 6.2 2.6 365 343 33.7 31/37 1595 15.6.16 1.6 M’jet Lounge 124 9.6 31.6 9.8 8.7 2.9 118 236 35.0 49/62 1295 2.11.16
2 Series Active Tourer 5dr MPV AAAAC 124 Spider 2dr roadster AAABC LEXUS
218d Luxury 129 8.9 26.5 8.7 12.1 3.0 148 243 40.4 42/56 1450 24.12.14 Lusso Plus 134 7.3 20.9 7.1 7.2 2.8 138 177 24.9 34/38 1050 28.9.16 LC 2dr coupé AAAAC
3 Series 4dr saloon/5dr estate/5dr hatch AAAAB Abarth 124 Spider 2dr roadster AAAAC LC500 Sport+ 168 5.2 11.3 4.2 12.0 3.1 471 398 60.6 27/39 1970 18.10.17
320d Sport 146 7.7 20.9 7.6 9.7 2.6 181 280 36.2 41/57 1535 22.2.12 124 Spider 144 6.8 18.6 6.5 6.5 2.8 168 184 25.2 35/45 1060 22.3.17

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GS 4dr saloon AAABC NISSAN SUBARU
GS250 144 9.2 26.0 9.0 16.2 2.9 207 187 34.4 26/32 1695 1.8.12 Micra 5dr hatch AAAAC XV 5dr SUV AAACC
NX 5dr SUV AAACC 0.9 N-Connecta 109 12.1 44.7 11.7 15.6 2.8 89 103 24.3 45/57 1068 26.4.17 2.0i SE L’tronic 120 10.1 27.7 9.0 27.0 3.4 154 145 41.5 31/39 1451 28.2.18
300h 112 9.7 30.4 9.1 *5.6 2.7 194 na — 32/38 1905 1.10.14 Note 5dr hatch AAAAC Levorg 5dr estate AAACC
RC F 2dr coupé AAACC 1.2 Acenta Pr’m 106 12.6 — 13.4 20.3 2.9 79 81 21.8 42/54 1036 9.10.13 GT 1.6i L’tronic 130 8.4 24.6 7.9 21.0 2.6 168 184 31.9 34/36 1537 13.1.16
RC F 168 4.8 10.7 3.9 12.9 2.9 471 391 39 24/28 1765 18.2.15 Pulsar 5dr hatch AAACC Forester 5dr SUV AAACC
LS 4dr saloon AAACC 1.5 dCi N-tec 118 10.9 35.5 10.8 13.1 2.9 108 192 35.7 50/57 1307 12.11.14 2.0d XC 118 9.9 36.5 10.5 11.0 2.9 145 258 33.0 41/49 1540 5.6.13
500h Prem AWD 155 5.9 15.4 5.3 12.4 2.8 295 258 36.9 30/42 2380 6.6.18 Juke 5dr SUV AAABC WRX 4dr saloon AAACC
Acenta 1.6 111 10.3 41.6 9.9 12.7 3.0 115 117 19.5 36/46 1230 3.11.10 STi Type UK 159 5.4 13.3 5.1 9.4 2.8 296 300 27.6 23/31 1534 25.6.14
LOTUS Nismo 1.6 134 6.9 17.2 6.0 7.2 2.5 197 184 23.8 31/39 1295 22.5.13
Elise 2dr roadster AAABC Qashqai 5dr SUV AAAAB SUZUKI
Cup 250 154 4.7 11.9 4.5 7.2 2.5 243 184 24.7 27/32 920 29.6.16 1.5 dCi 2WD 113 10.8 39.2 11.1 12.9 2.9 109 192 35.0 49/56 1365 19.2.14 Swift 5dr hatch AAABC
Evora 2dr coupé AAAAC X-Trail 5dr SUV AAABC 1.0 SZ5 121 10.5 33.0 10.3 11.8 2.9 110 125 26.3 45/56 925 17.5.17
Evora S 2+0 172 4.5 11.3 4.0 6.8 2.4 345 295 34.8 21/26 1430 30.3.11 1.6 dCi 2WD 117 11.2 39.7 11.7 11.2 3.0 128 236 32.8 42/48 1550 13.8.14 Celerio 5dr hatch AAABC
Exige S 2dr coupé AAAAB GT-R 2dr coupé AAAAB 1.0 SZ4 96 12.9 — 14.3 25.0 3.0 67 66 22.4 54/57 835 25.3.15
Exige S 170 4.1 9.6 3.7 5.5 2.5 345 295 27 21/30 1176 3.4.13 Recaro 196 3.4 7.8 2.7 5.3 2.7 562 470 28.0 22/31 1752 16.11.16 Baleno 5dr hatch AAABC
1.0T B’jet SZ5 124 9.8 29.5 9.7 11.2 2.9 110 125 26.3 50/55 950 3.8.16
M A S E R AT I NOBLE SX4 S-Cross 5dr SUV AAABC
Ghibli 4dr saloon AAABC M600 2dr coupé AAAAB 1.6 DDiS SZ4 111 10.0 32.6 10.1 8.9 2.57 118 236 35.1 57/67 1290 30.10.13
Diesel 155 6.5 17.2 6.0 5.1 2.7 271 443 43.3 31/40 1835 12.3.14 M600 225 3.5 6.8 2.5 4.7 2.45 650 604 29.9 18/25 1305 14.10.09 Vitara 5dr SUV AAABC
Levante 5dr SUV AAACC 1.6 SZ5 112 9.5 29.8 9.5 15.5 — 118 115 24.3 49/47 1075 29.4.15
Diesel 143 6.8 19.9 6.9 4.3 3.4 271 443 46 26/42 2205 30.11.16 PEUGEOT
208 3/5dr hatch AAACC TESLA
MAZDA 1.2 VTI Active 109 14.2 — 14.5 9.1 2.9 81 87 21.2 41/45 1080 18.7.12 Model S 4dr saloon AAAAB
2 5dr hatch AAAAC GTi 30th 143 6.5 16.1 5.8 6.7 2.9 205 221 25.6 41/42 1160 11.2.15 P90D 155 5.2 9.1 3.0 1.9 2.9 525 713 8.5 420Wh/m 2200 20.4.16
1.5 Sky’v-G SE 114 10.4 38.0 7.0 20.2 3.1 89 109 27.9 51/55 1050 22.4.15 308 3/5dr hatch AAAAC Model X 5dr SUV AAAAC
3 5dr hatch AAAAC 1.6 e-HDi 115 118 10.1 32.6 10.4 13.9 3.0 114 199 38.5 48/59 1395 15.1.14 90D 155 4.7 13.1 2.8 2.5 2.7 416 487 8.5 611Wh/m 2508 15.2.17
2.2 SE-L 130 9.0 26.6 9.1 9.9 3.0 148 280 29.7 46/60 1470 4.12.13 2008 5dr SUV AAABC
6 4dr saloon/5dr estate AAAAC 1.6 e-HDi 117 10.7 37.8 11.5 11.8 3.2 114 199 32.7 49/59 1180 19.6.13 T OYO TA
2.2 Sport Nav 139 7.9 21.2 7.1 7.9 2.7 173 309 35 44/56 1480 23.1.13 3008 5dr SUV AAABC Yaris 3dr hatchback AAABC
MX-5 2dr roadster AAAAB 1.6 Bl’HDi GT L’e 117 12.0 44.3 12.1 13.2 3.2 118 221 34.6 42/53 1300 18.1.17 GRMN 143 6.4 15.4 5.4 9.8 2.9 209 184 27.7 27/39 1135 28.3.18
1.5 SE-L Nav 127 8.4 24.8 7.9 14.7 3.3 129 111 24.5 46/49 1050 2.9.15 5008 5dr MPV AAABC GT86 2dr coupé AAAAA
CX-3 5dr SUV AAABC 2.0 Bl’HDi GT L’e 129 10.8 28.8 9.7 11.5 2.7 148 273 37.6 51/60 1490 1.11.17 2.0 manual 140 7.4 18.8 6.8 10.6 2.6 197 151 23.5 30/45 1235 4.7.12
1.5D SE-L Nav 110 10.3 34.7 10.3 10.3 — 104 199 34.8 59/60 1275 22.7.15 Prius 5dr hatch AAAAC
CX-5 5dr SUV AAAAC PORSCHE Business E’tion 112 11.1 32.0 10.7 *6.4 3.1 121 — — 53/63 1400 16.3.16
2.2D Sport Nav 127 9.4 26.3 9.1 10.4 3.0 148 280 37.0 43/53 1594 28.6.17 718 2dr coupé/roadster AAAAB Mirai 4dr saloon AAAAC
Boxster 171 5.4 12.2 4.3 5.2 2.5 296 280 25.8 26/36 1335 8.6.16 Mirai 111 10.1 36.5 10.2 *6.5 3.3 152 247 22.5 44/62** 1400 27.4.16
McLAREN Cayman S 177 4.8 10.5 3.9 4.8 2.5 345 310 25.8 28/29 1430 10.8.16 C-HR 5dr SUV AAAAC
570S 2dr coupé AAAAA Cayman GTS 180 4.8 10.2 3.5 4.7 2.5 361 310 25.8 28/39 1375 9.5.18 Excel 1.8 Hybrid 106 11.6 43.5 11.9 *7.3 2.7 121 — — 49/60 1420 4.1.17
3.8 V8 204 3.1 6.4 2.2 10.2 2.6 562 443 36.5 23/37 1440 30.3.16 911 GT2 2dr coupé AAAAC
720S 2dr coupé AAAAA GT2 RS 211 3.0 6.1 2.5 5.6 2.5 691 553 32.1 19/28 1470 18.7.18 VA U X H A L L
4.0 V8 212 2.9 5.6 2.0 7.7 2.4 710 568 35.4 19/24 1420 24.5.17 911 2dr coupé AAAAB Adam 3dr hatch AAACC
P1 2dr coupé AAAAA Carrera S 190 4.5 9.4 3.4 7.3 2.9 414 369 36.4 27/31 1535 20.1.16 1.2 Jam Ecoflex 103 14.3 — 15.3 20.8 2.8 68 85 21.8 39/45 1086 6.2.13
P1 217 2.8 5.2 2.2 6.0 2.3 903 664 36.0 19.6/— — 7.5.14 918 Spyder 2dr coupé AAAAA Viva 5dr hatch AAABC
4.6 V8 214 2.6 5.3 1.9 2.2 2.3 874 944 41.2 28/44 1740 22.10.14 1.0 SE A/C 106 13.0 — 14.1 19.0 — 74 70 20.3 49/55 938 15.7.15
MERCEDES-AMG Panamera 4dr saloon AAAAA Corsa 3/5dr hatch AAABC
C63 4dr saloon AAAAB 4S Diesel 177 4.1 10.3 3.8 — 3.0 416 627 50.7 32/43 2050 1.2.17 1.4T SRi VX-Line 115 11.7 45.1 12.1 15.3 2.9 99 148 34.8 37/42 1176 19.11.14
C63 155 4.4 9.7 3.4 7.5 2.7 469 479 38.1 19/25 1715 3.6.15 Macan 5dr SUV AAAAB VXR 143 7.2 18.3 6.4 7.8 2.4 202 181 23.8 29/34 1280 6.5.15
C63 S C’vertible 155 4.6 10.2 3.4 7.1 2.7 503 516 35.6 21/27 1850 8.2.17 Turbo 165 4.7 11.8 4.3 7.9 2.4 394 406 35.7 22/31 2000 4.6.14 Crossland X 5dr SUV AAACC
GT 2dr coupé AAAAC 1.2T 130 Elite 128 9.8 31.4 10.3 8.9 2.9 128 170 30.5 40/54 1199 7.6.17
S 193 3.6 7.8 2.8 5.5 2.5 503 479 34.7 20/29 1715 29.7.15 RADICAL Astra 5dr hatch/estate AAAAC
R 198 3.6 7.3 2.7 4.6 2.4 577 516 30.7 19/23 1555 10.5.17 SR3 SL 2dr roadster AAAAC 1.6 CDTi 136 SRi 127 8.8 25.7 8.8 8.6 2.6 134 236 33.4 55/58 1350 30.9.15
SLC 2dr convertible AAABC SR3 SL 161 3.4 8.4 3.7 4.8 2.7 245 265 24.9 14/- 765 30.11.11 ST CDTi B’tbo SRi137 8.4 22.2 7.7 8.1 2.6 158 258 33.7 57/59 1435 13.4.16
SLC43 155 5.5 12.3 4.2 12.7 3.0 362 384 40.4 27/33 1595 6.7.16 Insignia Grand Sport 4dr saloon AAAAC
GLC 5dr SUV AAABC R E N A U LT 2.0D SRi VX-Line140 8.7 23.8 7.9 8.9 2.7 168 295 36.1 39/51 1507 3.5.17
GLC63 S 4Mtic+ 155 3.7 8.9 3.2 15.4 2.8 503 516 43.4 19/26
Twingo 5dr hatch AAABC 2020 13.6.18 Insignia Sports Tourer 5dr estate AAACC
Dynamique 94 17.6 — 19.1 29.4 2.9 69 67 20.8 42/52 865 29.10.14 GSI 2.0 B’tbo D 144 8.4 23.1 7.7 9.5 2.7 207 354 38.6 36/47 1807 30.5.18
MERCEDES-BENZ Zoe 5dr hatch AAABC Zafira Tourer 5dr MPV AAABC
