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8 Global car buying trends: what’s hot and what’s not
12 Wacky races: 2CV endurance racing in Norfolk 56
13 Revealed: Citroën’s cuddly new compact SUV We drive the new Golf…
14 Jaguar’s second SUV spied on test On the road in the GTI and the super-economical
16 Tech innovators dream up radical e-cars
18 Million-pound wristwatch; new Lexus LS
22 The CAR Inquisition: Ginetta’s Lawrence Tomlinson
30
Most poweful
1.5, plus self-driving tech put to the test

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Tech Bentley tested … and probe the next Golf
24 Voice-operated in-car controls The inside story of the next-generation hatch that
26 Does it work? Your real-world lap stats on GT6 will help VW move on from Dieselgate
7 Toyota leads low-mpg crusade
27
28 Merc’s Ola Källenius on self-driving future Benzes 78
Flat out in the BMW M760Li
First drives The fastest production BMW is a long-wheelbase
30 Bentley Continental Supersports Plush, powerful limo. Plus we meet a mad-keen M collector
33 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Best of the bunch
34 Lamborghini Avantador S Entry-level upgrade
7 Mazda MX-5 RF Folding hard-top reinvented
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38 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Economical? The truth
Inside the new Pagani factory
Visionary supercar genius Horacio Pagani guides
40 Nissan Micra Aims to be everything the last one wasn’t
us around the factory he designed himself
41 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic Bling, zing
Test Tricked-up city cars compared
42 Quick Group T

Opinion
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46 The CAR
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51 CAR
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World Rally reborn for 2017
New rules, new cars deubt in Monte Carlo

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Countryman vs the country
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124 Icon buyer
New Porsche 308 GTi vs used Civic Type R Mugen

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I
CAN’T TAKE MY eyes off Toyota at the moment. And
that’s not just because the latest Prius is so angular
and gawky, and the C-HR looks like a Transformer
that’s got stuck midway between killer robot and car.
Toyota’s premium offshoot, Lexus, has an equally
attention-seeking design ethos. One wag of a car designer
skewered its approach in one word: ‘multi-faceted’.
Not that I’m knocking the company’s bravery; the C-HR
and new LC look sensational. Having spent years groaning at the conservative Yaris
and Auris, let’s celebrate diversity. And let’s celebrate more of Toyota, because the
intrigue goes far deeper than the skin. At the risk of sounding anthropomorphic,
the Toyota Motor Corporation has been transformed into a body where car guy
passion rules, guided by the petrolhead at the top, Akio Toyoda.
He took over the company pronouncing: ‘I’m a car nut, and I race because racing
Front-drive and liquid-
Akio Toyoda: ‘The
helps us develop our cars. And the feel of a great car on an open road is one of the best cooling are ubiquitous
feel of a great car in the world and I want to share that feeling with customers.’ today, but in March ’76 CAR,
on an open road is intrigued by the Beetle’s
one of the best in
Toyota will soon give us two cars developed to that pledge. From the umbrella
successors, investigated
the world’ of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing motorsports team comes a Yaris hot hatch, a cousin to the dynamics, reliability and
the new World Rally Car (see p106). With owners’ views of the Polo,
Sirocco, Passat and Golf.
210bhp, it’ll be at the pinnacle of small-hatch ‘Their thoughtful, efficient
performance: pre-Akio Toyota would have designs are above average
been more worried about insurance group in a world with too many
inferior models,’ we said.
digits than benchmark peak power. They were onto something…
It’ll be followed by the reborn Supra. Its 2017 Golf driven p56
aggressive front bumper, big-bore tailpipes ALSO IN THAT ISSUE…
and double-bubble roof are pictured on p14 Setright indulged in an odd
couple, the Merc 450SL
in the most revealing spyshots yet. Power and Honda Gold Wing bike
comes from the trademark turbocharged six, Should we bail out Jensen?
and whispers say the Toyota is more hardcore A moot point, it turned out
Refined, economical Ford
than its sister car, BMW’s Z4 replacement. Granada beat Opel Rekord
Another sports car arrives in 2017, the
Lexus LC. Its foundation is a fabulously
balanced chassis (the like of which Lexus
hasn’t had since the £340k LFA), with its mass low and central, responsive steering
and oodles of rear-drive feel. This platform, developed with input from Toyoda AROUND THE WORL
WORLD
himself, will underpin all future Lexus. And Toyota has the same approach for
its front-drive GA-C architecture, equipped with independent rear suspension to WE’RE ALSO PUBLISHED IN:

improve ride and handling. The result? The first ever Prius which is engaging
to drive, and the fun and eager C-HR. This platform will be rolled out globally, CHINA
BRAZIL
conceivably making mainstream Toyotas more dynamic the world over.
Toyoda took the helm as Toyota was embroiled in its ‘unintended acceleration’
scandal in the US, and he helped the company bounce back from billions in losses. INDIA ITALY
In my mind, the bigger achievement is to transform the company’s ingrained
conservatism, to convince a successful organisation to take risks, to champion
KOREA SPAIN
cars that are more exciting to look at and drive. In
doing so, he has turned the world’s most boring car PHIL MCNAMARA
company into one of the world’s most interesting. Editor THAILAND TURKEY

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Cars, people, scoops, motorsport, analysis: the month according to CAR

US

The car world’s


The Japanese locked
out the non-SUV market
again, as they have for 20 BEST-SELLING CAR
years, while the US Big Three Ford F-150
were once again embarrassed
by their flaccid car sales. Indeed
FCA Fiat-Chrysler even killed its
820,799
Focus-sized Chrysler 200 saloon,
sending Chrysler-brand sales down to 18th.
The US makers instead gave praise for SUVs,
which (together with pick-ups) grabbed
over 10m of the country’s 17.5m sales.

WINNING BIG Ram +11.1%


FALLING FAST Chrysler -27%

UK

I
Last year’s record UK car
market (at 2.7m) was boiling hot
for SUVs and premium brands, but
its unpredictability sunk some and
rescued others. The Renault Twingo
plummeted to 149th with just 3250
sales. MPVs are dead? Not for Ford,
BEST-SELLING CAR whose S-Max and Galaxy outsold the
Fo ta Mondeo with almost 19,000 shifted.

120,525 Jaguar’s XE rose 41% with 13,498 sold,


and the F-Pace SUV made a solid start
with 8182 out of the door, more than
Volvo sold of the XC90, for instance.

WINNING BIG Jaguar (+45%)


BRAZIL FALLING FAST Renault
Twingo (-41%)
Chevy’s Onix supermini
clings to the top of the
wreckage of Brazil’s fast-shrinking
car market for the second year BIG
after ending Fiat’s 30-year run at
Toyota
the top, while Toyota is successfully
scavenging for sales, partly using its Hilux
+3%
pick-up (pictured). Fiat sales dropped a painful
31% last year, but help is at hand in the form of its
new Toro sub-Hilux pick-up. Stablemate Jeep,
meanwhile, rose to 10th place.

BEST-SELLING CAR
Chevrolet Onix 820,799
FALLING FAST
Everyone else

| h 2017
GERMANY
Last year VW’s sales in its home market
fell further in percentage terms than
RUSSIA
any other volume brand bar the swirling Last year the inconceivable
Citroën spin-off DS. That could be happened. For more than 40
BEST-SELLING CAR
Dieselgate fallout, but it’s also because years a Lada has topped the
VW Golf
the best-selling Golf was heading for a model sales table, but Russia’s new
facelift. So buyers waited, and sales of
the Golf dropped by more than Honda’s
270,952 favourite car became the humble
Hyundai Solaris, a local version of the
BES CAR
Hyundai Solaris
entire German total for the year.

WINNING BIG Bentley +73%


i20. It might be temporary. Renault-
controlled Lada is still the biggest brand 90,380
with almost one in five new sales. Nissan
FALLING FAST VW -4% on the other hand was last year’s biggest
victim in a market that has halved to 1.4
million from its 2012 high.

WINNING BIG Lada -1%


ITALY FALLING FAST Nissan -23%
Fiat sells three times the
next biggest maker (VW) on its
home turf, and over a third of that is the
Panda. No other maker – let alone another
model – outsold the tiny city car. Italian car
sales have pulled themselves out of CHINA
the doldrums, rising 16% to 1.8m,
The winner might be
and that has dragged along
the Hongguang MPV, but
everyone bar Nissan, which
in 2016 China was all about
currently doesn’t satisfy Italian WINNING BIG
SUVs demand for SUVs, nine million
demand for small ’n’ cute.
of them in a market that rose
BEST-SELLING CAR:
Fiat Panda WINNING BIG +45% to a boggling 28 million new car
sales. By and large the SUV boom
147,291
Renault +25%
FALLING FAST bolstered Chinese makers, although VW
Nissan -4% continued to do well. The Haval H6 (pictured)
from Great Wall was the second-best selling
car overall with more than 580,000 sold.

BEST-SELLING CAR Wuling


Hongguang 650,018
FALLING FAST Peugeot -14%
INDIA
The volume end of G BIG
India’s 3m-strong new-car Renault
market is normally a lock-out
for Maruti Suzuki (which takes +148% JAPAN
nearly half) and second-placed
Hyundai. Last year the amazing happened. Whatever your reservations
Renault’s dinky new Kwid SUV (pictured) about the Prius, Toyota doesn’t
reached eighth, pushing the French maker’s care, having sold almost a quarter of a
sales there up 148% to 132,235. Honda felt million of them in Japan last year. This is the
the pain most, down nearly 50,000. land of hybrids, people movers and teeny kei
BEST-SELLING CAR Maruti cars. A place where SUVs have a long and rocky
Suzuki Alto 245,094 road to climb compared to their smooth glide to
FALLING FAST acceptability elsewhere. Only the Honda HR-V
Honda -23% (Vezel) made inroads, putting it
eighth in the non-kei charts.

WINNING BIG
Mini +16%
FALLING FAST
Mitsubishi -18% BEST-SELLING CAR
Toyota Prius

248,258

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isn’t an SUV? Or it might be a sign of the fact that anyone chal-
lenging the established premium hierarchy is up against some
huge brand loyalty; BMW, Audi and Mercedes are, respectively,
the nation’s fourth, fifth and sixth most popular brands.
Further afield there are some curious developments. Renault
is growing quickly in two very different markets, India and Italy,
despite its much reduced profile in the UK and some other mar-
kets where it was once very strong. Russia and Brazil have both
crashed. Blame the economy. Brazil’s new-car market is now
below two million cars a year – half what it was in 2012.
The SUV is in serious growth pretty much everywhere except
Japan. Local tastes are a long way out of kilter with Western Eu-
rope’s – except when it comes to the Mini, a huge success there.
Much-improved
The Toyota Prius is the top seller in Japan; it’s a good car, but Mustang is now
don’t overlook the effect taxation can have on buying trends. not just a US
phenomenon
In the Netherlands, France and elsewhere, there is increasing
political attention being paid to the polluting effects of the car. It
could mean lots of things, but is very likely to mean that hybrids The world’s best-selling sports car
and electric cars become more popular and cheaper. IT’S NOT CONFIRMED nonetheless huge. Europeans’ favourite
VW took a hit in its home market, while still being the world’s yet but the Ford Mustang And it’s not just the USA sports car is still home-
looks on track to take that loves the Mustang, grown: the Audi TT. That
biggest car maker by volume (10.3m). The long-term effects of the title of world’s best- now available in right-hand sold 21,022 across the
Dieselgate may take a while to emerge, but based on the 2016 fig- selling sports car, as it drive. Last year it was the 29 EU countries last year,
ures it’s far from the showroom meltdown that might have been did in 2015. A big reason best-selling sports car including the UK. Brits like
is because Americans in India (152 sold, but a the TT so much it outsold
expected, and suggests the new Mk 7.5 Golf featured in this issue bought just over 100,000 win is still a win), Mexico all other sports cars: 9336,
could easily regain much of the lost ground – and the ID concept of them in 2016. That (3022), China (nearly 5000 more than Germany,
shows that a more digital, electric VW is just around the corner. figure is actually 13% down shifted) and Korea (811). making us the biggest
on the year before, but is But sorry Ford, the market for the car.
If Brexit’s likely effects on car buyers and manufacturers are far
from clear, the consequences of President Trump’s protectionist
tendencies are even harder to predict. And with elections coming
up in France and Germany, there’s the possibility of currently Meanwhile, there are some things you can always rely on…
stable economies with thriving car markets taking a dive. like the Ford F-series continuing its quarter-century run as
America’s best-selling car (broadly defined). Last year Ameri-
cans bought more pick-ups than we bought cars of any type in
the UK. A third were Ford F-150s. Dodge spin-off brand Ram
thrived with its range of big, very big and huge pick-ups.
But don’t expect that trend to be replicated closer to home.
Thanks to Bestsellingcarsblog.com and JATO Dynamics
(www.jato.com) for their help with this story.

IT PAYS TO CLONE
Land Rover was rightly incensed when
Landwind ripped off the Evoque to sell the X7. But
Landwind didn’t care and now is now cashing in with a
car that costs around a third of the small Range Rover.
The company doesn’t break down its sales figures between
models, but Matt Gasnier, editor of global sales aggregator
Bestsellingcarsblog and frequent China visitor, reckons the X7
(pictured) was responsible for nearly all Landwind’s 80% increase in
sales to 80,002 last year: ‘You see them everywhere. It’s paying off
big-time for them.’ It’s far outstripping sales of Land Rover’s Chinese-
Another year of the SUV built Evoque at just 12,759 last year.
ALMOST EVERYWHERE now account for over half place and the Tuscon for
Zoyte is another shameless copyist. The company launched its
you looked in 2016, the market. Hyundai in 25th.
the big growth in sales Get the design right, The trend is manna Porsche Macan clone, the SR9, in November and by the end of
came from SUVs. Across and they will overcome for Jaguar Land Rover. December had sold 10,033. That could
Europe they rose 21% to consumer distaste for Last year we in the UK translate to sales of 100,000 in a
3.9 million sales, taking a your brand. In the UK, the bought more Range Rover full year, eclipsing Porsche’s
quarter of the market. Vauxhall Mokka in 11th Evoques than Audi A4s,
The Renault Captur place overall is the second or even Skoda Octavias. total 2016 Chinese
joined the Nissan Qashqai best-selling SUV after the Globally the Jaguar F-Pace sales – for the whole
in the top 10. In China Qashqai. The Kia Sportage became the brand’s best- brand – of
they rose 45% to nine in 13th spot is the brand’s seller, just outselling the 65,200.
million, in the US SUVs best-selling car here, as is XE despite not clocking up
combined with pick-ups Captur for Renault in 24th a full year of sales.

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Norfolk and
45bhp racers:
where did it all
go wrong, Le
Mans?

WACKY RACES #4

The wonderful world of Citroën 2CV racing


There is nothing more French than a Deux Chevaux, but it’s in Britain that it’s forged an unlikely racing career
Whose idea was this? Body roll ahoy! Wheel to wheel racing? 24 hours? Really? When’s it occurring?
Off-road 2CV Cross racing Soft, standard 2CVs roll Oh yes. Cars frequently The 2CV 24 Hours has The season kicks off at
Oulton Park on 18 March,

IMAGES: MARIA COOKE, WORDS: JAMES TAYLOR


has existed in France for like a ship in distress, but run four abreast, and swap been running since 1990,
about as long as there have the racers are lowered and places constantly. ‘In such a originally at Mondello with the 24 Hours in
been 2CVs, but some bright relatively composed by low-powered class you can’t Park in Ireland, and now August. Regular races
spark imported the same comparison. ‘They handle afford to make a mistake; at Snetterton in Norfolk. have two 20-minute
template to Britain’s circuits like any small, front-wheel- momentum is crucial,’ Yates Blown engines are common races with two qualifying
in 1989. Over a quarter of a drive car,’ says the 2CV explains. ‘Everyone has (blame the awkward sessions, so a car could
century later the 2CV Racing racing club’s Chris Yates. ‘I trouble with the umbrella gearchange), so all cars be shared by two drivers.
Club is still going strong, used to race Minis and the gearchange, essentially use the lighter 602cc unit, ‘I’d say it’s the cheapest
with an epic annual 24-hour feeling is the same. We use an H-pattern on its side which can be lifted by a form of circuit racing out
endurance race the flagship decent shocks, and they mounted on the dashboard. single person. Experienced there,’ Yates says. ‘We
event in its multi-circuit only weigh 500kg.’ Good Only the French could come crews can perform an want to be the grassroots
championship. job; max power’s 45bhp. up with that...’ engine swap in 10 minutes. of circuit racing.’

NEW CAR DEBRIEF > SEAT IBIZA

1 2 3 4
Whoa! We’re Let me guess: And smaller When does it
going to Ibiza? bigger inside? bits under the reach the UK?
Looks like it’s Now five-door- bonnet? July 2017, in four
actually worth the only, the Ibiza gets A turbo’d and trim levels; FR gets
trip this time, as a longer wheelbase intercooled 1.0-litre lower suspension
the poor man’s to boost kneeroom, petrol triple comes and go-faster
Polo shapes up despite being a in 94 and 113bhp bumpers, the
into a smart-suited smidge shorter flavours; it’ll be un-spellchecked
mini-Leon for 2017. (but wider) overall, joined by the Golf’s Xcellence revels
This is the first VW with a 63-litre 148bhp Evo 1.5-litre, in chrome. That
Group model to use bigger boot. and a 79bhp/94bhp new A0 platform
its fresh ‘MQB A0’ Square-cut interior 1.6 turbodiesel. enables adaptive
small car platform; packs wireless Little engines get cruise control
the next-gen Polo charging and a five gears, bigger and front collision
will follow a little smartphone-fluent ones six; 7spd warning, and
later down the line. 8in touchscreen. DSG’s an option. wheels up to 18in.

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Citroën

C3 ROOTS,
GM PLANT
The dashboard layout
is familiar from the C3
supermini, as are the
engines. But it’ll be built
beside the Crossland
X in GM’s Spanish
factory

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Imminent
E-Pace is
smaller and
cheaper than
Jaguar’s smash-
hit F-Pace

DS SUV
lim range is about to be
l of a mid-size DS SUV.
e DS7 Cross sits on
tform. Sharing its
etrol and diesel
8, the DS SUV

Jaguar E-Pace

Evoq
E-
R
3

SEEN HERE FIRST! Peugeot 508

Incoming!

Kia B-SUV
Do
t
cal
and
toda
drive. B Toyota Supra
the su
turbo t

BMW 8-series cabrio


derway for an
Reborn place the 6-series
market to take on the
Toyota Supra in offs Now our spies
coupe will be
twinned with BMW
Z4 roadster and is set
to inspire the GT86
replacement

|
Vapourware catalogue:
concept cars dream big at CES 2017
Future-gazing concept craziness at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show,
coming to a showroom nowhere near you… eventually. By James Taylor

Toyota Concept-i
Artificial Intelligence (AI) tech was up intermittently on the dashboard
a recurring automotive theme at and door panels to interact with
CES 2017. Toyota’s vision for the occupants. It can read your facial
year 2030 features an on-board expression to ascertain if you’re
assistant it calls Yui, designed to stressed, in which case it might offer
‘build a relationship with the driver’. to take the wheel for you (there’s a
Yui manifests itself as a series fully autonomous mode), recline your
of animated 2D graphic circles, seat and give you a massage, or put
appearing on the door panels to say a pick-me-up playlist on the stereo.
hi as you approach, and popping ABS, ESC and now BFF as standard.
NEED TO KNOW
> What is it? Scissor-doored future pod wants to be your friend > Tech specs
Aerodynamic wheel covers, full EV drivetrain, autonomous driving capability
Faraday Future FF 91 > Aimed at? Needy types in the year 2030 > Chances of making production?
Yui-style AI assistant tech is coming. May differ a tad from this vision, though
Anything Tesla can do, including much of the four-door’s ambitious
naming itself after a dead scientist, spec – including a 1000bhp+
Faraday Future fancies having a go powertrain, sub-2.4sec 0-60mph
at too. This hugely complicated time and facial recognition in lieu
creation previews the US-based EV of a key – will make it to the street
specialist start-up’s first production remains to be seen. Somewhat
car. It’s pencilled for production in embarrassingly, the FF 91’s ‘driverless
2018 and Faraday’s taking deposits valet’ system (whereby the driver can
now, but with the firm’s new factory leave the car to park itself) refused to
on pause and a fast-revolving door play ball in an on-stage demo at CES.
spinning in the boardroom, how Doubters remain very vocal.
NEED TO KNOW
> What is it? Four-door, four-motor leviathan, and potentially the world’s quickest
EV > Tech specs 783kW (1050bhp) peak power, 130kWh LG battery system,
435-mile range > Aimed at? People who find Tesla’s Model S old and slow
>

Rinspeed Oasis
Swiss automotive tech consultancy to showcase various automotive
Rinspeed’s latest concept is a supplier companies’ latest tech (giant
‘manoeuvrable speedster with an windscreen HUD graphics, on-board
integrated small garden plot behind cinema systems, etc), and Rinspeed’s
the windshield’. This dash-mounted vision for a future in which individual
flowerbed has ‘enough space for autonomous cars could be privately
growing radishes or even little Bonsai owned, publicly hired, or used
trees,’ and a front-mounted access commercially at different times
panel for tending to its contents. The during the day. If we can all just learn
real point of the Oasis is as a platform to share.
NEED TO KNOW
> What is it? A self-driving two-seater city car, with on-board topiary > Tech specs
Two in-wheel ZF torque-vectoring electric motors, 20in wh l f
Honda Neuv data a >
conn >
Just like Toyota’s Yui AI interface, upcoming dangers on recognised
the Neuv (pronounced ‘new V’) dangerous roads. The Neuv can
city car concept packs a virtual have multiple jobs too; once you’ve
assistant of its own. This one’s called reached the office for the day, Honda
Hana, appearing as an emoji-style envisages the autonomous Neuv
face on the instrument panel and driving itself away to play taxi as a
fulfilling a similar job description. lift-sharing vehicle. You can complete
One of her functions is to look after your journey using the on-board
inexperienced drivers, restricting electric skateboard, while leaving
the car’s power and warning of Hana to park the Neuv for you.
NEED TO KNOW
> What is it? Occasionally autonomous city car concept. Looks like a Smart
crossed with a Glacier mint > Tech specss They haven’t designed any. Nominally
it’s an EV > Aimed at? Anxious parents, Tony Hawk fans > Chances of making
production? Some of the interface ideas might; the skateboard, probably not

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W AT C H E S
Richard Mille RM
Return of the car 50-03 McLaren F1
£996,500
guy chronograph Hard to do this watch justice.
It’s not really a watch at all
but a work of mechanical and
Inspired by classic motorsport-friendly wrist wear, scientific art. A collaboration
between Richard Mille and
this trio of timepieces makes the most of future tech McLaren, it uses graphene (the
stuff for which two University
of Manchester professors won

A
S A MEANS of measuring time, wrist-worn
Nobel prizes) to strengthen and
mechanical chronographs were rendered redundant lighten the carbon case, the
long ago. Accurate car- and circuit-based lap-timing rubber strap and the super-
(pioneered, ironically, by watchmakers Heuer) made complex tourbillon movement;
the latter has hundreds of
a driver’s chrono more decoration than use in motorsport by the components yet weighs only
end of the ’70s. Yet we still seem to love them, and watchmakers 7g. The whole thing weighs
seek endlessly to improve them. These three have just been just 40g, making it the lightest
launched with radical new takes on how chronographs should mechanical chronograph ever
made. Yes, it’s nearly a million
operate and fit, and how much they should weigh and cost. quid, but it will fetch far more at
BEN OLIVER @thebenoliver auction in a few years’ time.
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Breitling for Bentley Bulova Curv


Supersports B55

NEW CAR DEBRIEF > LEXUS LS

1 2 3 4
All hail the The first engine The LS is The philosophy
fifth-generation announced saddled with the of omotenashi
Lexus LS, which is a twin- acronym VDIM: – Japanese
claims to inject a turbo, 3.5-litre Vehicle Dynamics hospitality – has
dose of dynamism V6 mustering a Integrated shaped the LS.
into the limousine’s prodigious 415bhp, Management. This That means 28-way
trademark civility. coupled with the chassis control powered front seats
Adopting Lexus’s smooth and snappy system sounds that heat, cool and
stiff new global 10-speed torque anything but massage, as do the
architecture converter auto. dim, adapting rear perches that
drops the centre With all-wheel air suspension, can be reclined by
of gravity, trims drive, it’s good steering, brakes 48deg. The new
90kg despite its for 0-62mph in and powertrain to focus on driving
5.2m length, and 4.5sec. No word help create that dynamics is clearly
pushes the engine on whether this V6 dual character. not at the expense
back in the nose. will come to the UK: Active anti-roll bars, of comfort. It also
It’s a recipe that a hybrid is a cert and suspension sports the world’s
delivered on the when sales begin geometry heighten largest colour
LC500 coupe. early 2018. steering response. head-up display.

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CAR-FU!
5 reasons to see JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO,
the movie where cars, guns and kung-fu collide
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1 FOR ITS LOVE OF CARS!


John Wick, the world’s most relentless hitman, has unfinished business.
His beloved 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 remains stashed with the
criminal gang that forced him out of retirement, by taking away the
things John loves: the puppy gifted him by his late wife – and his muscle
car. That’s an emotional connection all car enthusiasts will relate to. In

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the cult first film, the Mach 1 was a key plot trigger but it stayed out of
the fray – in John Wick: Chapter Two o, it’s sucked into the mayhem…

FOR ITS UNSTOPPABLE ACTION!


Yes, that is the Mach 1 oversteering in mid-air. It’s
John Wick liberating his ‘Stang from its captors,
a sequence which stunt co-ordinator Darrin
Prescott recalls with real pride. ‘I pushed stunt
driver Jeremy Fry to his absolute limits. His flying
drift is one of the greatest manoeuvres I’ve ever
shot. It wasn’t easy!’ Eschewing the computer trickery
that underpins so many of today’s action movies, the film-
makers immersed cars, motorbikes, stuntmen and even their lead actor

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in the carnage. ‘I love the driving,’ says Keanu Reeves. A new handling
skill learnt on John Wick: Chapter Two o? A whipcrack reverse 180º turn.

FOR ITS STAR CAR!


The Ford Mustang defines the American muscle car. Iconic ‘Stangs
came thick and fast in the late ‘60s – the GTs created by racer Carroll
Shelby, the Boss 302 to qualify for Trans-Am racing – but the Mach
1 held its own. US magazine Car Life e hammered the CJ Mach 1 from
standstill to a quarter-mile distance in 13.86sec, ‘the quickest standard
passenger car we’ve ever tested’. A V8 engine and sports suspension
were mandatory, along with some racecar mods: a pop-open gas

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tank cap, and pins and cables to lash the hood shut. Handy, given the
punishment John Wick subjects it to…

FOR REUNITING THE MATRIX STARS!


Laurence Fishburne debuts as ‘the Bowery
King’, a mysterious New York assassin. It
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cool and it had dark comic overtones,’ says

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Fishburne. ‘So I told Keanu that I’d love to
come play with him if the opportunity arose.’

FOR ITS TRADEMARK ‘GUN-FU’!


The four-wheeled action is dubbed ‘car-fu’, an extension of John Wick’s
hyper-kinetic ‘gun-fu’ fighting style. ‘He integrates judo and jiu-jitsu and
even uses the car as a weapon,’ says Keanu Reeves. Strap yourself in for
more of the stylish assassin’s balletic kills mixing martial arts with close-
quarter gunplay. In John Wick: Chapter Two o the scope spreads beyond
New York, as the legendary hitman is forced out of retirement once
again and heads to Rome to face off with the world’s deadliest killers…
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JOHN WICK:
CHAPTER TWO
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‘The unaffordabilityy of F1 is off-putting.
p g
Young drivers now dream of GT racing’
What to do next when you’ve built a successful sports car company? Battle
Porsche at the very top of endurance racing, according to Lawrence Tomlinson

L
AWRENCE TOMLINSON HAS the calm, confident lot of factors: the weather, the mechanics, the drivers.’
air of the man who backed the right horse. Actually, he Tomlinson’s success has spanned many fields: construction,
didn’t just back it, he also bred it, trained it, selected the chemicals, care homes, software, sports car builder, sports
jockey and organised the race. Tomlinson, the owner of car racer, talent spotter, hammer of greedy bankers, guru for
Ginetta since 2005, is a hugely successful man. None of that entrepreneurs… His history with sports car and endurance
success seems to be down to luck. racing pre-dates his ownership of Ginetta; he was purely a
So now that he’s announced that Ginetta is stepping up into punter, and that grassroots experience has never left him. He
the biggest league in his chosen sport, you need to take him was a relatively late starter to racing, not competing until his
seriously. From 2018, three teams will be competing in LMP1, late 30s. He first raced at Le Mans in 2004, in a TVR, and by
ILLUSTRATION: SENOR SALME

the top class of the World Endurance Championship and the 2006 he was winning the GT2 class in a Panoz.
Le Mans 24 Hours, in Ginettas. Ginetta was founded in 1958 and has been making cars ever
‘This Thursday, we’re watching engines on the dyno,’ says since. When Tomlinson took over at the end of 2005 it was in
Tomlinson of the project’s progress. ‘Then to the wind tunnel. a sorry state but it’s now thriving, and ready for the ambitious
Track testing should start in August. The target is podiums in move into LMP1. ‘What crystallised the idea for us was our bid-
year one. There aren’t that many cars in LMP1, and there are a ding to be an LMP2 chassis builder [which was declined by the

22 CARMAGA ZINE.CO.UK | March 2017


series organisers],’ explains Tomlinson.
CAR’S ‘We thought, why not put the resources
CURVEBALLS into P1? The biggest part of the budget
6 questions only is running the car, not building the car,
we would ask…
Tell us about your first car…
so there’s not that much difference be-
tween being in LMP2 and LMP1. It’s a
Connect 4
‘Where do you start? I was
very interesting category and there’s no
always around cars, bikes,
higher level in sports car racing. If you’re
VW MICROBUS CONCEPTS
trucks and engines growing up,
and bicycles too.’ looking to put some sponsorship money VW just can’t stop designing camper concepts.
Which achievement makes into a race team, you’ll want your brand Nor can it bring itself to build one – yet
you most proud? to be on the one at the front.’
‘Winning the VdeV endurance
championship in 2016 was The teams who will be running the
tough. It’s a proper series. We Ginetta chassis are not just customers,
needed to win the last race, they’re part of the development. ‘We’ve
at Estoril. It pissed down. I already got people involved. It’s very
led from pole. My stint was in
much working with them. In the first
terrible weather, and it was
difficult enough to keep it on year, the cars are going to be very simi-
the island, but we did it.’ lar. But this is a five-year commitment.
What’s the best thing you’ve They will have the opportunity to work
ever done in a car? with us going forward to develop their
‘Winning Le Mans GT in a Panoz
in 2006. That was quite an individual requirements, especially
with aero.’ ID Buzz concept (Detroit 2017)
achievement.’ Biggest of the Microbus (or ‘Buzz, in American slang)
Supercar or classic car? For the LMP1 project, Tomlinson has concepts, and one that might finally make production. Built
‘I’ve got quite a collection signed up racecar design legend Adrian on a stretched version of VW’s MEB platform (the one that’ll
of older cars – I love 911s, underpin VW’s electric future), it seats eight in theoretically
Reynard. ‘We’ve got a very talented
Quattros, TVRs…’ autonomous, tritely two-tone comfort.
Tell us about a time you in-house design team, and our aero is
screwed up… the quickest in LMP3. But when you go
‘Sometimes things don’t go into LMP1, it’s completely open. There’s
according to plan. Distractions much more wind tunnel work involved
come up and divert you.’
Company curveball… What than in other categories. People like
happened to the first Ginetta, Reynard have forgotten more than I’ll
the G1? ever know about aero. Adrian is a friend
‘That was destroyed by a tree of mine, so it would be ridiculous not to
stump a long time ago [one of
get him involved in the detailed areas
Ginetta’s founding brothers,
Ivor Walklett, lost control of the where he’s already got lots of experience, Budd-e (CES 2016)
and we haven’t.’ Almost a year to the day before the Buzz’s debut, VW pulled
one-off based on a Wolseley
the covers from the slightly smaller, less overtly retro Budd-e.
Hornet on the family driveway]. Dieselgate aside (Tomlinson’s in no A 101kWh battery in the floor juices two electric motors to a
I’ve got a G2, though…’ bt that Audi’s decision is rooted in theoretical range of 373 miles. All-electric powertrain, MEB
ed for the VW Group to be seen to platform, tipped for possible production by 2020. Déjà vu?
aving money in the wake of the scan-
, he thinks that the days of big-name
nufacturers pouring vast resources
sports car racing are numbered.
w long do Porsche and Toyota want
eep spending 100 million, 200 mil-
Out with Audi, in with… Ginetta. lion euros a year on this?’
The highest tier of sports car
racing has a new contender
Although clearly delighted at the
prospect of Ginettas winning Le Mans, Bulli concept (Geneva 2011)
he’s still committed to the grassroots, The most compact Kombi concept of the bunch, the Bulli
squeezed two rows of three-abreast seating (which could fold
to getting new driving talent into the flat into a bed) within a wheelbase smaller than a three-door
sport, through both junior championships and categories Golf. It too was electric, with just the one motor up front.
designed for time-strapped mature newcomers. ‘Could make production,’ speculated everyone.
‘When people come to Ginetta and sign up for one of our
series, most used to say they ultimately wanted to be in F1.
But now 70% say it’s GT and endurance racing. The complete
unaffordability of F1 is off-putting.’
As well as helping people get a start in racing,
Yorkshire-based Ginetta is also a significant employer of engi-
neering talent, away from the Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire
motorsport belt. It employs about 80 people, many of them The first second coming
taken on as engineering graduates. Microbus concept (Detroit 2001)
‘We don’t want to produce thousands of cars; about 300 a This teasing’s been going on since the turn of the century,
year is right. We want to keep our cars relatively exclusive. The but the original Minibus concept is still looking good 16 years
on. Hippies and hipsters alike promptly started saving for the
aim is to keep on doing what we’re doing, but better.’ production version, and they’ve no doubt accrued plenty of
COLIN OVERLAND interest since – a production run was pencilled for 2003…

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SING TODAY’S voice control in

Incoming: the voice-


controlled car butler!
U cars is like being imprisoned in a
nightmarish comedy sketch, where
using the frustratingly limited
script to request a Little Mix song results in a
call to your hostile ex-wife. But Nissan, Ford,
VW and others envisage a less alimony-inflat-
ing future, where artificial intelligence and
Voice operation of your car will transform cabin design and cloud computing power allow drivers to con-
road safety. Car makers are racing to implement it – with the trol car functions with free-form commands.
help of some tech giants. By Phil McNamara
ILLUSTRATION: AERIFORM

Companies have enlisted the support of


tech giants – Microsoft in Nissan’s case, Ama-
zon for VW – to realise their visions. VW is
striving to marry up Amazon’s voice-con-
trolled personal assistant, Alexa, with its Car-
Net apps and services. The aim is for you to be