A-Class 5dr hatch AAAAC Dynamique 84 12.3 — 13.9 9.1 2.9 87 162 7.8 250Wh/m 1468 31.7.13 2.0 CDTi 165 129 10.4 36.8 10.2 14.3 3.2 163 258 37.7 38/46 1805 15.2.12
A200 Sport 139 8.7 22.4 7.9 — 3.2 161 184 33.6 39/57 1379 4.7.18 Clio 5dr hatch AAAAC Mokka 5dr SUV AAABC
B-Class 5dr MPV AAABC 0.9 TCE 113 13.4 — 13.9 19.1 2.8 89 100 23.8 38/47 1009 6.3.13 1.4T 118 10.0 30.6 9.4 13.7 3.0 138 148 26.1 32/40 1350 28.11.12
B200 CDI Sport 130 9.4 28.8 9.6 11.9 2.7 134 221 37.8 20/52 1495 29.2.12 RS 200 Turbo 143 7.4 20.9 6.9 9.1 2.8 197 177 20.8 32/37 1204 23.10.13 VXR8 4dr saloon AAAAC
C-Class 4dr saloon/5dr estate AAAAC Mégane 3dr hatch AAAAB GTS-R 155 4.8 9.6 3.3 6.6 3.1 587 546 34.9 20/27 1858 10.1.18
C220 Bluetec 145 8.1 22.9 8.1 11.7 2.8 168 295 42.4 41/51 1700 23.7.14 275 Trophy-R 158 6.4 14.0 5.0 6.4 3.1 271 266 27 26/33 1297 5.11.14
CLA 4dr saloon/5dr estate AAABC New Mégane 5dr hatch AAACC V O L K S WA G E N
220 CDI Sport 143 8.3 23.1 8.0 4.8 2.9 168 258 37.3 44/54 1525 26.6.13 1.5 dCi Dyn. S Nav 116 11.1 35.2 11.1 13.2 2.8 108 192 33.9 47.2 1387 17.8.16 Up 3/5dr hatch AAAAC
200 CDI S’t S’Brk 134 10.1 29.7 9.6 11.9 3.4 134 221 33.5 53/59 1555 18.11.15 Grand Scenic 5dr MPV AAABC 1.0 High Up 106 13.8 — 14.7 18.6 2.8 74 70 20.5 44/59 945 7.12.11
E-Class 4dr saloon/5dr estate/2dr convertible/2dr coupé AAAAC dCi 130 Dyn. S Nav 118 11.4 35.8 11.3 10.2 3.4 129 236 32.1 47/61 1601 25.1.17 GTI 1.0 TSI 115 122 8.5 25.7 7.8 7.6 2.8 114 147 24.7 39/54 1070 21.3.18
E400 Coupé 155 5.6 13.4 4.9 14.8 2.9 328 354 46.7 30/39 1845 14.6.17 Kad jar 5dr SUV AAAAC Polo 5dr hatch AAAAB
CLS 4dr saloon/5dr estate AAAAC dCi 115 Dyn. S Nav 113 14.5 — 14.6 17.2 2.3 108 192 35.0 52/69 1380 21.10.15 1.0 TSI 95 SE 116 10.7 34.4 11.1 12.1 2.8 94 129 27.1 43/57 1145 31.1.18
350 CDI S’Brake 155 7.0 18.5 6.4 *3.8 2.9 261 457 39.6 36/43 1980 9.1.13 Koleos 5dr SUV AAACC GTI 147 6.7 17.4 5.9 8.6 2.8 197 236 — 37/47 1355 1.8.18
S-Class 4dr saloon/2dr coupé AAAAA dCi 175 4WD Sig. 126 9.8 31.3 10.1 14.3 2.9 175 280 — 34/38 1747 20.8.17 Golf 3/5dr hatch AAAAB
S350 Bluetec 155 7.3 19.0 6.8 *3.9 2.7 255 457 45.6 34/44 1975 16.10.13 GTI Perf. DSG 155 6.5 16.4 5.9 8.9 2.8 227 258 34.4 32/38 1402 10.7.13
S63 AMG Coupé 155 4.5 9.6 3.4 6.8 2.7 577 664 42.8 22/25 2070 3.12.14 R O L L S - R OYC E GTE 138 7.7 18.2 6.1 7.7 2.5 201 258 7.6 44/45 1599 20.5.15
GLA 5dr SUV AAABC Phantom 4dr saloon AAAAA 1.5 TSI R-line 134 8.8 22.7 8.1 9.9 2.1 148 184 28.0 40/52 1324 2.8.17
GLA220 CDI SE 134 8.1 23.8 7.8 4.7 2.65 168 258 36.4 40/48 1535 14.5.14 Phantom 155 5.5 11.8 4.4 *2.5 2.8 563 664 51.2 8/28 2560 4.4.18 T-Roc 5dr SUV AAAAB
GLC 5dr SUV AAAAC Ghost 4dr saloon AAAAC 2.0 TSI SEL 4Mn 134 6.7 20.2 6.5 13.3 3.2 187 236 35.6 31/37 1495 24.1.18
GLC250d 143 7.8 23.5 7.8 15.7 3.2 201 369 46.9 39/43 1845 10.2.16 Ghost 155 4.9 10.6 3.9 *2.3 2.6 563 575 46.0 18/23 2450 7.7.10 Arteon 5dr hatch AAABC
GL 5dr SUV AAAAC Wraith 2dr coupé AAAAB 2.0 BITDI 240 152 6.5 17.7 6.2 8.9 3.3 237 369 37.8 38/56 1828 27.9.17
GL350 AMG Sp’t 137 8.3 24.8 8.2 5.0* 2.6 255 457 37.7 28/33 2455 24.7.13 Wraith 155 4.6 10.0 4.5 *2.1 2.9 624 590 45.9 15/27 2435 21.5.14 Passat 4dr saloon/5dr estate AAAAC
X-Class 4dr pick-up AAABC Dawn 2dr convertible AAAAC 2.0 TDI 190 GT 144 8.7 23.6 8.1 13.1 3.2 187 295 37.9 45/52 1614 4.2.15
X250d 4Matic 109 11.2 38.9 11.6 — 3.2 187 332 31.3 27/36 2159 20.6.18 Dawn 155 5.2 11.6 4.2 *2.4 2.9 563 575 47.7 19/25 2560 1.6.16 GTE 140 7.6 19.0 6.1 7.8 3.3 215 295 32.3 38/43 1722 7.9.16
SL 2dr convertible AAAAC Touran 5dr MPV AAAAC
SL500 155 4.3 9.9 3.6 6.5 2.7 429 516 39.6 10/24 1815 8.8.12 S E AT 2.0 TDI 150 SE 128 9.9 29.3 9.7 13.6 3.2 148 251 37.0 54/60 1571 3.2.16
Ibiza 5dr hatch AAAAB Tiguan 5dr SUV AAAAB
MG SE Tech’y 1.0 TSI 113 10.0 34.1 10.0 10.1 3.0 94 129 27.2 45/56 1047 19.7.17 2.0 TDI 150 SE 127 10.4 33 9.6 12.4 3.2 148 251 40 44/52 1683 22.6.16
3 5dr hatch AAABC Leon 3/5dr hatch AAAAC Caravelle 5dr MPV AAAAC
1.5 3Form Sp’t 108 11.4 41.5 11.6 19.6 2.8 105 101 22.2 37/41 1150 25.12.13 SC 2.0 TDI FR 142 8.0 22.1 7.5 9.6 2.9 181 280 35.6 47/54 1350 4.9.13 2.0 BITDI Exec. 126 11.6 36.1 11.7 10.2 3.2 201 332 22.7 38/45 2386 23.12.15
GS 5dr SUV AAACC Cupra SC 280 155 5.9 13.6 4.4 7.1 2.7 276 258 27.2 28/36 1441 26.3.14 Touareg 5dr SUV AAABC
1.5 TGI Excite 118 8.9 25.5 8.3 12.4 2.8 164 184 29.3 29/38 1395 20.7.16 Alhambra 5dr MPV AAAAC 3.0 TDI R-Ln Tch 146 7.2 18.6 6.5 21.5 2.8 282 442 47.6 37/42 2070 8.8.18
2.0 TDI 170 DSG 127 10.5 38.3 11.2 *7.0 3.0 168 258 30.5 35/40 1935 1.12.10
MINI Arona 5dr SUV AAAAC V O LV O
Mini 3dr hatch AAAAB SE Tech’y 1.0 TSI 107 10.5 — 10.6 11.9 3.1 94 129 26.2 37/41 1165
XC40 5dr SUV AAAAB 15.11.17
Cooper S 146 6.9 17.1 5.9 6.7 2.5 189 221 26.4 35/54 1235 2.4.14 Ateca 5dr SUV AAAAB D4 AWD First Ed. 130 8.5 24.8 8.5 13.7 3.0 188 295 39.8 38/44 1735 7.2.18
C’per S Wks 210 146 7.2 16.4 6.0 6.5 3.0 207 221 26.5 31/47 1235 6.12.17 1.6 TDI SE 114 10.5 35.6 9.3 14.0 2.9 114 184 36.4 50/62 1300 19.10.16 S60 4dr saloon AAAAC
Clubman 5dr hatch AAABC D4 SE Nav 143 7.6 20.4 6.9 9.2 3.0 179 295 39.4 46/59 1580 5.3.14
Cooper D 132 8.6 25.9 8.2 10.0 2.9 148 243 34.9 51/52 1320 25.11.15 SMART S90 4dr saloon AAAAC
Convertible 2dr convertible AAAAB Forfour Electric Drive 5dr hatch AABCC D4 Momentum 140 8.2 22.1 7.9 11.1 2.6 188 295 40.1 40/51 1717 13.7.16
Cooper 129 9.2 25.4 8.8 12.4 2.7 134 162 31.0 46/53 1280 6.4.16 Prime Premium 81 13.2 — 14.5 10.6 2.8 80 118 — 260Wh/m 1200 23.8.17 V60 5dr estate AAAAC
Countryman 5dr hatch AAABC D4 M’tum Pro 137 8.9 23.8 8.2 12.7 2.8 188 295 41.0 35/43 1847 27.6.18
Cooper D 129 9.0 26.4 8.4 11.5 2.8 148 243 36.2 42/48 1480 22.2.17 S KO DA XC60 5dr SUV AAABC
Plug-in Hybrid 123 6.7 24.4 6.2 5.5 3.5 221 284 30.1 42/50 1735 26.7.17 Fabia 5dr hatch AAAAC D4 AWD R-Des’n 127 8.9 26.2 8.8 14.2 2.8 188 295 38.9 40/49 1836 5.7.17
1.2 TSI 90 SE-L 113 12.6 46 12.5 15.0 3.4 89 118 26.1 45/49 1109 21.1.15 XC90 5dr SUV AAAAC
MITSUBISHI New Octavia 4dr saloon/5dr estate AAAAC D5 Momentum 137 8.3 23.9 8.3 *5.0 — 222 347 33.6 37/39 2009 17.6.15
Eclipse Cross 5dr SUV AAACC vRS 245 Estate 155 6.9 16.2 5.8 7.3 2.9 242 273 29.8 33/39 1392 16.8.17
1.5 First Ed 2WD 127 9.0 26.5 8.3 13.8 3.0 161 184 30.9 34/45 1455 14.3.18 Rapid 4dr saloon AAABC WESTFIELD
Outlander 5dr SUV AAABC 1.2 TSI 114 11.3 45.5 11.5 14.2 2.9 84 118 26.1 40/47 1175 5.12.12 Sport 0dr roadster AAAAC
2.2 DiD GX5 118 10.2 32.9 10.1 11.1 3.07 147 265 34.7 38/45 1675 27.3.13 Superb 5dr hatch/estate AAAAB Sport 250 142 3.6 11.1 6.4 4.0 2.7 252 270 22.7 32/42 665 29.11.17
PHEV GX4hs 106 10.0 30.5 9.5 6.2 3.0 200 245 — 44/38 1810 16.4.14 2.0 TDI SE 135 8.8 24.9 8.2 11.2 2.8 148 251 37.2 47/54 1505 9.9.15
Kodiaq 5dr SUV AAAAC ZENOS
MORGAN 2.0 TDI Edition 121 9.5 34.7 10.1 12.2 2.8 148 251 33.5 37/48 1751 23.11.16 E10 0dr roadster AAAAB
Plus 8 2dr roadster AAACC S 140 4.3 11.2 4.1 5.3 2.9 250 295 33.9 21/23 725 7.10.15
4.8 V8 — 4.9 11.1 4.0 8.3 3.2 390 370 36.0 24/32 1230 22.8.12 S S A N GYO N G
3 Wheeler 2dr roadster AAAAA Tivoli XLV AAACC
3 Wheeler 115 8.0 29.9 7.7 5.1 3.56 80 103 21.3 30/- 520 6.6.12 ELX auto 107 12.0 44.5 12.6 7.9 3.1 113 221 33.2 45/58 1425 14.9.16

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ABARTH 2.0 Turbo Petrol 280 276 149 5.7 46.3 141 A3 Cabriolet 2dr open £30,235–£42,645 AAAAC
595 3dr hatch/2dr open £15,690–£20,890 AAABC 2.2 Turbo Diesel 150 148 137 8.2 67.3 109 Compact, affordable, usable and refined. Strong performance, too.
The Fiat 500’s Abarth makeover makes it a true pocket rocket. 2.2 Turbo Diesel 180 177 143 7.1 67.3 109 LxWxH 4423x1793x1409 Kerb weight 1380kg
LxWxH 3657x1627x1485 Kerb weight NA 2.9 BiTurbo Quadrifoglio 503 191 3.9 34.4 189 1.5 TFSI 150 148 137 8.9 52.3-56.5 112-119
1.4 T-jet 145 143 130 7.8-8.0 47.1-48.7 134-139 2.0 TFSI 190 187 155 7.2-7.3 46.3-48.7 128-131
1.4 T-jet 160 Trofeo 157 135 7.3 47.1 139 Stelvio 5dr SUV £34,035–£69,500 AAAAB 2.0 TFSI 190 quattro 187 150 6.9 44.8-46.3 132-136
1.4 T-jet 165 Turismo 162 135 7.3-7.4 47.1-48.7 134-139 Alfa’s first SUV is a solid effort. Choosing the petrol version gives it 2.0 TFSI S3 quattro 305 155 4.6-5.3 39.8-43.5 151-163
1.4 T-jet Competizione 177 140 6.7-6.9 47.1-48.7 134-139 charisma. LxWxH 4687x1903x1671 Kerb weight 1604kg 1.6 TDI 116 114 125 11.2 64.2-67.3 110-114
2.2 Turbo D 180 177 130 7.6 60.1 124 2.0 TDI 150 148 139 8.7-8.9 60.1-65.7 113-122
695 3dr hatch/2dr open £23,040–£25,595 AAABC 2.2 Turbo D 180 Q4 AWD 177 130 7.6 58.9 127 2.0 TDI 150 quattro 148 136 8.8 56.5-57.6 129-132
A convincing track-day 500 with decent dynamic ability. Overly 2.0 Turbo D 210 Q4 AWD 207 134 6.6 58.9 127 2.0 TDI 184 181 149 7.9 58.9-60.1 122-125
firm ride spoils it, though. LxWxH 3657x1627x1485 Kerb weight NA 2.0 Turbo 200 Q4 AWD 197 134 7.2 40.4 161 2.0 TDI 184 quattro 181 147 7.4 53.3-55.4 134-138
1.4 T-jet XSR Yamaha 162 135 7.3-7.4 47.1-48.7 134-139 2.0 Turbo 280 Q4 AWD 276 143 5.7 40.4 161
1.4 T-jet 180 Rivale 177 140 6.7-6.9 47.1-48.7 134-139 2.9 BiTurbo Quadrifoglio 503 197 3.8 31.4 210 A4 4dr saloon £31,045–£46,725 AAAAC
1.4 T-jet 190 Biposto 187 143 5.9 45.9 145 DB11 2dr coupé £147,900–£161,900 AAAAA High quality and competent but leaves the dynamic finesse to its
4C Spider 2dr open £59,835 AAABC The stunning replacement for the already seductive DB9 is tyre- rivals. LxWxH 4726x1842x1427 Kerb weight 1320kg
124 Spider 2dr open £29,625–£31,935 AAAAB It may be flawed but it’s rewarding to drive, if not the last word in shreddingly good. LxWxH 4385x1865x1270 Kerb weight 1760kg 1.4 TFSI 150 148 130 8.5-8.7 50.4-53.3 126-131
Only a mildly upgraded version of the standard car – but what a finesse. LxWxH 3989x1864x1183 Kerb weight 934kg 4.0 V8 503 187 4.0 20.9 230 2.0 TFSI 190 187 149 7.3 52.3-55.4 122-129
revelation it is. LxWxH 4054x1740x1233 Kerb weight 1060kg 1.75 TBi 240 236 160 4.5 40.9-41.5 157-161 5.2 V12 AMR 630 208 3.7 24.8 265 2.0 TFSI 252 quattro 248 155 5.8 43.5-47.9 116-122
1.4 T-jet 170 167 142-144 6.9 42.8-44.1 148-153 3.0 V6 TFSI S4 quattro 349 155 4.7 37.7 170
ALPINA Vanquish 2dr coupé £199,950–£223,995 AAAAC 2.0 TDI 150 ultra 148 130 8.7-8.9 68.9-74.3 99-107
A L FA R O M E O B3 S 4dr saloon/5dr touring £62,000–£63,000 AAAAC Dazzlingly beautiful and expressive big Aston plays the long- 2.0 TDI 150 148 136-137 8.7-8.9 65.7-70.6 101-111
Mito 3dr hatch £13,845–£21,385 AAACC Previously falling behind in the power stakes, but the recent legged cruiser well. LxWxH 4692x1912x1294 Kerb weight 1739kg 2.0 TDI 190 ultra 187 130 7.7 67.3-72.4 102-109
Likeable, good-looking hatch is practical, too, but dynamic flaws facelift rectifies that. LxWxH 4632x1811x1431 Kerb weight 1705kg 6.0 V12 Vanquish S 595 201 3.5 21.6 302 2.0 TDI 190 187 147-149 7.7 62.8-67.3 111-118
make it an also-ran. LxWxH 4063x1720x1446 Kerb weight 1080kg 3.0 BiTurbo 433 188-190 4.3 34.9-35.8 180-185 6.0 Vanquish S Volante 595 201 3.7 21.6 302 2.0 TDI 190 quattro 187 146 7.2 61.4-64.2 114-121
1.4 78hp 76 103 13.0 50.4 130 3.0 V6 TDI 218 215 155 6.6 62.8-67.3 109-117
0.9 TB Twinair 105 103 114 11.4 67.3 99 B4 S 2dr coupé/open £63,000–£67,000 AAABC Rapide S 4dr saloon £149,500–£152,000 AAAAC 3.0 V6 TDI 218 quattro 215 155 6.3 58.9-61.4 119-127
1.4 TB Multiair 140 138 130 8.1 52.3 124 A retuned version of the 4 Series that feels more at home on the The Rapide is one of the most elegant four-door sports cars in the 3.0 V6 TDI 272 quattro 268 155 5.3 54.3-57.6 129-137
1.4 TB Multiair 170 167 136 7.3 52.3 124 track than the road. LxWxH 4640x1825x1373 Kerb weight 1690kg world. LxWxH 5019x1929x1360 Kerb weight 1990kg
1.3 JTDM-2 95 93 112 12.5 83.1 89 3.0 BiTurbo 433 189-190 4.2-4.3 34.0-35.8 180-190 6.0 V12 552 203 4.4 21.9 300 A4 Avant 5dr estate £32,465–£62,860 AAAAC
Classy and demure estate lacks the dynamic sparkle of rivals.
Giulietta 5dr hatch £19,960–£30,205 AAACC B5 4dr saloon/5dr touring £89,000–£91,000 AAAAC AU D I LxWxH 4725x1842x1434 Kerb weight 1370kg
Long in the tooth but still seductive, shame it’s not rounded or Is it the best alternative to an M5? Yes, at least from a practicality
1.4 TFSI 150 148 130 8.9-9.0 A1 3dr hatch £15,955–£28,865 AAABC 48.7-51.4 126-139
lavish enough. LxWxH 4351x1798x1465 Kerb weight 1305kg viewpoint. LxWxH 4956x1868x1466 Kerb weight 2015kg
2.0 TFSI 190 187 149 7.5 Audi’s answer to the Mini is fun and refined. 50.4-53.3 121-128
1.4 TB 120 118 121 9.4 45.6 144 4.4 V8 BiTurbo 599 200-205 3.5-3.7 26.2-26.9 240-247 LxWxH 3973x1740x1416 Kerb weight 1035kg
2.0 TFSI 252 quattro 248 155 6.0 42.8 149-150
1.4 TB Multiair 150 148 130 8.2 51.4 127 1.0 TFSI 95 93 116 11.1 62.8-67.3 97-103 3.0 V6 TFSI S4 quattro 349 155 4.9 37.2 175
1.4 TB Multiair 170 167 135 7.6 57.7 114 B6 2dr open £108,571 AAAAC 1.4 TFSI 125 123 127 8.9 54.3-57.6 112-123 2.9 V6 TFSI RS4 quattro 443 155 4.1 32.1 199-200
1.75 TBi 240 236 152 6.0 41.5 157 A ballistic coupé and convertible best suited to pounding the 2.0 TFSI S1 quattro 227 155 5.9 39.2-39.8 166-168 2.0 TDI 150 ultra 148 130 9.0-9.2 67.3-70.6 104-110
1.6 JTDM-2 120 118 121 10.0-10.2 74.3 99 autobahns. LxWxH 4894x1894x1375 Kerb weight 1945kg 1.6 TDI 116 114 124 9.5 70.6-74.3 99-106 2.0 TDI 150 148 132-133 9.0-9.2 64.2-67.3 111-116
2.0 JTDM-2 150 148 130 8.8 67.3 110 4.4 V8 BiTurbo 591 203 4.2 29.4 224 2.0 TDI 190 ultra 187 130 7.9 65.7-68.9 106-112
2.0 JTDM-2 175 167 136 7.8 65.7 113 A1 Sportback 5dr hatch £16,575–£30,685 AAABC 2.0 TDI 190 187 143-146 7.9 61.4-65.7 113-121
B7 4dr saloon £115,000 AAAAC Rear doors add convenience to an already attractive package. 2.0 TDI 190 quattro 187 143 7.4 60.1-62.8 116-123
Giulia 4dr saloon £29,880–£61,625 AAAAB A 7 Series with a power boost gives BMW a worthy challenger to LxWxH 3973x1746x1422 Kerb weight 1035kg 3.0 V6 TDI 218 215 152 6.7 61.4-64.2 114-121
Handsome and special dynamically but lacks finesse and only the AMG S-Classes. LxWxH 5250x1902x1491 Kerb weight 2060kg 1.0 TFSI 95 93 116 11.1 62.8-67.3 97-103 3.0 V6 TDI 218 quattro 215 152 6.4 57.6-60.1 123-129
comes as an auto. LxWxH 4643x1860x1436 Kerb weight 1429kg 4.4 V8 BiTurbo 599 205 4.2 29.4 222 1.4 TFSI 125 123 127 8.9 54.3-57.6 112-123 3.0 V6 TDI 272 quattro 268 155 5.4 52.3-55.4 134-142
2.0 Turbo Petrol 200 197 146 6.6 47.1 138 2.0 TFSI S1 quattro 227 155 5.9 39.2-39.8 166-168
D3 4dr saloon/5dr touring £48,824–£53,277 AAAAC 1.6 TDI 116 114 124 9.5 70.6-74.3 99-106 A4 Allroad 5dr estate £41,870–£45,360 AAAAC
An intoxicating mix of performance and frugality makes the D3 a Quality load-hauler gets a rugged makeover to make it even more
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compelling choice. LxWxH 4632x1811x1428 Kerb weight 1660kg A3 Sportback 5dr hatch £22,360–£45,305 AAAAC capable. LxWxH 4750x1842x1493 Kerb weight 1580kg
3.0 BiTurbo 345 170-171 4.6 52.3-53.3 139-142 All the above but with the added convenience of five doors and a 2.0 TFSI 252 quattro 148 153 6.1 41.5-43.5 148-154
CCCCC Inherently dangerous/unsafe. Tragically, usefully larger boot. LxWxH 4313x1785x1426 Kerb weight 1180kg 2.0 TDI 190 quattro 187 136 7.8 55.4-57.6 128-134
D4 2dr coupé/open £52,000–£56,000 AAAAC 1.0 TFSI 116 114 128 9.9 60.1-62.8 104-108 3.0 V6 TDI 218 quattro 215 143 6.6 53.3-55.4 137-143
irredeemably flawed. Precise dynamics with added Alpina kudos and a great engine. 1.4 TFSI 150 e-tron 148 138 7.6 156.9-166.2 38-40 3.0 V6 TDI 272 quattro 268 155 5.5 51.4-53.3 139-146
BCCCC Appalling. Massively significant failings. LxWxH 4640x1825x1382 Kerb weight 1660kg 1.5 TFSI 150 148 136 8.2 54.3-58.9 110-118
ACCCC Very poor. Fails to meet any accepted 3.0 BiTurbo 345 171-173 4.6-5.0 47.9-53.3 139-155 2.0 TFSI 190 187 151 6.8-6.9 48.7-50.4 129-130 A5 2dr coupé £34,490–£64,260 AAAAC
class boundaries. 2.0 TFSI 190 quattro 187 146 6.2 47.9-48.7 133-134 Refreshed coupé gets a sharper look and a refreshed interior. Still
D5 S 4dr saloon £62,000 AAAAC 2.0 TFSI S3 quattro 305 155 4.6-5.3 39.8-43.5 150-163 mundane to drive. LxWxH 4673x1846x1371 Kerb weight 1390kg
ABCCC Poor. Within acceptable class The excellent 5 Series receives some Alpina tweaking to make it a 2.5 TFSI RS3 quattro 394 155 4.1
1.4 TFSI 150 33.6-34.0 189-192 148 130 8.9 50.4-53.3 122-127
boundaries in a few areas. Still not brilliant cruiser. LxWxH 4956x1868x1466 Kerb weight 1870kg 1.6 TDI 116 114 125 10.4
2.0 TFSI 190 67.3-72.4 103-109 187 149 7.2-7.3 47.9-55.4 124-129
recommendable. 3.0 BiTurbo 345 171 4.9 46.3 161 2.0 TDI 150 148 135 8.1-8.6
2.0 TFSI 252 quattro 62.8-67.3 109-116 248 155 5.8 44.1-45.6 141-144
2.0 TDI 150 quattro 148 133 8.3
3.0 V6 TFSI S5 quattro 58.9 126-127 349 155 4.7 38.2 170
AACCC Off the pace. Below average in nearly ARIEL 2.0 TDI 184 181 145 7.4
2.9 V6 TFSI RS5 quattro 61.4-62.8 118-119 443 155 3.9 32.5 197
all areas. Atom 0dr open £30,572 AAAAB 2.0 TDI 184 quattro 181 143 6.8
2.0 TDI 190 ultra 56.5-57.6 129-130 187 130 7.7 67.3-70.6 105-111
AABCC Acceptable. About average in key areas, Exhilarating, superbike-fast mentalist is less usable than some but 2.0 TDI 190 187 148-149 7.7 62.8-67.3 111-118