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t of
ria
g

able to tell Alexa to add reminders to your sell you goods: VW used the drab example of
shopping list, or switch on the lights in your Alexa ordering new wiper blades, because it Soon all appliances will join the Internet of Things.
connected home, as you drive. VW is vague knows your car’s precise spec. More appealing Just don’t programme the kettle to drive to Belper
about the activation date. Stateside, Ford is for drivers ultimately to stream Amazon
promises you’ll be able to request weather re- Prime content in-car: Jeremy Clarkson could The transformation doesn’t end there. ‘It’s
ports, control your music or add to a shopping watch The Grand Tourr in his next Golf GTI. an opportunity for us to reimagine the car in-
list this summer, by starting a command with That’s Nissan’s more out-there vision, with terior,’ continues Redzic. As natural language
‘Alexa’ once you’ve hit the in-car voice button. drivers watching content while the car does becomes bulletproof for operating cars,
You can also access car features at home, by the driving. ‘Autonomy is also about content – designers will be able to eliminate switches
ordering your Amazon Echo to ask the car to consuming media, the internet, Skype calls or and screens. There’ll be a massive safety bene-
relay its fuel tank capacity and range, or pre- working – and how it’s shown to the driver and fit too, with drivers able to keep their eyes on
heat the car on a cold day. Sure, such limited passenger,’ says Ogi Redzic, senior VP for the road – and the temptation to tap out a text
features are already available via apps, but re- connected vehicles and mobility services. He at the wheel eliminated. Concludes Redzic:
placing minutes of smartphone-tapping with predicts that connected services will become ‘This is what tomorrow holds, and we’re
a quick Alexa chat is quicker and more con- more compelling to the masses than today’s putting the building blocks in place today.’
venient. What’s Amazon’s ulterior motive? To benchmarks, such as 0-62mph times. @CARPhilMc

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Does it
work?
Hooking your Nissan GT-R Re-live those
moments of

Nismo up to a PlayStation abject, oversteer-


induced terror

T
HE £150,000, 592BHP Let’s see that again
Nismo is the most extreme
Nissan GT-R of the lot, with
GT3 race-spec turbos and be-
spoke
k carbon
b b bodywork.
d k But
B we went
to Silverstone to test its USB port.
That’s because buried in the further
reaches of the Nismo’s spec list is a
telemetry function called Nissan-
Connect Nismo Plus. Plug a USB
stick into the centre console, press
the record button, and if you happen 1 2 3
to be at one of the real-life racetracks
PLUG IN GO DRIVE WATCH IT BACK
featured in PlayStation 3 game Gran Start the engine, watch for If you’re at a track in GT6, that Relive your escapades
Turismo 6, it’ll log every scrap of data a green light to indicate it’s is. In the UK that includes in glorious digital virtual
from your on-track exploits, pooling found a GPS signal. Connect multiple layouts at Silverstone reality, pore over detailed
the USB, press a switch to and Brands Hatch. Others telemetry, fascinate/bore
figures from both the car’s on-board start recording, go do some include Spa, Laguna Seca and all of your PS3-owning
sensors and GPS. hot laps the Nordschleife friends
Plug said stick into a PS3 after and
it can replay your entire session (or up to 32GB of If you’re a committed track driving kind of person
it) within the environs of GT6, replaying the car’s (and I imagine a Nismo owner would be, assuming DID IT WORK?
every move from any angle, together with real-time they’re willing to risk their £150k-worth of collector’s
Surprisingly, yes s–
readouts for rpm, vehicle speed, throttle position, catnip GT-R), it gives you the sort of telemetry you’d sounds pointless, actually
g-force, gear changes, and practically anything else pay a motorsport data engineer a princely sum for. It’s genuinely insightful, and
you’d ever need or want to know. clearly not perfect – perhaps affected by the weather, oddly mesmerising. Only
A pointless gimmick? Quite honestly I’d expected the GPS positioned the replay car about 6in over to in the top-dog GT-R Nismo
it to be, but the results are weirdly fascinating, and the left, touching the grass at certain corners where I and with GT6 6 on the
offer genuine insight. The in-game replay’s uncanni- didn’t in real life (honest!), and the brake pedal trace PlayStation 3 for now, but
ly accurate; when the car slid in real life (Silverstone was clearly a little awry. Less crucially, Gran Turismo expect similar capability
was very wet that day) its digitised replicant on 6 renders Silverstone in blazing sunshine rather than in the latest Gran Turismo
screen does exactly the same, at the same speed and that day’s drizzly reality. Still, even if it’s marginally Sportt game on the PS4 –
and potentially on other
the same angle. The GPS overlays the car’s lines each less accurate than a V-Box or similar, it’s fascinating
Nismo models in the future.
lap, so you can review what works and what doesn’t – – and fun – to watch back.
exploring wider lines in the wet, for example. JAMES TAYLOR @JamesTaylor_5

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gap!
p

T
High-comp Thermal efficiency

VVT-iE magic

Hydraulic control

Cooled manifold

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My way on the highway?
No way. 2017 S-Class will

OLA be able to self-drive every


kilometre of autobahn
KÄLLENIUS
the journey we w will develop building
blocks of techno ology. Some of those
building blocks are available sooner:
production read dy, secure, and mature.
Every time a building block on that
journey is readyy, we start to put it into
our cars. So the S-Class already has
significant auto onomous capability, and
we had a big upd date in the E-Class last
year. This
Thi summer you will see another
big step with the facelift of the S-Class.
> THAT REVISED S-Class will have
the first intelligent integration of the
sensors and map data. [With cruise
control] the car knows a corner’s
coming up, so it automatically adjusts
to the right speed, and then accelerates
again. If you use your indicator approaching a 90-degree
The next big things turn, the car will slow down so that the driver can make the
turn – this we will need when we go to level 4 autonomy,

Mercedes’ tech overlord when the car will make the turn itself. Level 4 also requires
high-definition maps, which we’re working on with mapping
experts HERE. The current S-Class can steer itself through
s is himself the next big thing, having assumed
Ola Källenius about 80% of German autobahns and a smaller percentage
board responsibility for R&D this year. This is his vision of our highways, which are curvier. The new one can now do
the entire autobahn network and about 80% of the highways.
> THE FUTURE is happening now. This isn’t a nice article about the Cornering capability is crucial as we move towards full
promised land in your magazine; a unicorn you’ll never see. It’s real. autonomy, and to get it right is a lot of work.
> WE’RE STARTING to sell the first features as apps, independent > IF YOU want a Project One [hypercar], you’d better sign up
of how you buy your car. In the past you’d choose a car, check all the now. It will be over-subscribed, no question about it. As an
options, get it built – and that was it. The first option that you could buy through old Formula 1 man myself, the ultimate dream is to put an F1
our app store as opposed to the normal factory order process was the remote powertrain into a road car. Not an F1 ‘inspired’ powertrain,
parking feature on the E-Class, where you can step out and park it with your but an actual F1 powertrain. It sounds crazy, and when
smartphone. You can download that app for €139 for three years. [AMG boss] Tobias Moers and [engine chief] Andy Cowell
> THIS ECOSYSTEM will grow. With the connected cars we’re working on approached us with it, there was excitement in the room, and
you will see a rapid increase in the use of this kind of technology. Software is a few questions. But they were very, very convincing. Why do
decoupling from hardware. The average lifecycle of a model – the sheet metal – in we do it? Because we can. This is an historic car.
premium cars is about seven years, but the tech can evolve and be updated much > WILL IT meet all of our durability standards? Yes and no.
faster than that. And of course we can see what people are downloading and I think the distances you would drive with this car are less
using. Depending on what they use, we will build. than an E-Class taxi, but it will be sufficient for its purpose.
> WE’RE ON our way to level 4, level 5 autonomy. That’s the destination. On INTERVIEW BY BEN OLIVER

FRESH THINKING: Digitising white van man


It’ll be raining Amazon if Merc’s van vision comes true
One day a parcel will arrive back, this cargo bay is given the proliferation of
when I’m actually home... meticulously segmented vans in cities. So the VV
Merc promises to outlaw and loaded according to sports two roof-mounted
pesky trips to the sorting an algorithm which has drones, which can be
office, with guaranteed calculated the optimal auto-loaded if air is the best
drop-off times despite a delivery route. The driver delivery pathway.
day’s deliveries increasing – not supplanted by They’ll still be double
by 50%. How? Its Vision Van autonomy or robots in this parked on my school run...
(VV) concept, that’s how. case – uses a joystick to Naturally. But the caring,
If 007’s Q branch made a pilot the zero-emissions sharing Vision Van will use
van... Not only is it fabulous electric van to his stop, then LED displays to wave traffic
to look at, but the VV is waits by the delivery chute past, if the way is clear. And
packed with gadgetry. for the correct package. the slimline dash means no
Instead of messy humans What if there’s a white van place for a copy of The Sun
lobbing breakables in the jam? Eminently possible either. Times are changing.

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The superlative-charged chronograph. 50 mm case in Breitlight®. Exclusive Manufacture
Breitling Caliber B12 with 24-hour military-style display. Officially chronometer-certified.

B REI TL I N G. COM
11 cars tested, starring Bentley Continental Supersports,
Lambo Aventador S, Porsche 911 GTS & four trick city cars

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SAM CHICK

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You can feel each of the massive sticky UP AGAIN ST
tyres constantly pawing at the ground, BETTER THAN
each corner trying to apply purchase. Nissan GT-R
The result is a car that squirms Relatively speaking, a budget 4wd GT
under acceleration. Not in a terrifying, WORSE THAN
spitty, edgy, way like an F12 – it still Ferrari F12
Wilder, slightly faster than the Conti
feels like you will always be headed
WE’D BUY
forwards rather than sideways – but Conti V8 S and a Cayman
there’s enough heavy mass movement GT luxe and
to suggest that the outer limits are being B-road blaster combo
pushed. Also, so great is the velocity that
there’s a marked lightening at the nose, man-
aging to heave that vast engine up into the air a
touch, which means the steering goes momen-
tarily floaty. In other words, lots going on, more
so than any Conti, ever.
It pours its power through the fast-shifting
eight-speed drivetrain, which has a strengthened
cranktrain, with new conrods and main bear-
ings, and a softer torque converter to allow the
two new, bigger turbos to spool up more before
take-off. Which required a complete replumbing
to allow the bellowing machine to breathe, and
new high-capacity coolers had to be fitted too.
The front spring rates are 45% stiffer, the
rears 33, and the anti-roll bar 53, while bespoke
splitters and diffusers (a different front splitter
to retain aero balance if you opt not to have the
showy rear wing or choose the Convertible
version) apply more downforce at higher speeds.
And the torque vectoring system from a GT3-R
has been fitted to a 12-cylinder Bentley for the application of the throttle to keep it standard) are filthy: banging and
first time as well. from running wide. But you can just thundering and cackling, especial-
LOVE
The carbon brakes, with 17in discs that are punch the throttle hard. At this point The glorious ly in Sport mode, and add a more
bigger than any other production car’s, once the Supersports brakes. Counter-intu- insanity of it suitable soundtrack to the carnage
warmed and past their wooden grabby phase can itively, and imperceptibly, the torque going on elsewhere. Of course, you
HATE
exert more than 1.3g in the cabin. In the eight- vectoring system dabs the inside front Vulgar colour options can spec the Supersports to be a
cylinder GT3-R they are nearly too powerful. In brake to pull the nose in as the yawing serial killer living quietly among
VERDICT
this, they need to give everything they’ve got in Bentley blasts from the corner, and respectable society, without all the
The ultimate
order to get the job done. the inside rear brake chimes in to keep Continental: a lunatic carbonfibre jewellery and signage,
Once down to a speed you deem suitable for it hurtling on. No wonder Bentley in a Savile Row suit or you can go all nouveau with
a corner, the torque vectoring takes over. You needed to increase the cooling capac- +++ ++ two-tone paint, three-tone leather,
might think that the Supersports needs gentle ity if it is trying to stop itself while also chequerboard carbonfibre veneers
deploying 700bhp. and the big wing.
So while a car of two and half tonnes is never Personally, I’d go understated, and give those
Bentley Continental Supersports going to dance like a ballerina through a corner, supermini heroes a shock: the remarkable Super-
> Pricee £212,500 > Enginee 6.0 48v twin-turbo it does deal with them incredibly efficiently, sports will beast them on the straight, outbrake
W12, 700bhp @ 6000rpm, 750lb ft @ 2050rpm holding the line with grim, stoic determination them into the bend, hold its own in the corner
> Transmission 8-speed auto, four-wheel drive
> Performance e 3.4sec 0-62mph, 209mph, and actually offering up some adjustability under and disappear at the exit. Over to you, internet.
358g/km CO2 > Weightt 2280kg > On sale e Now lateral load. The steering also betrays the huge STEVE MOODY @Sjmoody37
forces at play: light under acceleration, weighting
up noticeably as mass shifts over the two front
wheels during a stop, but remaining consistently
accurate, if fairly long travel. While all this is go-
ing on, the ride – although noticeably firmer than
a Speed – is soft edged and for the most part deals
happily with any ragged B-road surface.
Then there’s the noise. The silky W12 can
sound hushed and remote even under heavy
acceleration and so I would heartily recommend
you tick the X Specification pack that adds
carbon mirrors, Supersports treadplates, sinister
Interior is unique, and is much plusher than the black 21in alloy wheels and, crucially, Akrapovic
sportier cabin of the previous Supersports exhausts. These titanium exhausts (steel are

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Think of it as a
Carrera S with the
best options fitted
as standard

PORSCHE 911 CARRERA GTS CABRIOLET

Getting ever closer to perfection


Wider, more powerful, spec’d just right. If you can afford to, you should

T
HE NUMBERS are remarkable, but and there’s little indication that it’s turbocharged,
they only tell part of the story. The such is the finesse of its throttle response. There’s
Carrera GTS is the latest version of the same hard-edged soundtrack that marks it
the turbocharged 991.2, and it follows out as a 911 in the classic mould. Just to be sure,
the same template as the GTS version select ‘loud’ mode on the active exhaust.
of the naturally-aspirated 991. With an additional Turn-in is as responsive as ever, and the way
30bhp over the current Carrera S, and 20bhp over the front bobs up and down is still endearing.
the previous GTS, taking it to 444bhp, it’s capable The front end bows to your will, and
of nudging 200mph. Thirty years ago, these fig- there’s huge amounts of traction
ures were good enough to cement the 959 legend. to play with. The rear never feels Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
Today, they are the stats for a 911 that doubles as likely to land you in the scenery Cabriolet (manual)
Straightlining weekday hack and weekend trackday plaything. backwards, either – so much so that > Price £103,158 > Engine
is every bit as Porsche 911 fans should love it, but there’s you can easily lose sight of the fact 2981cc 24v turbocharged flat-
ferocious as six, 444bhp @ 6500rpm, 406lb
you’d hope nothing here that requires you to have a back- k the thing’s rear-engined. ft @ 2150rpm > Transmission
ground with 911s – anyone who likes driving will We had the pleasure of driving 7-speed manual, torque
be bowled over. There’s more power, and it goes a the GTS on a circuit, and it’s very vectoring, rear-wheel drive
> Performance e 4.2sec
little faster, but the joy of the Carrera GTS lies in impressive. Porsche has honed the 0-62mph, 193mph, 30.1mpg,
the specs. Aficionados will spot the smoked rear damping and braking to make 214g/km CO2 > Weightt 1520kg
lenses, black tailpipes and 20-inch alloys, but the it sharper, but not to the point > On salee Now
Turbo-style wide body is an obvious change over where it’s challenging to drive.
plainer 911s. It’s Carrera S plus 10 per cent. Porsche’s Dynamic Chassis Control
Despite its growth compared with older 911s, beautifully manages damping and
it’s not an intimidating car. The steering is traction, but not at the expense of
weighty and precise – if lacking in feel – and the feedback.
stiffened ride that comes part and parcel with the The brakes work better the
If the rear wing is
too ostentatious Carrera GTS package doesn’t jar too much. later and harder you use them – the
for your tastes, We’re testing the two-wheel-drive GTS in transition from deceleration to
you can ditch it manual form. It’s a shame that Porsche reckons turn-in is instant and rewarding. GTS also
available in Coupe
just 10 per cent of buyers will specify it this way, The standard-fit electronically and Targa forms
because for purity of response it’s as good as it controlled damping deserves credit
gets. The seven-speeder shifts cleanly and with for the sheer responsiveness it can
precision. As nice as the PDK is, it’s this option summon, and for the liberties the chassis lets you
that summons up the full 911 experience. take. The GTS just grips and goes – and always LOVE
There are some deft touches. You can play just that little bit harder than the standard Carre- More usable than a
with the driving modes via a dial on the steering ra. If you want to be more precise about how much GT3, faster than a
Carrera S
wheel, giving different combinations of power harder, make use of the new Track Precision app,
steering and active damper settings. Sport Re- where you can datalog your best efforts. HATE
sponse mode is available, too, giving you a power On the road, there’s a slender but worthwhile Less feedback and
more heft than
boost for around 20 seconds. benefit over an S. On the track, it’s more focused the 997
Open it up, and the small changes that turn a and will reward harder, faster driving. The
VERDICT
Carrera S into a GTS start to add up. There’s more Carrera GTS is a brilliant compromise; one that
The best all-round 911
acceleration from lower in the rev range. The flat- delivers a little more of everything. +++ ++
six engine pulls hard from as little as 1500rpm, KEITH ADAMS

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More cooling,
more downforce and
more menace – a pay
rise for that designer

LAMBORGHINI ADVENTADOR S

Rear-steer revelation
We’re only talking about a few degrees of rear axle steering angle but the
end result is an altogether more inspiring V12 Lamborghini. By Ben Barry

T
HE LAMBORGHINI Aventador This is good news, because while I fell
S looks much like the original completely for the lighter, more hardcore SV,
Aventador from 2011. Spotters I’ve never gelled with an entry-level Aventador.
might notice the fanged bumper It needed a reinvention. In the hope of making
that contributes to 130% more front us swear like Reggiani, Lamborghini is letting
downforce, the wider vents for extra cooling, us back-to-back the previous Aventador and
maybe the new TFT digital driver’s display, but the new rear-wheel-steer S at Circuit Ricardo
most people won’t. This is deceiving, because Tormo, near Valencia. They’ve set up a short
the S feelss completely different. slalom, but it takes just one run in each car
Lamborghini technical director Maurizio before you’re spluttering asterisks. The
Reggiani remembers the first time he tried its original Aventador feels inert, more nose-led,
new rear-wheel steering system. ‘I said to my and requires so much wheel-twirling you
team, “you f**k with me”, this is an Aventador wonder if the rack hasn’t been swapped for wheels turn in the same direction, the rears
SV!’ he says laughing. ‘It felt so much lighter, so something even slower. by 1.5 degrees. The Aventador S feels longer,
much more agile.’ In comparison, the S dances through cones therefore more stable.
like a showboating premier-league striker. It’s The rest of the chassis is updated to
Crisp new TFT driver instrumentation gives you at so much more eager to change direction, you match: new rear arms, springs uprated by
least a fighting chance of keeping up with the engine make far fewer steering inputs, and there’s a 20%, magnetorheological dampers tweaked,
greater sense of the mid-mounted V12 variable-rate steering re-tuned. The Pirelli P
adding to the agility, shifting around, Zero tyres are re-designed specially, and even
helping to point the nose at apex after the all-wheel drive has been reprogrammed to
apex. Reggiani’s right, it does feel sig- send more torque rearwards, with up to 90% in
nificantly lighter, despite the 1575kg Sport mode, a little less in max attack Corsa. If
dry weight remaining unchanged. you can’t find your perfect setting from Strada
The system works much like the or Corsa, there’s now a new Ego mode, allowing
technology fitted to all 911 GT3s.
Below 81mph, the rear wheels turn Lamborghini Aventador S
in the opposite direction to the fronts e £225,955 > Engine
> Price e 5498cc 48v V12,
by up to 3 degrees, just 5 milliseconds 730bhp @ 8400rpm, 509lb ft @ 5500rpm
after you’ve made a steering input. > Transmission 7-speed automated manual,
all-wheel drive > Performance e 2.9sec
It makes the Aventador feel shorter 0-62mph, 217mph, 17mpg, 394g/km CO2
and fleeter. Above that speed, all four > Weightt 1575kg (dry) > On sale
e Now

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All-wheel drive can
take a mashed throttle
just as early as you
can bring yourself to
provide the necessary

the excellent carbon-ceramic brakes and your 8500rpm. It is, without doubt, one of the finest
heart jumps as the heavy V12 tries to turn the production engines on the planet; responsive
carbon monocoque into a waltzer. like an electric cattle prod, and with sufficient
The S will also start to rotate in slower V12 thunder to drown an entire F1 grid. Keep
corners when you’re carrying speed to the your nerve, pull the paddleshift just shy of the
apex off-throttle; Lamborghini says the old 8500rpm limit and it feels like you’re knocking
car used to throw torque forwards a fast-bowl for six, so satisfyingly
Never before has an engine badge been so at this point, but now keeps a sig- mechanical is the connection.
unnecessary – it’s 100% a V12 in every way
nificantly higher proportion at the LOVE None of the Aventador’s frankly
you to customise. A new brain – dubbed Lam- back. The added eagerness to turn V12 engine, agile frightening acceleration figures –
chassis, drama
borghini Active Vehicle Dynamics – makes means you’re lined up for the next 0-186mph in 24.2sec! – is said to
sense of it all. straight more quickly. HATE have decreased, despite the extra
Out on track, the Aventador S continues to The powertrain is mind- Gearbox improved, horses, a claimed improvement in
but dual-clutch
wow. The agility you feel on the slalom trans- blowing. Now with a larger inlet ’boxes still smoother aero efficiency and no additional
lates to a super-quick, almost nervous turn-in, plenum, lighter exhaust and a weight. But to focus on stats is to
and the all-wheel drive claws insane traction variable valve timing system VERDICT miss the brilliance of the S: it’s an
A supercar without
as you exit corners; it takes time to appreciate adjusted for more overlap, the rival, now without Aventador that keeps all its old-
how early you can mash the accelerator, and it 6.5-litre V12 produces 39bhp more complaint school attitude and menace, but
takes clumsiness to scrub into understeer. Not at 730bhp – just 10bhp off the SV ++++ + adds a very satisfying dexterity.
that the Aventador is idiotproof: go too deep on – and screams 200rpm higher at @IamBenBarry

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MAZDA MX-5 RF

Transformer’s sequel
Clever, quirky folding hard-top version of MX-5 edges
the nimble roadster towards coupe territory

RF’s extra weight


doesn’t upset the
handling, thanks to
suspension tweaks

I
T LOOKS JUST as odd in real life,
if you’re wondering. Like it’s trying Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 SE-L Nav
> Price £23,095 > Engine 1998cc 16v 4-cyl
on a hat that doesn’t quite fit. Last
petrol, 158bhp @ 6000rpm, 148lb ft @ 4600rpm
time Mazda made a hard-top MX-5 > Transmission Six-speed manual (auto an
it had a simple folding fibreglass lid, option), rear-wheel drive > Performance 7.4sec
but the Mk4 MX-5 RF (for ‘retractable 0-62mph, 134mph, 40.9mpg, 142g/km CO2
> Weight 1120kg > On sale March 2017
fastback’) adopts a complex flying-but-
tressed arrangement of aluminium, steel 1.5, or torquier 2.0-litre. The latter comes with a
and plastic, turning the little roadster limited-slip diff as standard, and – for the first
into a distinctive quasi-coupe. Pressing Buttresses time on the Mk4 MX-5 in the UK – the option
a switch on the centre console triggers stay in place of an automatic gearbox. It’s an evolution of the
whether the roof
a 13-second origami display as the but- is up or down six-speed torque converter available for the Mk3
tresses lift upwards, the roof panels and MX-5 RC. Mazda only expects 8% of RF buyers
rear glass sweep themselves neatly away to go for it, and doesn’t plan to offer it in the soft-
beneath, and the fairings return to their origi- there’s another from which the RF’s sorta-targa, top. When the standard H-pattern is so much
nal position, without impinging on boot space. kinda-coupe lines look great. Don’t expect a fun to use, it’s not hard to see why.
Former MX-5 programme director Nobu- meaningful gain in headroom, though; if you’re Despite the RF’s higher centre of gravity
hiro Yamamoto tells us the engineering team over 5ft 11in you’ll still feel squashed. (it weighs 40-45kg more than the soft-top,
explored ways to hide the roof completely, With the roof open, there’s a relatively small depending on spec), it feels just as nimble as the
buttresses and all, but ultimately found it a aperture above your head, but enough open air MX-5 roadster. If not more so; our softly sprung
lighter and less complex solution to keep them to ruffle your hair, swirl a little breeze around long-termer used to flop onto its door handles at
in view, whether the roof’s up or down. Hence the cabin and let in the scents and sounds of the the first twitch of its steering wheel, but revised
the strange, but not unattractive, styling brew. outside world. And let in more wind noise than anti-roll bar and spring settings, as well as the
For every angle that looks a bit misshapen, you might expect, too; there’s an annoyingly Bilstein dampers fitted to our test car (available
resonant buffeting above and behind your head, on the Sport Nav trim in the UK) quell body
enough to require you to get shouty to continue roll nicely. It’s not as precise as a Toyota GT86/
a conversation at dual-carriageway Subaru BRZ, granted, but a lovely
speeds. It actually seems noisier thing to drive nonetheless.
than I remember our soft-top MX-5 LOVE I like this oddly dressed MX-5,
long-termer being with the roof Kooky styling, and its fashion-statement hat.
roof-up refinement
down, but the flipside is that it’s far But with the extra roof-down
quieter and more refined with the HATE wind noise negating the improved
roof closed – quiet enough for a long Increased weight, roof-up refinement, and no real
price, complication
motorway journey. extra headroom, it’s difficult to rec-
Beneath that roof, it’s the same VERDICT ommend the RF over the simpler,
Mk4 MX-5 we know and (mostly) Good, but soft-top lighter, and £2k-cheaper soft-top.
makes more sense
love, with a choice of two four-pot JAMES TAYLOR
+++++
From some angles it barely looks like an MX-5 at all petrols: slow-ish but eagerly revvy @JamesTaylor_5

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PORSCHE PANAMERA 4 E-HYBRID

Tangled up in green
Here’s a plan: keep adding complex hybrid hardware
until the four-door Porsche is groaning under its weight

O
N PAPER, THIS is a winner. A The hybrid version is not quite as lively as revs to deliver the goods, going fast remains an
new Porsche with two engines, the 435bhp 4S, with its twin-turbo petrol V6. aural stimulation. Although the eight-speed
two driven axles and two Aided by plenty of instant torque, the E-Hybrid dual-clutch transmission can choose from eight
filler caps: one for petrol, the can accelerate in 4.6sec from zero to 62mph, forward ratios, 150mph on the autobahn equals
other one for electricity. In total, but above 100mph the forward thrust becomes a screaming 6000rpm in fifth, which is another
this arrangement produces 460bhp and 516lb increasingly less enthusiastic, and from 135mph reason why low consumption depends on fre-
ft of torque. The harsh reality arrives the on progress is, relatively speaking, a slow- quent top-ups at the mains.
moment you drive the new hybrid version of the motion experience. One winter morning, with lights on, music
new-shape Panamera hybrid the way most Every time you give it stick, the combustion playing and all heating elements set on cosy,
owners drive their Porsches. engine will cut in with soprano thunder that’s the batteries showed full but the e-range had
The problem is that the petrol-electric very Porsche-like but a stark contrast to the already dropped from the promised 31 to an
five-door coupe weighs a lardy 2.2 tonnes, plus whisper of more economical running. Since the indicated 20 miles. Not good – but good enough
options. The extra heft may be invisible, but E-Hybrid’s twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 relies on high to quash range anxiety and waft through town
you can feel it through every corner, during like a noiseless overweight magic carpet, the car
every acceleration manoeuvre and whenever the responding to throttle action as greedily as the
brakes must grab all this mass and momentum. unspooling tongue of a hungry chameleon.
A push at the black Sport Response button can After 150 miles, the tank was already half
get you a memorable 20 seconds of extra e-boost, empty, and the e-range display was reading - - -.
but the claimed top speed of 172mph is an Perhaps I’m the wrong driver for this car,
elusive goal unless the system has saved enough perhaps hybrids deserve a keener commitment
surplus charge. The official fuel consumption to saving the planet, along with a featherweight
of 113mpg is even more elusive. Pushed hard right hoof. As soon as I readjust my attitude and
over salt-coated autobahns, on snow-covered try to get better mpg figures, the white Porsche
B-roads and through frosty city traffic, the fully does indeed begin to reveal its green side.
loaded test car averaged 21.7mpg – with one full Easy to see which source of power is being deployed, Monitoring the instruments is imperative.
battery charge thrown in for good measure. not so easy to stop the petrol engine firing up There are white LEDs signalling boosting

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Not as fast as
the petrol-only
S, nor as frugal
as you’d hope

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid


e £79,715 > Engine
> Price e 2894cc 24v twin-turbo
V6 petrol parallel hybrid, 460bhp @ 6000rpm,
516lb ft @ 1100-4500rpm > Transmission
8-speed dual-clutch auto, awd > Performance
4.6sec 0-62mph, 172mph, 113mpg, 56g/km CO2
> Weightt 2170kg > On sale e April

Analogue tacho
and clock are
supplemented by Braking tricky
vast touchscreen to modulate

and charging, a bar graph indicating the is sharper and faster than the previ- the stopping apparatus requires a heavy yet sen-
remaining range, a bunch of touch keys to ously used automatic, and the electro- sitive foot to neutralise the wooden pedal feel.
choose between Hybrid Auto, E-Charge (which mechanical (rather than hydraulic) clutch This makes it very difficult to absorb energy in
sacrifices some fuel economy in order to top up which unites and separates the two an even and consistent fashion.
the battery), E-Hold (which keeps battery level powerplants works in a seamless and progres- The charge time varies between four and six
constant) and E-Drive. sive manner. It’s only when manoeuvring in a hours, depending on whether you plug into a
A circular display mirrors the throttle tight space that you notice a faint clockety-clock conventional socket or use the extra-cost on-
position so you can consciously when shifting between forward and board charger. Like every hybrid, this Porsche
avoid alerting the combustion en- reverse. Coaxing this car into clean- can only rise to its potential as long as its user is
gine. Although the zero-emission LOVE
air mode isn’t easy because the disciplined enough to pull out that black cable at
programme is active up to 88mph, Built like a vault, with transition zone between coasting night in the garage and the following morning
it takes only a mild climb to trigger all the trimmings and recuperating, between near- again at the office. If you already know that
the petrol engine anywhere above HATE
silent purring and low-rev cruising, you won’t bother, or won’t have ready access to
40mph. In Sport, the system Heavy as a vault, and is too blurred. a suitably charging-friendly parking space, buy
stores enough energy for half a it shows While the set-up of the optional something else.
dozen boostfests; in Sport Plus, the VERDICT four-wheel steering and the stand- Even if the willpower and infrastructure are
Panamera hybrid fully bares its Not green enough, ard air suspension doesn’t differ firmly in place, this is a heavy vehicle which will
claws while simultaneously pep- and not enough fun much from the 4S, the brakes are neither perform mpg miracles nor eclipse even
either
ping up the battery. totally different. Designed to de- the least powerful petrol-only Panamera.
+++++
The PDK twin-clutch gearbox celerate as well as to recover energy, GEORG KACHER

March 2017 | CARMAGA ZINE.CO.UK 39


L
Roomier up front than
Nissan Micra 0.9 Acenta last model, and cabin
> > has been upgraded

>
>

> >

LOVE
Rediscovered style
and dynamics

HATE
Cramped rear space,
blindspot

VERDICT
Good enough to
atone for the rotten
previous model
+++++

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Nothing less
than the fastest
Range Rover yet

RANGE ROVER SVAUTOBIOGRAPHY DYNAMIC

Wasn’t broke, so they fixed it


Dream of a flashier, more fidgety and more expensive Range Rover? You’re in luck

G
IVEN ALL THE work that goes in, SVO’s efforts run to a lower ride height, revised
there is of course some trepidation LOVE spring and damping rates (subtly so in the case of
when it comes to removing a really Exhaust note, the former and more drastically with the latter),
good quiche from its oven dish. It’d steering, fundamental faster steering thanks to a Range Rover Sport
brilliance
be a shame if the perfectly baked steering rack, and Brembo brakes. The engine
thing of beauty ended up on your plate as a broken HATE is the still-extraordinary house V8: 542bhp and
heap of fabulous-tasting pastry and egg shrapnel. Compromised ride, thunder to curdle milk at 1000 yards, but with
Max Powerr detailing
Or would it? Would it really matter? Fine quiche is unique calibration for a more cultured delivery
still fine quiche. And, fortunately, a supercharged VERDICT compared with the Range Sport SVR.
V8 Range Rover is still a supercharged V8 Range Not the Range Rover It also enjoys a unique Graphite Atlas finish to
you’re looking for
Rover, however it’s served up. some of the exterior trim parts (side vents, grille
+++++
The endlessly named Range Rover SVAutobi- and bumper accents), quad exhausts, unique
ography Dynamic (are you really supposed to say 21- or 22-inch wheels and a dusting of SVO touch-
the middle bit as one word, and with a straight face?) is a prod- es inside, including knurled metal parts and diamond-quilted
uct of Jaguar Land Rover’s performance and personalisation seats in a choice of four exclusive colourways. It adds up to a
arm, Special Vehicle Operations. Part boutique, part infant discernibly different aesthetic, one that’s more successful
AMG/M-esque halo maker, SVO has a reputation for vehicles outside than in, where some of the details feel close to gaudy.
of uncouth charm, notably the Range Rover Sport SVR and The target buyer almost certainly has a very high tolerance
How to make the deeply talented, really quite loud F-type SVR. of anodised red parts, and the payoff for the more fidgety ride
red anodised Now it’s tasked itself with creating a more ebullient, more (it’s particularly unconvincing over broken urban tarmac) is
paddleshifters chuckable alternative to the non-Dynamic SVAutobiography a likeable agility thanks to that rack, more body control mid-
look subtle:
fit them into (now only in long-wheelbase form) and nothing less than the corner, reduced roll and the confidence to carry speed rather
this cabin fastest, most dynamic Range Rover yet. If it also snares a few than brake for every curve. But the set-up feels caught between
Bentayga buyers on their way to Crewe, so much the better. stools, being neither as composed under duress as a Bentayga
nor as agreeably refined as a non-SVO Range Rover.
The really good Range Rover stuff remains intact: the hand-
some proportions, sublime comfort, fantastic visibility from a
peerless driving position, a sense of occasion that doesn’t fade
with time, and a sense of towering capability. But for most of
us the imperious, less compromised Autobiography with the
supercharged V8 remains the serving suggestion to go for, not
least because it’s nearly £30k less expensive.
BEN MILLER

Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic


e £132,800 > Engine
> Price e 5000cc 32v supercharged
V8, 542bhp @ 6000rpm, 502lb ft @ 3500rpm
> Transmission 8-speed auto, four-wheel drive
> Performance e 5.5sec 0-62mph, 155mph, 22.1mpg,
299g/km CO2 > Weightt 2465kg > On sale e Now

March 2017 | CARMAGA ZINE.CO.UK 41


Calling all L-plate Alonsos
Buy a spruced-up city car and spear through the urban sprawl like Fernando. Or Matt Joy

Volkswagen High Up 1.0 TSI Renault Twingo GT


Grown-up’s toy or just for the kids? Grown-up’s toy or just for the kids?
Makes the Polo feel like a special edition for librarians but Silly but charming at the same time,
really the Up’s still too tasteful to be wasted on like that uncle you think is hilarious
young people and their poor taste. but your mother won’t speak to.