but disappoints. still marvellous. LxWxH 3410x1828x1195 Kerb weight 520kg A3 Saloon 4dr saloon £24,080–£46,255 AAAAC 2.0 TDI 190 quattro 187 146 7.2 61.4-64.2 114-121
AAACC Competent. Above average in some 2.0 K20Z i-VTEC 245 145 3.1 NA NA Undercuts the case to own an A4. Upmarket interior and good to 3.0 V6 TDI 218 quattro 215 155 6.2 58.9-61.4 119-127
3.5R 350 NA NA NA NA drive. LxWxH 4458x1796x1416 Kerb weight 1240kg
areas, average in others. Outstanding 1.0 TFSI 116 114 128 9.9 60.1-62.8 106-107 A5 Sportback 5dr coupé £33,845–£49,525 AAAAC
in none. Nomad 0dr open £38,000 AAAAA 1.5 TFSI 150 148 139 8.2 54.3-56.5 112-119 Refined, good-looking four-door coupé is sadly short on charm and
AAABC Good. Competitive in key areas. Well inside the top 10 list of our favourite cars. A revelation and a 2.0 TFSI 190 187 155 6.8-6.9 48.7-50.4 128-131 finesse. LxWxH 4733x1843x1386 Kerb weight 1425kg
AAAAC Very good. Very competitive in key riot to drive. LxWxH 3215x1850x1425 Kerb weight 670kg 2.0 TFSI 190 quattro 187 150 6.2 47.9-49.6 132-136 1.4 TFSI 150 148 130 8.9 50.4-52.3 124-130
2.4 K24 i-VTEC 235 125 3.4 NA NA 2.0 TFSI S3 quattro 305 155 4.6-5.3 39.8-43.5 151-163 2.0 TFSI 252 quattro 248 155 6.0 43.5-44.1 144-148
areas, competitive in secondary 2.5 TFSI RS3 quattro 394 155 4.1 33.6-34.0 188-191 3.0 V6 TFSI S5 quattro 349 155 4.7 37.7 170
respects. ASTON MARTIN 1.6 TDI 116 114 127 10.4 68.9-70.6 105-108 2.0 TDI 150 148 135-136 8.9-9.0 65.7-67.3 109-114
AAAAB Excellent. Near class-leading in key Vantage 2dr coupé £120,900 AAAAB 2.0 TDI 150 148 139 8.1-8.6 61.4-67.3 110-118 2.0 TDI 190 ultra 187 130 7.9-8.0 65.7-68.9 106-113
areas and in some ways outstanding. The faster, cleverer, more hardcore entry-level Aston tops its 2.0 TDI 150 quattro 148 136 8.3 57.6-58.9 126-129 2.0 TDI 190 187 146-148 7.9 61.4-67.3 109-119
class. LxWxH 4465x1942x1273 Kerb weight 1630kg 2.0 TDI 184 181 149 7.4 61.4-62.8 117-120 2.0 TDI 190 quattro 187 146 7.4 60.1-62.8 117-124
AAAAA Brilliant, unsurpassed. All but flawless. 4.0 V8 503 195 3.5 26.8 245 2.0 TDI 184 quattro 181 147 6.8 55.4-57.6 129-133 3.0 V6 TDI 218 quattro 215 152 6.4 58.9-61.4 119-125
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A5 Cabriolet 2dr open £42,340–£52,540 AAAAC 2.0 TFSI 230 226 155 5.9-6.0 43.5-46.3 141-150 218i 134 130 8.8-8.9 50.4-53.3 124-130
More practical than smaller options. Lower-powered, steel-sprung 2.0 TFSI 230 quattro 226 155 5.3 42.8 153 220i 181 143 7.2 47.9 134-136
trim is best. LxWxH 4673x1846x1383 Kerb weight 1600kg 2.0 TFSI TTS quattro 305 155 4.6-4.9 38.7-40.9 159-168 230i 248 155 5.6 47.9 134
2.0 TFSI 190 187 147-148 7.9 46.3-50.4 127-139 2.5 TFSI TT RS quattro 394 155 3.7 33.6-34.4 187-192 M240i 335 155 4.6-4.8 36.2-39.8 163-179
2.0 TFSI 252 quattro 248 149 6.3 42.2-42.8 149-152 2.0 TDI 184 ultra 181 149 7.1 60.1 124 M2 Competition 404 155 4.2-4.4 28.2-30.7 209-227
3.0 V6 TFSI S5 quattro 349 155 5.1 36.2 177 2.0 TDI 184 quattro 181 145 6.7 52.3 142 218d 148 132 8.3-8.5 61.4-62.8 119-120
2.0 TDI 190 187 144 8.3 60.1-62.8 118-124 220d 187 143 7.1-7.2 61.4 121-122
2.0 TDI 190 quattro 187 144 7.8 57.6-60.1 122-128 TT Roadster 2dr open £31,155–£54,780 AAAAC 220d xDrive 187 140 7.0 55.4 135
3.0 V6 TDI 218 quattro 215 149 6.8 54.3-57.6 128-137 Plenty of pace and driver reward, along with prestige and design- 225d 220 151 6.3 60.1 124
icon style. LxWxH 4177x1832x1355 Kerb weight 1300kg
A6 4dr saloon £33,165–£58,605 AAAAC 1.8 TFSI 180 177 147 7.2 46.3 142 2 Series Convertible 2dr open £28,260–£42,190 AAABC
Supremely well-constructed but a bit soulless to drive. A smart 2.0 TFSI 230 226 155 6.1-6.2 42.2-45.6 144-155 Better than its 1 Series forebear but lacks truly distinguishing
office on wheels. LxWxH 4932x1874x1455 Kerb weight 1570kg 2.0 TFSI 230 quattro 226 155 5.6 40.9 158 premium qualities. LxWxH 4432x1774x1413 Kerb weight 1440kg
1.8 TFSI 190 187 145 7.9 47.9-50.4 130-138 2.0 TFSI TTS quattro 305 155 4.9-5.2 37.7-39.8 163-173 218i 134 130 9.4-9.6 48.7-50.4 131-139
2.0 TFSI 252 quattro 248 155 6.5 40.9-42.2 153-158 2.5 TFSI TT RS quattro 394 155 3.7 33.6-34.4 187-192 220i 181 143 7.7 420i xDrive 46.3
181 144 138-140
7.6-7.8 40.9-45.6 144-161
2.0 TDI 190 ultra 187 144 8.2-8.4 62.8-67.3 109-119 2.0 TDI 184 ultra 181 147 7.3 58.9 129 230i 248 155 5.9 430i 45.6
248 155 142
5.8-5.9 43.5-48.7 136-151
2.0 TDI 190 quattro 187 143 7.7 56.5-57.6 128-133 2.0 TDI 184 quattro 181 143 7.0 50.4 147 M240i 335 155 4.7-4.9
440i 34.0-38.2
321 155 169-189
5.0-5.2 36.7-41.5 159-179
3.0 V6 TDI 272 quattro 268 155 5.5 54.3-55.4 133-138 218d 148 132 8.8-9.0
M4 54.3-58.9
425 155 127-136
4.1-4.3 31.0-34.0 194-204
3.0 BiTDI 320 quattro 315 155 5.0 45.6-47.1 159-164 R8 2dr coupé £112,520–£141,200 AAAAC 220d 187 143 7.5-7.6
M4 Competition pack 55.4-58.9
444 155 126-135
4.0-4.2 31.0-34.0 194-204
4.0 V8 TFSI S6 quattro 443 155 4.4 30.1-30.7 214-218 Usable but no less involving or dramatic for it. V10 is deliciously 225d 220 151 6.5 420d 56.5
187 146 130
7.2-7.4 58.9-60.1 124-125
brutal. LxWxH 4426x1940x1240 Kerb weight 1590kg 420d xDrive 187 144 7.3 54.3 136
A6 Avant 5dr estate £50,210–£88,385 AAAAC 5.2 V10 FSI RWS 532 198 3.7 22.8 283 2 Series Active Tourer 5dr hatch £24,910–£36,735 AAAAC 430d 254 155 5.5 51.4 144
A capable stress-buster. BiTDI engine is a giant killer; the RS6 is 5.2 V10 FSI quattro 532 198 3.5 22.4 287 BMW’s FWD hatch is a proper contender but not as practical as 430d xDrive 254 155 5.2 47.9 154
simply monstrous. LxWxH 4943x1874x1461 Kerb weight 1635kg 5.2 V10 FSI Plus quattro 601 205 3.2 21.1 306 some of its rivals. LxWxH 4342x1800x1555 Kerb weight 1360kg 435d xDrive 308 155 4.7 45.6 162
1.8 TFSI 190 187 140 8.2 47.1-49.6 134-142 218i 134 127 9.3 48.7 132
2.0 TFSI 252 quattro 248 155 6.7 39.8-40.9 157-163 R8 Spyder 2dr open £121,210–£149,890 AAAAC 220i 181 142 7.4 47.9-50.4 134 4 Series Convertible 2dr open £40,600–£66,845 AAAAC
2.0 TDI 190 ultra 187 140 8.5-8.7 60.1-64.2 114-124 Taking the roof off the R8 enhances the drama tenfold. 225xe 248 125 6.7 113 57 A talented gran tourer with the ability to remove the roof. What’s
2.0 TDI 190 quattro 187 139 7.9 54.3-55.4 132-138 LxWxH 4426x1940x1245 Kerb weight 1680kg 216d 335 121 11.1 65.7 112-113 not to like? LxWxH 4640x1825x1384 Kerb weight 1700kg
3.0 V6 TDI 272 quattro 268 155 5.7 52.3-53.3 138-144 5.2 V10 FSI RWS 532 197 3.8 22.4 286 218d 148 129 9.0-9.1 62.8 119 420i 181 146 8.2-8.4 42.8-45.6 144-153
3.0 BiTDI 320 quattro 315 155 5.2 44.1-45.6 164-169 5.2 V10 FSI quattro 532 197 3.6 22.1 290 220d 187 141 7.6 64.2 117 430i 248 155 6.3-6.4 40.4-44.8 146-162
4.0 V8 TFSI S6 quattro 443 155 4.6 29.4-30.1 219-224 5.2 V10 FSI Plus quattro 601 204 3.3 20.8 309 220d xDrive 187 138 7.5 60.1 124 440i 321 155 5.4 39.2 167
4.0 V8 TFSI RS6 quattro 552 155 3.9 29.4 223 M4 425 155 4.4-4.6 29.7-32.5 203-218
4.0 TFSI RS6 Performance 596 155 3.7 29.4 223 BAC 2 Series Gran Tourer 5dr MPV £26,775–£36,615 AAAAB M4 Competition pack 444 155 4.3-4.5 29.7-32.5 203-218
Mono 0dr open £165,125 AAAAB Brings a proper premium MPV to the table. Third row seats aren’t 420d 187 146 8.1-8.2 54.3-56.5 132-138
A6 Allroad 5dr estate £48,785–£59,015 AAAAC An F-22 Raptor for the road, only significantly better built. adult-sized, though. LxWxH 4556x1800x1608 Kerb weight 1475kg 430d 254 155 5.9 48.7 153
Rugged version of the A6 Avant sports a degree of off-roading LxWxH 3952x1836x1110 Kerb weight 580kg 218i 134 127 9.5-9.8 47.1 137 435d xDrive 308 155 5.2 44.1 169
ability. LxWxH 4938x1898x1534 Kerb weight 1890kg 2.5 VVT 305 170 2.8 NA NA 220i 181 137 7.8 44.8-47.9 134-143
3.0 V6 TDI 218 quattro 215 143 7.1 49.6 149 216d 335 119 11.8 62.8-64.2 116-117 4 Series Gran Coupé 4dr coupé £34,300–£48,985 AAAAC
3.0 V6 TDI 272 quattro 268 155 6.2 50.4 149 BENTLEY 218d 148 127 9.6 60.1-61.4 121-125 Essentially a prettier 3 Series. Good, but not better than the
3.0 BiTDI 320 quattro 315 155 5.5 43.5 172 Continental GT 2dr coupé £156,700 AAAAC 220d 187 138 8.2 61.4 122 regular saloon. LxWxH 4640x1825x1404 Kerb weight 1520kg
Refined and improved in every area, making the Conti a superb 220d xDrive 187 135 8.0 57.6 129 420i 181 146 7.5-7.7 46.3-48.7 134-141
A7 5dr coupé £52,925–£94,185 AAAAC grand tourer. LxWxH 4850x1966x1405 Kerb weight 2244kg 420i xDrive 181 144 7.8-8.1 40.9-45.6 144-161
Curiously droopy-looking but otherwise impressive. RS7 is brutally 6.0 W12 626 207 3.6 23.2 278 3 Series 4dr saloon £27,800–£62,905 AAAAB 430i 248 155 5.9 43.5-48.7 136-151
quick, too. LxWxH 4974x1911x1420 Kerb weight 1955kg Decent cabin space and engine range but doesn’t measure up on 440i 321 155 5.1 41.5 159
3.0 45 TDI quattro 227 155 6.5 48.7 150 Flying Spur 4dr saloon £132,800–£169,800 AAABC handling and finesse. LxWxH 4633x1811x1429 Kerb weight 1425kg 420d 187 146 7.4-7.6 57.6-58.9 126-128
3.0 55 TFSI quattro 335 155 5.1 39.8 161 Undoubtedly luxurious but misses the mark on refinement and 318i 134 130 8.9-9.1 51.4-54.3 122-129 420d xDrive 187 144 7.5 54.3 136
3.0 50 TDI quattro 281 155 5.5 48.4 150 tech sophistication. LxWxH 5299x1984x1488 Kerb weight 2417kg 320i 181 146 7.2-7.3 47.9-51.4 134-138 430d 254 155 5.6 51.4 144
4.0 V8 TFSI S7 quattro 443 155 4.6 29.7 220 4.0 V8 500 183 4.9 25.9 254 320i xDrive 181 144 7.5-7.6 41.5-51.4 142-159 430d xDrive 254 155 5.3 47.9 155
4.0 V8 TFSI RS7 quattro 552 155 3.9 29.7 221 4.0 V8 S 521 190 4.6 25.9 254 330i 248 155 5.8-5.9 43.5-48.7 136-151 435d xDrive 308 155 4.8 45.6 163
4.0 TFSI RS7 Performance 596 155 3.7 29.7 221 6.0 W12 616 199 4.3 19.2 335 340i 321 155 5.1-5.2 36.7-41.5 159-179
6.0 W12 Speed 626 202 4.2 19.2 335 M3 425 155 4.1-4.3 32.1-34.0 194-204 5 Series 4dr saloon £36,275–£96,205 AAAAB