Pocket money or melted plastic? Pocket money or melted plastic?


£12k as standard is par for the course Even with added frippery, £15k
here, making it insufficiently more puts it in a strong laughs-to-cost
expensive than the competition for bracket. Sensible enough that the
snootier potential buyers. Shame, kids won’t crash it, fun enough that
Coming at you like they’ll be missing out. you won’t nod off and bin it either.
a sparkling cube of
Bauhaus
Gulliver-esque or Lilliputian? Gulliver-esque or Lilliputian?
Shaved-box exterior means spacious interior. Nowhere to put your left foot and daft centre console bin
Real-life tall people will actually fit, and the rear two fouls your shin before toppling onto the floor unless you
seats will accommodate humans. What will they think of ditch it. But best rear seat space here. Chunky steering
next? Ah, that’s later in the issue you say? wheel, flat-ish seats.

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Smart ForFour Brabus Vauxhall Adam 1.0 T
Grown-up’s toy or just for the kids? Grown-up’s toy or just for the kids?
Feels like an inflated ForTwo, which Without Adam S’s tougher aesthetic, Adam T lacks
could be seen as the ultimate presence. Colour – ex-British Telecom van
kiddy car made real. meets taramasalata – does no favours.

Pocket money or melted Pocket money or melted plastic?


plastic? Scrabble around behind, below
15 quid shy of 20 grand before and within enough sofas and,
options, the ForFour Brabus together with the loose coinage
needs you to want it badly. And to in the car key bowl, you’ll find the
pretend the other cars don’t exist. required £12k.
Coming at you like
cut-price custard
Gulliver-esque or Lilliputian? Gulliver-esque or Lilliputian?
Disarmingly sensible use of space, with plenty of For fronters it’s fine but in the rear, for
headroom even with the standard glass roof in place. adults at least, you’ll need the fire brigade to cut
Rear seats perfectly acceptable if flatter than an you out of it every time you arrive anywhere. Boot short
inauguration after-party. but deep, like Yoda. CONTINUED…

March 2017 | CARMAGA ZINE.CO.UK 43


CONTINUED…

Volkswagen High Up 1.0 TSI Renault Twingo GT


Cut-price or Fisher-Price? Cut-price or Fisher-Price?
Please. There are few buttons, but those that exist are A happy medium, with sufficient heft to the controls but no
the elite of buttons, woken at dawn during training for delusions of premium. Colour schemes have the potential
push-downs, and wear their white paint with pride. to offend those with a sensitive palette.

Weird dash looks A little less class,


like ballistic a touch more
kevlar and feels rubberiness, but
as expensive game for a laugh
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Quart from a pint pot or weedy like a plant pot? Quart from a pint pot or weedy like a plant pot?
Downsized to perfection, as if the Mechanic Angel snuck Rear-mounted motor sounds endearingly buzzy but won’t
into your garage overnight and fitted a 1.6 from the MkI give you a headache. Pulls strongly for a tiddler, enough
Golf GTI. Thrummy rather than zingy. power to keep you busy. And happy.

Handling by angels or manhandling by de Angelis? Handling by angels or manhandling by de Angelis?


Lithe weight and percolating engine are good news but Meaty steering keeps you reasonably informed, ESP
last degree of chuckability has been smoothed out. Up nicely dialled in to avoid rear-engined rotation. Allows two
GTI should be on the money, but for more money. degrees of power oversteer before winking at you.

VERDICT As sensible as life insurance; handling won’t VERDICT The best Twingo, the second-best
demand that you have some. Infinitely likeable. rear-engined car and the best car here.

VOLKSWAGEN
HIGH UP 1.0 TSI RENAULT
> Price £12,055 TWINGO GT TCE 110
> As tested £14,025 > Price £13,755
> Engine 999cc turbo 3–cyl, 89bhp > As tested £15,200
@ 5000rpm, 118lb ft @ 1500rpm > Engine 898cc turbo 3–cyl, 108bhp @
> Transmission Five-speed manual, 5750rpm, 125lb ft @ 2000rpm
front-wheel drive > Transmission Five-speed manual,
> Performance 9.9sec 0-62mph, 114mph, rear-wheel drive
60.1mpg, 108g/km CO2 > Performance 10.8sec 0-62mph, 113mph,
> Weight 1002kg 54.3mpg, 115g/km CO2
> Example insurance quote* > Weight 1001kg
£206.80 > Example insurance quote*
> On sale Now £239.70
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Gavin Green
T

‘Before a record
in Australia, came in. It’s more than 4000
square miles, compared with Bonneville’s
40. And it’s nearly always dry. When
Campbell arrived in 1963, conditions were

attempt,
p Campbell p not right. The surface was too soft, the wind
too strong. Then it rained. The attempt was
postponed. BP withdrew its backing.

would pplayy a ggame of The record attempt was rescheduled


for 1964, and that was when my dad got
involved. He told me Campbell was the

cards and studyy them bravest man he’d ever met. He was also
intensely patriotic, complex and supersti-
tious. Each night, before a scheduled run, he

for any sign of doom’ would play a game of cards and study them
for any sign of doom. He regarded green as
an unlucky colour and referred to my dad as
Evan Turquoise.
‘FULL POWER… TRAMPING It rained again, saturating the strip. A new course was
like hell… I can’t see much and the surveyed, this time 12 miles long. Not long enough, said his chief
water’s very bad indeed… I’m gallop- engineer. We must try, said Campbell. And he did.
ing over the top… and she’s giving a My dad wrote: ‘A high tail of salt spray loomed above the
hell of a bloody row in here… I can’t horizon. The noise was dreadful, beyond human endurance,
see anything… I’ve got the bows and rising. The salt began to vibrate… I’ve seen many racing
out… I’m going… Uhh…’ cars at speed and they always look like devices man has made,
Those were the last words of Don- and is controlling. But that machine looked like something from
ald Campbell, 50 years ago. As he the past, from an age that man can only imagine. It was some
spoke over his intercom, his Bluebird K7 jet boat rose nose-first frenzied creature, spitting fire and noise as it hurtled across the
at over 300mph, somersaulted and smashed into the lake. Debris bed of a dead lake.’
quickly surfaced. So did Campbell’s teddy bear mascot and his That first attempt failed. The salt was too soft. On July 17 1964,
helmet. The rest lay hidden in the depths of Coniston Water, in Campbell tried again. ‘Again, we heard the distant thunder
Cumbria, until Campbell’s body and the hull of Bluebird were of the engine starting and the eerie, banshee wail of the car
recovered in 2001. Campbell was still wearing his blue overalls. approaching at full power. Again, that strange sensation of part
I was a small boy at the time of his death. But I remember the excitement, part fear that knotted the stomach. And the weird
day he died, just as I remember Jim Clark’s death a year later, and mirage effect of a monster bursting through the horizon, pur-
Graham Hill’s eight years on. They were heroes of mine. sued by its vapours. The arch of salt spray, the explosive noise and
Campbell’s death was especially poignant. My dad was the then the Bluebird, side-on, beautiful, graceful, incredibly fast
Bluebird project director when Campbell successfully broke the and chased by a noise of shattering magnitude. And like some
world land speed record in Australia in 1964. He spent much of beautiful creature pursued by demons, it vanished in a cloud of
that year away from home, in isolated Lake Eyre, a giant salt lake gas and spray.’ A new record: 403.10mph.
in the Outback that promised the space, the flatness and the dry On the last day of the same year, 1964, Campbell also broke
weather to coax the Bluebird CN7 4100-horsepower gas turbine the world water speed record at Lake Dumbleyung in Australia.
car to speeds of up to 500mph. Two years and four days later, the same
It was the long, majestic Bluebird’s second attempt at John Bluebird K7 boat crashed at Coniston Former CAR R editor Gavin
followed his dad, writer and
Cobb’s record of 394.19mph. She had been engineered by the Water and my dad told me Donald rally driver Evan Green, into
cream of British engineering talent – Dunlop BP Smiths In Campbell was dead. motoring journalism, and is one
of the world’s most influential
dustries, Lucas – back in the days when land sp
front-page news, their drivers national heroes.
Campbell’s first attempt was in 1960 at
Bonneville in Utah, where his father Malcolm
– whom he both idolised and feared – had
broken the world land speed record before the
war. Donald Campbell crashed at more than
360mph as he survived the fastest car acciden
any man had ever experienced. The lesson
from Utah was that a much longer speed strip
was needed – 20 miles to speed in safety then
stop. That’s where Lake Eyre, the biggest lak

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Mark W
T Walton
g
system (back when dreamers still believed
man could flap his way into the air), Cayley
dismissed steam engines as too heavy, and

electric cars dominate


started investigating alternatives. In 1807,
he developed a working piston engine that
used gunpowder for fuel. He came so close

our roads, will there


to building an actual aeroplane, a century
before the Wrights. Cayley was a genius, yet
most people have never heard of him.

still be room for the


So what prompted me to think about all
this, in this month of all months? A Cater-
ham Seven of course. It’s not quite paper
stretched over bamboo canes, but almost. I

Caterham Seven?’ got to drive the Caterham 310, the new mid-
range model with the 152bhp Ford engine,
in the middle of winter. No, I didn’t wear a
flying helmet and goggles, but everywhere I
MY FASCINATION FOR R the went, blasting along raucously with the roof down, people stared
Wright brothers, and those beautiful like I was barking mad.
black and white photos taken on It made me think about a time – coming soon – when electric
the stark sands of Kitty Hawk in self-driving cars dominate our roads. Safe, sterile and boring,
1903, has led me to ‘discover’ a new will there be room alongside them for cars like the Caterham
industrial hero: a fellow North Seven? If so, drivers who cling to noisy internal combustion and
Yorkshireman called George Cayley. manual control will be seen like those early pioneers of flight:
Ever heard of him? Me neither, until wilful eccentrics, with a dangerous passion and a disregard for
recently, which is astonishing – his their own safety (well, in Cayley’s case, his footman’s safety).
name should be alongside the giants of the Victorian era, like The Caterham brings out those feelings – a recognition that
Stephenson, Brunel and Crapper. what you’re doing is a bit mad – because it’s so crude. It’s a while
Born in Scarborough in 1773, Cayley was your classic, since I’ve driven one, and all those little details come back – the
aristocratic English inventor, a baronet who used his privilege in flappy doors, the canvas roof that’s too small to fit back on. The
the cause of reason and science. Cayley was fascinated by flight gearbox whines, and this tuned version of the 1.6 engine pops
from an early age, sketching bird wings and developing aerofoil and coughs its way around town like a homemade experiment,
ideas in his school notebooks. He went on to build an early newly pushed out of the garage.
centrifuge, NASA style, to systematically test the forces of lift But then there’s the joy, of course. Any Caterham remains
and drag. In 1799 he laid out the basic principles of the fixed- an incredible driving experience, with a steering wheel the size
wing aeroplane – wing, fuselage, tail – and engraved both his of a tea saucer and the jiggling, fingertip sensitivity that feels
design and the forces acting on it onto a silver disc. telepathic. In the end, this new 310 version feels a bit over-grippy
But Cayley’s work wasn’t all theoretical. In 1853, the baronet to me, with fat Avon rubber but no ludicrous power output to
(along with his own Baldrick, an engineer called Thomas Vick match. It’s fast, but it needs winding up. The entry-model Seven,
whom Cayley kept on his estate) built a glider that looks like the skinny-tyred three-cylinder 160, remains my favourite blend
a slender rowing boat suspended below a paper aeroplane. of speed and fun – it may not be as quick as a 310, but it’s more
Hilariously, it’s believed either a coachman or a butler satisfying to drive.
became the first to fly in the glider, across a nearby valley Plus, it weighs just 490kg (50 less than Editor-at-large Mark’s fondness
for simple four-wheelers was
called Brompton Dale, as Cayley and Vick watched. ‘Er, are you the 310). If you stuck wings on that car, it well documented in the October
absolutely sure about this, Your Lordship?’ ‘For God’s sake man, probably would fly. They could call it the issue’s brilliant story about
buying a Fiat 126 in Naples and
just get in the boat and sit still!’ Cayley Seven. driving it home via the Alps
Cayley’s manned glider was the first signif-
icant fixed-wing flight in the world. But more
than that, Cayley identified what planes would
need in the future to really fly. He worked
tirelessly on lightweight materials, inventing
the wire wheel along the way (his spokes were
made out of string, but he’s the acknowledged
inventor of the principle). He also invented
the seatbelt; and, incredibly, he developed an
early, lightweight internal combustion engine.
Understanding the need for a proper propulsion

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and cheaply. Unfortunately these local pollution that you see some (diesel)
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if anybody was prepared to spend ble traffic jams makes it very apparent the
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Kudos to the magazine for reviving this remarks about the you park at the supermarket and find that
exceptional automotive story and for the the kids are trapped in the back. They
well-deserved tribute to Brock Yates. second-generation Mini Cooper S (Icon Buyer, often need to move into the triangular
Coincidentally, I recently met Andrew January). After reluctantly giving up our much gap made by front and rear doors being
Frankl, also mentioned in the story, and loved Audi A2 1.6 Sport, used as a second open then fold themselves forward to
invited him to give a talk on Formula 1 close the rear door to get free.
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hand knowledge exactly as I would, and probably bought new preheat the car.
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Like Chris Chilton, as a 12 year
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the December issue; I was
surprised to learn it is the place
I now take my son to ride his
quad bike (always thought it
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GARETH NORRIS

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SPEED READING
On my annual trip back to
Halifax, West Yorkshire, from my
base in Kuala Lumpur, I bought
the latest available UK edition of
CAR to enjoy on the flights back.
After a quick transfer in Dubai, I
settled in for the second sector
to Manchester and took this
photo as we cruised along at 4 5
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SIMON CUTHBERT

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T H E E A R LY B I R D…
I took this picture on a cold
Scottish morning as me and my
friend set off to bag the most
northerly Munro in Scotland. We
drove along the northern leg of
the NC500 from Thurso to the
Kyle of Tongue. It doesn’t get
much better than this.
NICK ELEY

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FA R AWAY
This was taken on the Japanese
island of Teshima. If you know
how small the car is, you’ll
understand how tiny the
building is.
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Bloodied but unbeaten, VW has gone back to
what it knows best: building the best hatchback
known to man. With the new Mk7.5 GTI and its
imminent all-electric successor, this is the
case for staying true to Golf

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Do I know you?
Oh yeah, you’re
the hot hatch I’ve
always wanted

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LOOK,
NO CLOCKS
• • • • • •

VW Group is bringing a first to the class


by offering a digital instrument display as
an option on all models. Dubbed Active Info
Display, it comprises a 12.3in colour screen
display, a high 1440 x 540 resolution and
dispenses with physical instruments altogether
in favour of configurable screens. Although
already used in the Passat, Golf Mk7.5 joins IT WASN’T
its Seat Leon offshoot in going digital. It can BROKEN
display navigation maps in 2D or 3D and • • • • • •
shift the rev counter and speedometer to Golf 7.5 may only be halfway to a new
the sides for a clearer view, in an Audi generation (due before the end of the
Virtual Cockpit style, plus there are five decade) but it’s much more than a mid-life
different display profiles to choose nip and tuck. It’s the most significant tech
from. Contrasting colours vary with injection in a generation, putting it a step
model too, with red for the GTI ahead of the key competition and crucially
and blue for the GTE, delivering enough solidity and technology
naturally. to draw buyers down from the upper levels
of the premium hierarchy. Anyone doing
so will recognise the cockpit feel from
the driver’s seat; master of all you
survey and fine materials.
(Plus tartan remains an
option…)

THE
BIG SCREEN
• • • • • •

Since 1997’s Mk4 the Golf’s cabin has


always been a cut above the humdrum,
and the 7.5 Golf isn’t letting up in this regard.
While the architecture goes largely unchanged
there’s been some tidying here, a little quality
boost there, and a stronger case than ever for
falling in love with the thing the moment you
slide aboard. At the same time the Golf’s
had a tech boost, with all Golf 7.5s getting a
bigger central screen than before. The basic
monochrome and colour 5in screens are
now bumped to 6.5in, colour-only and with
twice the resolution. The middle offerings
are now 8in and the top-line Discover
Navigation Pro system delivers
crystal clarity slathered across
a big 9.2-inch display.

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LOOK,
DON’T TOUCH
• • • • • •

not only brings with it that giant display screen


but also features you won’t find on its rivals. There
are no traditional buttons at all, only five capacitive
shortcut keys down one side. Everything else is taken
care of by touch on the glass surface or, for the first time
in the segment, gesture control, as vaunted by BMW on
the 7-series. Swipe left or right to scroll through menus,
albums or playlists and touch to select. As with the BMW, it
needs practice and accurate inputs to work as you’d want
it – there’s also voice control, should your gestures prove
wide of the mark. Hook up a smartphone or tablet via
the in-car wi-fi and any occupant can control all the
audio and video input sources, the navigation
and even the calendar via an app, while a
MirrorLink-connected phone allows you to
answer the video intercom at home
on the touchscreen via the
DoorBird app.

2 .There’s
detailing
to die for
No faux diffusers
or ironing-board
1 . wings, just class
SHARPER, BRIGHTER, SLICKER –
while dreaming up Golfs 10 years hence,

It’s a wannabe VW design boss Klaus Bischoff and his


Darwin-worshipping team have taken their
finest plane to the Mk7.5 in search of the
perfect look; fresher, sharper and cleaner

5-series inside but still identifiable as Wolfsburg’s finest


from 100 yards. Front and rear bumpers
have been smoothed out and refreshed,
Gesture control and superlative while all models now get LED lights at
the rear; top-spec cars get the ‘flowing’
quality – the best just got better indicator action you’ve seen on flashier
Audis, too. At the front the sportiest trio
(GTI, GTD and R) get their own honeycomb
grilles while the regular versions
wear the more discreet
vaned version; models
fitted with Active
Cruise now have
their sensors
tucked behind the
VW badge, for
a cleaner look.
The front also
displays a perfect
melding of new
and old; the GTI’s
signature chrome
and red piping on
the grille now flows
through the DRLs and into
the searing LED headlights,
which replace the Mk7’s lowly xenons. 

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3 .

The GTI is
ludicrously
good fun
to drive
Threats to the crown are myriad,
from within as well as without
– is the joy of GTI intact?

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GOLF IS A Golf is a Golf. effortless as ever; at 155mph, the GTI is almost always the
Class-defining and at the fastest car in the fast lane; and at 44mpg, the GTI doesn’t lag
same time class-less, it has far behind the super-frugal 184bhp GTD. The most telling
been an icon and talisman number, however, is the midrange in-gear urge. Put your foot
for the Volkswagen brand down hard in fifth and the GTI lunges from 50 to 75mph.
and its treasurers since 1974. Although the GTD fields an extra 22lb ft of torque, it loses
True to the maxim ‘never that particular fraternal feud by 1.5sec.
change a winning team’, the Unlike the equally cult BMW M3, which has journeyed
design changes introduced from four-cylinder to straight-six to V8 and back to six, the
for 2017 are subtle. The sheet engineering fundamentals of the Golf GTI have not changed
metal remains untouched; much over the decades. Instead the car’s focus has wavered
bumpers, lights and grille get fresh make-up. It’s the famil- from lean (Mk1) through diluted (Mk3 automatic) and
iar GTI but looking a little leaner, a little sharper than you clueless (badge-engineered Mk4) to back-to-basics (Mk5).
remember it. There are new wheels, extra brightwork and The latest metamorphosis is into GTI in the purest sense of
four little red winglets underlining the LED headlights. The the acronym; a gran turismo powered by a feisty fuel-injected
turbocharged 2.0-litre four gets more power, thereby match- and turbocharged engine. Overt sportiness is no longer the
ing the acceleration times of the outgoing GTI Performance: prime ambition of this high-visibility Golf with trad plaid
the Mk7.5 GTI boasts 227bhp in standard form and 242bhp upholstery and ’80s stripework. Instead, this is now the most
in its Performance iteration. Gearbox options remain a refined and effortless hot hatch on the market. The Peugeot
six-speed manual or a DSG twin-clutch auto, but the latter 308GTi is rawer and more chuckable, the Astra has a good
gets another pair of ratios for seven in total. deal more power, the ill-mannered Civic Type R appeals to a
The first Golf GTI was, in essence, a grown-up Mini different audience and the BMW 125i is underwhelming 
Cooper made in Germany. The 110bhp engine had an
easy time bringing to life a 810kg crackerjack which
made history for its amazing handling, roadholding
and performance. Four decades on the very latest The GTI corners with a
top-of-the-line Golf more than doubles that power
output, though weight too has also soared by over 70%
captivating blend of grip
to 1386kg. At 6.4sec from 0-62mph, overtaking is as and mighty exit speed

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and overpriced – twist things however you like but there still climb like spiral staircases through the rocks. With the
is no better all-rounder than the GTI. exception of short straights and occasional switchbacks, this
I’m driving a red four-door manual with fat 19-inch wheels is mainly second- and third-gear stuff. Good to know then
and adaptive dampers. Pressing the starter button activates that this Golf picks up the torque thread at a subterranean
two sources of sound: initially, it’s Dynaudio versus EA211, 1500rpm and spans its lofty 258lb ft peak from there all the
but after a fingertip correction, the powerplant beats the way to 4600rpm. It does not come as a surprise that the six-
amplifier. It emits marginally less CO2 through marginally speed manual changes ratios as rapidly as the optional DSG
larger-diameter tailpipes, humming along happily at idle transmission. It’s a quick and slick gearbox, precise and well
speed. While the drive mode selector invites you to tweak staggered, complemented by a light and progressive clutch.
engine and transmission response, damper setting and steer- Although redlined at 6500rpm, there is no real need to push
ing behaviour, it won’t let you turn up the exhaust volume. For the single-turbo 16-valver beyond its broad sweet spot.
a loop of wild Spanish C-roads, I lock the shocks in Comfort Waltzing one-two-three, one-two-three with the GTI
and leave the other elements in Sport. Although there is an along the southern edge of the Balearic island it puts in a
ESP button, you can only deactivate traction control. So it’s a controlled, restrained and eerily rapid performance. This is a
‘yes’ to take-off wheelspin but a ‘no’ to lift-off oversteer. car that frowns at and refrains from grand gestures. So you
Nail-biting excitement and pulse-quickening emotion are turn-in with restraint, stay in the taller of the two gears you
not really what this car is about. Like its predecessor, the new had in mind, open up the steering early and feed the torque in
GTI is no rock-solid, screaming-at-the-world street racer. diligently. The reward is a captivating blend of cornering grip
While you might think you want a roadgoing BTCC racer and exit speed, a high level of composure, immaculate body
that hops sideways on solid springs and offers a powerband control, not much understeer and plenty of feedback. You
just 258rpm wide, Volkswagen knows that you really want is always know exactly where you are with this Golf, be it one
a relaxed mile-eater with long legs, longer service intervals tenth under the limit or a tenth over it.
and plenty of low-end grunt. After all, this Golf no longer Over-driving the Golf GTI upsets the handling balance
needs to prove anything. Its livery is tastefully tailored, its by inducing excess understeer and destructive ASR/ESP
stance understated yet confident, it’s voice half Peter Fonda, interference. It’s much better to keep this car on a long leash,
half Sean Connery. A true Volkswagen in the Winterkorn give torque preference over power and maintain a steady
and Hackenberg tradition, the best-seller remains built like a flow. After all, this is no longer your father’s GTI, or the
vault – kind of a Golf with Phaeton genes, not vice-versa. original I remember vividly from the press launch. This Golf
Want to hitch a ride? We’re off, out of first gear and swiftly has grown up. Of course there’s room
into second, then third. Even at 4000rpm, the acoustics are for a sharper version, not to mention
still reminiscent of a padded cocoon – no suspension rumble, a Clubsport, but don’t forget that Volkswagen Golf GTI (5-door
front axle quiver, tyre roar or driveline indispositions. The Mallorca and its winding byways manual, non-Performance)
> Price £28,520
only music this car plays in your ears are the dense and are only one side of the coin. On
> Engine 1984cc
delicately staggered tonalities of VW’s finest petrol engine. faster, more expansive country roads turbocharged petrol
Equipped with sports suspension and the so-called and motorways and it will no doubt 4-cyl, 227bhp @ 6200rpm,
progressive power steering, the new GTI comes well prepared collect yet more brownie points. After 258lb ft @ 1500rpm
> Transmission 6-speed
for the narrow twisties that lie like serpents up and down all, no contender can match the Golf manual, front-wheel drive
Mallorca’s steep, mountainous flanks. You never need sixth for its blend of laid-back competence > Performance 0-62mph
gear on this kind of terrain, but first is a must where hairpins and absolute commitment.  6.4sec, 155mph, 44.1mpg,
148g/km CO2
> Weight 1364kg
> Length/width/height
4970/2073/1846mm
> On sale Now
> Rating +++++

Tick the
Performance Pack
box for more power
and a proper diff

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Time to talk about


the R? No, we don’t
mention the R (up to
306bhp and 4.6sec
0-62mph…)

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4 . It’ll drive you
Once the preserve of big-ticket execs, Golf
delivers driver-assistance systems to the people

T
HE MK7.5 GOLF democratises more importantly it combines with the Lane Assist system
advanced active and passive safe- to give Traffic Jam Assist. Golf is the smallest Volkswagen
ty. For a modest fee (£1120/£1225), Group product to offer the technology, and within the pa-
Volkswagen will install your new rameters of lane-marked roads and speeds below 37mph it
Golf with just about every con- will take care of steering, braking and accelerating for you
ceivable driver assistance system thanks to the tracking cameras
available in this vehicle segment. and radar installed at the top of the
The Lane Assist Plus package gets windscreen – with the proviso that
you Rear Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam
Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition
the driver must keep their hands on
the wheel to intervene if required.
Below 37mph
and either High-beam Assist or Dynamic Light Assist. Even so, it gives the Golf a signif-f the car will take
In combination with the DSG semi-automatic transmis- icant edge over rivals in terms of
sion, Traffic Jam Assist is the first step toward allowing the autonomy; they have yet to link the care of steering,
car to do its own thing while you daydream out of the side
window. The speed range for the adaptive cruise control has
two features.
In addition the Golf can be fitted
braking and
been extended to cover everything from rest to 125mph, but with Emergency Assist, which will accelerating
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A 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol


with torque, 54mpg and soul?

Georg goes
hands-free – world
takes a deep breath

perform a controlled autonomous stop if it detects the driver


has become incapacitated. Or fallen asleep. (And let’s face
it, with nothing to do and thosee seats, it’s a possibility.) If a
series of warnings fail to achieve a response it will activate the
hazard warning lights, perform a gentle steering manoeuvre
to warn surrounding traffic and bring the car to a halt, using
the adaptive cruise control hardware to avoid oncoming
traffic. It just might save your life…
Does Traffic Jam Assist work? Yes it does, provided the
car can pick up the required lane markings (the dash display
turns from orange to green when it’s happy). Being able to
switch off part of your brain in stop/start M25 traffic is un-
doubtedly progress, and sure enough the Golf will go with the
flow, and steer, up to the system’s maximum speed, though its
steering inputs are a little more all-action Gilles Villeneuve
than syrupy-smooth Jenson Button.

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6. Because...

We love
the
post-Golf
Golf
Silent, smart, self-driving and serene, ID is
nothing less than the third-generation people’s
car and the next Golf in all but name. We’re sold
Words Matt Joy | Photography Alex Howe

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W
OLFSBURG IN JANUARY’S the new Golf. It has no mouth to speak of but, like meeting a
colourless embrace perfectly stranger for the first time, you focus on the eyes, which have
encapsulates the current more to say than any previous Volkswagen. Or any other car.
mood at Volkswagen. Chim- Maybe it’s the 3am start this morning catching up with me but
neys loom through a silent I’d swear the ID just winked at me…
screen of fog as streams of ‘Headlights are getting more and more functional and this
Kombis shuttle endlessly is helping consumers to understand what the car’s doing,’
around the perimeter roads, explains Klaus Bischoff, head of Volkswagen Design. ‘Today’s
their number conspicuously cars have only a blinker… We wanted to give more functional-
punctuated by the occasional UK-registered Bentayga. The ity from a conceptual standpoint, so we came up with the idea
snaking rail carriages sit silent and empty, waiting for the end of ‘eyes’ able to look around and communicate: “Okay, the car
product of the overnight shift to complete their laps of the tiny looks at me. He has seen me. The car has seen me…!” That’s
sign-off test track. For a factory covering 2.5 square miles it’s something we’re able to do now, for example when you’re in
oddly quiet here. traffic and a pedestrian standing on the edge of the pavement
From the outside, then, it’s business as usual at Volkswagen, looks at you – they’ll feel reassured they’ve been noticed.’
but at the heart of the company there is seismic change. There The LED headlights work in combination with LED illumi-
had to be. The financial cost of the emissions scandal looks to nation around the rest of the car to communicate its behaviour
be topping out at a staggering $25 billion, though dieselgate and functions: glowing blue to indicate autonomous driving,
didn’t seem to affect group or VW brand sales in 2016: both looking further ahead as speed rises, and making ‘eye’ contact
grew. But things are changing nonetheless. Sales and market- with pedestrians and cyclists. It’s a relatively small detail, and
ing chief Jürgen Stackmann delivered a speech ahead of the one with multiple hurdles to clear before production, but it’s an
Paris show making it clear that Volkswagen’s future was elec- example of the forward thinking evident in the ID’s creation,
tric, and crucially that it had to present ‘a new face to the world’. and a manifestation of the notion of the car becoming a third
That face is the one you see before you. It’s no coincidence entity in the relationship between driver and the outside world.
that from the front, the ID appears to meld the honesty and Move along the ID’s smooth flanks and the three ages of
simplicity of the Beetle’s nose with the confident jawline of Volkswagen are right before you. With an engine-free 

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THE FIRST T WO PEOPLE’S CARS

Volkswagen Golf MkI Volkswagen Beetle


1974-1983 1938-2003
FOLLOWED THE layout trend of DESIGNED TO be simple to maintain,
the time with front-wheel drive and air-cooled to avoid freezing overnight
a transverse engine, but the Golf’s and with enough performance to cruise
Giugiaro-penned exterior gave it both a at 62mph on the then-new autobahns,
thoroughly modern feel and distanced the Beetle began life as the KdF-Wagen
it from the elliptical Beetle, the car it was designed by Ferdinand Porsche. The
designed to replace. post-war reopening of the factory led
That look also set the template for to big sales and the car’s influence
the six generations to follow, with spreading across the globe.
the practical hatchback body forever Officially called the Type 1 at first, the
denting the popularity of the small original Beetle’s simplicity and humility
saloon and its strut/torsion beam made it the perfect antidote to the
suspension set-up combining space pursuit of speed and glamour prevalent
efficiency and composed handling. elsewhere in the car industry.
‘Premium’ – everywhere now, even By the ’70s it’d been firmly overtaken
on Kias – was a word yet to be applied by modern rivals but production
to cars in 1974, but the original Golf continued in Mexico nonetheless, with
was sturdily built and avoided the then imports to Europe continuing right
standard-issue small-car sensations of through until 1985.
feeling like a shopping cart, paving the Its image was so strong that
way for a progressive push upmarket Volkswagen has twice introduced new
over the generations. Desirable but not Beetles – pastiches both, and neither of
exclusive – the line the Golf has trodden which could hold a candle to the charm
since, and that ID must continue. or purity of the original.

Look along the ID’s flanks


and the three ages of VW
are right before you

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LOUNGE
LIZARD
‘Open Lounge’ concept
bins the traditional centre
console stack in favour of voice
and gesture control, with the
few remaining touch controls
pushed out to the doors and
the steering wheel, the latter
allowing control of the
transmission and
menus.

Handover of
control will be
crystal clear: just
as you’d want it…

CLEAN
LIKE NASA
Stripped-back cabin
reflects ID’s status as VW’s
most advanced autonomy
and connectivity statement;
touch the badge on the wheel
and it retreats into the dash,
leaving you free to relax into
the space freed up. Breeze
the M25 while gazing
at the clouds.

BUILT
OR GROWN?
Cabin eschews the
technical look for organic,
soft-radii curves designed to
reflect nature and improve the QUITE AN
sense of space. Design theme ENTRANCE
features a Möbius strip, with Approach the car and the
an interior curve that flows handles illuminate; reach for
seamlessly into the exterior them and they slide out to greet
and vice versa. Maths you. Rear doors employ hinges
geeks rejoice. hidden within the sandwich floor,
allowing them to pop out and
move rearwards. The result
is a grand entrance space
with no ugly track on
the body.

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nose and drive to the rear axle there’s a clear ideological link
to the 1938 Beetle, freeing up the cabin for people and luggage.
The form is sci-fi Golf; the strong, kinked C-pillar is unmis-
takeable, as are the tail lights just below the body crease, where
they’ve always been. But the proportions are all ID; the over-
hangs barely worthy of the name and the pinch in the waist like
it’s been grasped by a 30ft toddler and squeezed. The result is as
much room as a Passat within a smaller footprint than a Golf,
with the batteries mounted beneath the floor for an uncluttered
cabin, drive kit mounted at the rear and the heater matrix up
front. The ID rides on VW’s Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB),
with the flexibility to stretch and shrink as required, with more
space efficiency as well as range and power; 168bhp and up to
370 miles are the proposed figures for a
POD production-ready ID.
BOTHERER VW design boss Some details are show-car sexy but
Each seat gets its own Klaus Bischoff: he
just can’t help but smart enough to make production. At
door-mounted pod with
touch-sensitive controls for the get touchy-feely the front, where you’d expect to find
infotainment and navigation as air intakes, the ID has a pattern of dia-
well as heating and ventilation. mond-shaped metal inserts, varying in size as if they’ve been
The display changes if the
door is opened or the driver pushed out from within to pierce the vehicle’s skin. Bischoff is
switches to autonomous clearly offended when I suggest they’re a design feature with-
mode – and it’s also the out function…
door handle.
‘Of course there’s a function!’ he insists. ‘You don’t find any-
thing without a function on this car: that’s typical of Volkswa-
gen’s design philosophy.’ The intriguing detail, matched in the
pattern of the LED headlights, is a series of grilles to cool the
battery in high-load conditions; if the temperature is too high,
the larger metal shapes withdraw, allowing fresh air through,
and are closed in normal driving for superior aero performance.
‘When it opens up it has a certain feeling to it because it’s an
animated surface,’ Bischoff gestures. ‘It’s not like “Okay, open
a flap”, which is what engineers would normally do, yeah?’ The
design versus engineering rivalry is clearly still a healthy shade
of frosty at Volkswagen.
Cooling function aside, the diamond-cut vents are possibly
the only element of the ID you could classify as adornment.
For a concept car it is remarkably unfussy, with fewer lines and
creases than many production cars. This is a deliberate choice,
as the ID has to be a car with more than just enthusiast appeal.
It has to perform the same miracles as its predecessors, and be
at once approachable, non-threatening, inclusive, classy and
desirable. It must also sell the concepts of autonomy and elec-
trification to buyers not yet aware of what the two will mean
for the driving experience. Successfully do so and the rewards
will be huge.
Bischoff draws an analogy with personal computing. You
had to learn computing language to communicate with an
’80s Atari; Apple introduced a different way of thinking. ‘They
were the first to make a computer you were able to talk to,’ says
Bischoff. ‘That was my first computer because I, as an idiot in
computers, was able to use it, and to do valuable things with it.
Here we want to do a car that people immediately understand
and that is self-explaining; that has no switches that you  

The pinch in the waist


like it’s been grasped
by a 30ft toddler and
squeezed…

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don’t understand, that is easy to operate. Maybe we are not yet means this turn or the next one. Bischoff is clear, though, that
there, but that’s our aim.’ this is just one potential solution. This is, after all, the age of
This isn’t just a shift of ideology for Volkswagen. For every the rapidly evolving smartphone as well as the advent of auto-
buyer excited and engaged with the concepts of electric power mated driving.
and self-driving cars there are 10 yet to be convinced of the ‘We want to discuss this with our customers and see where
merits of such fundamental changes. the ship is heading,’ he says. ‘To get the interface right is one of
Step inside the ID and – even allowing for the fact that it’s a the essentials of the product from our standpoint. This needs
concept – the sense of space is a revelation. And stepping inside really to be so outstanding and so good, and of course the IT
is easier, too; the ID’s hinged rear doors allow them to open companies that try to get into the market – that’s the asset they
out in coach fashion, and that’s after the car’s recognised your have, so we need to come up with something really clever. With
approach with a flash of its eyes, a change of colour and the all our experience, perfecting the way in which you operate
deployment of the flush door handles to greet you. Swing them things should be very, very easy.’
open and you’re met with a refreshingly spartan space, the rear Part of that is the digital identity feature, where your smart-
seats given as much authority as those in the front. phone replaces a physical key to operate the ID. Next-genera-
The cabin’s thrillingly uncluttered, with the ID demonstrat- tion keys aren’t new, of course, but here the suite of apps keep
ing Volkswagen’s proposal for the future of the human-ma- you permanently linked to the car, setting music and lighting
chine interface (HMI). The standout feature is an augmented to your preferences but also navigating you to appointments
reality display, which superimposes sat-nav guidance onto the the system seamlessly draws from your diary. The ID takes this
road ahead, instantly removing doubts about whether the nav a step further, and close to the Internet of Things daydream/
nightmare: a compatible fridge will send a shopping list to
the car as you head for the supermarket, while the car turns
the heating on at home when it knows you’re nearly there on a
sub-zero night. With so much tech packed into the ID to give it
autonomy, exploiting that hard- and software for other means
is both sensible and desirable; the notion of a car as a personal
assistant might seem fanciful but the ID has the ability to do it.
‘You have to draw people to that technology,’ says Bischoff.
‘Today the [electric vehicle] market share is smaller than one
percent worldwide. If we want to grow that, and we need to get
the CO2 footprint down, it has to be sensational. It has to have
something where the customer says, “Yeah, that’s great. I’ll
buy that.” One thing’s for sure: the battery technology is still
expensive so you have to have a clear benefit for the customer.’
Perhaps it is the autonomous aspect of the ID that is both the
most challenging but also the most enticing. A production car,
based on the ID and running on the same MEB architecture
is scheduled for 2019, with four other
variants spun off it to include five- and
A face you can seven-seat crossovers, a premium saloon
trust? ID is part
of righting that
and production versions of the Budd-e
almighty wrong and ID Buzz microbus concepts. But it
will be 2025 when a level four (capable of
hands-off, no-excuses self-driving) autonomous ID arrives;
this concept wears the roof pods housing the laser scanners
and the steering wheel shaped to stow silently in the dash at
a touch of the illuminated VW roundel. There are no claims
that VW will be first to level four autonomy, but the proposed
capabilities are clear and include voice-activated destination
input, car-to-car communication and self-valet mode – simply
jump out at your destination and let the car park itself.
Is this what the third age of Volkswagen is all about? It’s not
a good time for diesel, and the combustion engine generally
has a minefield of tightening emissions targets ahead of it. In
this context ID offers the potential for drastic reinvention: the
badge that helped democratise the car in the last century doing
the same for smart EVs in this one. The age of the near-silent,
zero-emission autonomous car cannot be far away – the chal-
lenge for Bischoff and his colleagues is convincing people to
make the transition with Volkswagen. To trust again.
‘I see so much enthusiasm and will around here to break
through and to do something that is thoughtful; to deliver a
truly great product to the world,’ enthuses Bischoff. ‘In all this
catastrophe, this is the spark for a new Volkswagen better than
anything we’ve done before.’

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will be by 2020…
airtight!

A level four autonomous


ID capable of hands-off,
no-excuses self-driving
will arrive in 2025

50 years from
now, will the ID be
judged worthy of
this company?

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Motodrive
Hard sportBMW
Rallying’s
M760Lireturn

One
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L of a car… but is it an M?
BMW has a new flagship, tweaked by M Division and housing a phenomenal twin-
turbo V12 for luxury with unholy performance. But the M760Li isn’t an M7…
s Georg Kacher | Photography
Words y Barry Hayden

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Hard drive BMW M760Li

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This mix of high tech, high
speed and high luxury can
make sports cars envious

T
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Hard drive BMW M760Li

If our range-topper had been designed from scratch as insistence, ‘must we really turn-in now?’ Since we are under Inside you get
the big brother of the M5, it would most likely boast a more orders not to completely deactivate the traction control, the everything fitted
to all the current
aggressive stance, a louder livery, a lightweight body with electronics interrupt relatively early, but you soon learn to 7-series, including
composite panels, water injection, active aerodynamics and play the system to your advantage by opening up the steering semi-autonomous
early and drip-feeding torque at the limit of adhesion. capability
carbon-ceramic brakes. For better or worse, the M760Li has
none of this. In fact, an Excellence edition is available in some When subjected to a demanding sequence of hard acceler-
countries offering extra luxury, complete with overdosed ation followed by equally hard stopping, the brakes are quick
brightwork, a toned-down exhaust note and an even plusher to show signs of smoky exhaustion. After three hot laps, the
cabin with shiny timber accents. That version would be aimed effort required of the driver increases notably, with the brake
chiefly at image-greedy chauffeur-driven plutocrats. But most pedal travel and responsiveness protesting at your pace. That
M760 buyers are expected to prefer the classic M treatment said, the stopping system puts on a brave face, suggesting it
of wraparound aero kit and bespoke wheels: 20-inchers with would rather fight until the pads were shaved blank and the
245/40 Michelin Sport (not Cup) tyres up front and an even rotors warped than fade into premature surrender.
wider 275/35 format at the rear. While the 601bhp limo may not be anyone’s idea of the
We meet the M760Li near Palm Springs, California. For trackday tool, it turns out to be a remarkably capable and
road driving impressions the local police have cordoned off a entertaining B-road plaything when whipped through its
10-mile stretch of mountain pass with Ford Explorers as paces on that closed section of Highway 74. But before you fire
flashing road blocks on both ends. The track at our disposal is up the app-controlled in-dash lap-timer, be sure to engage the
a brand-new rich man’s playground outside La Quinta which right Executive Drive Pro setting.
has been leased out to the BMW Driving Academy. Forget Comfort and Comfort Plus,
With the former DTM champion Martin Tomcyk at the except perhaps to tone down the
wheel of the pace car, the 760 quickly reveals the challenges damper setting on truly rotten It turns out to
faced by anyone trying to make something this big and heavy turf. Sport is clearly the calibration
into a performance car. With so much mass, momentum and to choose, since it brings a meat- be a remarkably
ambition entering the equation, understeer is no stranger.
That relentless 6.6-litre V12 keeps asking, with increasing
ier steering action and a livelier
engine-transmission dialogue.
entertaining
601bhp B-road
plaything

It’s subtle for an M


but stands out from
other Sevens with
its aero, wheels,
trim and V12 badges

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Motorsport Rallying’s return

On that particular stretch of skyward-spiralling blacktop,


the M760Li feels good enough to eclipse most of its rivals
most of the time, although without the other cars on hand you
cannot, of course, be sure. It is, for instance, better planted
and more focused than the S-class twins, and its chassis is
much more compliant than the unforgivingly stiff S8. The
steering is more communicative than either Benz but not as
quite as transparent and linear as the pre-facelift Quattro-
porte. Traction? Available in abundance, period. When did
we last say this about an M-badged BMW?
But the brakes are still bothering me – and we’ve said that
about an M-badged BMW recently. On the second downhill
run, they start showing signs of stress, powdering the blue
calipers with acid grey dust. Composite rotors, perhaps as an
option, would make leadfoot drivers happy. But the answer
from van Meel is no. ‘Not in line with the character of the
car’, he says. ‘I’m struggling to picture an M760Li owner who
would push the upgraded steel discs to their limit.’
As a pure performance car, the M760 makes an idio-
syncratic choice. It wins you over with its kick-in-the-butt
performance, the rivetting cornering grip, and the intriguing
handling. Nurse the front tyres and it will inspire and satisfy,
challenge and reward, as it tackles bends with verve and
sharpness. The steering and throttle work together in sur-
prising harmony.
The electronic driving aids really earn their keep 

|
Hard drive BMW M760Li

here. Body roll is minimal. There’s a great balance of chuck- BMW M760LI
abilty and directional stability. The M760’s formidable > Pricee £130,410
sure-footedness permits indecent cornering speeds. Similar > Engine e 6592cc
48v V12, 601bhp @
praise would of course apply to an identically prepped 750i. 5500rpm, 590lb ft
But the 750 doesn’t have the charismatic V12. @ 1550-6000rpm
The trick twin-turbo motor makes all the right noises, > Transmission
8-speed automatic,
from a bass-heavy purr at idle to a full-bodied growl when all-wheel drive
approaching the 6000rpm cut-out. Thankfully, the M boys > Performance
spared us chip-induced go-faster acoustics, fake throttle blip- 3.7sec 0-62mph,
ping and computer-generated lift-off misfiring. With 590lb ft 155mph (189mph
with M Driver’s
of torque available from 1550rpm all the way to the limiter, Package), 22.4mpg,
wafting along in eighth is at all times only a split second away 294g/km CO2
from full-fisted acceleration in fourth. In Sport, revs and > Weight
2255kg (dry)
ratios interact with rubber-devouring synergy, especially > On salee Now
when accelerating hard out of second- and third-gear corners. > Rating
Not bad at all for what is a fresh metamorphosis of an olde +++++
worlde engine; no hybrid element at all, and certainly not
any zero-emission Earth-friendliness. Over 380 miles, our
measured consumption was 18.1mpg.
‘BMW is one of the few manufacturers who still builds
12-cylinder engines,’ says van Meel. ‘With the 7-series-based
Alpina B8 covering the V8 side of the business, we
took the V12 under our wing because of its awesome power
and brand-shaping glory. Numbers aren’t everything in
the ultra-luxury league. What matters every bit as much
are the emotions triggered by this complex unit and the car
it propels.’
The market in which the £130k M760Li competes is small
but lucrative. Mercedes builds about 6000 AMG S-classes per
year, Audi does close to 2000 S8s, and Maserati and Bentley
are also doing a healthy trade in fast luxury cars.
This is an impressively capable compromise, an intriguing
half-breed asked to perform an incompatible set of tasks.
M to the max
For me, its appearance is simply not special enough, and its Inside one of the world’s most intriguing –
performance ambitions are ultimately compromised by the and least public – collections of M cars
massive weight, the strained brakes and the preference for

F
rom the outside, the various stages from neglect
understeer. But that all vanishes from your thoughts when xDrive all-wheel low-key unit in the to perfection,’ he recalls.
you floor the throttle for one more burst of that unreal acceler- drive gives midst of a scruffy ‘Presently, I’m down to three.
immense traction industrial estate in I also have three carburettor-
ation, enjoy some of its mid-size agility in a full-size package, on tarmac, so you Southern California looks fed 2002ti’s which I actually
and embrace the thoroughly engaging driving experience. need to go off-road more like a car graveyard prefer to drive. They are that
No, the M760Li is not an M7. But it is the most involving to cut loose than the home of a world- bit more responsive.’
full-size BMW ever. class car collection. Behind He makes a point of using
the wire fence rest a good his cars, taking each vehicle
dozen incognito casualties, for at least a quick spin if not
parked side by side, casually a longer journey about three
protected against weather times a year.
by yellow covers or grey Current favourites? ‘As far
tarp, anonymous hulls with as modern cars go, the M2.
uncertain fates. From more recent times, the
Behind the roll-up gate, 3.0 CSL and the E30 M3. Out
however, a tightly packed of the older stuff, I love the 02
array of shining BMWs from and the Neue Klasse from the
the ’60s and ’70s await us in base 1600 to the upmarket
what is half warehouse, half 2000tilux.’
workshop. The collection is managed
The collector in question and kept in good shape
wishes to remain anonymous. by four experts: Michael,
He’s 48 years old and wants a retired German racing
to be known simply as Rey. school instructor and M1
He made a packet in the homologation specialist; local
dairy business, and is on a mechanics Dave and Jason;
mission to buy whatever M and Rizzo the guard dog.
cars take his fancy. When When they are not busy
he ran out of floor space, he prepping a car for the owner’s
started stacking the surplus next road trip, the two
stock on hoists. Right now, mechanics are restoring ‘any
the headcount is 52 cars, but BMW from the pre-electronic
it fluctuates because he buys era’, as they put it.
and sells cars on a whim. Rey buys some of his
‘I once had 14 2002tii’s in cars in batches and others

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Mo p g

E30 M3 gives
away four litres
and nearly
400bhp to the
M760Li

Ever-changing
collection
includes Alpinas
as well as Ms

such as the 502 Baroque but then the driver´s left


Angel or a 3200 CS Bertone.’ knee inadvertently hits the
If money was no object, massage button, prompting a
what else would he buy? Rey quick tour of the gadgets.
comes up with the answer Once in gear, the sports
like a shot: ‘Any two-door 502 car-like performance is the
would be nice to have, also main attention getter. ‘Geez,
a 503 coupe, and of course that´s fast, man! Like riding
the out-of-reach 507. I also a wave.’ Hitting the Sport
individually, sometimes crazy one-offs like the wild ballsy 1800 Ti/SA (only 200 fancy something older like a button further ups the pace.
merely to save a rarity from widebody 345i powered were made), an M1 project car 327 or 328, both in open- and By giving photographer
the shredder. Among the by a 745i motor, the stealth (good ones fetch telephone closed-top form.’ How about Barry in the back seat an
patients currently awaiting 2000 saloon equipped with a numbers) and a 2002 Turbo a Z8 or an i8? ‘Nice, for sure. emphatic thumbs-up, Rey
treatment are a rusty 2000C later-day 2.2-litre M3 unit, or that doesn’t need an awful lot But too modern, too difficult alerts gesture control and the
coupe, a half-finished Malaga the rear-engined lightweight of work. for us to work on.’ in-dash DJ duly turns up the
Red 2002ti and a US-market- 700RS roadster of which only ‘Trouble is, to make a Speaking of modern cars, volume. Next, it´s assistance
only L6 with front-end two have survived.’ small fortune on classic cars how about a drive in the new systems like the follow-
damage. Rey currently also owns 15 ti requires a big fortune to start M760Li? Rey approaches me feature and automatic
Unlike many classic car and tii´s, the aforementioned with,’ quips our host. ‘So the top-of-the-line 7-series self-parking. Although he is
buffs, he doesn’t necessarily CSL and a bunch of early M3, I´m constantly looking for with a mix of curiosity and impressed, it’s not for him.
insist on originality. M5 and M6 models. Having relatively affordable sleepers respect, bemused by a ‘I’m the other type of M
‘I own several Alpinas started his collection in 1992, like certain limited-edition remote keyfob that’s the size person,’ he says. ‘I prefer
which, strictly speaking, he’s still chasing a number of models, rare colour and trim of a small mobile phone. old-school M creations, the
aren’t originals. And I do like dream cars, among them the combinations and older stuff Adjusting the seat is easy, rawer the better.’

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IN SID E PAGANI

HOR AC IO A N D
Dreamer, engineer, go-getter, passionate car guy and now architect, Horacio Pagani

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Inside Pagani Automobili

TH E M AC H I N E
has a new headquarters. Like his cars, it’s all his own work. And like his cars, it’s quite special
Wo ds e O er | Ph g hy c a d a do

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T WAS FRIDAY the h 13th,h andd photogra
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d
pher Richard Pardon and I had just taken In stories like this we usually take you through a factory
a comedic, synchronised, arms-and-legs- gate which would otherwise be closed. Not here. Despite the
flailing, Laurel-and-Hardy-style tumble value and rarity of his cars, Horacio is egalitarian on access.
on sheet ice as we emerged from our hotel. He hasn’t forgotten what it was like to be young car enthusi-
This was not the day to be driving a £2m ast stranded half a world away in Argentina, desperate to get
Pagani Huayra BC. We had been told that a to Supercar Valley and to work in a factory like this. So now
car ‘might be available’ for us to drive at the for €35 you can book a tour of his, and see all this for yourself.
factory. When we arrived, we were simply But unless you come in with us, you’re unlikely to get your
told that it was ‘not available’. We didn’t tour from the man whose name is over the door. The world’s
complain, and we didn’t ask why. least-scary car company boss walks through that door shortly
We hadn’t come to drive anyway. We’d after us and seemingly without having fallen on his arse on
come to see the Pagani of car factories, his way. There is still the flurry that always surrounds the ar-
which Horacio Pagani has built two min- rival of a Very Important Person: conversations end abruptly
utes down the road from his old place in and everyone’s attention swivels in one direction. Horacio is
San Cesario sul Panaro, just outside Mode- too nice to expect the attention, but you are aware that you
na. He’s a car engineer, not an architect, but are now in the presence of one of the great figures of supercar
he has designed it himself to the same principles as his cars. world. His company might not (yet) have acquired the fame or
It is a beautiful factory, but it is not in a beautiful location. the scale or the racing success of Enzo Ferrari’s or Ferruccio
It faces green fields but is surrounded
on the other three sides by an ugly
industrial estate. A hard, cold, steel-
grey northern Italian day doesn’t
help. Think of a multi-syllabic Italian
supercar and you’ll probably picture
one being driven over a sunlit Alpine
road. That may be how they’re used,
but it’s in places like this and on days

Suspension arms Countach


inspired the Anniversary
steelwork in the next to an early
new headquarters bare-carbon
Zonda, chassis 6

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Lamborghini’s,
b h b
but ffew h
have bbeen able
bl to d
design andd engineer
a supercar largely unaided. Horacio Pagani is better com-
pared to engineers like Gordon Murray or Ettore Bugatti, and
benign dictatorships like these tend to produce better cars.
He is a diminutive, avuncular figure, dressed in a Pagani
tracksuit top (the zipper is in the shape of his trademark quad
exhaust pipes), purple jeans and soft grey Diadora trainers.
Abundant grey-white hair is pushed up and away from
his face, and his quick, sharp, expressive eyes dart around
behind thin-framed glasses. They settle on a spotlight in the
ceiling of the room where we’re having a coffee before taking
the tour. It isn’t pointing in the right direction. Horacio
summons Leonardo (his son, named after da Vinci) who
supervised the construction of the
factory. Leonardo appears with a
Horacio’s mind sent stepladder, and aims it correctly.
forth both the car You’re probably familiar with Ho-
and the building. Do
try not to feel at all racio’s story. By his early twenties and
inadequate while still in Argentina he’d designed
and built his own F2 car. But local
paid work as a designer and engineer
was limited to making camper van
conversions. So in ’83, with no money
Horacio Pagani is better but a letter of introduction from Juan
Manuel Fangio, he arrived in Italy
compared to engineers like (where his parents had been born) and
got a menial job at Lamborghini.
Gordon Murray or Ettore Bugatti His rise was meteoric but his think-
ing was uncomfortably unconstrained
for his employer. His Countach
Evoluzione concept was among the
first to use a carbonfibre tub, cutting
a third from the standard car’s mass.
Lamborghini wouldn’t invest in an
autoclave to make its own carbonfibre,
so Horacio borrowed the money to buy
one and installed it at his employer,
taking it with him when he left to
found Modena Design in ’91.
There, in what would become
the first Pagani factory, he made
carbonfibre parts for the Ferrari F1
team, among others. He started work
on the Pagani Zonda in 1993, and it
was shown at the Geneva show in ’99.
That first factory and Horacio’s 

Knocked up an F2 car in your spare time?


You may have a supercar firm in you

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originall autoclave
l have
h been
b overwhelmed
h l db by d
demand d ever
since. The new factory is still only the size of a large main
dealership, but it will allow Horacio to reduce his two-year
waiting list by doubling production. They still won’t exactly
be ubiquitous.
‘We designed all of it,’ he says, waving a hand at the room.
‘My sons Leonardo and Christopher, our design team, Pagani’s been a
devout believer
and me. Everything reflects our way of thinking. Even our in the black stuff
bathrooms. We didn’t use an architect. We had a structural for decades
engineer, who we had big arguments
with. But in the end we decided how it
would be. Note to self:
‘The support of my family has been references from
Juan Manuel Fangio
very important, because I have been able open doors. Must
to concentrate on the cars. I couldn’t get one
forget about that side of things. I think
the results are okay.’
He takes me outside into the public area, an L-shaped space
which houses the museum on one side, and a customer area
on the other. Its steel frame supports vast glass walls, and was
inspired by an iron-framed glasshouse designed by Eiffel in
the grounds of the French chateau of one of his customers.
Horacio really has designed every nut and bolt of this place.
He replaced Eiffel’s bolts with more modern-looking rivets,
and some of the steel beams have been designed to look like a
Pagani’s suspension arms.
‘The theme is the same as you see in our cars. Our inspi-
ration is Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo was a designer. He
studied engineering and combined the technology of 500
years ago with art. And that’s what we attempt to do. We pay
attention to the aesthetics, even the parts that aren’t visible.
Like the suspension arm: we want it to stand alone as a
beautiful thing that could be exhibited in a display case. We
care about beauty. It’s a word the world has almost forgotten.
But because we Italians created
beautiful things in the past we
have a responsibility to keep
beauty in mind.’
A small group of tourists
is being shown around as we
speak. They are among the first
to get in. Production moved
here last year, but the public
areas are still being finished.
They seem not to have noticed
the clever car references in the
steel structure above, but have
The world’s most over-specified spotted the carbonfibre wash
bathroom – as it should be basins in the loos and are pho-
tographing them. (The toilets
themselves are ceramic. We checked.)
They’ve also spotted the dozen or so Zondas and Huayras
on display alongside the Countach Anniversary Horacio de-
signed, his Renault-engined F2 car, and a mini-moto he made
in his teens. It’s an extraordinary sight. This is the only place
in the world where you can use the phrase ‘lots of Paganis’.
Between the dozen here and the 18 or so we see later in the
assembly hall, this place holds a year and a half of average
Pagani production before it moved here: everything from an
early Huayra styling buck to the Zonda Revolucion which
set the Nürburgring lap record. Some of the cars have been

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Proudly pointing
out photos of Fangio
staying with the
Paganis in Modena

b
boughth bbackk ffrom customers because
b Horacio couldn’t
ld afford
ff d
the luxury of keeping cars in the early years. Their spiralling
values would have made them a good investment.
The back wall of the museum is hung with memorabilia,
including the letter which Fangio wrote to introduce Pagani
to Enzo Ferrari. The wall itself is of rough, rustic, Emilian
brick, at odds with the cool steel and glass construction of the
showroom and a hint at what lies at the building’s heart.
‘They are two different projects in reality,’ Horacio
says, as he leads us from the museum into the main assembly
area through a brick corridor. It has Roman arched windows
which frame a finished and perfectly lit Huayra BC in
the final inspection area. ‘Outside,
everything is made of steel and iron.
Here we have tried to create an Italian The
flavour, right down to the bricks and
the type of construction, and marble intelligent,
from Carrara; many things to make beautiful use
the project feel Italian.’
And I thought the Ferrari factory of carbon
was the most Italian place in Italy. Ho-
racio has clearly decided to out-Italian
has defined
the old guard, but with a sense of hu- Horacio’s
mour. The main assembly area is about
the size of four tennis courts and has career
been laid out like a piazza. There are
original street lights, and in one cor-
ner – I kid you not – a brick campanile,
or bell tower, complete with a bell which tolls on the hour and
a clock, both sourced from the same foundry established in
the 15th century. Inside a factory. Horacio needed to disguise
a lift shaft, and thought that this might be a fun way to do
it. As he shows it to me, a worker strolls past, whistling The
Godfatherr theme. Maybe they do that for every foreign visitor.
There are more serious, modern elements too, such as the
floor to ceiling ‘green wall’ of living plants, and the gym which
overlooks the main hall from a glass-walled mezzanine. The
atmosphere is unlike any other car factory I’ve been in. It’s
more like a high-end furniture showroom. It’s genuinely
quiet and smells nice, chiefly because little dirty work is done
here. It’s mainly an assembly operation: the cars are carefully
and precisely bolted together from a menu of exquisite parts,
mostly made by outside suppliers and often delivered in cut-
Here it’s more
Italian than Ferrari foam trays like the jewellery they are. There are few noisy
(though Horacio’s power tools; just a bunch of guys with torque wrenches who
Argentinian) bolt all of this stuff together by hand.
The cars pass through just five sta-
tions as they’re built. In the first, the
Inside the major mechanical parts are fitted into
autoclave, which is chromoly steel subframes, which then
as spotless as you’d
expect from an attach to the front and rear of the main
engineer admired carbon tub. You can clearly see how Ho-
by Ron Dennis; the racio makes his cars so light. There is no
respect is mutual
redundancy; that steel frame just about
swallows the parts it needs to hold. You
can also see the love given to usually invisible components.
The suspension arms which inspired the struts in the roof
have been painted or polished by hand on alternate sides,
and I would like to steal one. The upper balljoint is engraved
with the Pagani logo, though you’d never know unless you
changed a wheel yourself. The AMG twin-turbo V12 has a 

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Tyres wrapped
in clingfilm on
delivery-ready
car with bespoke
green-tinted
carbonfibre

A worker strolls past, whistling The


Godfather theme. Maybe they do
that for all foreign visitors

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‘At the technical


level, Porsche is
the greatest’
THE ESTABLISHMENT, RATED

M
ost carmakers only allow their
own cars to be parked in front
of HQ, and most car company
bosses studiously avoid
even mentioning the competition.
But not Pagani. Horacio’s parking
space outside his new factory is as
likely to be occupied by his Porsche
918 or his Ferrari TdF or his Ford GT as
by a Pagani. And he doesn’t conceal
his lifelong enthusiasm for the other
supercar makers just because he now
competes with them.

Pagani on the Porsche 918


‘Porsche is the reference point when it
comes to sportscars. It is the sportscar
maker. Ferrari is iconic, incredible,
legendary. But at the technical and
engineering level, Porsche is the
greatest. Beyond doubt. I own a 918.
I bought it because I like Porsche GT
cars, even though I don’t like hybrids.
But if you buy a car like that it’s not
a rational choice. Why did I buy it?
Because I love it, full stop. During the
final tests for the Huayra BC at Imola we
tested it against a 918. We said, “Which
car is the standard that others are held
up to now? Which hypercar of the last
few years has the best performance?”
We all agreed that it was the 918.’

On the Ferrari TdF On the Mercedes-AMG hypercar


‘My Tour de France arrived recently. ‘I like the fact AMG is making a car with
I drove it with a client a bit, and F1 technology. I will buy one. Mercedes
it started to sing. It sounded like has been incredible in its use of this
Whitney Houston, it sang like Pavarotti, technology, and it has shown that by
endless long notes (sings). It gives you winning F1. I think it’s fantastic that
goosebumps, it’s incredible. When it is producing a supercar with that
I uncovered the car and I saw the technology. Do you understand? I think
Ferrari logo I had the urge to kiss it. it’s fantastic.’
Even telling the story now makes me
emotional. It really hit me. On the Ford GT
‘I drove them mad when I was ‘I was the first to order it in Europe. In
ordering it, killed them, but they were my view the designer who created that
excellent with me. Obviously if you car has very good little hands. I think
make 7000 cars a year you can’t work it’s one of the most beautiful supercars
personally with the clients like we of the last 20 years; one of the most
do with our 40 clients. I got my wife, original of the last 20 years. Have you
children and colleagues involved driven one yet? Perhaps the engine is a
in the personalisation of the car, bit on the small side.’
especially the design team. We did it
the same way we did the Huayra. It was On the McLaren P1
wonderful ’ ‘The McLaren building is truly
incredible, fantastic, one of the most
amazing factories I have ever seen. I
have been twice to visit. The details
are incredible. Ron Dennis was there
to welcome me the first time, and then
I spent an entire day there with Frank
Stephenson, who is a lovely guy. I
promise you, if the P1 hadn’t been
hybrid and therefore weighed 1400-
1500kg, I would have bought one.’ 

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Inside Pagani Automobili

Zonda R trumps
a few dusty pot
plants and a grumpy
receptionist

plaque bearing the name and signature of the guy who made
it, of course, but it’s nice to see that the bloke who built the Life imitating
art imitating the
gearbox at Xtrac in Newbury gets a mention too. Oddly, the state of the art
plaque with his name also has Xtrac’s phone number. If
you’ve had an accident big enough to expose the plaque and
require a call to the gearbox maker, you’re probably better off
chucking the car away.
The technicians leave a gap between the subframes as
they’re assembled. This is for the heart and soul of the car:
that carbon tub. While the engine and gearbox and interior
trim and paint is outsourced to other suppliers – and there’s
no shortage of good ones in Supercar Valley – the carbonfibre
could only be done in-house. Its intelligent, beautiful use has
defined Horacio’s career.
So in a room on the mezzanine (fewer dust particles than at
ground level) held at a precise 20°C (to ensure perfect pliabil-
ity of the pre-preg sheets of carbonfibre) and reverberating to
a bad ’80s rock station (Toto’s Hold the Line),
e around a dozen
people, mainly women, press every curve of a Pagani into a
mould by hand. Other cars might claim to be handmade, but
panels are usually stamped out by machine. On a Pagani,
every sinew really has been formed by hand, the modern
equivalent of the way a coachbuilder would have shaped a
panel with an English wheel in the past. The idea of having
a stupid minor crash in one and asking these people to start
that vast rear clamshell all over again is too embarrassing to
contemplate.
It takes around three weeks for them to make the 250
carbon parts required for every car. The biggest components,

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like that rear shell or the tub being sent out to be painted, and returned to the factory to be
made of carbonfibre reinforced attached to the car.
with titanium threads, each take It is a relatively simple process. Even a low-volume carmak-
days to make. Building strength er like Rolls-Royce needs complex production-management
into stress points simply requires techniques: at Pagani there isn’t a swipe card or barcode in
layering more strips of precise- sight. In contrast to the other CEOs who talk endlessly of
ly-trimmed carbonfibre fabric. expansion, Horacio would like to keep things this way.
Getting all the fibres to line ‘We arrived in 1999. That was the starting point; day one.
up perfectly across a huge and Without any financial support it was a very, very difficult
complex shape like a rear shell for a car that will be left naked task. But we believed in it and we did it. Not only created
Quad pipes a requires witchcraft. Yet nobody works to a plan; they seem to a new way of building cars, but created a name. Now we could
trademark, as is have memorised how to build up every part. Pagani can train create a second line of cars, thousands more, to increase
outrageously pretty
detailing people from scratch, and looks for applicants with hobbies our profits to €500m a year. But I don’t give a damn about
requiring precision, but most of the workers here have come that kind of thing. We never wanted to be a second Ferrari
from other local carbonfibre shops, such as the Ferrari For- or Lamborghini. With respect to the love and passion for
mula One team’s. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and the motor history of
Once finished, the parts are put in vacuum bags for 24 Modena, we want to be something small but intelligent. We
hours, then slow-cooked in batches in the vast autoclave for want to be here, in our place.’
up to 10. Then they’re trimmed, polished and checked before @thebenoliver

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Giant Testt

KEY TECH: MERCEDES

The four-wheel-drive system


employed by the C43 isn’t the same
as the 4Matic+ layout used by the
beastly E63 AMG, so there’s no
variable split front to rear and no
option to switch it out for rear-drive
mischief. It is, however, fixed with
a 31:69 bias front/rear, allowing
a degree of rear slip in the right
conditions and with the ESP set to
either Sport mode or switched off.

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Giant Testt

8.4-inch screen works well,


though it lacks a touch
facility and appears hurriedly
plonked on the dashboard
rather than seamlessly
integrated.