A8 4dr saloon £69,415–£77,905 AAAAC M3 Competition package 444 155 4.0-4.2 32.1-34.0 194-204 The perfect compromise between the comfy E-Class and dynamic
Technical tour de force benefits from Audi’s knack of making very Mulsanne 4dr saloon £229,360–£275,000 AAAAC 330e 248 139 6.1 134.5 45-49 XF, and then some. LxWxH 5493x1868x1479 Kerb weight 1530kg
good limousines. LxWxH 5172x1945x1473 Kerb weight 1920kg If the Rolls Phantom is best from the back seat, the Mulsanne is 316d 114 127 10.8-10.9 60.1-61.4 120-124 520i 181 146 7.8 50.4-52.3 124-129
3.0 V6 50 TDI quattro 282 155 5.9 48.7-50.4 145-152 best in the front. LxWxH 5575x1926x1521 Kerb weight 2685kg 318d 148 133 8.5-8.7 60.1-61.4 121-123 530i 248 155 6.2 48.7 132
3.0 V6 55 TFSI quattro 335 155 5.6 36.2-37.7 171-178 6.75 V8 505 184 5.1-5.3 18.8 342 320d Efficient Dynamics 160 143 7.9-8.0 61.4-65.7 114-122 540i xDrive 335 155 4.8 39.2 164
3.0 V6 50 TDI quattro LWB 282 155 5.9 48.7-50.4 146-152 6.75 V8 Speed 530 190 4.8 18.8 342 320d 187 146 7.3-7.4 57.6-60.1 124-127 M5 592 155 3.4 26.9 241
3.0 V6 55 TFSI qu’tro LWB 335 155 5.7 36.2-37.7 171-178 320d xDrive 187 144 7.4 54.3-55.4 135-137 M5 Competition 616 155 3.3 26.1 246
Bentayga 5dr SUV £135,800–£232,000 AAAAB 330d 254 155 5.6 51.4 144-146 530e 248 146 6.2 141.2 46
Q2 5dr SUV £22,440–£32,840 AAAAC Crewe’s first attempt at a luxury SUV is a solid effort. The Diesel is 330d xDrive 254 155 5.3 48.7 153-154 520d 187 147 7.5 60.1-62.7 119-123
Audi’s smallest SUV is a decent stepping stone from the A3 to the wondrous. LxWxH 5140x1998x1742 Kerb weight 2505kg 335d xDrive 308 155 4.8 45.6 162-164 520d xDrive 187 144 7.6 56.4-57.6 129-132
Q range. LxWxH 4191x1794x1508 Kerb weight 1205kg 4.0 V8 542 171 4.4 24.8 260 525d 227 155 6.6 56.4-57.6 128-131
1.0 TFSI 116 114 122 10.1 53.3-55.4 117-121 6.0 W12 600 187 4.0 21.6 296 3 Series Touring 5dr estate £28,800–£46,975 AAAAB 530d 261 155 5.7 55.3 134
1.4 TFSI 150 148 131 8.5 48.7-54.3 119-130 4.0 V8 Diesel 429 168 4.6 35.3 210 There are more practical estates, but the 3 Series’ dynamism 530d xDrive 261 155 5.4 51.3 144
2.0 TFSI 190 quattro 187 141 6.5 44.1-44.8 144-146 make it sparkle. LxWxH 4633x1811x1429 Kerb weight 1470kg
1.6 TDI 116 114 122 10.3-10.5 61.4-68.9 109-120 318i BMW 134 130 9.2-9.3 47.9-51.4 129-137 5 Series Touring 5dr estate £39,005–£54,775 AAAAB
2.0 TDI 150 quattro 148 131 8.1 56.5-58.9 AAABC 320i
125-131 1 Series 3dr/5dr hatch £22,450–£37,125 181 146 7.5 44.8-48.7 134-147 The excellent 5 Series made in more practical form. The 520d is
Strong on performance and economy and as good as it could be. 320i xDrive 181 144 7.7-7.9 38.7-44.8 147-169 still the best. LxWxH 4942x1868x1464 Kerb weight 1630kg
Q3 5dr SUV £28,465–£38,215 AAABC LxWxH 4329x1765x1421 Kerb weight 1375kg 330i 248 155 5.9-6.0 42.2-46.3 143-157 520i 181 139 8.2 47.8-48.7 132-136
Typically refined and competent but feels more like an A3 than an 118i 134 130 8.5-8.7 52.3-56.5 112-126 340i 321 155 5.1 40.4 164 530i 248 155 6.5 46.3 139
Audi SUV. LxWxH 4388x1831x1608 Kerb weight 1385kg 120i 181 139-142 7.1 46.3-48.7 133-140 316d 114 127 11.3-11.4 58.9-60.1 124-127 540i xDrive 335 155 5.1 37.6 172
1.4 TFSI 150 148 126 8.9-9.2 45.6-51.4 127-143 125i 220 151 6.1 47.9 134 318d 148 133 8.9-9.0 58.9-60.1 124-127 520d 187 147 7.8 60.1-61.4 121-124
2.0 TFSI 180 quattro 177 135 7.6 40.4-42.8 152-161 M140i 335 155 4.6-4.8 36.2-39.8 163-179 320d Efficient Dynamics 160 143 8.2-8.3 57.6-62.8 119-128 520d xDrive 187 144 7.9 53.2-54.3 137-140
2.0 TDI 150 148 126 9.6 60.1-62.8 117-124 116d 114 124 10.5 62.8-67.3 111-118 320d 187 146 7.5-7.7 55.4-58.9 125-135 525d 227 152 6.8 54.3-60.1 134-138
2.0 TDI 150 quattro 148 126 9.3 53.3-57.6 129-140 118d 148 131 8.2-8.4 61.4-64.2 115-118 320d xDrive 187 144 7.7 52.3-55.4 136-141 530d 261 155 5.8 52.3 141
2.0 TDI 184 quattro 181 136 7.9 50.4-54.3 136-146 120d 187 141 7.1-7.2 60.1-62.8 120-124 330d 254 155 5.6 49.6-50.4 148-149 530d xDrive 261 155 5.6 49.5 151
120d xDrive 187 138 6.9 54.3-55.4 135-138 330d xDrive 254 155 5.4 47.1 157-158
Q5 5dr SUV £40,820–£51,955 AAAAC 125d 220 149 6.4 58.9 126 335d xDrive 308 155 4.9 44.8 165-167 6 Series Convertible 2dr open £68,495–£110,055 AAABC
Appealing combination of Audi allure, affordable SUV practicality Great engines and interior, but more of a GT than sports car.
and attractiveness. LxWxH 4663x1893x1659 Kerb weight 1720kg 2 Series 2dr coupé £25,060–£51,930 AAAAB 3 Series Gran Turismo 5dr hatch £33,820–£46,315 AAAAC LxWxH 4894x1894x1365 Kerb weight 1890kg
2.0 TDI 190 quattro 187 135 7.9 53.3-56.5 132-138 A proper compact coupé now. Could be better equipped, however. Hatchback practicality meets 3 Series dynamic talent. Dull but 640i 315 155 5.5 35.8-36.7 179-184
2.0 TFSI 252 quattro 248 147 6.3 39.2-40.4 157-164 LxWxH 4432x1774x1418 Kerb weight 1420kg decent. LxWxH 4824x1828x1508 Kerb weight 1580kg 650i 443 155 4.6 31.0 213
3.0 V6 TFSI SQ5 quattro 349 155 5.4 33.2-34.0 189-195 320i 181 146 8.0-8.1 44.1-47.9 134-146 M6 552 155 4.3 27.4 239
320i xDrive 181 144 8.1-8.4 39.8-44.1 146-161 M6 Competition pack 591 155 4.0 27.4 239
Q7 5dr SUV £51,425–£74,385 AAAAC 330i 248 155 6.1 45.6 136-141 640d 308 155 5.5 48.7-50.4 149-153
Unengaging to drive and light on feel, but the cabin is both huge 340i 321 155 5.1 38.7 161-166
and classy. LxWxH 5052x1968x1740 Kerb weight 2060kg 320d 187 146 7.8-7.9 56.5 131-136 6 Series Gran Coupé 4dr coupé £62,465–£106,455 AAAAC
3.0 V6 TDI 218 quattro 215 134 7.3 45.6-48.7 150-161 320d xDrive 187 144 7.8 53.3 141 The 6 Series receives a pair of rear doors and they’re a brilliant
3.0 V6 TDI 272 quattro 268 145 6.5 44.1-47.1 158-168 330d 254 155 5.7 48.7 152 visual coup. LxWxH 5007x1894x1392 Kerb weight 1750kg
3.0 V6 TDI quattro e-tron 254 143 6.2 148.7-156.9 48-50 330d xDrive 254 155 5.4 640i 47.1 158 315 155 5.4 36.2-37.7 178-182
4.0 V8 TDI SQ7 quattro 429 155 4.9 37.2-39.2 190-199 335d xDrive 308 155 4.9 650i 44.1 168 443 155 4.6 32.1 206
M6 552 155 4.2 27.4 231
TT 2dr coupé £29,405–£53,030 AAAAC 4 Series 2dr coupé £34,300–£63,465 AAAAC M6 Competition pack 591 155 3.9 28.5 231
Still serves up plenty of pace, style and usability for the money. It’s A talented GT and a brilliant B-road steer that is very well-equipped. 640d 308 155 5.4 49.6 152
better to drive, too. LxWxH 4177x1832x1353 Kerb weight 1210kg LxWxH 4640x1825x1377 Kerb weight 1475kg
1.8 TFSI 180 177 149 6.9 47.1 138 420i 181 146 7.3-7.5 46.3-48.7 134-141

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6 Series Gran Turismo 5dr hatch £47,930–£58,865 AAABC the Duster delivers. LxWxH 4315x2000x1625 Kerb weight 1147kg 1.4 T-Jet 120 118 124 9.8 47.1 139
A large improvement on the 5GT and dynamically sound. Still an 1.6 SCe 115 111 104-105 11.0-12.0 41.5-44.1 145-155 1.3 Multijet 95 93 112 12.3 76.3 99
oddball, though. LxWxH 5007x1894x1392 Kerb weight 1720kg 1.2 TCe 125 121 109-110 10.4-11.0 44.1-46.3 138-145 1.6 Multijet 120 118 124 10.1-10.4 72.4-76.3 98-101
630i 254 155 6.3 42.8-43.4 148-152 1.5 dCi 110 105 104-105 11.8-12.4 60.1-64.2 115-123
640i xDrive 335 155 5.3 34.4-35.3 183-187 124 Spider 2dr open £21,055–£26,905 AAABC
630d 261 155 6.1 49.0-49.5 151-154 DS The 124 name has been revived. Although not perfect, it is fun to
630d xDrive 261 155 6.0 48.0-48.7 154-156 3 3dr hatch/2dr open £15,370–£26,170 AAAAC drive. LxWxH 4054x1740x1233 Kerb weight 1050kg
Premium-brand philosophy and aesthetics appeal, but the 3 lacks 1.4 Multiair Turbo 140 138 134 7.5-7.6 42.8-44.1 148-153
7 Series 4dr saloon £63,040–£138,335 AAAAC dynamic refinement. LxWxH 3948x1715x1483 Kerb weight 1090kg
Rules on in-car entertainment and diesel sophistication; otherwise 1.2 PureTech 82 79 108 12.3 61.4 107 FORD
too bland. LxWxH 5098x1902x1478 Kerb weight 1755kg 1.2 PureTech 110 107 117-118 9.6-10.2 61.4-65.7 100-105 Ka+ 5dr hatch £10,800–£14,570 AAABC
725d 227 152 6.9 55.3-56.4 132-133 1.2 PureTech 130 126 126-127 8.9-9.0 62.8 105 The Ka gets two extra doors, and it’s a breath of fresh air for the
730d 261 155 6.1 51.3-52.3 143-145 1.6 THP 165 158 135 7.6 50.4 129 range. LxWxH 3929x1910x1524 Kerb weight 1055kg
730d xDrive 261 155 5.8 48.7-49.5 151-152 1.6 THP 210 202 143 6.5 52.3 125 1.2 Ti-VCT 70 69 99 15.3 56.5 114
740d xDrive 315 155 5.2 46.3-47.0 159-160 Corvette 2dr coupé/open £64,135–£98,655 AAABC 1.6 BlueHDi 100 96 113-117 10.8-11.2 80.7-83.1 87-92 1.2 Ti-VCT 85 83 105 13.3 56.5 114-120
740e 254 155 5.4 128.4-134.5 49-50 LHD only and less usable and less able than rivals, but disarming 1.6 BlueHDi 120 116 118 9.3 78.5 94
740Le xDrive 254 155 5.3 113.0-117.7 54-56 and inimitable. LxWxH 4492x1872x1239 Kerb weight 1539kg Fiesta 3dr/5dr hatch £13,715–£22,285 AAAAB
740Li 321 155 5.6 40.4-41.5 159-164 6.2 V8 459 180 4.1-4.2 22.8-23.0 282-284 4 5dr hatch £21,360–£26,430 AAABC Dynamically superb and continues the Fiesta legacy. No longer the
750i 443 155 4.7 34.9-35.3 186-189 6.2 V8 Z06 650 196 3.7-3.8 20.0-22.2 291-322 A jack of all trades, master of none. Nice styling, though. class leader, though. LxWxH 4040x1735x1476 Kerb weight 1113kg
M760Li V12 xDrive 601 155 3.7 22.0 294 LxWxH 4284x1810x1497 Kerb weight 1255kg 1.1 Ti-VCT 70 69 99 14.9 64.2 101
1.2 PureTech 130 126 123 CITROEN
9.9 56.5-57.6 114-116 1.1 Ti-VCT 85 83 105 14.0 64.2 101
X1 5dr SUV £27,630–£36,300 AAAAC C-Zero 5dr hatchback £20,495 AAACC 1.6 THP 165 158 131 8.7 50.4 130 1.0T Ecoboost 100 98 111-113 10.5-12.2 54.3-65.7 97-118
Pick of the premium bunch but a tad unrefined and has ordinary Well-engineered electric city car, but too expensive and lacks the 1.6 BlueHDi 120 116 117-120 10.9-11.4 67.3-74.3 100-111 1.0T Ecoboost 125 123 121 9.9 65.7 98
handling. LxWxH 4439x1821x1598 Kerb weight 1395kg range of rivals. LxWxH 3475x1475x1600 Kerb weight 1120kg 1.6 BlueHDi 180 175 127-135 8.6 64.2 115 1.0T Ecoboost 140 138 125 9.0 62.8 102
sDrive18i 138 127 9.7 48.7 132-133 Electric 64 80 15.9 NA 0 1.5T Ecoboost 200 197 144 6.5 55 114
sDrive20i 189 138 7.4 44.1-45.6 141-146 4 Crossback 5dr hatch £23,660–£30,250 AAABC 1.5 TDCi 85 83 108 12.5 88.3 82
sDrive18d 148 126 9.3-9.4 61.4 120-121 C1 3dr hatch/5dr hatch £9185–£13,655 AAABC A more rugged version of the DS4 doesn’t make it any better. 1.5 TDCi 120 118 121 9.0 88.3 89
xDrive18d 148 126 9.3-9.4 56.5-58.9 127-132 Slightly cheaper than its Toyota sibling but less visually charming. LxWxH 4284x1810x1497 Kerb weight 1255kg
xDrive20d 187 136 7.8 58.9 126 LxWxH 3455x1615x1460 Kerb weight 855kg 1.2 PureTech 130 126 123 9.9 56.5 116 Focus 5dr hatch £17,930–£39,925 AAAAC
1.0 VTI 68 67 99 13.0-15.9 67.3-68.9 95-97 1.6 BlueHDi 120 116 117 10.9-11.4 67.3-72.4 103-111 Appeals for its dynamics, but not as it once did. Spacious, stylish
X2 5dr SUV £30,040–£38,380 AAAAC 1.0 VTI 72 71 99 12.2 57.6 93 1.6 BlueHDi 180 175 127-135 8.6 64.2 115 and well-priced. LxWxH 4360x2010x1469 Kerb weight 1276kg
A more stylish version of the X1, but we’ll have to wait and see how 1.2 PureTech 82 79 106 10.9 65.7 99 1.0T Ecoboost 85 84 110 13.3 57.6 110
it fares dynamically. LxWxH 4360x1824x1526 Kerb weight 1460kg 5 5dr hatch £28,485–£34,755 AAABC 1.0T Ecoboost 100 98 115 12.5 61.4-65.7 99-105
sDrive20i 186 141 7.7 47.9-51.4 126-134 C3 5dr hatchback £11,560–£18,020 AAABC A design marvel. Shame it doesn’t function all that well. 1.0T Ecoboost 125 123 119-120 11.0-12.0 51.4-60.1 108-125
sDrive18d 148 129 9.3-9.8 60.1-62.8 120-124 Funky, fresh look gives a lease of life, shame that underneath isn’t LxWxH 4530x2128 Kerb weight 1605kg 1.5T Ecoboost 150 148 129-130 8.9-9.2 46.3-51.4 127-140
xDrive18d 148 128 9.2 54.3-57.6 128-137 the same. LxWxH 3996x1749x1474 Kerb weight 976kg 1.6 THP 165 158 126 9.5 47.9 136 1.5T Ecoboost 182 179 137-138 8.6-8.9 46.3-51.4 127-140
xDrive20d 185 137 7.7 57.6-60.1 124-128 1.2 PureTech 68 66 107 14.0 60.1 108 1.6 BlueHDi 120 116 117-119 11.7-11.9 68.9-70.6 104-108 2.0T Ecoboost 250 ST 246 154 6.5 41.5 159
1.2 PureTech 82 79 107 12.8 60.1 109 2.0 BlueHDi 150 145 127 9.9 65.7 113 2.3T Ecoboost 350 RS 345 165 4.7 36.7 175
X3 5dr SUV £39,120–£52,865 AAAAC 1.2 PureTech 110 107 117 9.3 61.4 110 2.0 BlueHDi 180 175 137 9.2 62.8 117 107Kw Electric Motor 140 84 11.0 NA 0
Continues where the last one left off. Dynamically good and more 1.6 BlueHDi 100 96 115 10.6 76.3 95 1.5 TDCi 95 93 112 12.0 74.3 99
luxurious inside. LxWxH 4708x1891x1676 Kerb weight 1750kg 7 Crossback 5dr SUV £28,095–£43,580 AAABC 1.5 TDCi 120 118 119-120 10.5-10.8 74.3 99
xDrive20i 181 134 8.3 38.7-39.8 163-166 C3 Aircross 5dr hatchback £14,700–£20,035 AAABC DS’s first premium SUV certainly has the right price tag, equipment 2.0 TDCi 150 148 129-130 8.7-8.8 64.2-70.6 105-115
M40i 355 155 4.8 33.6-34.4 188-193 Funky-looking C3 gets a jacked-up, rugged SUV look. and appeal. LxWxH 4570x1895x1620 Kerb weight 1420kg 2.0 TDCi 185 ST 182 135 7.7-8.1 61.4-67.3 110-119
xDrive20d 187 132 8.0 51.4-53.5 140-144 LxWxH 4155x1765x1637 Kerb weight 1088kg 1.6 THP 225 EAT8 218 141 8.3 57.9 135
xDrive30d 261 149 5.8 47.1-48.7 154-158 1.2 PureTech 82 79 103 15.9 55.4 116 1.5 BlueHDi 130 NA 121 11.7 68.9 107 Focus Estate 5dr estate £19,050–£30,340 AAAAC
M40d 321 155 4.9 43.5-44.1 169-172 1.2 PureTech 110 107 115 11.3 56.5 115 2.0 BlueHDi 180 EAT8 171 134 9.9 57.6 128 Well-mannered and comfortable, but a Skoda Octavia will carry
1.2 PureTech 130 127 124 10.4 53.3 119 more. LxWxH 4560x2010x1469 Kerb weight 1313kg
X4 5dr SUV £42,900–£55,725 AAABC 1.6 BlueHDi 100 96 109 12.8 70.6 104 FERRARI 1.6 Duratec Ti-VCT 105 103 116 12.5 47.1 139
Downsized X6 is respectable enough if not loveable, but the X3 is a Portofino 2dr open £166,180 AAAAC 1.0T Ecoboost 100 98 115 12.7 58.9 109
better option. LxWxH 4671x1881x1624 Kerb weight 1735kg C4 5dr hatchback £19,960–£23,280 AAACC The entry-level Ferrari has the power, the looks and the touring 1.0T Ecoboost 125 123 119-120 11.2-12.2 51.4-58.9 110-125
M40i 336 155 4.9 31.0-31.4 205-206 A good-looking hatchback but lacks the polish and refinement of ability. LxWxH 4586x1938x1318 Kerb weight 1664kg 1.5T Ecoboost 150 148 129-130 8.9-9.2 46.3-50.4 128-140
xDrive20d 187 131 8.0 50.4-52.3 142-146 its latest rivals. LxWxH 4329x1789x1489 Kerb weight 1200kg 3.9T V8 591 199 3.5 26.4 245 1.5T Ecoboost 182PS 179 137-138 8.8 46.3-50.4 128-140
xDrive30d 254 145 5.8 46.3-49.6 149-159 1.2 PureTech 110 107 114 10.9 58.9 112 2.0T Ecoboost 250 ST 246 154 6.7 41.5 159
M40d 322 155 4.9 42.8-44.1 170-173 1.2 PureTech 130 126 122-124 10.8-10.9 55.4-58.9 110-117 488 2dr coupé/open £197,418-£219,274 AAAAA 1.5 TDCi 95 93 112 12.2 74.3 99
1.6 BlueHDi 100 96 111 11.5 78.5 95 Calm ride mixed with explosive performance. 1.5 TDCi 105 103 116 12.1 83.1 88
X5 5dr SUV £49,540–£97,115 AAAAC 1.6 BlueHDi 120 116 122 10.6-11.1 72.4-74.3 100-104 LxWxH 4568x1952x1213 Kerb weight 1475kg 1.5 TDCi 120 118 119-120 10.7-11.0 74.3 99
Accomplished and luxurious but no longer the standard-setter on 3.9T V8 650 203-205 3.0 24.7 260 1.6 TDCi 95 93 112 12.5 67.3 109
SUV handling. LxWxH 4886x1938x1762 Kerb weight 1995kg C4 Cactus 5dr hatchback £17,270–£20,920 AAABC 1.6 TDCi 115 113 120 10.8 67.3 109
sDrive25d 227 136 7.7 52.3 141 Interesting and novel to look at but flawed to drive. GTC4Lusso 2dr coupé £200,165–£240,402 AAAAB 2.0 TDCi 150 148 129-130 8.9-9.0 64.2-70.6 105-115
xDrive25d 227 236 7.7 50.4 148 LxWxH 4157x1729x1480 Kerb weight 965kg Another four-wheel-drive grand tourer Ferrari that is more usable 2.0 TDCi 185 ST 182 135 7.8-8.3 61.4-67.3 110-119
xDrive30d 254 143 6.8 40.3 183 1.2 PureTech 82 79 106-107 12.9-15.0 61.4-65.7 98-107 than the FF. LxWxH 4922x1980x1383 Kerb weight 1865kg
xDrive40d 308 146 5.9 40.3 183 1.2 PureTech 110 107 117 9.3-9.7 61.4-65.7 100-105 3.9T V8 592 198 3.5 24.3 265 Mondeo 5dr hatch £20,995–£32,095 AAAAC
M50d 375 155 5.3 36.2 205 1.2 PureTech 130 128 120 8.2 58.9 110 6.3 V12 670 208 3.4 18.4 350 Does what great Fords do, by over-delivering on practicality,
xDrive40e 241 130 6.8 83.1 78 1.6 BlueHDi 100 96 114 10.6-11.2 78.5-91.1 82-95 handling and value. LxWxH 4871x 1852x1482 Kerb weight 1455kg
xDrive50i 442 155 4.9 29.1 226 812 Superfast 2dr open £262,963 AAAAA 1.5 SCTi Ecoboost 165 162 138 9.2 42.8 150
X5 M 567 155 4.2 25.4 258 C4 Spacetourer 5dr MPV £21,725–£30,285 AAAAC More powerful than the F12, but with better road manners making it 2.0 SCTi Ecoboost 240 236 149 7.9 38.7 169
Plushness and an improved dynamic make for a better car. the star of the range. LxWxH 4657x1971x1276 Kerb weight 1630kg 2.0 TiVCT hybrid 187 184 116 9.2 71 108
X6 5dr SUV £61,105–£100,085 AAABC LxWxH 4438x1826x1610 Kerb weight 1280kg 6.5 V12 777 211 2.9 18.9 340 2.0 TDCi Duratorq 150 148 132-134 9.3-9.9 61.4-68.9 107-120
The world’s first off-road coupé, but appearances make it difficult 1.2 PureTech 110 107 116 11.5 55.4 115 2.0 TDCi D’torq 150 AWD 148 134 10.3 58.9 124
to love. LxWxH 4909x1989x1702 Kerb weight 2065kg 1.2 PureTech 130 126 125-128 10.1 55.4-56.5 115-116 F I AT 2.0 TDCi Duratorq 180 177 139-140 8.3-8.6 61.4-64.2 115-120
xDrive30d 254 143 6.7 40.3 183 1.6 BlueHDi 100 96 109 12.7 74.3 99 500 3dr hatch/2dr open £11,810–£16,640 AAABC 2.0 TDCi D’torq 180 AWD 177 140 9.3 54.3 134
xDrive40d 308 146 5.8 40.3 183 1.6 BlueHDi 120 116 117 11.2-11.3 72.4-74.3 100-103 Super desirable, super-cute city car. Pleasant, if not involving to
M50d 375 155 5.2 36.2 205 1.6 BlueHDi 150 145 129-130 9.7-10.1 64.2-68.9 106-115 drive. LxWxH 3571x1627x1488 Kerb weight 865kg Mondeo Estate 5dr estate £22,795–£33,595 AAAAC
X6 M 567 155 4.2 25.4 258 1.2 69hp 68 99 12.9 60.1-65.7 99-110 A vast and enjoyable estate that majors on everything a great Ford
Grand C4 Spacetourer 5dr MPV £25,060–£31,985 AAAAC 0.9 Twinair 85 83 107 11.0 67.3-74.3 88-90 should. LxWxH 4867x 1852x1501 Kerb weight 1476kg
i3 5dr hatch £34,075–£40,130 AAAAB Alternative MPV offers something fresh, comfy, spacious and 0.9 Twinair 105
1.5 SCTi Ecoboost 165 162 138 1039.2 42.8117 150 10.0 67.3 99
Our favourite high-end small car happens to be an EV, and it could quietly upmarket. LxWxH 4602x1826x1638 Kerb weight 1297kg 1.3 Multijet 95
2.0 SCTi Ecoboost 240 236 146 93 8.0 37.7112 174 10.7 83.1 89
change motoring. LxWxH 3999x1775x1578 Kerb weight 1245kg 1.2 PureTech 130 126 125-128 10.8 55.4-56.5 115-116 2.0 TDCi Duratorq 150 148 129-130 9.4-10.0 58.9-67.3 109-123
94Ah 167 93 7.3 NA 0 1.6 BlueHDi 100 96 109 13.1 74.3 99 500L 5dr MPV £16,400–£21,565 AAACC 2.0 TDCi D’torq 150 AWD 148 130 10.5 57.7 127
94Ah Range Extender 167 93 8.1 470.8 13-14 1.6 BlueHDi 120 116 117 11.5-11.7 70.6 105-106 A costly option but has some style to fill out some of its missing 2.0 TDCi Duratorq 180 177 135-137 8.4-8.7 58.9-62.3 117-123
94Ah S 180 99 6.9 NA 0 1.6 BlueHDi 150 145 129-130 9.8-10.1 64.2-68.9 106-115 substance. LxWxH NA Kerb weight NA 2.0 TDCi D’torq 180 AWD 177 137 9.5 53.3 137
94Ah S Range Extender 180 99 7.7 403.5 14 1.4 95 93 103-111 12.8-13.2 45.6-46.3 143-144
DACIA 1.4 T-Jet 120 118 114-117 10.2-11.0 42.2 155-157 Mustang 2dr coupé/open £36,645–£47,145 AAAAC
i8 2dr coupé/roadster £112,735-£124,735 AAAAC Sandero 5dr hatch £6995–£11,195 AAACC 1.3 Multijet 95 93 101-106 13.9-15.5 67.3-72.4 104-109 American muscle built for the UK. What’s not to like?