Premium Plus package at £2995


worthwhile; adds higher-spec
infotainment, memory package,
keyless go, panoramic roof and
superb Burmester audio. Cabin is the best-looking
here even allowing for
optional leather. Design
theme ties in with exterior
and feels special.

look a little small, even if the basic A5 shape, with its gentle leather and matte chrome tastefully applied elsewhere. There’s
curves and flared hips, is improved over the outgoing car. It plenty of scope for tweaking the driving position too, and the
almost feels like the S model is holding too much back visually seats are generous in their support. Those travelling in the
in preparation for the RS5 to muscle its way in. front will have no complaints in terms of space. Should you
In its own way the Mercedes-AMG be able to get adults in the rear, however, expect grumbles; leg-
is just as predictable, being firmly tied and elbow-room are narrowly the best here, but the headroom
in with its saloon and estate siblings as is simply inadequate. Save the back seats for kids or adults with
well as the rest of the Mercedes range. persistently poor posture.
But there’s nothing wrong with that There’s better balance in the Mercedes between style, prac-
when the proportions are this good; the ticality and space. At first the cabin feels a little more enclosed
minuscule front overhang, sweeping than the Infiniti, but put that down to a tighter window line
flanks and pert tail give a hint of muscle and more enveloping dash. Familiar it may be but the C43’s
car, although the optional 19-inch cabin feels the most special here, even allowing for the decently
wheels are a near-essential (and relative- priced brown leather trim at £750. The infotainment screen
KEY TECH: AUDI
ly inexpensive) £595 upgrade. Some may looks a little ungainly plonked on the top of the dash, though
Driver assistance find it a touch brash compared to the admittedly it’s been plonked in an ergonomically sound
Adding the Tour Driver Assistance
Pack brings a host of tech to the whispering discretion of the Audi, but as position, while the minor controls are well placed and easy to
S5 including adaptive cruise and a piece of sculpture sat on your driveway operate once you’re familiar with the operation of the wheel
traffic jam assist, which controls it’s most likely that the Mercedes will and touchpad. With the boring functionality taken care of,
acceleration, braking and a degree
of steering assistance below 40mph. have you pulling back the curtains for a the quality of the design and the materials is a welcome boost;
Once you learn to trust the system it furtive second look. climbing aboard feels more of an event than in the other two.
works well up to a point, and takes the Our route kicks off with middling, That’s essentially the only criticism that can be levelled at
headache out of stop-start motorway
traffic, but it can feel like the steering
out-of-town A-roads, the Infiniti leading the S5. Its cabin, lifted from the A4, is a masterpiece in efficient
is ‘bouncing’ within the lane, over- the pack. At a cruise the Q60 is restfully and smart design. There’s a reassuring snap and click to all
correcting one way and then the undemanding, with the six-cylinder unit of the controls, the optional Virtual Cockpit teams well with
other – pretty much the opposite of happy to thrum in near-silence and the the central screen and HMI interface, and it rarely takes more
stress-free…
ride on the right side of firm for such than a couple of seconds to get what you need – the possible
conditions. The cabin is more of a stress exception being the occasionally high standards of calligraphy
at times, though, with the twin-touchscreen set-up all too demanded by the touchpad. But it’s a bit sterile in here, particu-
jarringly feeling like two different decades colliding in the larly in comparison with the Mercedes, and while the quality
same dash. Material quality is strong, however, with the is more than good enough for the price, a bit more of a feelgood
cheaper plastics sufficiently squirrelled away, and plenty of factor wouldn’t go amiss either. 

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Virtual Cockpit works well,
allowing you to switch the display
shown on the main screen easily
– go for the tacho-centric option,
also available on the R8, if you’re
feeling racy.

Familiar Audi cabin makes it easy


and quick to get comfortable and
Solid gearlever provides a wrist acclimatised. Flat-bottomed wheel
rest for HMI access; easy to use worth the £100 extra.
without taking your eyes from
the road. Destination entry
could be slicker, though.

Good overall standard of


quality with tasteful leather
and brushed chrome;
cheaper plastic elements are
sufficiently well hidden.

Dual screen set-up is a little


confusing and mismatched,
with a decade gap in the Still a significant number of
quality of the graphics. And it’s buttons here, even with a pair
not immediately clear which of screens. Steering wheel
screen does what. good and not crowded with
supplementary switches.

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Turn everything up in
the Merc and there’s an
all-round tautening of
its behaviour

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Giant Testt Audi S5 vs rivals

All the visual drama


was used up on the
front end, leaving
oddly slabby sides
and rear view

All three cars offer a spectrum of modes differential and adaptive steering. Comfort and Efficient mode
and configuration options to suit the driving don’t affect the way the S5 drives significantly, but in Dynamic
conditions, with equally varying degrees of effi- mode there’s a clear increase in noise from the exhaust, sharper
cacy. In the Infiniti the drive mode selector covers throttle response and greater weight to the steering. In fact it is
everything from Snow to Sport, with a personal the steering, with the Dynamic Steering option boxed ticked
mode allowing mashed-up selections of engine on this particular car, that has a significant influence on how
and transmission, with further sub-divisions for the S5 feels to drive. There’s no questioning its responses are
the adaptive steering. The original steer-by-wire sharp, particularly with the Drive Select in Dynamic mode,
system, first introduced on the Q50, proved to be and there’s weight to its operation rather the wheel spinning
as appealing as it sounded; this second-generation easily in your hand. Yet there’s still a level of disconnection you
system is better, but still ranks behind electric just don’t get with a more conventional set-up; occasionally you
and hydraulic steering for the ultimate in feel. can turn in so quickly that it feels like it takes the rest of the
What it does do very well is allow you to relax as it filters out car a fraction of a second to catch up. Sharpness of response
the ceaseless road imperfections that can become tiresome on is only part of the recipe for fine steering. That reflects the
a long journey, the downside being it’s many of those same whole driving experience, which is lower-level quattro to a tee;
messages that you actually desire when the going gets interest- efficient, capable, quick and undemanding of the driver – but
ing. Overall the Q60 delivers a high level of competence but not ultimately a little cold. With the sport differential fitted there’s
a great deal else; there’s traction, grip and a reasonable degree a little more scope for making the S5 dance if you want to, but
of balance but the satisfaction comes from keeping things tidy it requires a level of commitment you’re
rather than really moving the car around. For some this will be unlikely to provide if you’ve shelled out
perfectly acceptable, but its rivals offer more. £47k of your own money. It’s the car
Switch to the Mercedes and although it wears the AMG tag, it for rapid travel in all weathers, just not
does without the Race mode you’ll find on Affalterbach’s finest. necessarily the longest way home.
Instead you get Sport+ as the spikiest of the drive programmes Where the established order of things
with further tweaking of the gearbox operation also available. is a little upset is on the performance
What the C43 does best is cover a variety of roles with equal front. It’s no coincidence that these rival
aplomb; Comfort lives up to its billing, slackening off throttle coupes have such a remarkably similar
response and smoothing the ride and gearbox actions to make layout: twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6s
ordinary driving effectively as relaxing as the standard car. with four-wheel drive delivering power KEY TECH: INFINITI
Turn everything up as high as it will go – it’s rare you’ll want through an auto-only gearbox. The Adaptive helm
intermediate modes – and there’s an all-round tautening of Infiniti is the joker in the pack here, The Directive Adaptive Steering
its behaviour without becoming unmanageable. The steering crashing the party long-established by system fitted to the Q60 is a second-
isn’t flawless, with a centre dead-spot that’s larger than ideal, the other two and instantly impressing generation version, following
criticism of the original set-up. But
but once a few degrees in it offers satisfying levels of accuracy with its responses, engagement and it remains the only drive-by-wire
and feel, and is the best of the trio. That translates into the most even the noise. Like the other two it’s arrangement available on the market.
engaging drive here; the 4Matic system is split with a rear bias impressively quiet and smooth when On this version of the Q60 there are
six modes for the steering alone,
(31:69) so there’s some adjustability available, and it shows holding a steady cruise but very little with the Sport+ mode and Dynamic+
keenness by seeming to shrink around you as you start to press encouragement is needed via the throttle response level selected to access the
on. It’s certainly worthy of the AMG tag in this respect. to wake the beast within. Its 400bhp sportiest set-up. It delivers very sharp
An early adopter of multi-modal offerings with its Drive means it’s 38bhp up on the Mercedes- responses in the most aggressive
mode, although always with next to no
Select system, the Audi’s selection is the most comprehensive AMG and 51bhp ahead of the Audi, feel, which takes acclimatisation. Try
here, especially if your specification choices include the sport and while its conventional automatic  before you buy.

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Infiniti Q60 Audi S5 Mercedes-AMG C43
S Sport 3.0t Coupe 3.0 TFSI Quattro 4Matic Coupe

Price | £42,990 (as tested £48,230) Price | £47,000 (£57,895 as tested) Price | £47,605 (£55,935 as tested)
Engine | 2997cc 24v twin-turbo V6 Engine | 2995cc 24v twin-turbo six Engine | 2996cc 24v twin-turbo six
Transmission | 7-speed auto, four-wheel drive Transmission | 8-speed auto, four-wheel drive Transmission | 9-speed auto, four-wheel drive
Suspension | MacPherson strut front, multilink rear Suspension | multi-link front and rear Suspension | multi-link front and rear
Made of | steel/aluminium M d f| l i i / l Made of | steel

1368mm

1405mm
1395mm

4692mm 4696mm
4690mm 1864mm 2016mm
1850mm

Power and torque Weight Power to weight


We say | Infiniti is muscle-bound, with a We say | Audi’s high aluminium We say | Barely anything
weight penalty content pays off between all them

400bhp @ 6400rpm

350lb ft @ 1600rpm
m
Audi

349bhp @ 5500rpm
m 1615kg
(dry)
369lb ft @ 1370rpm Infiniti

1895kg Mercedes
362bhp @ 5500rpm (dry)
1735kg Infiniti Audi Mercedes

384lb ft @ 2000rpm
(dry)
211bhp 216bhp 208bhp
per tonne per tonne per tonne

0-62mph Official and test mpg Top speed


We say | All We say | Heavier and more We say | Gentlemen agree all round
rocketships; powerful Infiniti loses out
Germans break
the tape together

Infiniti Infiniti 100


5.0sec 155mph
Audi
T st
Test

15
Audi
50

I i Mercedes Audi

0
4.7sec Test 23
3.5
5mpg
5mp Test 155mph
Official
al
Mercedes I 19
9.8m
8mpg
mp 38.2 mpg 23.2mpg
2m Mercedes
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20
0

35.3 mpg
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Fuel tank Range C02 Lease rates


We say | A bigger tank would be nice We say | Biggest tank does its best to We say | Audi delivers We say | Merc is no steal
given the cars can do miles disguise Infiniti’s hefty thirst impressively low figure but worth every penny

Audi
Infiniti £727
24 months £6547 deposit

Infiniti
170 g/km Audi £372
Infiniti Audi Mercedes

80 58 66
litres litres litres
208 g/km Mercedes
24 months £3348 deposit
(previous model)

181
g/km
Mercedes £485
24 months £4367 deposit

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Giant Testt Audi S5 vs rivals

can’t shift as quickly as the other two the fact that it dishes out performance as often as possible. Pleasingly, this also feels like
its 350lb ft of torque from just 1600rpm makes it an effortless genuine AMG hardware.
sprinter, and one that feels always ready to play. That the Q60 Given how laughably closely these cars are matched on
isn’t the quickest car here is something of a surprise; 0-62mph the spec sheet it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they finish
in 5.0 seconds flat is undeniably fast, but in this company a closely on the podium too. Nor perhaps that the unfavoured
kerb weight of 1892kg is relatively portly, and that mass blunts Infiniti should come third, but it is a highly credible third; it
performance as surely as chips follow session. is deliciously fast thanks to that cracking new
Despite the lowest power output here the S5 rattles off engine, offers a highly competent drive and from
the 0-62mph measure in 4.7 seconds, no doubt helped by most angles at least is a good-looking machine. This engine
the slickness of the Tiptronic transmission – which feels no But it lacks a little edge, both in its driving experi-
slower than a dual-clutch ’box on the way up at least – and the ence and character. Competence is the minimum feels very
lowest weight, with a substantial amount of aluminium in its
construction. The new V6 motor is deliciously responsive even
requirement at this level.
The S5 takes competence to an entirely new
much like a
in the most dormant of drive modes, with torque seemingly on level. Each improvement over the outgoing son of the
tap instantly and, like all the best performance cars, it is rare car is tangible and worthwhile, from the latest
that you need to use all the power available; sometimes you just generation tech and the ultra-slick cabin to the mighty C63’s
do it for fun. The six-cylinder motor has plenty to say for itself
too, with a vocal rasp available in varying volumes depending
new six-cylinder turbo engine; it’s even the most
efficient machine here, should such things matter
4.0-litre
on how the car has been configured, although it is a curiously to you. It is a car you can buy with unwavering bi-turbo V8
rear-biased sound, with all of it appearing to come from just confidence that you’re doing the right thing and
below the rear seats. won’t be disappointed, such is its all-season and
That strange effect is all the more noticeable after a blat in all-circumstances capability.
the C43. It fires with a notable blare even in the most conserv- Unless you’ve driven the C43, that is. The S5 runs it close
ative mode, although it is in no way excessive. But release the if you go by the cold reason of the tape measure, but if you’re
hounds a little by switching mode and this engine feels very about to spend £50,000 on something less practical than a
much like a son of the 4 4.0-litre
0 litre bi
bi-turbo
turbo V8 in the C63; sharp
sharp, saloon we think you’re
you re entitled to a bit of fireworks
fireworks. It has more
vocal in a genuine sense rather than enhanced by Auto-Tune, fire in its belly than the other two put together, and while it
and ready to play. It has the most torque here, with 384lb ft will always be little brother to the C63, it is clearly the work
arriving at 2000rpm, and being almost 160kg lighter than of AMG. Fast, engaging, fun, comfortable and with a distinct
the Infiniti means it can match the Audi in the race to 62mph. sense of style inside and out, it is the car you should choose if
The transmission is sufficiently sharp whoever takes you want something with soul.
charge of the shifting, and with plenty of traction it is usable @MJMattJoy

2nd 3rd
Indecently fast and
1st
The script’s so well-worn An engine to love, looks
we’re going to have to decent to drive, the
Infiniti falls down on to at least fall for and real
mint a fresh one: quick- breadth to its capability
ish Audi in pretty, style (inside and out)
and an absence of – the not-quite AMG is
capable but dull quite alright by us.
shocker soul
Buy one, feel
good

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Motorsport Rallying’s return

OIL C HANG E D
PADS RE PL AC E D
SPORT FIXE D
After years in the wilderness with dull cars and no edge, World
Rallying’s taken a long hard look at itself. And based on this
years’ season i M t it i ht j t matter again
Words Ben Barry | Photography Thomas Butler

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Stage 13, 2017
Monte Carlo rally.
Latvala’s new-look,
faster, wilder WRC
car cuts a corner in
a storm of gravel,
dust and noise

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L
ONG BEFORE YOU see the flamboyant last year. Paddon withdraws; the show continues.
new wings, it’s obvious the 2017 World Rally The basics of the new rules are fundamentally similar to
cars are radically different. I’m standing what went before, with far less diversity than Group B. Small
on a French hillside, uninterrupted views hatchbacks are fitted with 1.6-litre turbo engines and all-
to snow-capped peaks in the distance, and wheel drive, but the turbo restrictor increases from 33mm to
there’s the noise of so much speed for so long 36mm, upping power from around 300bhp to beyond 380bhp,
that it’s hard to compute that I still can’t see a and the centre differential that disappeared in 2011 returns.
car. It’s not just the volume, it’s the constant The cars are 55mm wider, there’s impact-absorbing foam in
pitch; the fact that the driver is accelerating for so long. I start the doors to guard against inevitably harder impacts, and the
to wonder how fast this car will be travelling when I do see it. teams have more aerodynamic freedom. The aero takes effect
Then a Toyota Yaris bursts out of the scenery, boxy like Lego, at speeds as low as 60mph and, together with extra power,
gunning across a plain, clawing through kinks, cacophonous makes tyre wear a more significant factor. M-Sport (not that
anti-lag like an out-of-time marching band. one) boss Malcolm Wilson describes development costs as
A few of last year’s WRC cars are running – cars I always being roughly similar to last year, but notes that the intricate
enjoyed – and there’s palpably less excitement as they aero parts are far more costly to replace.
approach. Excitement is the whole point of the new regula- Flux among drivers and manufacturers adds extra spice.
tions, in what’s hyped as a return to ’80s Group B-style glory All-conquering Volkswagen quit late in 2016, leaving
days – think Audi Quattro, Peugeot 205 T16, Lancia Delta four-time champion Sébastien Ogier to strike a 
S4 – after years of WRC doldrums. As a long-time
fan, I wanted to witness this new era, at the sea-
son-opening Rally Monte Carlo.
The very first stage yields the worst possible start, The worst possible
a spectator killed when Hayden Paddon’s Hyundai
i20 slithers off an icy turn. It’s an eerie echo of those start, a spectator
wild Group B days, but could easily have happened killed when Paddon’s
Hyundai slithers off

On anecdotal
evidence at least
the magic is back –
some had been in
position since 5am

|
Thierry Neuville, at
this point leading
in his Hyundai. See
the pressure? You
could smell it

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hasty 12-month deal with M-Sport, which runs Fiestas.


Citroën is back after a gap year, Kris Meeke playing the Loeb Elfyn Evans was
lead in a C3. Hyundai’s opted for consistency, with team lead- demoted to WRC2
er Thierry Neuville and a gently evolved i20. But all eyes are last year. Now he’s
back in WRC, and
on Toyota’s return as Toyota Gazoo Racing, 17 years after its recorded some
last WRC season. Tommi Mäkinen (that one) is team boss. fastest stage times
I’ve never interviewed Mäkinen, but it’s like seeing an old in his Fiesta
friend when we meet in Gap. He seems so relaxed considering
the pressure. ‘I am so stupid I cannot take any stress!’ he
jokes. ‘I don’t take the most pressure, my job as manager is to
take stress off others – “I’m sure we’ll succeed guys!”.’
Mäkinen’s appeal goes beyond his marketable name.
Famous for winning four back-to-back titles with Mitsubishi,
he’s conversant with Japanese business culture, car set-up
and the driver’s perspective. Tommi Makinen Racing was
also well-established, so his people know how to prepare cars,
move them around the world, and deliver during the intensity
of a rally. ‘I said to Toyota, “If we go rallying, we go flat-out,
no compromises”. This year, we’re here for learning, next year,
ready to fight,’ he says.
Juho Hänninen moved from Hyundai to help with develop-
ment, and Volkswagen number two Jari-Matti Latvala was a
late signing; a third driver will follow. Ogier tested the Yaris
but chose the privately run M-Sport Fiesta. Interesting.
The Yaris certainly looks potent in action. In the centre
of sleepy St-Léger Les Mélèzes on day two, Latvala’s Yaris
squirms hard under braking, then flicks around a roundabout
with all four tyres spinning before its vast wing and grime–
caked rear disappear down the street at a surreal rate. The
cars are running past boulangeries and shuttered windows,
and as the Toyota’s bassy four-cylinder soundtrack subsides,
so the bluster is replaced by whoops and whistles.
Tobias Spratek has driven 1000 miles from Poland
with two friends to spectate; they’re impressed by the new
cars. ‘They have more power, look better and are much more
aggressive on the stage,’ he says, beaming. Technicians swarm
Monte conditions are proving typically tricky, with over the C3 at
long, dry asphalt stretches snapping to icy shaded sections. service. 2017 marks
Citroën’s return
Studded snow tyres provide security on the slippery stuff, after a year out for
but compromise dry grip; you see cars moving around, development
kicking up dust as they scrabble, drivers working hard. 

Then and now: the regs


1982-1986 GROUP B 2011-2016 2017

Engine: 2.1-litre to 2.5-litre turbos or Engine: 300bhp Engine: As before,


3.0-litre naturally aspirated motors, 1.6-litre turbos, only with the
making up to 550bhp, anywhere in under the bonnet, wick turned up to
the car you’d like to put it making 300bhp 380bhp. Noisier

Gearbox: Manual or dual-clutch (used Gearbox: Six-speed Gearbox: Six-speed


on some Quattros) sequential sequential

Drivetrain: Rear- (for the very brave) Driven wheels: All- Driven wheels:
or all-wheel drive wheel drive without All-wheel drive with
centre diff centre diff

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Motorsport Rallying’s return

In late 2015 boss


Linda Jackson
signed off Citroën’s
return to WRC:
‘Citroën is a car for
the people, and
World Rally is not an
elitist sport’

Malcolm Wilson’s
M-Sport squad are
the only privateers
in WRC: still
managed to bag
world champion
Seb Ogier

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At the end of day two, Ogier has lost time sliding wide into
Hänninen or Mäkinen? Your guide
a snow bank; he’s 45 seconds down on leader Thierry Neuville
in the Hyundai, team-mate Ott Tanak another 45 seconds Citroën C3 WRC
adrift. Latvala has his Toyota fourth, over three minutes off Citroën took a year out to develop its WRC C3. Mission: to return
to the Loeb glory days. Give it time…
Neuville following a spin; team-mate Hänninen has re-start-
ed after hitting a tree at a snowy hairpin. Kris Meeke is going
hard, but his rally is over after clipping a bank on stage four.
There are so many variables on the Monte, as Makinen
sums up: ‘If the car behaves, sometimes you are lucky,
sometimes unlucky. It’s a drivers’ rally; it doesn’t tell you
KRIS MEEKE STEPHANE CRAIG BREEN
everything [about the car].’ Feisty Northern LEFEBVRE Another young
That night we follow the mountain road down into Gap, Irish McRae prodigy Young Frenchman driver gamble from
world champion Ogier’s hometown. That may explain some has intense speed. has multiple junior Citroën, but Breen
of the jam, but the last time I was stuck in so much rally traffic, Could challenge for titles. Coming took ballsy third
championship with back after multiple on Finland 2016.
I was crawling through Cardiff to watch McRae versus Burns. fewer errors – and fractures in heavy Driving 2016 car on
We’re heading for Citroën headquarters, the team heavy we’ve been saying Rally Germany the Monte Carlo.
with expectation after its 2016 development year. CEO Linda that for a while. shunt, 2016.
Jackson signed off Citroën Racing’s return in late 2015 and
cancelled the World Touring Car campaign; she’s here with Toyota Gazoo Racing Yaris
Peugeot-Citroën boss Carlos Tavares. Plenty of development time, but cautious Toyota looking to learn
this year, win next. Didn’t they say that in F1?
‘We’ve won WTCC three times, achieved our objectives,
and we have a legacy in WRC,’ explains Jackson. ‘We’re
launching a new car, the C3, Citroën’s best-selling car ever,
so it made absolute sense to create awareness and show we
can produce great quality. Citroën is a car for the people, and
WRC is not an elitist sport.’
JARI-MATTI JUHA HANNINEN
‘The return on investment is good,’ adds Tavares. ‘WRC is LATVALA Former Hyundai
10% the budget of F1 and WEC. WTCC is the same budget as Searing speed, big bit-player had a
WRC, but receives less media coverage and has fewer fans.’ experience, but big role in Yaris
Ogier fell out with Citroën during Loeb’s era, so I ask partial to a crash. development,
He’s likeable, he’s but the Finn still
Tavares if the relationship is too damaged for a French world Finnish, but he still has it all to prove in
champion to again drive for needs to finish. World Rally.
France. And, if not, why Ogier
wasn’t signed when VW quit. M-Sport Fiesta
‘The relationship is good,’
replies Tavares. ‘Ogier was a
Evans blitzes Its predecessor delivered, but M-Sport developed the Fiesta on a
fraction of the budget of the majors. Will that be decisive?
young Citroën driver, and Cit- across the
roën Racing contributed to his
development. We have ethics,
landscape in
we have contracts in place with his Ford, chase
other drivers – if we’d have
done that to Ogier, he wouldn’t helicopter nose- SEBASTIEN OGIER OTT TANAK ELFYN EVANS
be where he is.’ It must be both
reassuring to Citroën drivers
down in pursuit World champ left
hanging when
Formerly crashy
Estonian now less
Son of Gwyndaf,
demoted to WRC2
VW quit, now on crashy. Placed last year, now
Meeke, Breen and Lefebvre, and 12-month contract eighth last year. back with point
terrifying to know Ogier is back on the market soon. with underdogs Robbed of second to prove – and a
We drive through early-morning darkness to reach stage M-Sport. Spark on Monte, but world champion
up a Rothmans if showed potential. team-mate to beat.
10 at La Bâtie-Montsaléon, the second stage of day three. The Welsh.
Frenchman wins.
narrow road to the stage is already lined with dozens of cars,
some fans bringing snow-suited kids, others sipping beer and
lighting fires as temperatures hover at -7degC.
Hyundai i20
i20 is the gentlest evolution of all 2017 cars, giving Hyundai useful
The first car roars through, M-Sport’s Elfyn Evans. It’s consistency. Smart move?
an even faster section than the earlier stages, and again the
cars are spectacular, except Citroën’s Meeke, who stutters
through with engine trouble on a disastrous weekend that’ll
culminate in a light collision on a road section.
Evans blitzes across the landscape in his Ford, helicopter
nose-down in pursuit like it’s about to open fire. The Welsh-
THIERRY DANI SORDO HAYDEN PADDON
man keeps it flat through a quick corner with minimal mar- NEUVILLE Rapid on a sealed Young Kiwi has NZ
gin for error, correcting a spike of oversteer as he disappears Fast glasses, surface, but pouty and Production
out of sight in a flurry of rifle-crack gearchanges. It’s the blinding speed, Spaniard has just WRC titles on CV.
typically consistent one victory since Placed impressive
fastest stage time, but Evans holds eighth overall after an ear- and i20 is proven 2003. fourth overall last
lier off. Later he’ll explain that, while the new cars are much package. The year.
faster, their speed is in balance with the chassis and aerody- Belgian’s year?
namics; they’re more enjoyable to drive, but not monsters. 

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Besides, modern WRC cars have long been faster than their
Group B predecessors. Elfyn Evans
My only quibble is that the base cars don’t have the desir- out-runs the
ability of old. I wanted a Quattro, an Integrale, a Cosworth. ’copter on stage 10.
The Welshman
That rally-to-road connection remains absent, and when you went on to place
consider relevant, desirable cars like the Focus RS and Golf R sixth overall
still exist, that’s a pity.
Back on the stages, it’s clear how much dedication it takes
to follow a rally. You stand around for ages freezing before a
maximum of 10 2017 WRC cars whizz by if none have retired.
The field does feel a little thin. Yet it’s enough for fantastic
television – the amazing backdrops, unbelievable onboard
footage, attainable but exciting cars – and it’s great to see Red
Bull TV capturing it with free online highlights.
Stage 13, Bayons to Bréziers, rounds out day three. The
road is completely dry now, the cars on slicks, the stage times
falling. Ogier fires into a hairpin braking hard, then gives his
Fiesta full throttle as the road flows uphill through a left kink.
You can see the tension in the car, the way it’s tearing at the
surface to get the power down, and the black lines and a little
bit of attitude tell you it’s on the edge of oversteer, translating
all 380bhp into fearsome momentum. It must take nerve to
keep the throttle pinned as rocks and trees flash towards you.
Further uphill, the drivers dive far off the road onto gravel
to short-cut a left-hander. They slip over the loose surface and
slide to the opposite side of the road; Neuville pushes hard
and slides just a little too far, his car flinching as the right-
rear corner clips something. He continues, but news filters
through that the rear suspension is broken.
It puts Ogier ahead in the Ford, team-mate Ott Tanak
second, Latvala’s Toyota third. With four stages the following
day, it raises the prospect of M-Sport’s first victory in five
years. ‘We’ve proved we’re got the speed,’ says team boss Mal-
colm Wilson. ‘We’ve had fastest times from all three drivers,
but having Sébastien on board is fantastic. It’s no secret we
tried to get him in 2010, 2011; it was a great opportunity, we
had to do it this time.’
Wilson also confirms that M-Sport funded Ogier’s salary
privately and that Ford didn’t contribute. It’s like Vatanen in
a Rothmans Mk2 Escort all over again (who we spy at Ford’s
base). How can you not want the
Cumbrian underdogs to win?
There’s a nerve-wracking wait for
that to be confirmed on the Sunday
though, as the slick-shod cars set
On the edge of
out, only for snow to fall once they’re oversteer, the
on the final stage. With a comfort-
able margin, Ogier takes a cautious
car translating
approach but a thrilling win on his
debut with M-Sport. At times a tricky
all 380bhp
character, Ogier magnanimously re- into fearsome
flects on Neuville’s speed, and offers
heartfelt praise for M-Sport’s efforts.
momentum
Latvala takes second for Toyota,
inherited when Tanak’s Fiesta develops engine trouble. ‘First
time on a rally and to finish second is amazing,’ says the Finn.
Tanak takes third in the most spectacular style, his huge
powerslide over the snowy finish astonishingly lairy.
It’s a fittingly tense finale to the first rally of a
championship that feels reinvigorated. And while the
Monte podium might be defined by attrition and me- A crash early on, an
chanical hiccups as much as stand-out performances, engine misfire, and
that’s often the case with rallying. The difference for a light RTA driving to
Monte Carlo – Kris
2017 is you’ll kick yourself if you miss the next round. Meeke’s weekend
@IamBenBarry was one to forget

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y v y e

on New Mini Countryman heads to


the sticks – can Mini’s 4x4 banish
memories of its dismal predecessor
and impress the country set?
Words Steve Moody | Photography John Wycherley

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Countryman body You can laugh
is available with or now, but you’ll be
without variable dressing like this in
all-wheel drive six months. Possibly

Ruts and slime pose


no problems, at
least until the tyres
get clogged up

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Countryman vs the countryside

W
ILLIAM WORDSWORTH. drab, grimy garb expected of a muddy day off-roading in the
Alfred Wainwright. JR bushes, hunting game.
Hartley. Men of the country In order to join in with this shoot, I’ve had to get into
all. And to that list we can something a bit daft, and I don’t mean the Countryman. I’ve
add the Mini, because they borrowed a pair of tweedy pantaloon-type things, which may
say so on the badge: Coun- have been either breeks, breeches, plus-fours or plus-some-
tryman. An SUV made for other-number, and made me look like an extra from Downton
the ruminating, pipe-smok- Abbey. y I find that when you turn up in this country clobber and
ing chap with a far-off look everyone else wearing it too, you start to feel part of the club.
in his eyes and wispy, windswept hair on his head. Safety in numbers, part of the herd, I think as I arrive.
Except of course it’s not. I’d wager that the Mini mini-SUV, Until, in the dark, the assembled throng see my Mini pool-
now freshly minted in its shiny new second iteration, has light logos projected onto the farmyard’s concrete floor. A few
never had an occupant who keeps his trousers up with string, of the crowd, huddled quietly around their 4x4s, had looked a
and uses the boot to ferry ferrets. It’s a smallish family car for bit askance at this camp intruder. Now they just chuckle. Ice
middlingly well-off suburbanites. Who is Mini kidding? broken, I suppose.
Not us. It’s called Countryman, it’s got four-wheel drive, It’s immediately obvious that the assorted crowd of
so we should be able to take it on a pheasant shoot in Middle teeth-sucking country types are a bullshit-free zone. There
England, an activity intrinsically woven into proper deep- appears to be two types of shooting vehicles. Once is the fancy,
ditch, tweed-clad, country living. Mini would never be daft pristine Range Rover used by bankers, out of the City for
enough to let us embarrass ourselves, and the car, in such an the day, clad in super-expensive kit they bought from Farlows
environment. of Pall Mall, and brandishing a pair of antique Purdeys. 
They said yes. Bugger.
I’m thinking this as I swish down lanes
covered in a gloopy film of mud, in the
middle of nowhere in the morning dark
of winter Lincolnshire. As you’d expect
from a Mini, even a bigger machine such
as this one (it’s 20cm longer and 3cm
wider than the old Countryman), it zips
along with plenty of agility.
In fact, I really like the way it handles.
It’s less manic than a proper sized Mini,
the slightly more compliant suspension
proving ideal for these roads, and the
precise steering a joy. The All4 drivetrain
really powers it through corners as one
complete entity, with no understeer, just
drifty, controlled fun. Already it’s miles
better than the flaccid, rattly, half-baked
previous model.
Not sure about the engine, though.
We’ve got the £25,590 Cooper S, 2.0-litre
turbo petrol with 189bhp, and mated to
the auto ’box it sounds strained and needs
to be worked really hard at the top end,
and sounds like a Flymo, while whatever
speed you may have wrung out of it can’t
be read on the slightly wonky, ludicrously
indistinct dial. Fortunately, there’s a digi-
tal speedo hidden in one of the functions.
There’s also the nagging feeling I have
about acceptance. The inside of the cabin
has more neon strips than a brothel in
Blade Runner, r the seats are soft cream
leather, and the washer jets are halfway
down the bonnet and only have enough
power to dribble onto the bottom of the
window. So entirely unsuited for the

Roomy enough for two labradors, and easier


for them to get into than a tall, full-on 4x4

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Countryman vs the countryside

Essentially, they’ve picked up a copy of Country Life,


a magazine for posh people and Russians who like to Creating an oo-arr car
pretend to live in the country, and rung up its advertisers How Mini puts the country into Countryman
for supplies.
The other type, and the group we are with, is real-life
people from the real countryside which isn’t landscaped
with Capability Brown ponds and peacocks, and who
couldn’t care less about that stuff either. Basically, they
use their vehicle, usually an old Discovery, not as a status
symbol but as a tool. So they’re adapted, with tyres that
look like they’ve come off a tractor, raised ride height,
CB radios, cages for dogs, and covered in an inch of hard- Mini’s awd Dakar
packed mud. On the inside. Countryman –
just the three
After all, if you’ve got a small window of weather to differentials…
get a day’s spraying done, the last thing you want to be
doing is getting stuck and buggering about trying to get THE COUNTRYMAN shares more internal efficiency, and to
to where you need to be. That costs time. Which costs its drivetrain with the BMW X1. be as light and as compact as
money. I ask about electronics, usually the blight of Unlike the extreme, race-ready possible. There’s a power take-
drivetrain in the Dakar car off unit in the front differential,
the Land Rover, and they don’t seem unduly bothered. (six-speed sequential gearbox, connected by propshaft to the
The odd window not working is irrelevant: what Sadev centre differential, rear diff and axle, where a clutch
matters is that Land Rovers really do go everywhere. lockable and oil-cooled front measures out the precise levels
Oddly, with Terrain Response, Sand mode, with its all and rear Xtrac diffs), the of torque needed. It’s linked to
road-going Countryman’s All4 the Dynamic Stability Control
wheels at high power, no-nonsense approach, is often a system has been developed to which manages power when it
better option than Mud and Snow, which tends to be too deliver torque accurately, with detects slip.
clever for its own good sometimes.
So give them any old four-wheel drive, some baler
twine, a pork pie and a screwdriver or two and they’ll patience being the primary reason. All that crawling about at
find a way to get through a bog that would sink the Mini. walking speed gets a bit dull after a while and I erroneously
Getting stuck in a grassy field in the prancing, metrosexual figure that fulsome application of the throttle can solve every
Countryman, which they will have to help extricate when traction-based ill. Often that approach fails in hardy Land
they should be out having fun with guns will pretty much Rovers, Toyotas and the like, so it could backfire spectacu-
confirm every single thing they think about townies. And me, larly in a car that appears from the outside to have as much
for that matter. real-world off-road capability as one of those expensive push-
The general mood among the shooting party is that this will chairs that come with knobbly wheels and suspension.
not end well for me, a judgement delivered with what I detect The Mini squirms and shifts, but it never gives up its
is a certain amount of suppressed glee. The countryside has no forward motion, and at a few points I do my best to hide my
sentimentality. The weak are picked off and eaten. I can see grimace as we hit particularly deep bits which could ground
the poor Mini ending its days in the corner of a field, rusting the underfloor and leave the tyres spinning in space. But a
and being used as a well upholstered shepherd’s hut. by-product of such stiff suspension off-road is that the car’s
So feeling like a skittish puppy following a pack of sage old higher ride height is maintained, so while it might not be a
hounds, I venture onto the track behind the assorted fleet of great solution when presented with the need for independent
Rear seats can weather-beaten Land Rovers as we head off to our first pegs, articulation at each corner, in this particular circumstance it
slide fore and aft
by 13cm. Good and hold my breath. I’ll admit to quite a lot of trepidation. works pretty well.
headroom too For a start, I’m not much cop at off-roading, with a lack of I wouldn’t say the shooting goes brilliantly. It’s fairly easy
to fire a gun and not shoot your toes off, but to stand in a
freezing cold field and aim at living, moving objects, and
then hit them, is an entirely different matter. Fortunately,
all I do is make a lot of banging noises, because although
on a road pheasants are infuriatingly easy to hit, when
they come flapping out of a wood and soar up into the
wind, I might as well be firing my son’s Nerf gun for all
the killing I do. It comes to something when pheasants are
mocking you, but I’m pretty sure some of them do a couple
of loop-the-loops in front of me, and give an ironic salute.
The other shooters are more successful, while the dogs
scoot about at high speed fetching and carrying dutifully.
This continues all day. After each ‘drive’, or killing spree,
we move on to another area.
This of course requires driving between humilia-
tions, but at least the Mini is keeping our end up, even
if I’m not, and after our second drive (birds, not car)
some of the guns (people, not weapons) decide they are
going to cadge a lift in the Mini. Now, four blokes covered
in sticky Lincolnshire mud hefting side-by-sides and
under-and-overs don’t exactly go with the handbag- 