If BMW’s plug-in hybrid is what the future of the sports car looks A clever budget prospect but its limitations are unavoidable, even 1.6 Multijet 120 118 114-117 10.7-11.5 65.7-67.3 112-114 LxWxH 4784x1916x1381 Kerb weight 1653kg
like, we welcome it. LxWxH 4689x1942x1293 Kerb weight 1485kg after a smart facelift. LxWxH 4069x1733x1519 Kerb weight 969kg 2.3 Ecoboost 312 145 5.8 28.8-35.3 179-225
1.5 eDrive 374 155 4.4-4.6 141.2-158.9 42-46 1.0 SCe 75 71 98 14.2 54.3 117 500L Wagon 5dr MPV £19,160–£22,565 AAACC 5.0 V8 410 155 4.8 12.8-23.5 281-306
0.9 TCe 90 87 109 11.1 57.6 109 Loses more of its charm as it gets bigger, but it does come as a
CAD I LL AC 1.5 dCi 90 87 107 11.8 80.7 90 seven-seater. LxWxH NA Kerb weight NA C-Max 5dr MPV £21,945–£28,445 AAABC
CT6 4dr saloon £71,625 AACCC 1.4 T-Jet 120 118 117 10.6 40.9 158 A fun-to-drive and easy-to-live-with five-seat MPV.
Sharp-looking saloon is a replacement for the CTS. Still needs a Sandero Stepway 5dr hatch £9595–£12,195 AAABC 1.3 Multijet 95 93 105-106 14.4-15.7 68.9-72.4 104-107 LxWxH 4379x1828x1610 Kerb weight 1391kg
diesel option. LxWxH 5184x1880x1472 Kerb weight 1950kg A more expensive and slightly more rugged cheap car – but still 1.6 Multijet 120 118 117 10.9 67.3 112 1.0T Ecoboost 100 98 108 12.6 55.4 127
3.0 V6 AWD 411 155 5.7 28.8 223 limited. LxWxH 4089x1761x1555 Kerb weight 1040kg 1.0T Ecoboost 125 123 116 11.4 55.4 129
0.9 TCe 90 87 104 11.1 55.4 115 500X 5dr hatch £15,745–£25,755 AAABC 1.5 TDCi 120 118 113-114 11.3-12.4 67.3-68.9 105-109
CTS-V 4dr saloon £76,675 AAAAC 1.5 dCi 90 87 104 11.7 74.3 98 Familiar styling works rather well as a crossover. Drives okay, too.
Eat your heart out, Germany – but lacks handling finesse of its LxWxH 4248x1796x1600 Kerb weight NA Grand C-Max 5dr MPV £23,545–£30,095 AAAAC
European rivals. LxWxH 5050x1863x1447 Kerb weight 1850kg Logan MCV 5dr estate £8495–£12,695 AAACC 1.6 E-Torq 110 108 112 11.5 44.1-47.1 139-147 Mid-sized Ford handles well and can be had in five- or seven-seat
6.2 V8 RWD 640 199 3.7 21.7 298 Lacks its stablemates’ charms but retains their cheapness. 1.4 Multiair 140 138 118 9.8-9.9 47.1-49.6 133-139 form. Good value, too. LxWxH 4379x1828x1610 Kerb weight 1493kg
LxWxH 4501x1733x1552 Kerb weight 980kg 1.4 Multiair 170 AWD 167 124 8.6 42.2 157 1.0T Ecoboost 100 98 107 13.6 54.3 133
Escalade 5dr SUV £82,640–£97,175 AACCC 1.0 SCe 75 71 98 14.7 52.3 120 1.3 Multijet 95 93 107 12.9 68.9 107 1.0T Ecoboost 125 123 115 12.2 54.3 134
Cadillac’s luxury SUV remains too large and ungainly for the UK. 0.9 TCe 90 87 109 11.1 57.7 109 1.6 Multijet 120 118 116 10.5 65.7-68.9 109-113 1.5 TDCi 120 118 111-112 12.3-13.4 62.8-64.2 131
LxWxH 5179x2061x1896 Kerb weight 2635kg 1.5 dCi 90 87 107 11.8 80.7 90 2.0 Multijet 140 AWD 138 118 9.8 51.4 144
6.2 V8 AWD 420 112 6.7-6.9 22.4 287 S-Max 5dr MPV £29,145–£40,195 AAAAC
Logan MCV Stepway 5dr estate £12,095–£13,695 AAACC Panda 5dr hatch £9510–£18,300 AAABC Better to drive and better looking than most but not quite the class
C AT E R H A M Given a rugged makeover but still lacks charm. Extremely Hasn’t kept pace with its rivals, but sells robust, practical charm leader it was. LxWxH 4976x1916x1655 Kerb weight 1645kg
Seven 2dr open £17,495–£51,990 AAAAB practical, though. LxWxH 4528x1761x1559 Kerb weight 1090kg better than most. LxWxH 3653x1643x1551 Kerb weight 940kg 2.0 TDCi EcoBlue 120 118 114 13.4 57 129
The 360 is the sweet spot in the revised range, giving the Seven 0.9 TCe 90 87 106 12.4 55.4 115 1.2 69hp 68 96-102 14.2-14.5 51.4-55.4 119-129 2.0 TDCi EcoBlue 150 148 123 10.3 56 139
just the right hit of performance. LxWxH NA Kerb weight 490kg 1.5 dCi 90 87 106 13.0 72.4 100 0.9 Twinair 85 83 103-110 11.2-12.1 57.6-68.9 133-139 2.0 TDCi EcoBlue 150 AWD 148 122 10.6 52 149
0.6 Suzuki 160 80 100 6.91 57.6 114 0.9 Twinair 90 88 104 12.0 57.6 114 2.0 TDCi EcoBlue 190 188 129 9.5 52 134
0.6 Suzuki Super Sprint 95 100 6.91 57.6 114 Duster 5dr SUV £9995–£16,395 AAABC 1.3 Multijet 95 93 104 12.5-12.7 62.8-64.2 117-119 2.0 TDCi EcoBlue 190 AWD 188 128 9.8 48 144
1.6 Sigma Ti-VCT 270 135 122 5.0 NA NA A value champion. If cheap family transport is what you require, 2.0 TDCi EcoBlue 240 236 140 8.1 35 180
1.6 Sigma Ti-VCT 310 152 127 4.9 NA NA Tipo 5dr hatch £13,970–£18,320 AAABC
2.0 Duratec 360 180 130 4.8 NA NA A 90s reboot that has been on a diet. Decent to drive and ample Galaxy 5dr MPV £31,295–£40,695 AAABC
2.0 Duratec 420 210 136 3.8 NA NA interior space. LxWxH 4368x1792x1495 Kerb weight 1195kg Huge seven-seat MPV. Easy to place on the road but not cheap to
2.0 Supercharged 620S 310 145 3.4 NA NA 1.4 95 93 115 12.1 49.6 132 buy. LxWxH 4848x1916x1747 Kerb weight 1708kg
2.0 Supercharged 620R 310 155 2.79 NA NA 1.6 E-Torq 110 108 119 11.5 44.8 147
2.0 TDCi EcoBlue 120 118 114 13.6 57 129
1.4 T-Jet 120 118 124 9.6 47.1 139
2.0 TDCi EcoBlue 150 148 123 10.9 57 129
CHEVROLET 1.3 Multijet 95 93 112 12.0 76.3 99
2.0 TDCi EcoBlue 150 AWD 148 122 12.2 52 139
Camaro 2dr coupé/convertible £32,625–£45,155 AAABC 1.6 Multijet 120 118 124 9.8-10.2 74.3-76.3 98-99
2.0 TDCi EcoBlue 190 188 131 9.8 57 129
An affordable American muscle car, but LHD only and less usable 2.0 TDCi EcoBlue 190 AWD 188 128 10.6 49 149
and unrefined. LxWxH 4784x1897 Kerb weight 1539kg Tipo Station Wagon 5dr estate £14,970–£19,320 AAABC 2.0 TDCi EcoBlue 240 238 133 8.7 46.3 158
2.0 Turbo 268 149 5.9-6.1 34.9-35.3 181-184 Estate version is more practical, which mixes well with its driving
6.2 V8 446 155-180 4.4-4.8 22.1-25.4 252-290 characteristics. LxWxH 4571x1792x1514 Kerb weight 1205kg EcoSport 5dr SUV £17,295–£23,450 AAACC
1.4 95 93 115 12.3 49.6 132 Facelifted version of the pumped-up Fiesta is okay, but developing-
1.6 E-Torq 110 108 119 11.7 44.8 147 world roots show. LxWxH 4096x1765x1653 Kerb weight 1280kg

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Useful, inoffensive and well-priced, but don’t expect any fireworks. Mixes dynamism and refinement so well, but not as spacious or Slightly smaller and with dynamic looks, but still not a car to
LxWxH 4745x1815x1470 Kerb weight 1497kg cosseting as some. LxWxH 5130x1899x1460 Kerb weight 1835kg remember. LxWxH 4310x1780x1430 Kerb weight 1263kg
1.7 CRDi Blue Drive 115 113 119 12.4 67.3 110 3.0d V6 300 295
1.6 GDi 155 6.2 49.6 149 133 118 9.8 52.3 124
1.7 CRDi Blue Drive 141 139 126 10.3-10.8 60.1-65.7 114-123 1.0 T-GDi 118 118 10.7 57.6 115
F-Type 2dr coupé £51,210–£112,835 AAAAB 1.6 T-GDi 201 143 7.3 38.2 170
i40 Tourer 5dr estate £21,610–£29,630 AAABC A full-blooded assault on Porsche’s backyard, with noise, power 1.6 CRDi 134 117-124 9.5-10.2 72.4-74.3 99-103
A practical estate but still rather dull and ordinary. and beauty. LxWxH 4482x1923x1311 Kerb weight 1525kg
LxWxH 4775x1815x1470 Kerb weight 1514kg 2.0 i4 300 295 155 5.7 39.2 163 Soul 5dr hatch £14,725–£30,495 AAABC
1.7 CRDi Blue Drive 115 113 118 12.6 67.3 110 3.0 V6 340 335 161 5.3-5.7 28.8-33.6 199-234 Looks divide opinion. Better value now but still hardly the best
1.7 CRDi Blue Drive 141 139 124 10.5-11.0 60.1-65.7 114-123 3.0 V6 380 374 171 4.9-5.5 28.8-32.9 203-234 option. LxWxH 4140x1800x1600 Kerb weight 1275kg
3.0 V6 380 AWD 374 171 5.1 31.7 211 1.6 GDi 130 115 10.6 43.5 152
Ioniq 5dr hatch £21,090–£31,645 AAABC 5.0 V8 550 R AWD 542 186 4.1 25.0 269 1.6 T-GDi 201 122 7.5 40.9 156
First attempt at electrification for the masses is a good effort. 5.0 V8 575 SVR AWD 567 200 3.7 25.0 269 1.6 CRDi 134 112-113 10.7-10.8 56.5-58.8 127-130
1.0T Ecoboost 100 98 105 11.9 53 121 LxWxH 4470x1820x1450 Kerb weight 1370kg 30kWh Electric Drive 109 90 11.0 NA 0
1.0T Ecoboost 125 123 111 12.7 48.7-54.3 119-134 1.6 Hybrid 141 139 115 10.8-11.1 70.6-83.1 79-92 F-Type Convertible 2dr open £56,695–£118,320 AAAAB
1.0T Ecoboost 140 138 116 11.8 54.3 119 1.6 Plug-in Hybrid 141 139 110 10.6 256.8 26 Costs serious money, but you get a serious car with a likeable wild Optima 4dr saloon £21,660–£33,995 AAACC
1.5 TDCi EcoBlue 100 99 99 14.0 68.8 107 Electric Motor 118 103 10.2 NA 0 side. LxWxH 4482x1923x1308 Kerb weight 1545kg Looks the part but is well off the pace set by its European rivals.
1.5 TDCi EcoBlue 125 123 112 10.9 62.7 116-119 2.0 i4 300 295 155 5.7 39.2 163 LxWxH 4855x1860x1465 Kerb weight 1590kg
AAABC 3.0 V6 340 ix20 5dr hatch £15,450–£19,040
335 161 5.3-5.7 28.8-33.6 199-234 1.7 CRDi 139 121-126 9.7-10.6 64.2-67.3 110-116
Kuga 5dr SUV £23,225–£37,135 AAAAB Usable high-roofed hatch is short on overall flair. 3.0 V6 380 374 171 4.9-5.5 28.8-32.9 203-234 2.0 GDi PHEV 202 119 9.1 176.6 37
Bigger and sharper-looking than before but still retains its taut, LxWxH 4120x1765x1600 Kerb weight 1267kg 3.0 V6 380 AWD 374 171 5.1 31.7 211
responsive handling. LxWxH 4524x1838x1689 Kerb weight 1560kg 1.4 90 88 104 12.8 50.4 130 5.0 V8 550 R AWD 542 186 4.1 25.0 269 Optima Sportswagon 5dr estate £22,500–£35,145 AAACC
1.5 Ecoboost 120 118 112 12.5 44.8 145 1.6 125 123 112 11.5 43.5 150 5.0 V8 575 SVR AWD 567 195 3.7 25.0 269 Engine and finish leave it well behind rival European estates.