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The countryside has
no sentimentality.
The weak are picked
off and eaten

On the road it feels


like a road car, not
an off-roader, with
good body control

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Switchable traction
control is as close
as you’ll get to an
off-roading mode

With all four wheels


straining to get going
it’s hilarious, like a
rally car

Better in every
way than previous
Countryman, and
genuinely versatile

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Countryman is longer, taller, heavier and


wider than equivalent regular hatchback

cream leather of the Mini’s cabin, but in


they clamber, and with labs in the boot.
My concern is that this extra
weight will find the Mini subsumed
into the landscape, and the fellow
occupants do venture that they might
be needed to get out and provide a
meaty shoulder or two. So off we set,
heading back along tracks we had come
down, which by this time are much gloopier and have been you a status change from Street Cruiser (for your average
made deeper by the convoy on its way there. townie) to Married Your Sister And Your Kids Have Webbed Cooper S All4
In the mud, the Mini copes fine, surprisingly well in fact, Feet (if you spend enough time in the Fens). Embarrassed that comes with 6.5in
colour display, GPS
but then making a turn onto another track I have to negotiate somebody might see me measuring how long I am more than and cruise control
a field of wet grass. Evil stuff for the wrong car, and – horror of five miles away from a skinny cappuccino with soya milk and a
horrors – the Countryman comes to a sudden halt. Now I can gluten-free croissant, I switch it off.
handle being rubbish with a gun – it’s not my skill set – but I Instead, the Countryman has Sport, Mid and Eco modes.
should be able to negotiate this. But the Mini is having none of Sport makes everything in the cabin go red, and as the only
it, until I realise the traction control is switched on. The com- thing in Middle England that is red is the blood spurting out
puter is detecting slippage and cutting power to whichever of a fox’s throat when the hounds catch him (allegedly) and
wheel is slipping. Which is all of them. green is for Guardian readers, I go for the aptly conservative
I switch the traction control fully off, and the car springs blue of Mid.
back to life. With the application of plenty of throttle it Fortunately, it’s been pretty dry this winter, and this helps
scrabbles for traction, finds some, builds momentum and I the Countryman without a doubt, and at the top of one hill the
gun it to the gate, honour intact. track is in perfect condition. The Mini, in this environment,
They enquire after the four-wheel drive system. ‘A power is hilarious. With the traction control off and all four wheels
take-off unit integrated into the front axle differential, a straining to get going like one of the gun dogs on a peg, it’s
propeller shaft to the rear axle and a hang-on clutch that like a rally car, the short wheelbase that was such fun on the
ensures precisely measured torque to the rear wheels,’ say I. roads even more so now, swivelling through corners on its
They all nod knowingly. That doesn’t happen very often. relatively short wheelbase like a shopping trolley powered by
And then a strange thing happens. One of the ruddy- a lawnmower engine, with me sawing at the wheel like a WRC
cheeked gaggle on board breaks with the norm of Mini mickey hero. Not exactly the usual shoot day behaviour, but they’ve
taking and proffers the opinion that the sliding rear seats offer had their shotgun fill and now it’s my turn.
a surprising amount of space for his garter-bedecked knees, By the end of the day when we get back to the yard, nobody
and that if he was wearing a top hat rather than a flat cap, there is taking any notice of the Clubman. This is a good sign.
would still be quite a bit of headroom. And then he points out Acceptance. It’s clearly only suited to fairly gentle messing
the labs in the boot seem pretty content as well. By golly, the about in the mud, but it got much further than I thought it
Countryman is winning them over. would, and while I’m still not entirely convinced by the big
Another murmurs his appreciation at the quality of the cab- Mini/small SUV contrivance it’s way better than the previous
in. I ask if he’s ever been in the previous Countryman, and so one in almost every way and a pretty entertaining drive too.
can see the big improvement in this model, but he points out Blatting back home along the lanes in my tweedy breeks,
that not bloody being a bloody lady who lunches from bloody enjoying the excellent body control and superbly comfortable
suburbia, he’d never been near the thing, so will have to take and – crucially – heated seats, I’m feeling quite the smug
my bloody word for it. I’ve pushed it too far. country gent, when the Mini’s brilliant LED headlights pick
The Mini doesn’t have any off-roading modes. There’s out a pheasant as it darts out of the hedge. With a sharp tug of
something called the Country Timer which I hope might the wheel I manage to swerve round the daft bird. Missed it.
have some clever mud and snow function, but in fact it just Story of my day.
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HE MODERN HOT hatch is a more talented creature (another Mugen bit), it sounds like there’s a titanium-winged
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wardly unassuming car that can transport people and build, which goes some way towards explaining that price tag.
large objects in cosseting comfort, yet could also take As does a quickshift gearbox with ratios so short sixth feels
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(fun fact: founded by Soichiro Honda’s son Hirotoshi, Mugen roads. Although the ride is towards the
means ‘without limit’), only 20 Type R Mugens were originally granite side of firm, it’s not unbearably so,
planned for sale in the UK, and in the end just 12 cars made it and you could live with a Mugen as regular
to customers. Possibly its £38,599 price tag had something to do transport. HONDA CIVIC
TYPE R MUGEN
with that, back in 2009. Just as you could a 308 GTi, and then
> Price new £38,599
After a few minutes behind the wheel, it feels worth every pen- some. Peugeot’s fastest hot hatch is also > Value now £27,000
ny. The Mugen is about as visceral a driving experience as you’ll its most practical, with a big boot (though > Engine 1998cc 16v turbo 4-cyl,
237bhp @ 8300rpm,
find in a car with a tailgate. Its shrieking 2.0-litre naturally as- smaller than the Civic’s enormous cargo 157lb ft @ 6250rpm
pirated engine, tickled to a 20% power increase by Mugen’s own bay) and five doors – the three-door family > Transmission 6-speed manual,
pistons, cams and ECU hack, develops its maximum 237bhp hatch is an endangered species these days. limited-slip differential, front-wheel drive
> Performance 6.0sec 0-62mph,
at no less than 8300rpm, and with a stainless steel exhaust Remember when Peugeots used to  150mph, 27mpg, n/a CO2
> Suspension MacPherson strut front,
torsion beam rear
> Weight/made from
1247kg/steel
> Length/width/height
4280/1795/1440
> Example insurance quote* £342.85
> On sale 2009-2010

*Insurance quotes are from mustard.co.uk and are based on a 41-year-old married male living in Suffolk with nine
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ride beautifully? Those days are still here, at least as far as the
308’s concerned. Even though the GTi is 11mm lower than
standard on 19in wheels, and 64% more stiffly sprung at the rear,
it still turns bumpy B-roads into shagpile. Remember when
Peugeot hot hatches used to handle brilliantly, too? Happier still,
those days are back. The GTi is a great driver’s car. Soft-ish front
suspension to bite the Michelins into the tarmac on turn-in, and
a firm rear for off-throttle adjustability, it’s a well-judged chas-
sis. In top 270 spec you also get a mechanical limited-slip diff,
380mm front discs (even bigger than the Mugen’s) and 268bhp
from a small but mighty 1.6-litre turbo four. You miss the Type
R’s instant response, but the Peugeot’s extra turbocharged
torque means it punches harder in the mid-range.
Both cars’ mechanical diffs create plenty of torque steer to
tighten your sweaty palms on their respective wheels (especially
in the Civic), but impressive traction too. Apply throttle mid-
corner and in both cars you feel the front tyres tuck in tighter
where ordinarily they’d wash into understeer, a sensation as
counter-intuitive as it is addictive.
Despite a tasty set of alloys the 308 looks demure, almost for-
gettable next to the comically giant-winged Civic, but its vanilla
image cuts both ways. The Mugen’s Midnight Club vibe isn’t
without considerable appeal, but after a while you get a bit tired
of people staring/smirking and crave a little of the Pug’s smart
but understated invisibility.

> SERVICING AND


RUNNING COSTS
You’ll need to book your 308 GTi in for a
service every 12 months or 12,500 miles,
whichever arrives sooner. Same deal for
the Mugen. ‘Service intervals are as per
the standard Type R, so every 12,500
miles,’ explains Honda UK’s press fleet
technician John White, who personally
signed off the 12 Mugen Type Rs built
(plus two pre-production cars) – impres-
sive intervals when you consider the
quite serious engine tune.
‘Oil consumption is minimal; a
litre every 2000-2500 miles, if that,’
continues White. ‘We use Castrol SLX
5w-30, with an oil and filter change
and a warning lights and fluid levels
checkover every 12,500 miles. Honda use
an optional servicing schedule, so some
items are compulsory where others, like
fresh anti-freeze, are optional, depend-
ing on customer preference. The first Tiny wheel takes
no getting used to,
major one on the Mugen is at 37,500, so good is the car
when the valve clearances are checked beneath it
and adjusted.’
You can still get hold of the Mugen’s
standard-fit Yokohama A048 Advan
tyres, though they’re around £200 a
corner. Budget around £160 each for the GTi’s 19in Michelin
Pilot Super Sports.
Both cars sit in insurance group 34, although you’ll be best
seeking a specialist for Mugen cover. Our long-term 308 GTi’s
been averaging mpg in the low 30s, around 15mpg lower than its
quoted figure; Honda quotes 27mpg for the Mugen…

> RELIABILITY
‘Honestly, the Mugen-built engines are extremely reliable,’ It’s a machine,
certainly, but drive
says John White. ‘The expense will come when it comes to it and it’s alive
Mugen-specific consumables. The exhaust is a full stainless

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Aston Vantage
A true English gent in Switzerland: Mark Abbott’s
V12 crushes continents and tip runs with ease
> ‘I BOUGHT A V8 Vantage in > ‘AFTER TWO YEARS S it’s
about 2008, and absolutely on about 20,000 kilometres
loved it. Then I got a call from [about 12,500 miles]; I don’t
the supplying dealer who use it daily, I just use public
was short of stock and they transport. But it goes to the
offered me such a good price supermarket, it goes to the
that I exported it back to the tip, all of those things that
UK. Then I needed a new car; you’re not meant to do. It’s
item, so expensive should you need a new one [£1860.23] but Peugeot maybe another V8, but then had two or three flat-out runs
realistically that’s only going to be the case with accident practical I figured out I could afford a to Spa, up through Germany,
like a fleece; V12. It was everything the V8 it’s been down to the bottom
damage – they don’t corrode. The one-piece Mugen calipers Honda crisp Vantage did, but probably 50 of Italy. It’s been to Le Mans.
mean specific pads, which are nearly four times the price of like a January or 60% more performance. I’m kind of using it for big
the normal Type R pads [£51.10 + VAT for standard FN2 Type frost
And it does fly. Obviously you holidays in the summer.’
R front pads; £184.35 + VAT for Mugen’s front pads…], and the can’t use that performance
at all in Switzerland, not even > ‘THE TAX X [in Switzerland]
discs aren’t cheap either. The Mugen uses specific gas shocks in the mountains; there’s a is not very funny, and nor’s
too, though mileages are low so these shouldn’t be an issue.’ couple of times when you the insurance – it’s quite
can get away with it but the a bit more than the UK. To
thing is they hear you coming give you an example of the
> KEY OPTIONS a mile away!’ difference, road tax is about
The 308 GTi comes in two specs: 250 and 270. We’d take the £3000 a year. But what it
270 – £1600 more and you get another 20bhp, a limited-slip diff, > ‘IT’S ONE OF F the last is, surprisingly, is weirdly
bigger brakes, those 19in Pilot Super Sport tyres and nicer seats. regular V12 Vantages; it came economical. The fuel gauge
from some guy’s collection goes down just as fast if
We’d skip the £500 panoramic roof – you can’t open it, and it and he just got bored with you’re caning it as if you’re
raises the centre of gravity. it. It came with quite the driving slowly. So you might
The Type R Mugen’s not to be confused with the Mugen 200 loudest sports exhaust I as well enjoy it. It came on
have ever heard – I don’t very thin Pirelli tyres which
edition, a purely cosmetic upgrade of which 200 were built. Each know how that is legal here were exceptional in the dry,
Mugen proper was built to individual customer specs by Mugen – even the standard exhaust but in the damp you could
Euro, in any colour you liked as long as it was Championship system is loud, but this was spin the wheels in top. I just
unbearably loud so I had had it put back on whatever
White. One or two extremely rare cars were fitted with bored-out them put the original exhaust normal tyres they specified,
2.2-litre engines. back on. But of course the that just made it much more
first thing you do is to throw of an all-rounder. But given
away the fuse that quietens we’ve got five centimetres of
> VERDICT everything down.’ snow in most places at the
After years in the wilderness, the Peugeot hot hatch is back. minute, in the winter it’s a no-
Everything that made the 306 GTi-6 great – playful handling, go, even on winter tyres. The
supple ride, surprising practicality – applies equally to the little road I live in is flat and
it’s not even going to get out
308 GTi. It’s not only good enough to live up to Peugeot’s back of there. You don’t want to be
catalogue but to worry any other car with a GTi badge you care thatt guy. You’re going to look
to mention. a bit silly prick if you’re that
guy in a V12 Vantage…’
Impressive though the 308 is, the Civic Type R Mugen is a
more visceral, more involving, more addictive experience. A One we found
wilfully weird interior, questionable image and lack of rear doors 2010, 20,100 miles, premium
can’t stop me wanting one far more than I do a 308. Start the audio, carbon seats, ten-
spoke wheels, £87,000
search now.

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Rings of fire
There’s an overwhelming number of fast Audis on the used market. Audi TT RS
Tim Saunders, director of VAG specialists The Phirm, guides us 2480cc 5-cyl, 335bhp, 4.2sec 0-62mph, 155mph
through some of your options. Interview by Matt Joy > Is this a good idea?
‘The TT RS is a good platform. They are
a very dynamic car to drive. If you get
an S-tronic then you don’t have to put
clutches in them.’
> How much?
‘You’d be looking at nearer £20k for a
good one with low mileage.’
> What’s going to break?
‘Even though the brake discs are bigger
than the B7 RS4 the calipers are smaller

>

£16k-£30k, 2006-2008 | Audi RS4 (B7)


4163cc 8-cyl, 414bhp, 4.5sec 0-62mph, 155mph

>
Is this a good idea?
‘They’re a reliable car but they do take a lot of maintenance. They’re a brilliant 5934cc 12-cyl, 493bhp, 5.5sec 0-62mph, 155mph
all-rounder, a lovely package, but they really come into their stride at higher > Is this a good idea?
speeds – that’s their sweet spot.’ ‘We see a lot whose owners don’t want to
> How much? keep throwing money at them; they end
‘Probably £16k is your entry level now. Like any car, the ones that have been well FIND YOUR up on four odd budget tyres.’
maintained hold their value, but we see a lot of cars that have been seen by normal PERFECT USED > How much?
garages and they miss out on all the little tricks, like the airbox flap seizes.’ CAR WITH CAR ‘You want one with as much history and
MAGAZINE.
> What’s going to break? the longest warranty you can get.’
MORE THAN
‘Because it’s a direct port injection engine the inlet valves coke up quite heavily, so for > What’s going to break?
200,000
that reason you need to lift the inlet manifold out of the chamber and clean the inlet USED CARS ‘Air-con pipes, propshaft centre bearing,
valves; that comes into play at about 90,000 miles. The shock absorbers can cause FOR SALE AT headlight bulbs, parking sensors. The
issues; a lot of people when they have problems replace them with aftermarket shocks CARMAGAZINE. cupholders sit ahead of the MMI unit; if
because it’s cheaper than factory. They’re also heavy on the brakes, warping the discs.’ CO.UK/CARS- you spill your Costa it’s £700 to replace.’
> Crippling running costs? FOR-SALE > Crippling running costs?
‘Budget for a couple of grand a year in the first year but it should be less than that once ‘You could spend £2500 to get it all
the common problems are sorted.’ together but it’s cheaper after that.’

NOW WITHIN REACH > THERE WERE > WITH ITS > THE KEY > ALL SL55S USE
PLENTY Y of quick SUPERCHARGED MECHANICALS the hydraulic Active

Mercedes SL55 AMG Benzes that had


benefitted from
AMG’s magic, but
5.4-litre V8 making
493bhp, speed
was not in short
are tough. The
engine is a beefed-
up evolution of the
Body Control
system, which
needs checking for
When AMG got serious about the SL55 marked supply. Nominally naturally aspirated leaks. Recalls were
performance, the SL55 was born a watershed for restricted to the SL500, but check issued for faulty
erformance usual 155mph, a the supercharger fuel pumps and
d. Not ticked box could for undue noise the brake control
was it the get that bumped and any leaks system, so check
powerful to 186mph – a from its charge these have been
uction Merc German magazine cooler. Check the carried out. The
e but it cracked 202mph at auto selects ratios roof mechanism
complete the Nardo test track cleanly and has had has known issues
rmance in Italy with the its fluid changed but fitting later
age. limiter removed. every five years. parts can sort it.

One we found
2003 SL55 AMG, 66,000 miles, full Mercedes service history, sat nav, xenons, £16,750

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A month in the life of 14 cars – starring Porsche Macan, i8, Passat, Caterham, Disco Sport & more

Here comes the


£80 000 Qashqai
Porsche’s idea of a crossover is the same as Nissan’s,
but a lot more Porschey. By Ben Oliver

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Extras boosting the price by £18,000 include
upgraded leather in Macan’s already classy cabin

paintjob which looks sensational when clean


but is an utter disaster in an English winter and
when you live down a country lane where traffic
and emissions are mainly equine.
The big-ticket items are the ceramic-compos-
ite brakes at £5463, the active air suspension at
£1004, the torque-vectoring system at £1100, an
upgraded leather interior also at £1100 and the
sports exhaust and 21-inch wheels at just over
£1600 each. Lots of other surprise-and-delight
options like the Macan-shaped key painted
in same Carrera White (£248) lift the price of
this car from the Turbo’s standard £62,540 to
£80,743. Less cripplingly expensive Macans are
available.
Early impressions? It coped with a family
Christmas better than I did, carrying (separate-
THE NISSAN QASHQAI is Britain’s fifth ly) the Christmas tree and the baggage of two relations back
HELLO
best-selling car and the British car industry’s from the US for three weeks. It feels wieldy and parkable in
MONTH 1
PORSCHE most popular export. Crossovers like the the city, and on longer trips in foul winter weather its brakes
MACAN Qashqai give people what they actually want and all-wheel-drive system feel reassuringly over-specified.
TURBO from a car, and not what we enthusiasts think Probably the best compliment I can pay it is that I spent a week
they ought to want. A little extra ride height putting 1250 miles on a 600bhp 911 Turbo S for a story, and
lets us bounce over the odd kerb and makes it easier to see out, when I got back into the Macan it felt like a close relation, and
but without the nuisance of a big, hard-to-park SUV body. not much slower.
Take these qualities and add a famous name, an excessively Fuel consumption is predictably Trumpian. Porsche claims
well-made cabin and (in this case) a 394bhp twin-turbo- 31mpg and in the real world this car does two-thirds of that. At
charged V6 engine and you get the Porsche Macan. My new between 20 and 23mpg, putting 70 litres into the 75-litre tank
car is essentially an £80,000 Qashqai: it’s only a school ruler gives a range of between 300 and 350 miles, a reminder of the
longer. I’ve started calling it the Porschqai. And it’s as popular Macan Turbo’s two-tonne kerbweight.
as you might expect: the queue is currently nine months long But that’s to be expected: the only unexpected flaw so far is
and there’s an ‘overs’ market for certain models. the reversing camera, which is rendered useless almost instant-
I’m lucky enough to be running one for a few months to see ly by wet or dirty roads. Mercedes has a system in which the
if it really can unite everyday practicality with not-everyday hi-def camera rotates down from a housing giving you a clean
performance. Poor me. When I started road testing cars image even when the roads aren’t.
back in 2000, the 996 Turbo had 400bhp and I couldn’t imagine But it doesn’t feel like there’s much else Porsche needs to learn
anything faster across country. Now here’s the same power in a from its rivals: in fact, on hearing that I’m driving one a couple
Porsche hatchback on stilts. of very senior execs at rival car makers have admitted that the
I’ll admit I’m well-disposed towards the Porschqai. It was Macan is their internal benchmark in a growing class. I suspect
a fast drive on UK roads in a Macan Turbo that finally dissi- that the next few months will leave us feeling the same way.
pated whatever remaining philosophical objections I had to @thebenoliver
high-performance, high-riding
cars. If you shut your eyes when
driving a Macan Turbo (really Doesn’t feel slow,
even when you’ve
LOGBOOK not recommended) you simply just climbed out of a
PORSCHE MACAN wouldn’t know that it was a crosso- 911 Turbo
TURBO
ver. It feels like a fast estate to drive,
> Engine e 3604cc 24v
bi-turbo V6, 394bhp @
and the qualities that make us buy
6000rpm, 406lb ft @ Qashqais by the million don’t
1350rpm > Gearbox corrupt the Macan’s appeal. Who
7-speed twin-clutch, all- are we to tell Porsche that they
wheel drive > Stats 4.8sec
shouldn’t be building these cars, or
0-62mph, 165mph, 208g/
km CO2 > Price £62,540 customers that they shouldn’t be What price an
> As tested £80,743 buying them? unflappable brake
pedal? £5463 on
> Miles this month 965 Those waiting lists mean I
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the nose
> Total miles 6630 didn’t get to specify mine. It’s an
> Our mpg 21.0
> Official mpg 31.7
ex-test car with 6000 miles on the
> Fuel this month £238.09 clock, an entire Qashqai’s worth
> Extra costs £0 of options and a Carrera White

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Sci-fi supercar
vs the real world
MONTH 6 BMW i8
We’ve always known it’s an amazing car to drive, but we’re
learning more about living with the i8. By Lewis Kingston

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> Engine e 1499cc
12v turbocharged
3-cylinder, 228bhp
@ 5800rpm, 236lb
ft @ 3700rpm, plus
129bhp e-motor with
Access denied Full charge ahead! 184lb ft
The i8’s dihedral doors can be opened fully in a tighter space Want to preserve a decent level of battery charge so you > Gearbox 2-speed
than a conventional door. However, if an unwitting motorist can quietly idle around town using only electric power later? auto (front), 6-speed
auto (petrol engine)
parks fractionally too close, you’ve no chance of creating There’s a dedicated Hold State of Charge mode to enable just
> Statss 4.4sec
any meaningful aperture at all. Misjudge the gap from inside, that. Battery out of charge? Fear not. Put the i8 in Sport mode,
0-62mph, 155mph,
similarly, and you may cleave the door mirror clean off the which runs the engine continually, and it’ll top up the battery 49g/km CO2
adjacent car. as you drive. > Price
e £104,540
> As tested
£109,065
> Miles this month
1484
> Total miles 9828
> Our mpg 28.7
> Official mpg 134.5
> Fuel this month
£291.71
> Extra costs £0

Cleared for departure Dogged paddling


Fire up the BMW Remote app, or scroll to the relevant menu In Sport mode the i8 will not engage sixth gear automatically.
in the car, and you can set timers that will automatically bring So, if you’re just cruising, you’ll need to select it manually
the cabin up to temperature by the desired departure time. using the paddles – otherwise you’ll stay in fifth and burn
So, no more battling with ice scrapers or scorching seats. through a lot more fuel. Also in Sport mode, charging the
Best enabled when the parked car’s plugged in, to preserve battery from empty (to its average 13-mile-remaining mark)
the battery’s charge. takes around 40 minutes of driving.

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‘I’ll be in the
garage’
Covet a hermit-like existence of nocturnal
activity in dimly lit spaces? Then why not
build your own Caterham? By Ben Miller
WHEN IT’S GOOD, building a Caterham
HELLO is really, really good. I’ll give you an example.
MONTH 1 It’s the no man’s land between Christmas
CATERHAM and New Year. Much of the world is furiously
ACADEMY approaching bankruptcy in the ‘sales’, hitting
retail parks like Viking hordes descending on
a coastal village in Yorkshire. Me, I made a coffee, slid into the
garage before the rest of the house was even awake and stuck on
the radio. Then, for five hours, I methodically took parts – clean,
unblemished, rust-free parts – from labelled boxes, checked nuts,
bolts, washers and spacers against build sheets and, using a
pretty impressive suite of equally fresh and unabused tools, built
part of a car. The front suspension and steering, in fact; rack,
wishbones, dampers, track rods – the lot.
During those five hours I thought of nothing other than what
I was doing, except for a couple of moments in which I thought
about cake. And when I felt I’d reached a suitable point at which
to call it a day, I headed inside aglow with the satisfaction that
comes only with achieving something tangible with your hands,
your brain and some physical tools. Roughly half of the UK’s Ca-
terham buyers self-build and, in moments like this, you wonder
what on earth the other 50% were thinking when they stumped
up £2500 for a factory build.
When it’s not going so well, building a Caterham can be a little
frustrating. The manual uses many,
many words, not many pictures
and an at once logical but unhelpful
running order. A new manual is,
you’ll be pleased to hear, in the works.
Caterham has recognised the sheer
brilliance of the instructions you
get with a Tamiya radio control car.
These kits have a similar number of De Dion rear suspension and an Avon
parts to a Caterham, and use build control tyre that looks like some-
steps of comparable complexity, but thing off your neighbour’s self-built
where the Caterham manual looks plywood trailer. In every detail, though,
like a spiral-bound phonebook, Tam- the Academy car is track-ready: roll cage,
iya manuals run to 16 pages tops, transcend language barriers fire extinguisher in the boot, wafer-thin Tillet race seats, six-
with their fine, word-less illustrations and result in remarkably point harnesses. Fun though putting it together is, the wait to
few errors, despite the tear-arsed hurry in which most kids are slide aboard the thing, start it and actually drive it is killing me.
throwing their buggy together on Christmas morning. And when the car’s complete, certified as safe and ready to
Frustrating too is the time spent finding the bits you need. roll – what then? Spanning seven events (two sprints and five
A pie chart of my time spent on the project so far would be 60% circuit races), the Academy package (£24,995 if you self-build,
finding things in boxes and bags and 40% bolting them together. and you keep the car) is aimed squarely at
But be in no doubt: I’m enjoying myself immensely. Building a people like me: 40-year-old men coming
Caterham has been on The List for decades. Now I’m doing it, around to the idea that they probably won’t LOGBOOK
boredom is a distant memory and the idea of running as fast as now reach Formula One, but for whom CATERHAM ACADEMY
I dare into, say Paddock Hill bend, in a car I’ve put together is at PlayStation virtual reality isn’t scratching > Engine e 1595cc 16v 4-cyl, 125bhp @
6100rpm, 119lb ft @ 5350rpm
least as exciting as it is terrifying. the itch.
> Transmission 5-speed manual, open
The Caterham range – now with logical model names loosely But I’m getting ahead of myself: as I differential, rear-wheel drive
based on power-to-weight ratio – runs from 160 to 620, and in write, the season’s coming up fast and my > Statss 5.0sec 0-60mph, 122mph, n/a
R (hairy) or S (relatively refined) trims. But we’re building an car’s engine and gearbox only made it into g/km CO2 > As tested £24,995 (for
Academy car, the road-legal but race-ready model eligible for Ca- the chassis last weekend – the rear suspen- the car in kit form – price includes race
season but excludes delivery, paint and
terham’s built-for-novices motorsport series of the same name. sion, rollcage, much of the cooling system tool kit) > Miles this month 0 > Fuel
Close in specification to the 270 road car, the Academy uses a and the interior all need fitting. If you need this month n/a > Extra costs s £80
125bhp 1.6-litre Ford four-cylinder engine, a five-speed gearbox, me, I’ll be in the garage. (engine hoist hire)

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The DIY Caterham
survival guide

1 HAVE SPACE
You’ll need a clear garage in which to
build the car – trying to do the job outside,
in a British winter, doesn’t bear thinking
about. But the dream would be plenty of
additional space in which to carefully
unpack all the boxes and lay out their
contents – doing so would knock whole
days off the build time.

2 GET THE DRAPER KIT


An investment at £474 but Draper’s kit
will turn even the shabbiest tool collection
into one ready for racecar assembly.
Scenario 64 from Includes the all-important torque wrench,
Ben’s list of Painful myriad sockets, an embarrassment of
and Embarrassing screwdrivers and the axle stands you’ll need
Ways to End a Race
to sit the car up while you build it.

There’s all this still


to attach before
the Academy race
season starts

3 GO CAREFULLY
Much of the bodywork comes pre-
painted and fitted to the chassis, so there’s
potential for slipped-screwdriver disaster.
Several assembly steps ask that you protect
painted surfaces with tape and cardboard:
you only ignore that advice once.

4 USE DEREK
He’s patient, he knows everything, he’s
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always on standby at the other end of an


email and he hides his despair at your
ineptitude magnificently.

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In a post-truth design. The Q30 is pleasingly swoopy and slashy, giving it a
much more dynamic look than its German rivals. I like the looks.
Just a shame they bottled it when it came to the dashboard.
world, this is great In terms of equipment, our model is a Sport (hence the Q30S
badge on the back, which is very confusing – at Geneva last year,
There are no bad cars any more, they say. They Infiniti announced a new top-of-the-range 4x4 version, with a
may be wrong, if our first impressions of Infiniti’s 2.0-litre turbo engine… called the Q30S). The Sport equipment
hatch are anything to go by. By Mark Walton level adds a redesigned front bumper and grille, 19-inch alloys,
sports suspension, half leatherette/alcantara trim (that means
THE INFINITI Q30 1.5D is an awful car. fake leather and fake suede) and sports seats.
HELLO What a way to start a long-term relationship, Our car also has the InTouch sat-nav option, which is an
MONTH 1 eh? But I’m afraid there’s no avoiding it. Every- almighty £6800 extra. That’s right, nearly seven grand for sat-
INFINITI one at CAR R who’s driven the Q30 gets out with nav, DAB radio and ‘traffic sign recognition’ which warns you
Q30 the same initial impressions: it’s slow, lumpy, when you’re speeding. Add a further £670 for our Ink Blue paint,
uninspiring, simply the worst car they’ve and you’re up to £28,250. For a 1.5 diesel! Infiniti calls the Q30
driven in a long time. I mean, that does at least make it special, a ‘premium active compact’, and it sure is charging premium
right? These days, an unremarkable five-door hatch is a one- prices for it.
way ticket to slack-faced apathy – at least the Infiniti inspires a And frankly, bottom line, it’s just not a good car. The engine is
strong emotion, right? That’s good, right? Even if that emotion noisy, slow, and completely uninspiring. The Sports suspension
is, well… scorn. lowers the car by 15mm, but it doesn’t feel agile or ‘sporty’ at
So what’s the deal? Well, on paper it should have been plain all – it feels like its got balls of clay stuck to each corner, mak-k
sailing all the way to Apathy Street: the Q30 shares a platform ing it pound over potholes like a Nissan Navara pick-up. The
with the third-generation Mercedes A-class, its engine is bor- speed-sensitive steering is sharp enough, precise enough, but
rowed from Renault, and it’s built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant. there’s zero feel to it. Mark, you’ve left
the parking brake
Surely that should make it average? But while the Mercedes The driver’s seat is a comfortable place to be, but it’s oddly off. Mark! It’s
DNA does undeniably lend the Infiniti a certain Germanic cramped in the interior, especially in the rear. The tech level is going to roll off
solidity, our 1.5 turbodiesel is hardly Renault
Renault’ss greatest moment. adequate, with a colour screen and Bluetooth connectivity, but the edge. Mark!
It represents the entry-level diesel in the Q30 range, and it’s it breaks no new ground in the premium sector.
attached to a six-speed manual; but it’s a dozy, uninspiring work- k Altogether then, this is a car that’s not
horse that drones its way to a paltry 107bhp. It takes 12 seconds going to win any group test with a Golf,
to reach 62mph. Insert scowly-faced emoji here. an Audi A3 or even a Ford Focus. Which
Then there’s the interior: park a Mercedes next to our Infiniti may leave you wondering, why the hell LOGBOOK INFINITI Q30
SPORT INTOUCH
and check out the two interiors, you’ll soon see the shared have we invited such a dud onto CAR’s
> Enginee 1461cc 8v turbodiesel 4-cyl,
architecture – the positions of the vents, the heater controls, long-term test fleet? Well, the whole point 107bhp @ 4000rpm, 192lb ft @ 1750-
the indicator stalk… But an A-class has much more interesting of reporting on a car over several months 2500rpm > Gearbox 6-speed manual,
styling, with big round vents and an iPad-style touchscreen; the and thousands of miles is that we learn front-wheel drive > Stats
s 12.0 sec
Infiniti, by comparison, is ordinary, predictable, and altogether a more about it, discover its inner talents. 0-62mph, 118mph, 109 g/km CO2 > Price
£27,580 > As tested £28,250 > Miles this
bit Nissan. Over the coming weeks, then, I plan to dis- month 1106 > Total miles s 2898

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That’s especially disap- cover what’s good about the Infiniti. Next > Our mpg 39.5 > Official mpg 67.2
pointing given the exterior month, I’ll start with the steering wheel. > Fuel this month £158 > Extra costs
s £0

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A zen g
garden
on four wheels
MONTH 3 TOYOTA PRIUS

M
ARITAL HARMONY Y isn’t a job,
it’s a lifetime’s vocation, and
one that should be entered into
reverently, soberly and in the fear
of God. I would stay a long way away from
saying that my better half is difficult to
please; more that she has exacting tastes
and is forthright in her opinions. Nowhere
is this more evident than when it comes
to cars, where old is gold, eight cylinders
is a minimum and sub-400bhp equals
irrelevance. A keeper, then.
Selling her the idea of the Prius as the
main mode of transport for a whole year
was something of a stealth mission, as
the frequent reappearance of a non-
Lamborghini red wedge on the driveway
was arousing suspicion.
But I need not have worried. A busy
couple of weeks spent scurrying around

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the country was the perfect window
for the Prius to sell its mood-enhancing
qualities. A long motorway journey is
the time to shine; dial in a sensible and
make the Passat’s turbodiesel engine relatively hushed 70mph on the radar
The first bonnet Euro 6 compliant. cruise control, flick the heated seats on
and select a suitable DAB station so that
Gleeful visions of the massed ranks of
hinge of spring VW employees being required to pee
the JBL system’s inherent quality comes
through. It’s like a zen garden rendered in
into bespoke containers within corporate
Like the paper-free office, the bio-degradable plastics.
lavatories were sadly shattered, however, ‘I’m not disliking this’ was high praise
zero-maintenance car hasn’t upon learning that synthetic urea indeed. The Prius might seem undesirable
happened. That’s no bad thing. production is commonplace, and a because it’s offering something different;
By Anthony ffrench-Constant regular ingredient of fertiliser. if sex sells then selling the idea of chastity
Good job it’s so ubiquitous, though, is always going to be… er, hard. You don’t
need to be a 100% dyed-in-the-hessian
JUDGING BY Y the because, less than 8000 miles in, the
greenie to want a relaxing holiday, so
amount of information shouty screen informed me that I needed
MONTH 8 screen-sponsored to slosh a minimum of six litres of the
what’s wrong with owning a relaxing car?
I also have to thank reader George
VW PASSAT yelling at me the car stuff aboard to keep the engine happy. Mitchell, who quite rightly pointed out
ESTATE has been doing of late, Now, the maths, as you can imagine, that our Prius, despite being an Excel spec
it would appear that – are beyond me, but with an additive tank has actually had the standard 17-inch alloy
despite the Passat still capacity of some 13 litres and the first wheels junked for the boggo 15-inch steels.
having over 10,000 miles to run until it’s service not due for 18,000 miles, ever It might not seem like much but it cuts the
due for a first service – it’s, oh Lordy... reaching the latter without recourse to official CO2 figure to 70g/km.
maintenance time. attending to the former would appear to MATT JOY @MJMattJoy
The scope of my technical knowledge fall into the Fat Chance category.
being almost exclusively limited to Further exercising the bonnet hinges,
old British Hi-Fi components and the a second phalanx of warnings has
adjustment of telescopic sights for the danced the pas de deux with the AdBlue
purposes of mid-range rat slaying, I have, countdown, suggesting that coolant
thus far, managed to studiously ignore levels were also low.
the presence of a second cap under Happily, an extremely nice man at my
the fuel filler flap mysteriously marked local VW emporium explained that the
AdBlue. 2.0-litre bi-turbo’s cooling system is quite
Recently, however, the flashing complex and a considerable length of
warnings became increasingly strident hosing is involved. From new, said hose
and expletive-laden, to the tune of ‘Look, stretches a tad over time, and the coolant
knucklehead; if you don’t add AdBlue level drops a whisker accordingly...
within a couple of hundred miles, the car And there was I thinking the age of
won’t start and your missus simply will home car maintenance was no more. Overkill corner: this paint is Hypersonic Red
not stop.’
My curiosity piqued, Google has finally
explained to me after all these years why LOGBOOK TOYOTA PRIUS EXCEL
LOGBOOK > Enginee 1798cc 16v 4-cyl, 97bhp @ 5200rpm,
it was that my dad so assiduously peed VW PASSAT ESTATE GT 2.0 BI-TDI 4MOTION
on his compost heap every night. 105lb ft @ 3600rpm, e-motor 71bhp, 120lb ft
> Engine 1968cc 16v 4-cylinder bi-turbo diesel, 237bhp @ > Gearbox x Electric CVT, fwd > Stats
s 10.6sec
For AdBlue, I gather, is about one third
4000rpm, 369lb ft @ 1750rpm > Gearbox 7-speed automatic dual- 0-62mph, 112mph, 85.6mpg, 76g/km CO2
urea (as in urine) and two thirds deionised clutch, all-wheel drive > Stats
s 6.3sec 0-62mph, 147mph, 140g/km > Price £27,755 > As tested £28,300
water, and injecting this mixture into the CO2 > Price e £36,550 > As tested £43,310 > Miles this month 1699 > Total 4238
exhaust gas stream is fundamental to > Miles this month 486 > Total miles s 7553 > Our mpg 38.7 > Our mpg 62.7 > Official mpg 85.6
sufficiently reducing NOx emissions to > Official mpg 52.3 > Fuel this month £77.80 > Extra costs
s £12.70 > Fuel £61.29 > Extra costss None

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MULLINER
DRIVING
£1935
SPECIFICATION
SPORTS
EXHAUST

£805
NECK WARMER
ALEX TAPLEY

Set the sat-nav for Wonderland


Stranger things have happened, but not many: we’ve gone through the looking
glass and we really are running a Continental for a few months. By Steve Moody

SO THE OTHER day I was driving my Now, you might wonder how such an
HELLO Bentley, roof down in beautiful sunshine, insignificant footnote in the estimable
MONTH 1
to my French A-Level exam, when I realised pantheon of CAR R writers should be spend-
BENTLEY
CONTINENTAL I had done absolutely no revision for it, and ing half a year ensconced in the bountiful
in fact couldn’t speak a word of French. And embrace of Crewe’s finest? I’ll be honest, I’m
I was completely naked. I stopped at some not entirely sure myself, other than most
traffic lights, whereupon a large pink elephant called Maurice, journalists working for the magazine need a
wearing a bowler hat and with a large daisy poked in the end of car that can actually transport their muddy
his trunk, asked for a lift to Didsbury. families, rubbish, smelly dogs and baggage
And then I woke up. It had all been a very vivid, very surreal about because they are committed, selfless
dream. I got up, stretched and looked out the window. The individuals.
Bentley was still there… Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am proud Me, I’ll happily tell those nearest and
to announce, with a healthy dollop of wide-eyed, pinch-myself dearest who don’t fit that they’re taking the
incongruity (and a little nervousness) I shall be running a Bent- bus, or leave them standing on the pavement
ley Continental GT V8 S Convertible for six months. Bonkers. in their muddy shoes if need be. In fact, I’m
pondering going the whole hog with the multi-millionaire life-
style and binning the lot of them for six months, renting a pad Lowered ride height
somewhere swanky and getting myself one of those Eastern is part of the V8 S
package, but grey
European brides called Melania I’ve seen on the telly. paint and black
This will be an interesting challenge for my brain, trying to wheels are extras
sponge away the vast ponds of serotonin that form from tooling
about in this machine, and exercising some journalistic impar- Fancy audio
tiality, restraint and gimlet-eyed critical faculties. provides an
alternative to
£2815 HAND For Bentley claims that the drop-top Conti is a car you can invigorating V8
CROSS
use every day, the luxury boulevardier that happily queues on soundtrack
STITCHING
the commute in a miserably misty, frosty British winter. We’re
Like you did at going to see if the triple-layer roof, VW Group electronics,
primary school, obsessive, very personal, attention to build quality, winter tyres
just slightly more
skilled. In a choice and neck heater will prove this to be true.
of colours. The V8 S is for me the sweetest spot in the Continental range,
offering a twin-turbo engine with a dash more power (521bhp
versus 497) than the standard one, and marginally better han-

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STORM GREY £2125
PAINT £6895 ADAPTIVE
£1400 VEHICLE PREMIER CRUISE CONTROL £480
TRACKING SYSTEM SPECIFICATION STORAGE CASE

dling too thanks to 10mm lowered suspension, stiffer springs people with my ‘Nigerian prince’ email scam. But the sight of
and roll bar, more precise steering and less strict traction con- this car rolling onto my drive in Storm Grey paint and dark
trol. The big V8 has way more charisma than the hushed, more beluga leather on 21-inch black limited-edition wheels allayed
expensive W12. Should you want to buy a bog standard one off that worry. It’s a beautiful-looking car, classy, muscular and
the shelf, it would cost you £164,800. conspicuous without being showy.
Our car has £31,775 worth of options. I should point out we So I’ve gone from spartan Renault Zoe
did not spec this car – and, frankly, wouldn’t have had the nerve to profligate Bentley in the blink of an eye. LOGBOOK
to go this far. It’s one thing to tick the box for leather and a DAB I was really impressed with the Zoe, but BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT
V8 S CONVERTIBLE
radio on your Kia and add a few hundred quid to the price, but I when I slipped into the soft, thick chair,
> Enginee 3993cc 32v twin turbo
would have found it very challenging to absolutely insist I must let my heels sigh into the deep carpet,
V8, 521bhp @ 6000rpm, 502lb ft
have hand cross-stitching and stick £2815 on the bill, or £425 for inhaled the sweet odour of richly crafted @ 1700rpm > Gearbox x 8-speed
a small spectacle case. wood and leather, pressed the starter auto, four-wheel drive > Stats 4.3sec
Fortunately then, nice people at Bentley – more at home with and heard eight cylinders explode into 0-62mph, 192mph, 258g/km CO2
such preposterous figures – specified it for us, resulting in a car an insistent, urgent rhythm, I laughed > Price
e £164,800 > As tested £196,575
> Miles this month 365 > Total
that tops out at £196,575, although I had one concern with this a slightly delirious laugh and thought ‘I miless 365 > Our mpg 22.3 > Official
approach in that we might end up with a car in a lurid colour must be bloody dreaming’. But I’m not. mpg 26.7 > Fuel this month £89.04
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grunt to haul the Land Rover up to 62mph in 8.4sec.
Steers like a Jag, That’s a little slower than its lighter German rivals. Sport’s role in fast
But it doesn’t suffer from the laggy throttle response growing JLR family
is clear: whatever

hauls like a van that afflicted our 2012 Evoque.


While the Jag XE had a silky smooth eight-speed
you want it to be

’box, transverse Ingenium engines have a different


Whatever you ask the seven-seat Discovery Sport to nine-speed unit. The theory is that more ratios give
do, it does it exceptionally well. By Phil McNamara the engine more bandwidth to operate at econom-
ical speeds; the problem is that the transmission
OUR FAMILY SPLITS with the seven-seat doesn’t half rattle through the cogs, and shifts can be quite
GOODBYE Discovery Sport on Friday. The next day, my obtrusive, especially when the oil is cold. Some team mem-
MONTH 12 brother flies into the country, accompanied bers preferred to take charge using the plastic shifters.
LAND ROVER by a vast holdall. With the Disco, the four The Disco’s heft ensured we did not set any hypermiling
DISCO SPORT of us could collect him from the airport, records. Over 12 months, it averaged 33.8mpg, a miserable
bundling one of the child seats into the 36% off the official combined figure (though our S-Max and
third row to create space. Without it, our loss is Avis’s gain. Passat turbodiesels are similarly missing their marks). I
Once a month, we used the six- or seven-seat capability. did go easy on the throttle in August, trying to obey the on-
The back benches can accommodate adults for short jour- board ecotraining programme (hardly Super Mario Run but
neys, so long as the second row sacrifices a little of its boun- addictive all the same), ekeing out a personal best of 36.3mpg.
teous space. The boot is big in five-seat mode, and with the Some elements of the cabin feel off the pace: the tiny touch-
middle row down it’s more spacious than a Mondeo wagon. screen with a response time slower than a teenager getting
But the ride can be more knobbly than a ’4 0s summer at out of bed, and the antiquated graphics (both since updated).
Butlins. The HSE Luxury spec’s 20-inch rims can crash into The seats are firm but comfy and stylish, though having
potholes and jar the body over crests, all accompanied by a to plough through a sub-menu to turn on the heaters still
percussive kiddy-seat rattle. In fast bends, the body rolls grates. Software niggles froze the touchscreen on occasion,
over, and things can feel a little untidy with too enthusiastic playing iPhone music by Firewire connection was tempera-
an entry speed or unexpected camber changes. The Disco mental, and the air-con fan bizarrely packed up for an hour.
Sport corners like a Range Rover, but without its pillowy ride Upkeep was not cheap: the 21,000-mile
on the straights. But it steers like a Jaguar: firmly weighted, service cost £358 and replacing a nailed
eager to turn in, accurate to place on the road, best in class in 245/45 R20 Continental SportContact
LOGBOOK LAND ROVER
my opinion. The chassis gives plenty of feedback: the front- tyre £238, both before VAT. DISCOVERY SPORT HSE
end grip allows you to whip the Sport along nicely, though Our Disco Sport didn’t have the star LUXURY AUTO
the high centre of gravity curbs your enthusiasm. quality of our Evoque, or waft like the > Enginee 1999cc 16v turbodiesel 4-cyl,
Land Rover has been fettling the Discovery since its Range Rover that followed it. But we 178bhp @ 4000rpm, 317lb ft @ 1750rpm
launch, with JLR’s 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel replacing the will always have that family holiday in > Transmission 9-speed auto, 4wd
original Ford unit, for example. We’ve run two examples of France, and two Christmas expeditions, s 8.4sec 0-62mph, 117mph, 139g/
> Stats
km CO2 > Price e £43,400 > As tested
the engine: it was ‘disappointingly coarse and vocal’ in Ben boot fully loaded, and the odd ride for £46,615 > Miles this month 2124 > Total
Whitworth’s Jag XE, but noticeably less garrulous in the seven. Versatility and spaciousness are miless 26,862 > Our mpg 33.8 > Fuel this
Disco Sport. With 317lb ft of torque to surf, there’s sufficient rather loveable traits, it turns out. month £341.87 > Extra costs s £0

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Ford Edge Audi R8 Peugeot 308 GTI 270


MONTH 3 By Ben Miller MONTH 4 By James Taylor MONTH 8 By Ben Barry

JAGUAR LAND Rover has the Activity Key, its THE R8 continues to ace the everyday car brief, THE 308 needs servicing every 12,500 miles
surf-ready ‘wearable’ that lets you lock your with the exception of one inconveniently sized (some rivals add 50%), and the first was due
actual keys in your F-Pace/Discovery and head chink in its armour: a shoebox-sized boot. While when I visited family over Christmas. A quick
out to do whatever it is you do (canoe, ski, eat a 911, or even a McLaren or Ferrari 488, can pack search revealed Kendal dealership David Hayton
cheesecake in a paddling pool), then simply a surprising amount of gear into their ‘frunks’, undercut those near CAR by about £30. I booked
hold the heat-, cold- and water-resistant bracelet you’ll struggle to fit more than one (very) squashy online, and unchecked ‘also change spark plugs’.
up to the car’s rear badge to be granted access. bag in the R8. The price you pay for packaging The dealership was no-frills and friendly. In three
With the Edge I just lock it, tuck the key fob in my an extra set of driveshafts, I suppose. hours it was serviced and washed (though the
crisp white sports sock, hope the puddles aren’t Arguably worth it for the Audi’s winter-beating kid-muddied interior was ignored) and I was
too deep and run slowly thinking about crisps. traction, though. Out of slow corners the front £146.71 poorer. @IamBenBarry
tyres claw into the tarmac like a rock climber’s
LOGBOOK FORD EDGE fingertips finding a handhold, and fill you with LOGBOOK PEUGEOT 308 GTI 270
> Engine
e 1997cc 16v turbodiesel 4-cyl, 207bhp confidence on the sort of bumpy, slippery > Enginee 1598cc 16v turbo 4-cyl, 268bhp @
@ 3750rpm, 332lb ft @ 2000rpm > Gearbox B-roads that would bring most other supercars 6000rpm, 243lb ft @ 1900rpm > Gearbox x 6-speed
6-speed dual-clutch, all-wheel drive out in a cold sweat. manual, front-wheel drive > Statss 6.0sec 0-62mph,
> Stats
s 9.4sec 0-62mph, 131mph, 48.7mpg, At slower speeds it’s beginning to sound 155mph (limited), 47.1mpg, 139g/km CO2
149g/km CO2, 1949kg > Price e £34,495 > As like a family of squirrels have moved into that > Price
e £29,870 > As tested £28,455 > Miles this
tested £39,965 > Miles this month 977 Total boot. Sometimes it sounds like it might be the month 1557 > Total miles s 12291 > Our mpg 34.1
miless 8767 > Our mpg 31.4 > Official mpg 48.7 suspension bushes, sometimes maybe the > Official mpg 47.1 > Fuel this month £238.26
> Fuel this month £172.77 > Extra costs
s £0 intersection where the dashboard meets the > Extra costs £146.71 (service)
windscreen, but something’s definitely getting
squeaky when the going gets bumpy. I spoke to
another journalist recently who’s logged plenty
of miles in another new R8 and they reported
similar squeaks over speed bumps. While you’d
probably forgive that in a harder-core supercar,
the Audi’s premium standpoint and otherwise
luxurious cabin make it harder to overlook.
Squeaking it might be, but our R8’s now
no longer beeping as the curious case of the
panicking parking sensor (see Month 2) is closed:
turns out the number plate had come partially
unstuck, justt far enough to catch the sensor’s
beam. @JamesTaylor_5

BMW i3 LOGBOOK AUDI R8 V10 PLUS Mercedes E63 AMG


> Engine 5204cc 40v V10, 602bhp @ 8250rpm,
MONTH 2 By Tim Pollard MONTH 5 By Chris Chilton
413lb ft @ 6500rpm > Gearbox x 7-speed dual-
clutch, all-wheel drive > Statss 3.2sec 0-62mph,
OUR R i3’s optional, big-but-skinny 20in wheels TO check our bargain Benz isn’t an anomaly
205mph, 287g/km CO2 > Price e £132,715
wear Bridgestone Ecopia tyres. Designed to I had a dig around on the Mercedes used car
> As tested £149,645 > Miles this month 750
cleave the air with minimal drag, they don’t put a locator and turned up several. Here’s one of my
> Total miless 3070 > Our mpg 20.5 > Official mpg
huge amount of rubber in contact with the road, favourites, a 64-plate non-S in Obsidian Black
21.9 > Fuel this month £147.36 > Extra costss £0
so we’ve been pussy-footing around at this chilly, that’s covered 20,000 miles, for under £40k.
slippy-slidey time of year. Why the caution? I had The cheapest current E-class wagon you can
a big, unintentional skid on a mucky country lane buy, the E200d SE, costs £36,735. You get the
in a different i3 last year. Nothing untoward has same dealer experience and proper warranty
happened in this i3. Yet. @TimPollardCars plus almost 400 more nags. And you can
moonlight as an Uber hearse to claw back the
LOGBOOK BMW i3 RANGE-EXTENDER extra fuel cost. @chrischiltoncar
> Engine 125kW electric motor (equivalent to
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rear-wheel drive > Stats 8.1sec 0-62mph, 93mph, 5500rpm, 531lb ft @ 1750-5250rpm > Gearbox
13g/km CO2 > Price e £31,560 > As tested £37,009 7-speed auto, rwd > Statss 4.3sec 0-62mph,
(prices quoted after government Plug-in Grant) 155mph > Price e £76,530 (when new) > As tested
> Miles this month 540 > Total 2953 > Our mpg £41,000 (now) > Miles this month 1511 > Total
Haven’t refuelled yet! > Official mpg 471mpg Nudist colonies are popular destinations for s 20,401 > Our mpg 21.0 > Official mpg 27.7
miles
> Fuel this month £0 > Extra costs s £0 R8 owners forced to leave their bags at home > Fuel this month £383.04 > Extra costs
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ABARTH VANTAGE V12/GT12 
NEW IN THIS MONTH > Cramming a huge V12 into the V8-sized engine
bay was apparently the easy bit; it’s taken Aston
500  until 2016 to add a manual gearbox. Worth the
> Pricey pocket rockets, all powered by 1.4-litre wait > VERDICT Chassis finally has the stick shift
turbos in various stages of steroidal over- it deserves. Buy it no other way
compensation. Divine details, dodgy dynamics Renault Zoe 40
> VERDICT Like a small yappy dog: noisy, ‘Clever new battery DB11 
excitable and likely to give you a headache with more power solves > First genuinely new Martin in a decade gets slick
range anxiety, potentially aero slinkiness, belting V12 turbocharged charmer
ALFA ROMEO induces wealth anxiety and most crucially, Mercedes help with the wiring
> VERDICT T Finally the right blend of much needed
instead with £4k price new stuff and classic Aston charm results in a cut-
MITO  premium. Unless you’re above GT. Eat your heart out, Europe!
> Decent engines but generally rubbish to drive, smart and lease it’
Alfa’s soggy-handling, hard-riding premium mini VANQUISH S 
is crucified by the real thing and Audi’s A1 > Not quite funeral parlour dressing but lipstick
> VERDICT T At least it’s got its looks. No, wait. It’s Bentley Bentayga NEW
ENTRY and sorted underpinnings come too near the
an ugly Alfa. It’s got nothing Diesel 4 end of the Vanquish. A pity, because the DB11 is
‘They said it would neve both fresher and cheaper. Oops > VERDICT Instant
GIULIETTA  happen, but we knew it respect, even though you’ve bought the wrong Aston
> Looked like a credible Golf rival for a while but would. Now you get to
now the game has moved on. Keen prices, but RAPIDE 
use the dirty pumps and
rivals are roomier, classier and more fun to drive > Take that, Panamera! Aston shows Porsche
> VERDICT Miles better than a Mito. Miles better
only need to stop every how to make a supercar/saloon cocktail. Forget
than a 4C, even. Miles behind a Mk7 Golf other minute’ limo pretensions though, it’s a four-door 2+2
> VERDICT T Pretty, but interior more dated than
4C/4C SPIDER  a New York socialite and as hard on your wallet
> Sexy carbon two-seater over-promises and Vauxhall Maloo
under-delivers on a double-your-dong-length 153 e have so many AUDI
web-scam scale. Spider a step in right direction n incorporated
> VERDICT T Shoots for the moon, hits itself in a single vehicle.
the foot. Elise more fun, Cayman a better bet ectacularly fast, A1 HATCH/SPORTBACK 
absurd, useless, > Posh Polo does it all, from 1.0 miser to S1 micro
GIULIA  rocket. Not cheap, even before you’ve splurged
> Good grief – an Alfa Romeo we can finally
Australian and on options. £30k is a mouse click away
recommend that you buy. New, auto-only brilliant all at the > VERDICT Classy Mini rival that doesn’t turn
3-series rival has sharp steering, sultry looks, same time’ into Quasimodo when you tick the 5dr option
great driving position. Bellissimo!
> VERDICT T Note to dealers: don’t cock it up A3 HATCH/S’BACK/SALOON
HATC

GIULIA QUADRIFOGLIO  > Mid-life update adds exterior angles, three-pot
> Like a regular Giulia doped up by Lance engine and optional digi-dash. Still king of
Armstrong, this 191mph, 503bhp rocket is quality in this sector, but adrenalin isn’t amongst
a quadruple shot of espresso for Alfa’s long extra standard kit > VERDICT T Brilliant hatch
lamented soul. At last > VERDICT T The closest you D5/B5  ARIEL and not much financial gulf to a Golf. Try sporty
can get to a four-door Ferrari. Really. Thatt good. > Twin-turbo B5 petrol V8’s 590lb ft could S-Line on supple SE chassis
de-forest the Amazon while planet-loving D5
ALPINA doesn’t let meagre 155g/km prevent 174mph ATOM  A3 CABRIOLET 
max > VERDICT T M5 alternative with Touring > Only the Pope’s lips get more up close and > Premium sun-grabber without macho sports-
body option you can’t have with the real thing personal with the tarmac than an Atom driver, car posturing. A bit tight in the back, but pretty
D3/B3  but there’s zero protection when the heavens tight in the bends too. Try a 1.8 TFSi with Sport
> Twin-turbo petrol and diesel stonk and smooth B7  open > VERDICT T Spectacular toy. Great on trim > VERDICT T Asexual drop-top for sensible
auto ’boxes mated to a quality chassis, but > BMW doesn’t make an M7, but Alpina track, barmy on road. Chassis doubles as a shoes types. Worth the £2k premium over Golf
watch for some questionable OAP-spec interior does. Twin-blown petrol V8 delivers ‘bahn- clothes airer, which is just as well…
finishes > VERDICTT Try an xDrive D3 Touring – busting performance that’s best enjoyed in S3 / RS3 
it’s what the M3 wants to be when it grows up Germany > VERDICT T Niche S63 alternative NOMAD  > Further proof that the Germans are still
hamstrung by ugliness of the raw materials > Not content with terrifying on tarmac, Ariel power junkies at heart. 296bhp S3 is trouble
D4/B4  now offers the off-road Nomad. Gains a roll- enough, while new 362bhp RS3 will do 174mph.
> Same blend of fast and frugal as above XD3  over structure but still no doors… > VERDICT Achtung, baby. > VERDICT Far better than they
but slotted into slinkier 4-series shell. ZF auto > X3 35d-based high-rise hot-rod delivers Don’t forget to put the hot water on – you’ll be used to be, but not as exciting as they should
not as snappy as M4’s twin clutch, but much 350bhp, 516lb ft, and the horizon through your needing a bath when you get home be. Buy a Golf R
smoother > VERDICT: 53mpg and 62mph in windscreen. Spoiled by a rock-hard ride
4.6sec? And you’re alright with this, BMW? > VERDICT Another niche BMW Munich leaves ASTON MARTIN A4 SALOON/AVANT/ALLROAD
SALO

to Alpina, maybe ’cos Porsche Macan is better
> All-new A4 is Captain Obvious in every way:
VANTAGE V8/GT8  lighter, smarter, better to drive – and only
The home for all your car maintenance and ownership needs > Ageing entry level Aston has ace steering, but microscopically different to look at
make sure you go manual: plodding semi-auto is > VERDICT T As you were, except inside, where
as dynamic as a Ron Dennis interview tech obsession offs elegance. Rivals remaining
> VERDICT ‘Monica Belucci’ on the age/ calm
desirability scale; madcap GT8 tactile but not as
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RS4  TT COUPE/ROADSTER 