1.5 Ecoboost 150 148 121 9.7 44.8 145 1.6 CRDi 115 113 114 11.4 64.2 115 LxWxH 4855x1860x1465 Kerb weight 1620kg
1.5 Ecoboost 176 AWD 174 124 10.1 37.7 173 E-Pace 5dr SUV £28,930–£48,900 AAAAC 1.7 CRDi 139 124 9.8-10.7 61.4-64.2 113-120
1.5 TDCi 120 118 106-108 12.4-12.7 58.9-64.2 115-124 Kona 5dr hatch £16,450–£26,245 AAAAC Jaguar’s second SUV looks enticing, but can it make an impact like 2.0 GDi PHEV 202 119 9.1 201.8 33
1.5 TDCi 150 148 119-121 9.9-10.1 54.3-60.1 122-135 Hyundai’s first crossover is the perfect blend of practicality, value the F-Pace’s? LxWxH 4411x1984x1649 Kerb weight 1775kg
1.5 TDCi 150 AWD 148 118 10.9 54.3 134 and style LxWxH 4165x1800x1550 Kerb weight 1233kg 2.0 D150 148 124 9.5 60.1 124 Stinger 4dr saloon £32,025–£40,535 AAABC
1.5 TDCi 180 AWD 177 124-126 9.2-10.0 54.3 134-135 1.0 T-GDi 120 2WD 118 112 12.0 52.3-54.3 117-125 2.0 D150 AWD 148 120 9.9-10.1 50.4-54.3 137-147 Sleek coupé-shaped saloon has the appeal and dynamics to rival
1.6 T-GDi 177PS 4WD 175 127 7.9 42.2 153 2.0 D180 AWD 177 127-128 8.7-9.4 50.4-54.3 137-147 Europe’s best LxWxH 4830x1870x1400 Kerb weight 1717kg
Edge 5dr SUV £35,510–£43,025 AAABC 2.0 D240 AWD 236 139 7.0 45.6 162 2.0 T-GDi 244 149 5.8 35.8 181
Mid-sized, US-developed SUV joins Ford’s fleet to take on Europe’s Tucson 5dr SUV £21,845–£34,945 AAABC 2.0 P200 AWD 198 134 7.7 34.4 186 3.3 V6 T-GDi 365 168 4.7 28.5 225
big SUVs. LxWxH 4808x1928x1692 Kerb weight 1912kg Classy, roomy cabin and predictable handling. A very competitive 2.0 P250 AWD 245 143 6.6 36.7 174 2.2 CRDi 197 143 7.3 48.7 154
2.0 TDCi Duratorq 180 177 124 9.9 47.9-48.7 149-152 SUV. LxWxH 4475x1850x1650 Kerb weight 1379kg 2.0 P300 AWD 295 151 5.9 35.3 181
2.0 TDCi Bi-turbo 210 207 131 9.4 47.9-48.7 149-152 1.6 GDi 132PS 130 113 11.5 44.8 147 Venga 5dr hatch £12,960–£19,575 AAACC
1.6 T-GDI 177PS 175 125 9.1 38 165 F-Pace 5dr SUV £36,520–£74,835 AAAAC A versatile interior, but firm ride and high price disappoint.
GT 2dr coupé £420,000 AAAAC 1.6 CRDi 115PS 113 109 13.7 61 119 Credible first SUV effort is as refined and dynamic as a Jaguar LxWxH 4075x1765x1600 Kerb weight 1253kg
The GT is back as a race car for the road. Compelling if not perfect. 1.6 CRDi 136PS 134 114-116 10.6-12.0 47.1-58.9 127-156 should be. LxWxH 4746x2070x1667 Kerb weight 1690kg 1.4 89 104 12.4 50.4 130
LxWxH 4808x1928x1692 Kerb weight 1912kg 2.0 CRDi 185PS 182 125 9.5-9.9 43.5-47.9 154-170 2.0d 163 160 121 10.2 57.7 129 1.6 123 111-115 10.4-11.1 43.4-47.9 139-150
3.5 V6 Ecoboost 650 216 3.0 NA NA 2.0 20d 180 177 129 8.5 55.4 134 1.4 CRDi 89 103 13.7 64.2 115
Santa Fe 5dr SUV £33,425–£39,785 AAABC 2.0 20d 180 AWD 177 129 8.7 53.3-54.3 134-139 1.6 CRDi 114 113 11.0 64.2 115
G I N E T TA Another big Korean SUV with lots of space for not a lot of cash. 2.0 25d 240 AWD 236 135 7.2 48.7 153
G40 Club Car 2dr coupé £35,000 (+champ pack) AAABC Slick and comfy. LxWxH 4700x1880x1675 Kerb weight 1939kg 3.0 V6 30d 300 AWD 295 150 6.2 47.1 159 Carens 5dr MPV £19,505–£28,445 AAABC
A balanced, affordable and fine-looking track-day car. Some of the 2.2 CRDi Blue Drive 200 197 126 9.0-9.6 42.8-47.1 159-174 2.0 25t 250 AWD 246 135 6.8 38.2 170 Nicely up to scratch without feeling cheap or austere, but no class
finish isn’t quite up to snuff. LxWxH NA Kerb weight 840kg 2.0 30t 300 AWD 295 145 6.0 37.0 174 leader. LxWxH 4525x1805x1605 Kerb weight 1483kg
1.8 Zetec 135 125 NA NA NA INFINITI 5.0 V8 SVR 550 AWD 548 176 4.1 23.7 272 1.6 GDi 133 115 10.9 45.6 143
Q30 5dr hatch £20,600–£36,435 AAABC 1.7 CRDi 114 114 110 12.7 62.8-67.3 109-118
H O N DA Infiniti’s first hatch uses the A-Class blueprint. Great to look at, not I-Pace 5dr SUV £63,495–£81,495 AAAAB 1.7 CRDi 139 139 117-120 10.0-10.9 58.9 127
Jazz 5dr hatch £14,240–£18,340 AAAAC so good to drive. LxWxH 4425x1805x1495 Kerb weight 1407kg Fast, refined and the first of its kind from a European
Not the most compact or vivacious but has decent handling and is 1.6t 122 120 124 9.4 49.6 133 manufacturer. LxWxH 4682x1895x1558 Kerb weight 2133kg Niro 5dr SUV £23,490–£30,845 AAABC
cleverly packaged.LxWxH 3995x1694x1550 Kerb weight 1066kg 1.6t 156 153 134 8.9 48.7 134 EV400 398 124 4.5 N/A 0 Kia’s first full hybrid is a solid attempt, but it lacks the refinement
1.3 DOHC 99 113-118 11.2-12.3 55.4-61.4 106-120 2.0t 211 208 146 7.2 45.6 143 of better rivals. LxWxH 4355x1805x1545 Kerb weight 1500kg
1.5 DOHC 128 113-118 8.7-10.1 47.9-52.3 124-133 2.0t 211 AWD 208 143 7.3 42.2 156 J E E P 1.6 GDi Hybrid 139 101 11.1 74.3 88
1.5d 109 107 118 11.9-12.0 65.7-72.4 103-111 Compass 5dr SUV £23,355–£34,925 AAACC 1.6 GDi Hybrid PHEV 139 107 10.4 217.3 29
Civic 5dr hatch £18,895–£33,525 AAAAC 2.2d 170 167 137 8.3 64.2 115 Wants to be a catch-all crossover, but is beaten by more road-
A fresh look while remaining practical, refined and upmarket. Lacks 2.2d 170 AWD 167 134 8.5 57.6 127 focused rivals. LxWxH 4394x2033x1629 Kerb weight 1430kg Stonic 5dr SUV £16,500–£20,720 AAABC
some dynamism. LxWxH 4518x1799x1434 Kerb weight 1275kg 1.4 Multiair II 140 138 119 9.9 45.6 143 Kia’s first crossover is striking and reasonably good considering
1.0 VTEC Turbo 126PS 124 125-126 10.2-11.2 55.4-60.1 106-117 QX30 5dr hatch £28,590–£34,440 AAABC 1.4 Multiair II 170 4WD 167 124 9.5 40.9 160 the value. LxWxH 4140x1760x1520 Kerb weight 1160kg
1.5 VTEC Turbo 182PS 179 125-136 8.2-8.5 46.3-48.7 133-139 Q30 with a more rugged look, but doesn’t improve on the standard 1.6d MultiJet II 120 118 115 11 64.2 117 1.4 MPI 98 107 12.2 51.4 125
1.6 i-DTEC 120PS 118 125 10.1 80.7 93 car. LxWxH 4425x1815x1530 Kerb weight 1542kg 2.0d MultiJet II 140 4WD 138 118 10.1 54.3 138 1.0 T-GDi 118 115 9.9 56.5 115
2.0 VTEC Turbo Type R 315 169 5.8 36.7 176 2.2d 170 AWD 167 134 8.5 52.3 143 2.0d MultiJet II 170 4WD 167 122 9.5 49.6 148 1.6 CRDI 108 112 10.9 67.3 109
HR-V 5dr SUV £19,555–£21,115 AAABC Q50 4dr saloon £29,860–£48,820 AAACC Renegade 5dr SUV £18,500–£29,920 AAABC Sportage 5dr SUV £19,200–£32,755 AAABC
Cleverly packaged and comfortable. Bland performance and Credible compact saloon competitor with some novel touches. Middling compact crossover with chunky looks but no obvious Good ride, handling and usability. Looks good and is decent value.
forgettable, though. LxWxH 4294x1772x1605 Kerb weight 1241kg LxWxH 4790x1820x1445 Kerb weight 1676kg charm. LxWxH 4236x1805x1667 Kerb weight 1346kg LxWxH 4480x1855x1635 Kerb weight 1454kg
1.5 i-VTEC 128 116-119 10.2-11.4 49.6-52.3 125-134
2.2d 170 167 143-144 8.7-8.9 62.8-65.7 114-119 1.6 E-torQ 110 108 110 11.8 47.1 141 1.6 GDi 130 113 11.1 42.2-44.8 147-156
1.6 i-DTEC 118 119 10.0-10.5 68.9-70.6 104-108
2.0t 211 208 152 7.2 44.8 146 1.4 Multiair II 140 138 112 10.9-11.0 47.1-47.9 137-140 1.6 T-GDi 174 125-126 8.8-9.2 37.2-37.7 175-177
3.0t V6 405 399 155 5.1 31 206 1.4 Multiair II 170 4WD 167 122 8.8 40.9 160 1.7 CRDi 114 114 109 11.1 61.4 119
CR-V 5dr SUV £24,610–£36,165 AAAAC 3.5 V6 Hybrid 364 359 155 5.1 45.6 144 1.6d MultiJet II 120 118 111 10.2 64.2 115 1.7 CRDi 139 139 115 11.1 57.6 129
Tardis-like SUV stalwart has lots of space for five and a big boot. 3.5 V6 Hybrid 364 AWD 359 155 5.4 41.5 159 2.0d MultiJet II 140 4WD 138 113 9.5-10.2 48.7-55.4 134-150 2.0 CRDi 134 134 114 10.1-11.6 47.9-54.3 139-154
LxWxH 4605x1820x1685 Kerb weight 1515kg 2.0d MultiJet II 170 4WD 167 122 8.9 47.9 155 2.0 CRDi 182 182 125 9.2 44.8-47.9 154-166
1.6 i-DTEC 118 113-125 9.6-11.2 53.3-64.2 115-139 Q60 2dr coupé £34,300–£47,275 AACCC
2.0 i-VTEC 152 113-118 10.0-12.3 36.7-39.2 168-179 Good-looking coupé that is half-baked in most places compared Cherokee 5dr SUV £34,715–£42,400 AABCC Sorento 5dr SUV £30,225–£42,925 AAAAC
with its rivals. LxWxH 2850x2052x1390 Kerb weight 1722kg Hamstrung by poor UK specification. Uninspiring but practical and Kia moves upmarket with a smart, well-priced and nicely appointed
NSX 2dr coupé £144,755 AAAAB 2.0t 211PS 208 146 7.3 41.5 156 roomy. LxWxH 4624x1859x1670 Kerb weight 1738kg seven-seater. LxWxH 4780x1890x1685 Kerb weight 1932kg
Honda’s supercar given a modern reboot, and it’s some piece of 3.0t V6 405 2.0d MultiJet 140 FWD 138 116 399
10.9 53.3 155
139 5.0 30.1 210 2.2 CRDi 197 127 9.0-9.6 42.8-49.6 149-170
engineering. LxWxH 4487x1939x1204 Kerb weight 1725kg 2.0d MultiJet 140 4WD 138 117 12.0 50.4 147
3.5 V6 hybrid 492 191 2.9 28.2 228 Q70 4dr saloon £34,260–£48,105 AAACC 2.2d MultiJet 185 4WD 182 127 8.8 50.4 149 KTM
Big Infiniti is spacious but has limited practicality. Daimler diesel is 2.2d MultiJet 200 4WD 197 126 8.5-8.7 46.3-50.4 149-159 X-Bow 0dr open £57,345–£70,717 AAAAC
HYU N DAI coarse and slow. LxWxH 4980x1845x1493 Kerb weight 1826kg 3.2 V6 270 4WD 268 112 8.4 29.4 223 Eccentric looks and sharp handling but expensive.
i10 5dr hatch £9795–£14,325 AAAAC 2.2d 170 167 137 8.9 57.6-58.9 124-128 LxWxH 3738x1915x1202 Kerb weight 847kg
Prioritises maturity over fun, resulting in a car that is practical and 3.7 V6 320 315 155 6.2 26.2 249 Grand Cherokee 5dr SUV £49,880 AAABC 2.0 R 290 143 3.9 34.0 189
well-priced. LxWxH 3665x1660x1500 Kerb weight 933kg 3.5 V6 Hybrid 364 359 155 5.3 45.6 145 The best Jeep on sale by some margin. Comfortable and well- 2.0 GT 280 143 4.1 34.0 189
1.0 DOHC 64 96-97 14.7-14.9 60.1-70.6 93-108 equipped. LxWxH 4828x1943x1792 Kerb weight 2266kg
1.2 DOHC 84 103-109 12.1-13.8 47.9-57.6 114-139 QX70 5dr SUV £45,720–£57,220 AAACC 3.0 MultiJet 250 4WD 247 126 8.2 40.4 184 LAMBORGHINI
A big, powerful SUV but with none of the finesse of the BMW X5 or