> Brutal RS treatment makes a monster of
REPLACED ho-hum A4. No 4dr, no manual and no turbos,
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> Brilliant coupe gets virtual dash, and sharper
handling. Try 2.0-FSI. Boot big, but rear seats NUMBER CRUNCHING
CO2 HEROES AND VILLAINS
this wicked wagon’s V8 redlines higher than for handbags only (some men have them, you
Ferrari’s 488GTB > VERDICT T Pace and space, but know) > VERDICT T A proper real-world sports car
rides like the tyres have a tic. No match for new C63 – but same money buys an early R8!
Some manufacturers are making a better fist of
A5 SPORTBACK  TT RS  cutting their range-average emissions than others
> In a class of one until BMW finally got its > At the outer limits of the TT’s dynamic envelope
REPLACEDact, and the 4-series Gran Coupe, together. a 17% power hike ekes 395bhp from five pots
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Pretty and practical, but like its drivers, and targets wounded Cayman > VERDICT T Audi
feeling its age > VERDICT Fatherhood doesn’t springs the offside trap, rounds the keeper, but THE BEST THE WORST
seem so bad with family cars this handsome. hits the bar. So close!
Then you drive it
R8 V10/V10 PLUS 
A5 COUPE/CABRIO  > Friday afternoon restyle meets Monday morning
-> Deceptive bunny boiler – looks normal until mechanics. New R8 offers no V8 for now, but V10
you realise it’s killed a TT and is wearing its face. is back with 533bhp or Lambo-equalling 602bhp
Cue B-road mayhem. Not really > VERDICT > VERDICT T A Lamborghini Huracan for £50k less.
Even more of an A4 in a frock than the last one, Friendly but ballistic; playful chassis a joy
but still better to drive
BAC
RS5 
> Has iconic Quattro arches, but feels like
MONO 
REPLACED
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it was engineered down the Arches at T 103.5g/km
PEUGEOT ROLLS ROYCE 331g/km
Phil Mitchell’s EastEnders den of bodgery. > Single-seat racer that took a wrong turn out of
Cramped too > VERDICT T Great V8 can’t save the pits. Pushrod suspension, Cosworth-tuned Clear winners, thanks to a focus on You can expect this to fall in
misfiring flat-footed coupe. Buy a BMW M4, or 2.3 Duratec and bath-like driving position smaller cars and some of the most the coming year, but big V12s
the better RS4 > VERDICT T Sublime track-tool with a six-figure efficient diesels available. don’t help.
price that’d net you a Cayman GT4 and an Atom
A6 SALO
SALOON/AVANT/ALLROAD
 BENTLEY
> Demure big Audi an unsung hero, refined and
cheap to run. Allroad an SUV for agoraphobics;
twin-blown 309bhp BiTDi a proper mischief BENTAYGA 
maker > VERDICT Base models short on wow, NEW > Cynics will say it’s a Q7 in expensive
but a solid alternative to better-handling Jag XF ENTRY jewellery, but The World’s Fastest SUV
matches 187mph top speed with superb
RS6  chassis. We flambéed the brakes > VERDICT
> For wealthy mentalists who think the S6’s Super-lux options include £110k Breitling clock.
444bhp isn’t enough, RS6 delivers 25% more Or spend the same on a two-bed semi in Crewe
and gives the new R8 V10 a hard time at the
BENTAYGA DIESEL  CITROEN 105.7g/km CORVETTE 329g/km
lights > VERDICTT Beautifully finished all-
weather family wagon that scares supercars silly > They said it would never happen, but we knew it Peugeot’s PSA partner Citroën The turbo revolution hasn’t
would. Still fast, still heavy, still thirsty but now you is almost but not quite as good – reached the ’Vette. Yet.
A7 SPORTBACK  get to use the dirty pumps and only need to stop blame all those big MPVs.
> Slant-roof A6 takes styling cues from pretty every other minute > VERDICT You might have
’60s 100 coupe but can’t out-cool Merc’s CLS. to lie at the golf club or they’ll make you use the
More grippy than a sloth whose been sloppy with tradesmen’s entrance
the superglue > VERDICT Stylish GT with sensible
engines, but a sports saloon? My RS, maybe CONTINENTAL GT
G COUPE/
CABRIO 
RS7  > The repmobile of millionaires. Reliable,
> Pricier, less practical RS6 with fastback rear, REPLACEDwell-built and yes, full of VW bits. Death Star
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same guts but gets clever rear diff as standard smooth W12 now sounds more rebellious,
for oversteer here, there and everywhere given while twin-turbo GT V8 S is joyful > VERDICT More
room > VERDICT T An Aston Rapide for the AA- of a sportscar than its hefty GT image suggests
grophobic, but we’d have the naughtier RS6
CONTINENTAL GT3-R 
A8 SALOON  > Bonkers road racer with Max Power styling,
RENAULT 105.9g/km LAMBORGHINI 317g/km
> Audi’s elder statesman for elder no rear seats and shouty exhaust. Surprisingly With more small turbocharged This figure is 13g/km down
REPLACED statesmen has more tech than CES at nimble using 4wd and torque vectoring, and petrols coming, PSA’s arch rival on the year before, helped by
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Vegas but who wants people to think epically fast thanks to tricked up 580 V8 is likely to cut this figure further. the Huracan.
they’re being chauffeured in an A4? > VERDICT > VERDICT T Uncouth drag racer for rich Russians
Gadgets galore, but Merc’s incredible S-class
nails the luxury basics better FLYING SPUR 
> New Spur is sharper to drive, sharper to look
Q2  at, softer to sit in, and feels less like a stretched
> Odd-looking small SUV is like a Countryman Conti. Fridge and iPads essential options for
that’s lost a battle with a set-square. Nice pampered rear-seat recliners > VERDICT T Think
enough to drive but still a nerd to the Mini’s of it as a bargain Roller rather than a pricey A8
prom queen > VERDICT T The Q doesn’t stand for
Quasimodo. Probably MULSANNE 
> Huge, handbuilt anachronism, with twin-turbo
Q3  V8 born in the ’50s, buffed to perfection, and
> Dumpy dinky faux field forager is a yummy a field of cows sacrificed for your arse’s pleasure
mummy fave. Forget 4wd and the diesels and > VERDICT Buy the Speed – any less outrageous TOYOTA 107.7g/km ASTON MARTIN 313g/km
go for light, zippy, 1.4 TFSi > VERDICTT So much display of consumption is just poor form A broader range of petrol With the DB11 now on sale
better to drive than it looks. Which it’d have to hybrids than anyone else helps Aston Martin might even
be, right? Unless it was an Alfa BMW to keep Toyota’s average low. sneak below 300…
RSQ3
> Audi’s first tall-boy RS model. Hearing of the 1-SERIES 
£45k price or unleashing that 335bhp five-pot > Only rear-driver in its class. Good for handling,
both elicit same incredulous gasp > VERDICT not for cabin space. Just facelifted so now 3%
Who needs this stuff? Short people in a rush? less grotesque. 118i petrol a brilliant all-rounder
What we do know is it’s better than a GLA45 AMG > VERDICT T Want a roomy, well-appointed hatch
that’s great to drive and look at? Buy an A3
Q5 
> Car-like SUV offers everything from meek M135i 
REPLACED180bhp front driver to a ballistic SQ5 bi-turbo > Last of the downsizing deniers, BMW’s
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diesel delivering RS performance without FACELIFThot hatch stays with six-pot power when all
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the fuel bills > VERDICT Still one of Audi’s best. rivals offer four. Undercuts mechanically
Beats a top-spec A4, if not a bottom-spec Macan identical M235i by £4.5k > VERDICT T Storming
drivetrain, but VW’s incredible Golf R just pips it NISSAN 114.3g/km FERRARI 299g/km
Q7  A figure slightly up on the previous …just like Ferrari has,
> German heavy metal turns techno as Mk2 Q7 2-SERIES COUPE/CABRIO 
year, but impressive considering it validating the move to turbo.
sheds weight despite megaload of extra gizmos. > Boot-faced booted 1-series is a Mustang with
includes planet eaters like the GT-R. A bit.
High-performance SQ7 TDI mind-bendingly a couple of A-levels. 218d is 8.9 to 62mph and
adept > VERDICTT They thought of everything but 63mpg; 4cyl 228i a cut-price, cut-down M235i
the charm > VERDICT T Plainer than a margarine sarnie, but
TT and RCZ can’t touch its space/pace combo
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S63 coupe, but can’t touch a 911
11 G
GTS for kicks 488 is more playful and even easier to drive.
M240i  > VERDICT M6 GC almost makes M5 redundant, C3  A stunning
i achievement
hi > VERDICTTEEven the
h
> Still hard to look at without squinting but sweet but at £100k/18mpg you’ll need two jobs > Citroen produces a great small car by looking looks grow on you after a while. Rivals better
six-cylinder is even more grunty. The perfect up its own Wikipedia entry and remembering dust off their gracious loser faces
2-series if you pretend the M2 doesn’t exist 7-SERIES  what it’s good at; spacy, compliant and different
> VERDICT T Ignore the Golf R temptation and > So high-tech BMW presumably ram-raided > VERDICT T Are Citroëns cool again? 2016 has CALIFORNIA T 
keep it rear BEST IN Google’s R&D bunker, confident the ‘carbon been sufficiently bonkers. > L-plate Ferrari first of Maranello’s new turbo
CLASS
core’ construction would enable it to drive cars. Boost management mimics naturally
M2  back out > VERDICT T Gesture control, remote C3 PICASSO  aspirated engines. Looks better, sounds worse
> 2-series coupe with M4 chassis and 365bhp parking, active anti-roll – it’s got it all. But not the > Compact supermini-based box that’s fun to > VERDICT Forget the unfair 488 comparisons,
turbo six – that’s some crowbar they’ve got at M kudos of the S-class… REPLACEDdrive (avoiding the petrol one, mind) and well- it’s an SL65 rival and well worthy of the badge
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Division. All of the fun, all of the time > VERDICT packaged. Might not set pulses racing, but
Best M car since the E46 M3. Buy with manual X1  you’ll get very protective of it > VERDICT Picasso F12/F12TDF 
’box and stacks of tyres > Ugly old one sold by the bucket load; all-new was a cubist, so why not name a box after him? > Jumbo GT steers like a supercar, cruises
replacement is miles better to look at and to BEST IN like a limo, drifts like a nitro-lit M3. Also
2-SERIES ACTIVE TOURER  drive. It’s a proper mini SUV now… > VERDICT C4  CLASS
available in taste-redacted 769bhp ‘Tour
> BMW in front-drive MPV shock. Decent It’s even based on the fwd Mini platform. > Recently refreshed C4 has all the edginess of a de France’ guise for £100k more > VERDICT
BEST IN drive, great interior. Need to cart OAP Swallow that bile now Hush Puppy deck shoe. But it’s useful, anodyne Stick with 730bhp original unless you’ve an
CLASS
relatives around? You’ll need the 7-seat Gran transport and sub-100g/km BlueHDi models unholy appetite for extra vents and carbonfibre
Tourer. Boom boom! > VERDICT T The ultimate X3  are very economical > VERDICT T Nobody would
driving (to the park/crèche/post office) machine > Studiously un-gangsta SUV shuns petrol hate you – or notice you – if you bought one LAFERRARI 
power – and M Power – options for solid diesel- > 1000bhp hybrid hypercar where the electric
i3  only blend of handling and handiness. Looking C4 CACTUS  BEST IN bits exist to save tenths not icecaps. 499 to be
CLASS
> One of BMW’s best cars is home to its finest better post facelift > VERDICT The BMW SUV > An architect’s wet dream. Sloppy to drive built and all sold despite the £1.2m asking
cabin. Electric version has short range; hybrid we don’t hate ourselves for liking but otherwise a roomy family car with kid’s toy price > VERDICT The greatest single supercar of
is noisy and has a fuel tank like a flea’s hip flask colour combos. Airbumps will stop it kicking off all time – except maybe the FXX K track version
> VERDICT Carbon chassis supermini, electric X4  in the car park > VERDICTT Cheap yet brilliant.
power and £30k price. Did we wake up in 2045? > Blame the Evoque and people who bought Why can’t the French be this good all the time? GTC4LUSSO 
the X6 for this carbuncle. £4-5k more than an > Looking even more like a Z3 M Coupe
3-SERIES
3 SERIES SALOON/TOURING X3, but better equipped and annoyingly better C5 SALOON/ESTATE  battered by a giant spatula, this updated FF gets
 to drive > VERDICT T Depressing X3 spin-off for > Be aware: this car is still in existence. Slow selling four-wheel steering to go with its improved four-
> Celebrating four decades of overpriced, grown-ups who still dream of being a footballer but roomy estate is fairly stylish and practical with wheel drive and 680bhp V12 > VERDICT T Closest
BEST IN undersized family cars. New modular Hydractive rear suspension > VERDICT T There have Ferrari will ever get to an SUV, apparently. Take a
CLASS
engines make it better than ever, 320d X5  been great French family saloons. This is not one moment to think about that…
(now sub-100g/km) still top choice > VERDICT > One-time Premier League fave looking more
Jag XE is treading heavily on its twinkling toes like League 1 beside better-driving, and -looking C4 PICASSO  FIAT
rivals. Skinflint sDrive 25d is a rwd four-banger > Defiantly anti-cool family shifter. Touches like
3-SERIES GT  > VERDICT T Still impresses with engines and lower rear windows and sprogwatch mirror
> High-rise Touring alternative almost as vast as quality, but thanks to Landie it’s lost its lustre make mums go weak at the knees for its peace- TIPO 
a 5-series thanks to wheelbase stretch, but way and-bloody-quiet ambience > VERDICT T Drives > Oh god, really? Fiat has another crack at the
more hideous. Another BMW design disaster X6  like a shed. Who cares, if Satan’s brood shut up? C-segment, this time sensibly playing the value
> VERDICT A £35k Mondeo with a BMW badge. > All the impracticality of a coupe and all the card. So dull it’s already been replaced yet still
Why bother when the same-price X3 is so good? wasteful high-centred mass of an SUV. Genius. BERLINGO MULTISPACE  the best Fiat hatch since the last Tipo – from
If you must, X40d gives best price/punch/ > Recently refreshed with SUV aspirations, 1988 > VERDICT Only consider buying Fiats with
4-SERIES COUPE/CABRIO  parsimony > VERDICT Pointless pimp wagon. but still a wipe-clean tin lifeboat for cagoule- numbers, not names
> 3-series in a shell suit subtly better to drive, Buy a Porsche Cayenne or even an X5 wearing Thermos-sipping birdwatchers. Rattles
but same great engine choices and almost as and drives like a van. Is a van > VERDICT 124 
practical. Shame about the carryover cabin Z4  Dogging cheap seats for aspiring Bill Oddies > MX-5’s step-sister, seemingly intent on
> VERDICT T Crushes Audi’s ancient A5. Folding > Sports car for post-menopausal women undermining said darling hairdresser’s star turn
hardtop cabrio weighty but worth it REPLACED
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in lemon trouser suits. Coupe-cabrio roof DACIA with its punchier 1.4 turbo blow-dryer. Awkward
hits boot space when folded. Base 18i spec style, for an Italian > VERDICT Still – to drive, this
4-SERIES GRAN COUPE  sub-Wartburg > VERDICT No match for Boxster. is the MX-5 you’ve been waiting for
> Pretty and practical, like a bikini car wash, Stick with mid- spec trim. And keep taking the SANDERO 
hatchback GC costs £3k more than 3-series but evening primrose > Cheapest new car on sale not the worst. PANDA 
has std leather. Five belts but only four seats Yoghurt-pot plastics and pre-Glasnost styling > Spacious city car with ‘squircle’ obsession,
> VERDICT T Smart and useful, much more than a I8  can’t detract from a spacious sub-six-grand as roly-poly as blobby looks suggest. Two-pot
niche exercise. But why isn’t this the 3-series? > Carbon-constructed 3-cyl hybrid supercar runabout with Renault engines > VERDICT TwinAir willing but thirsty > VERDICT VW Up
that’s fun for four, as fast as an M3 and does 40 Austerity rocks. Right, Greece? costs less, drives better and is nicer inside
M3/M4  real mpg. Minor demerit: looks like it’s crimping
> Oh thank God – there’s finally a Competition off a 911 > VERDICT T Fascinating and fabulous. LOGAN  500/C 
Pack to breath some life into this staid M-car The future of the sports car is in safe hands > Estate looks like a Sandero that’s reversed > Delicate job, modernising a retro cash cow.
duo. £3k more = 444bhp and light-up seat into phone box. Cavernous boot, but dreadfully Fiat’s approach pairs a korma-grade facelift with
badges. Classy > VERDICT Buy an M2 BUGATTI unrefined thanks to all the brittle plastic and tin updated tech and even more colour palette
> VERDICT T You put things in it. It will carry them kitsch > VERDICT T Fashion victims rejoice! The
5 SERIES SALOON/TOURING
5-SERIES for you. You can take them out. Job done cupholders actually work now
 CHIRON 
> Hard to fault the default exec. Go for 520d or > ‘The Veyron was okay but why couldn’t it have DUSTER  500L/MPW 
REPLACED 530d M Sport, ZF auto, adaptive dampers. 30% bigger turbos and 300bhp more power?’ > No-nonsense SUV that’s ideal for wannabe > Bloated supermini-sized people carriers,
SOON
Ace adaptive headlamps a £545 option Bugatti answers the question nobody asked – peacekeepers on a ridiculously small budget. desperately attempting to cash in on city car’s
> VERDICT Stylish as Teflon trousers but that and answers it loud > VERDICT We’ve yet to drive Buy the boggo 4x4 diesel in white for the full UN chic. Seldom has the point been so massively
drip-dry gusset is just so handy. Best exec bar none it, but predict a riot effect > VERDICT The Neighbourhood Watch missed > VERDICT T In-car coffee machine
will never be the same again option the only purchase excuse
5-SERIES GT  CATERHAM
> BMW GB: ‘The contours… make its attraction DS 500X 
instant. Stylish presence of a saloon combines > Compact crossover is Arnold Schwarzenegger
harmoniously with the sporty elegance of a SEVEN  of the 500 range – steroidal and somewhat
coupe’ > VERDICT T Munich’s Vel Satis. Hated by > Still the benchmark for bobble-hatted Terry- DS3 HATCH/CABRIO  limited in its range of abilities, but actually
critics, loved by owners. All three of them Thomas wannabes, the adaptable Seven comes > Best-selling DS gets robo-croc snout and rather likeable > VERDICT T Worthy Nissan Juke
in flavours from 160 3-cyl to mental road racers Apple CarPlay but ‘premium’ claims increasingly alternative works the 500 thing surprisingly well
M5  > VERDICT T 80bhp 160 underpowered, 310bhp lost in translation > VERDICT
T Like Prince Wills’s
> While our enthusiasm for the twin-turbo V8 is 620R lethal, 180bhp 360 model just right bonce, the Gallic charm is wearing thin PUNTO 
tempered slightly by the artificial engine noise, > Been facelifted more times than Joan Rivers
it’s sublime to drive and gets better with every CHEVROLET DS4/CROSSBACK  but is somehow still alive. Now reduced to bare-
iteration > VERDICT Still the fast saloon daddy. > Range now split between regular hatch and bones range and budget price. We still wouldn’t
592bhp ‘30 Jahre edition’ utterly magnificent jacked-up Crossback. Softer set-up and fewer > VERDICT You might be tempted. Don’t be
CORVETTE  buttons a plus; rear windows still don’t open
6-SERIES COUPE/CABRIO  > Farm machinery meets space lab in fabulous > VERDICT T Medium rare luxy-Frenchness. QUBO / DOBLO 
> Anonymous big GT best enjoyed with mighty 460bhp V8 symphony of composite materials, Germany reportedly not worried >Postman Pat’s wheels? Don’t be daft, Pat’s
40d diesel power. Plenty of room for four – if leaf springs and push rods. Shame it’s left-hook retired to the Caribbean and is living off the
you fire your passengers into the back via a only > VERDICT £60k for a bargain berserker. DS5  royalties. Drives a red Bentley > VERDICT T Van-
wood-chipper > VERDICT Under-the-radar GT £20k more for the 650bhp Z06 > Office joker in testosterone world of Serious based MPVs. Practicality first, people second
bruiser, short on sex, but not on appeal Business Men. Quite appealing, with a lovely
CITROEN aerostyled cabin. Diesel Hybrid4 a good idea FORD
6-SERIES GRAN COUPE  not executed properly > VERDICT T Bland
> Coupe? It’s a bloody saloon! And £20k more ubiquity will always beat charming quirkiness
than a same-engined 5-series! BMW must C1  KA+ 
chuckle at every sale. Still, rather nice > Trying hard to escape the clutches of its sister FERRARI > Hits the city car target bang-on by being the
> VERDICT T Desirable enough to leave the cars, the C1 can have a funky Airscape cloth complete opposite of the old Ka (good to drive,
6-series coupe in the shade/showroom roof and half-hearted personalisation options. decently spacious), but misses by being less
1.0-litre has most pep > VERDICT T Good, solid 488 GTB  sexy than Borat. And Plus? Plus what?
M6  proletarian urban fare rather than hipster cool > We were worried the turbos would ruin it, but > VERDICT Hails from South America, like the
> Six-figure M5 in a shiny suit is even better to while we’ll miss the 458’s 9000rpm wail, the Ecosport. Isn’t rubbish, unlike the Ecosport
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> VERDICT
T The fat goth of the premium
B-MAX  hatchback segment
> B-pillar-free Fiesta-based mini MPV gets rear
sliding doors for maximum practicality but not MASERATI QUATTROPORTE GTS Q50 
the sliding rear seats of some rivals. Firm ride
> VERDICT T Buy with a 1.0 Ecoboost triple and “A blend of Maranello turbo V8 in FACELIFT
SOON
> Another American-market Japanese
premium product that’s lost in translation.
Zetec trim for maximum school-run fun
FIESTA 
some gracefully ageing Maserati bits” Shame it wasn’t lost at sea on the way over.
Hybrid mega quick > VERDICT T Like a tiny speck
of fluff the Mercedes C-class casually brushes
> Still brilliant after all these years, Fiesta is from its sleeve
BEST IN poised and practical. Terrific new triples make multi-link rear end, but rear-space could be better > VERDICT Basic motoring done not just well
CLASS
up for an interior that would make the Chinese > VERDICT T Ecoboost 4-cyl torquey but tedious; but with a dash of style. Mid-spec 1.0 our choice Q60 COUPE/CABRIO 
blush > VERDICT The best driving supermini. Even it’s the V8 you want, if not its 18mpg thirst > Nissan 370Z after a back, sack ’n’ crack.
1.0 models feel like hot hatches in waiting i20 HATC
HATCH/COUPE/ACTIVE No diesel but V6 sounds ace and S models
FACELIFT
GALAXY   SOON
(4ws and LSD) are tidy in the bends. Looks
FIESTA ST/ST200  > Goose to the S-Max’s Maverick, new Galaxy is > Update adds Active crossover to 5dr Hatch dated > VERDICT T Not without merit, but
> Bargain banzai hot hatch shreds that based on the same Mondeo-derived platform. and 3dr ‘Coupe’; suitable for somnambulant without a hope of talking us out of buying a
BEST IN tricky gyratory complex with style to spare Just as high-tech, but more spacious warranty fiends only. Turbo triple lumpy BMW 4-series
CLASS
thanks to torque vectoring voodoo. ST200 > VERDICT T Great if you need a big 7-seater – fits > VERDICT T Fur-lined tartan slippers, Horlicks
costs £5k more than base; misses point adults in all rows with no human rights violations and early to bed; repeat Q70 
spectacularly (if not the apex). Softer suspension > Does it look like a rubbish Maser QP, or a
now > VERDICT The one that you want GINETTA i30 HATCH/TOURER  slightly cooler Daewoo Leganza? Either way it’s
> Where the current crop of Hyundais got a novelty act without the novelty
ECOSPORT  serious – which means it’s now in need of a > VERDICT Worth considering over a 5-series,
> Third-world hand-me-down is no fun to G40  facelift as the mainstream moves ahead again but only if Harald Quandt ran off with your wife
FACELIFT
drive and reasonably roomy interior ruined > Pint-sized road-legal racer. Two models: > VERDICT T ‘Tries hard but lacks imagination’
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by a daft side-opening tailgate. Nissan Juke G40R (civilised version, with carpets) and would be the i30’s school report card QX50 
monsters it > VERDICTT A rare Blue Oval balls-up GRDC (actually a race car with number plates) > Blandly-styled EX crossover got a new badge
channelling the complacent Mk5 Escort spirit > VERDICT T Tiny, twitchy and top fun. Pick the i40 SALOON/TOURER  but precious few new fans. Well equipped, but
£35k GRDC and get free entry to race series > Vast Mondeo rival with huge boot and lots of costly to run and not that great to drive
FOCUS HATCH/ESTATE  kit. Facelift resembles a lizard with an Audi grille > VERDICT T Nothing to see here people, move on
> Looking all the better for its 2014 refresh, the HONDA for a mouth > VERDICT T Nearly-but-not-quite – to your local BMW dealer and its excellent X3
Focus shows Ford’s chassis engineers know mainstream alternative plays value card well
their stuff. So it’s just the designers who have QX70
lost it > VERDICT T Great to drive but the Golf is a JAZZ  iX20  > Striking jumbo jeep comes with more kit than
more polished destination for your dough > Brilliantly packaged supermini with typical > Compact MPV and Kia Venga’s ugly step- a Knight Rider convention but the lavish cabin is
genius mismatch of brain and social skills. sister; roomy but ultimately forgettable too small and the fuel and tax bills anything but
FOCUS ST/RS  Ordinary performance, more refined than > VERDICT Sorry, what were we talking about? > VERDICT T Taxi for Infiniti! Porsche’s Cayenne
> Chip-controlled 4wd RS is an overclocked before > VERDICT T If a Skoda Fabia had seats has this one covered, old timer
345bhp mix of outrageous drift angles and this smart, other superminis would call it a day TUCSON 
limpet traction. And we used to think the fwd ST > Promising initial impressions of shiny-looking ix35 JAGUAR
was impressive > VERDICT T In bhp/£ stakes, both CIVIC HATCH/TOURER  replacement tarnish quickly: it’s dull to drive, duller
are mega value. But only the RS does donuts > Wilfully different, won’t-fully-want-one Golf with inside and poorly refined > VERDICT T We had high
origami rear seats and huge boot. Desperately hopes. Someone get the Tucson a stepladder XE 
MONDEO HATCH/ESTATE  needs in-coming small-capacity turbo engines > Straight-bat styling hides exotic aluminium
> Delayed so long dealers will soon be doing > VERDICT T Capacious wagon makes most SANTA FE  chassis and class-leading handling. Bit tight on
MOTS and PDIs at the same time. Huge space sense but a Golf is still more satisfying > Biggish SUV has always led Hyundai’s space though, and engines not a high point
and you can even have the 1.0 Ecoboost assault on the European market from the front. > VERDICT T Rivals are better packaged but this is
> VERDICT T Everybody wants them new-fangled CIVIC  Comfortable, self-assured and easy to live with the driver’s car in the class and a proper little Jag
SUVs these days, but this is a great family car > The might of Honda’s engineering prowess > VERDICT T A Hyundai you can choose without
delivers more space, clever new engines and an shame. Looks fresher than Waitrose parsnips XF 
KUGA  exterior that looks like it was drawn on a bus on > Second-gen XF now 75% aluminium, looks
> Fine-handling MPV now available with a the way into school > VERDICT T Easy to admire, i800  like an over-inflated XE; bigger inside, smaller
FACELIFT 178bhp diesel – but not a dashboard that loving requires recreational drugs. > Massive van-based people carrier that’ll seat outside, still a great steer > VERDICT Diddy
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doesn’t look like an earthquake in a eight and still have space for their luggage. Ideal diesels moo more than a dairy; insert your own
switchgear factory. Small boot HR-V  for part-time airport mini-cabbers > VERDICT T It joke about cats and cream
> VERDICT T Good, but top-end versions stray > It took Honda 10 years to build a second HR-V, is what it is: a van with seats in. But it’s a nice van
into X3/Evoque territory and you’re still left wondering why they bothered. XJ 
Almost wilfully generic > VERDICT Jazz platform’s GENESIS  > Questionable styling but unquestionably
EDGE  magic packaging the only saving grace > Luxury saloon hamstrung by unsuitable petrol excellent steer – although passengers may
> Stupidest Ford name since Maverick, but looks engine and they-must-be-joking price tag. Has silly mutiny. Interior looks lux but lacks intelligence,
good and drives like a Ford – a big, ponderous CR-V  new winged badge and handles like a waterbed even with latest infotainment > VERDICT
Ford, hamstrung by 2.0 diesels and slower than > Roomy but unremarkable SUV with a choice > VERDICT T Step one of Hyundai’s move Hollywood baddies’ limo of choice, flawed
continental drift > VERDICT Comfy, refined, of two- or four-wheel drive. Unlike most Hondas upmarket. Well, it worked for Infiniti. Oh, wait…
irrelevant amidst premium rivals won’t need ear defenders to drown out road XJR 
noise > VERDICT T Kuga has the chassis, Qashqai IONIQ  > Absurdly track-ready limo builds on already
C-MAX/GRAND C-MAX  has the style, but neither is as practical as CR-V > Korean take on the Prius minus Gwyneth ballistic XJ Supersport, but bumps power up
> More a roomier Focus than full-blown MPV, Paltrow smugness and drawn-in-the-dark to 543bhp and tightens chassis (at expense of
C-Max delivers driving pleasure to blot out NSX  exterior. Hybrid, EV or upcoming PHEV – a ride) > VERDICT More rare-groove than Elvis’s
family pain. 7-seat Grand version gets rear > ‘We’ve blown all our development cash on an version for all shades of greenie > VERDICT first acetate, but spectacular – if you’re up front
sliding doors > VERDICT Rivals are roomier, but insanely complex hybrid drivetrain. Do you think Challenges neither your pulse nor your
none is better to drive. Just pretend it’s the wife’s anyone will notice if we fit an interior from a helmsmanship, doesn’t encourage eye-gouging F-TYPE
F COUPE/ROADSTER
TYPE C
Civic?’ > VERDICT Like a 918 for half a mil’ less – 
S-MAX  mind-blowing to drive, crap to sit in INFINITI > Posh pauper’s Aston sounds superb, goes well
> Exploits latest Mondeo’s undercrackers to too. Forget basic V6 and choose from V6S and
full effect. Pricey, but still the best of the seven- HYUNDAI mental V8S. Now with manual and 4wd options
seaters to drive > VERDICT T Toys include electric Q30  > VERDICT T So nearly sublime, but Cayman/
everything and speed-correcting cruise control. > It’s an A-class in an alternative frock – a Boxster duo cost less, entertain more
Harder to beat than FC Barcelona i10  slow A-class at that. Suspension and seats
> Five-door city car that balances mature driving comfy, just don’t look too closely at the dash F-TYPE R 
MUSTANG  experience with strong value – even if it’s not as >Supercharged 543bhp almost too much fun in
> GI Henry’s finally been posted to Europe and cheap as it was. Five-year warranty, too rear-wheel drive form (but still less knife-edge
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pills at home > VERDICTT All this drama or an > VERDICT Perfectly balances picnicking luxury,
‘ordinary’ 911? Tough choice… SOUL  farming legwork and small-c conservatism LOTUS
> Improved second-gen chunky spunky SUV
F-TYPE SVR  better to drive but ride and noise suppression RANGE ROVER EVOQUE 
> JLR’s new SVO black ops division delivers a poor. Petrol version rubbish, but much cheaper > Definitive posh mum’s SUV, now also available ELISE 
567bhp all-wheel drive F-type that goes and > VERDICT A Korean with character but other as convertible. Well, that was one way to resolve > Reminds just how connected cars used to be.
sounds like an elephant on MDMA SUVs are more rounded (in both senses) the classy interior’s claustrophobia triggering Slothful base 1.6 reminds how they used to go,
> VERDICT T Quilted leather and 200mph – but tendencies. Ingenium engines commendably too, so pick 1.8. Alfa 4C is a pricey, pale imitation
terrible hi-fi for a car that costs twice the entry V6 OPTIMA  hushed > VERDICT T Pricey, but perfectly pitched. > VERDICT T Still sensational, but a 10-year old
> Sexless Mondeo clone cobbles together example does the same job for half the price
F-PACE  some mojo via the addition of sharp-suited RANGE ROVER SPORT 
> Jag’s first SUV is a road-biased Macan Sportswagon and a plug-in hybrid > VERDICT T All > As luxurious as a Rangie, as practical as a EXIGE 
botherer. Built light to be nimble, body control the car you’ll ever need, but not the car you want Disco, better looking than an Evoque and > Gym-bunny Elise with supercharged V6 retains
brilliance and pokey engines prove family DNA could follow a Defender cross country. Add in beautifully connected unassisted steering.
> VERDICT T Macan remains most sporting choice, VENGA  impressive handling and ballistic SVR and diesel Superb new 350 Sport turns up the wick
but more rounded F-Pace has plenty of bite > Weird sit-up supermini-cum-MPV packs Focus versions > VERDICT T Nobody likes a show-off > VERDICT T The Lotus our tyre-frying Ben Barry
space into near-city-car dimensions. Hard to get would buy. Make of that what you will
JEEP comfy though. 1.4 petrol best > VERDICT T Too RANGE ROVER 
pricey and too ordinary to drive for us to care > A benchmark in luxury SUVs. V6 diesel EVORA 400 
BEST IN perfectly acceptable, supercharged V8 > Thoroughly refreshed Evora loses its looks
RENEGADE  CARENS  CLASS
petrol hilarious > VERDICT
T The perfect car but gains easier access and thumping
> Strange but true: yoof-targeting junior Jeep is > Big, versatile, value-packed seven-seater. Go for smuggling cash to Switzerland, skiing, turning supercharged 400bhp > VERDICT T The chassis
built in Italy alongside Fiat 500X that donates its diesel – 1.6 petrol is wheezier than emphysema- up at a ball, game shooting and being smug and steering are Lotus at its sparkling best.
platform. Even stranger: it’s not terrible riddled asthmatic with a punctured lung. Sublime, but you’ll still buy a Cayman
> VERDICT T Lower spec models outdriven by > VERDICT T For all its pseudo-premium Euro LEXUS
rivals; only the top Trailhawk cuts it in the rough aspirations, this is the stuff Kia still does best McLAREN
CHEROKEE  SPORTAGE  LC500 
> Gimlet-eyed Discovery Sport rival looks like > All-new, all-turbo SUV truly handles and rides > A serious sports car from the most serious 540C 
the banjo-playing inbred from Deliverance. but somehow a picture of Mr Potato Head’s of car makers gets clever hybrid or tasty V8, > The world’s first decontented supercar is
Despite generous kit, we’d leave it on the porch. face got mixed up with the final blueprints, and 10-speed automatic and less bovine acoustics. somehow still worth donating a ball to put on
> VERDICT T Feels too cheap to be premium, too before they knew it… > VERDICT T Improved in It’s even quite sexy > VERDICTT It’s no longer the your driveway. Entry-level doesn’t get any better.
pricey/ugly to beat Qashqai every way. Except to look at Japanese Mercedes > VERDICT Ron could do worse as a leaving
present.
GRAND CHEROKEE  SORENTO  CT 
> Proper off-road credentials backed up by > Ambitious new flagship SUV reckons it’s a real > Pig-ugly premium Prius a bizarre mix of 570S/570GT 
sensible running costs, but feels cheap. STEER decent handling, woeful performance and a
Land Rover rival. Now bigger than ever, and so is CLEAR > Base McLaren ditches carbon body and super-
Ludicrous SRT8 version demolishes 62mph in the price: up to £40k. 2.2 diesel only engine. ride so poor it makes a black cab feel like an trick suspension, but keeps carbon MonoCell
five dead > VERDICT T Makes sense at $30k in the > VERDICT T Impressive, but lacks the badge and S-class > VERDICT T Rubbish. Wouldn’t merit a single and twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8. Now available
US, but doesn’t drive or feel like a premium car performance of genuine premium off-roaders sale if company car tax bills were less CO2-focused with glass hatchback, too > VERDICT S and
GT performance near identical; both make 911
WRANGLER  KTM IS  Turbo S feel too normal
> Incredible off-road, and much better than a > Sharp-suited, well-specced 3-series rival
Defender on it, but that’s like saying Pol Pot was finally gets decent rear space. Good chassis, 650S 
more benevolent than Stalin > VERDICT T When X-BOW  but 250 V6 irrelevant, and frugal hybrid hobbled > Original 12C showed real promise, 650S
North Korea nukes us, this cold war cast-off will > 22nd century Ariel Atom from Austria’s barmy by nasty CVT > VERDICT T So close. Give this a delivers on it in spades. Trouble is the new 675LT
be all that’s left moving motorbike maker mixes carbon construction proper auto ’box and it would be right up there now makes the 650S feel like a poor relation…
with hardy Audi turbo’d 2.0 four > VERDICTT Big > VERDICT T Still two reasons to buy over the
KOËNIGSEGG money, big grins, but single-seat BAC Mono GS/GSF  675LT: it’s £60k cheaper and not sold out
gives more racecar-like experience > Twin-pronged petrol hybrid cooking range
now spiced up by GSF 5.0 V8. Lack of turbos 675LT 
AGERA  LAMBORGHINI admirable but like hunting M5 bear with a > What happens when you upgrade 33% of
> Evolution of Lex Luthor’s original CC8S peashooter. > VERDICT 300h makes company the 650S? Absolute bloody magic. 666bhp,
supercar features twin-turbo 5.0 V8 and carbon car sense, wilfully different GSF good fun stiffer suspension, faster gearshifts, quicker
fibre wheels. R version even runs on E85 biofuel HURACAN  steering and lighter by 100kg, whatever deal
> VERDICT T Yahoo! Yin to Volvo’s yawning yang > Way more accomplished Gallardo successor, LS  Woking’s done with the devil, it’s worked
keeps Sweden’s car output balanced twinned with new R8. Dual-clutch ’box mandatory, > Monstrously expensive but so refined it makes > VERDICT T This iss the McLaren you’ve been
602bhp V10 flicks Vs at turbos > VERDICT Beats REPLACED a library feel like a sound-off competition (which looking for
KIA 488 for aural and visual thrills but nothing else.
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the Mark Levinson hi-fi could probably win)
So we’ll have the Spyder. On me head, sun! > VERDICT T Built for those in the back, but the S-class P1 
makes every seat worth buying a ticket for > £1m hybrid hypercar with aero straight from
PICANTO  AVENTADOR/SV  McLaren’s F1 brains. All sold, and if you haven’t
> Tough-looking budget Korean mini twinned > The F12 may be better in every respect, but NX  got one you can’t have track-only GTR either
with less funky Hyundai i10. Three-pot 1.0 is slow this is what a supercar should look like. Limited > Trumps Audi Q5 with a fabulous interior and > VERDICT T Astounding, but LaFerrari feels
but sweeter than 1.25 four. Smart interior, small run Aventador SV closes that gap with shocking arrest-me (for persecuting curves) exterior more special (as it should for £400k more)
boot > VERDICT T You’ll never benefit from the power and agility > VERDICT SV is the one design. Fwd or 4wd with electric motor at rear
7-year warranty and VW’s Up is better to drive to have. Sub-7min ’Ring lap makes the hybrid > VERDICTT Doesn’t work as a driver’s car, so take MASERATI
hypercar crew look stupidly expensive the NX300h hybrid over faster, costlier NX200t
RIO 
> Long on space, short on enjoyment, life LAND ROVER RX  GHIBLI 
with a Rio is no carnival. Diesel refinement will > Looks like Lord Vader’s helmet with wheels on, > The small exec you wish you owned still drives
have you driving to a favela in the hope of a but interior opulence and general tranquillity great, still looks the business, still doesn’t have
carjacking > VERDICT White goods car gets the DISCOVERY SPORT  make up for idiosyncratic infotainment issues the four-cylinder diesel that will get it on your
basics right but there are too many better rivals > ‘Educated, professional luxury SUV > VERDICT Build quality and refinement to save shopping list. A shame > VERDICT An alcohol-
desperately seeking decent diesel engine.’ the galaxy, even if the hybrid tech won’t free Quattroporte
CEED HATCH/SW/PROCEED
HA Ingenium replied. Happy ever after? > VERDICT
 Comfy silence a promising start. We’ll know it’s RC/RCF  QUATTROPORTE GTS 
> Good-looking Korean Golf wannabe is big on love when they get the interior decorators in > RCF’s old-school unblown V8 completes > Because Ferrari don’t ‘do’ saloons you can
equipment and not bad to drive. Ceed is 5dr, charismatic package that shocked M4 in our NEW
DISCOVERY  ENTRY have a brilliant blend of Maranello turbo V8
Proceed gets 3, and SW is the wagon Giant Test. Elegance of regular range can’t wrapped in some gracefully ageing Maserati
> VERDICTT Recent update brings new > Middle England metal edifice brilliantly overcome lack of diesel option > VERDICT bits. Remains the coolest four-door car money can
downsized turbo engines. Europe still ahead. Just REPLACED capable at driving over lefty hunt saboteurs, Deserve more success than they’ll likely get buy > VERDICT T It won’t let you in unless you’re in a
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MASERATI > NISSAN
GRAN TURISMO/GRAN
TURISMO/ B-CLASS  GLA  COUNTRYMAN/PACEMAN 
CABRIO  > Posh MPV big brother to the A-class misses > Confused A-class on stilts with lifestyle > Bigger Minis for people who don’t want
> Four genuine seats a rarity in this class, but fill out on the looks and the charisma, but is far pretensions and unnecessary surplus of interior slightly smaller (but still quite big) Minis.
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them and you’ll regret choosing the weedy 4.2 more homely and just as technically savvy air vents. GLA45 AMG simply unnecessary Paceman even has fewer doors for those
over the 4.7 at the first sniff of a hill > VERDICT > VERDICT T So boring the BMW 2-series Active > VERDICT T An A-class for the bewildered. phobic of apertures. Niche > VERDICT T Please,
Podgy, pretty, practical GT for folk who hate Tourer actually begins to make sense Maybe you thought you were ordering a GLC? please make it stop. It’s all just so wrong
four-door faux coupes. And luggage
CLA SALOON/SHOOTING
SAL BRAKE GLC  MITSUBISHI
GT MC STRADALE   > GLK replacement project, now available in
> Defies hulking 1770kg mass (and that’s after > CLS clone based on the A-class, now right-hand drive. Sounds like you shouldn’t care,
a 110kg diet) and modest 444bhp to deliver an FACELIFT including the Shooting Brake swoopy estate. but the interior might just make you moist MIRAGE 
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engaging driving experience. Epic noise Lacks gravitas of the former and sex appeal > VERDICT T Rivals are cheaper, better to drive – > Looking for the ideal car to crash into a
> VERDICT T Massively underrated. A GT3 for of the latter > VERDICTT Just because you can GLC makes you feel special inside shopfront when staging a ‘Look at this OAP
FACELIFT
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an Italian lothario with a ’Ring season pass make something smaller doesn’t mean you should selecting reverse rather than first!’ YouTube
G-CLASS  sensation? This is it > VERDICT Slow, rough,
LEVANTE  C CLASS SALOON/ESTATE
C-CLASS > Cold War relic that’s so solidly built it could harsh, bad. Sadly it’s not a mirage, it’s real
> Good news: Maserati’s long-awaited SUV is  ram raid a bank vault. Obscene special editions
better than the Ghibli. Bad news: UK only gets > Latest C impresses with mini S-class looks a growing – literally – Mercedes obsession ASX 
diesel. That’s like Berlusconi without the bunga and almost all the same on-board tech. Denies > VERDICT You shouldn’t want one, but… Will > Forgotten among the slew of small SUVs, the
bunga > VERDICT T Far from flawless but it’ll muttering it wishes the 3-series would drop outlast any Defender. And possibly the planet ASX is rather good now, with decent ride and
FACELIFT
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show you a good time dead > VERDICT T BMW still better to drive, but if sharper looks. Selectable 2/4wd is handy, but
you want a relaxing techno cocoon, this is it GLE/GLE COUPE  engine is rattly and gearbox slushy > VERDICT
MAZDA > Rebadged M-class is heavy, ponderous and More workmanlike than many, and better for it
depressingly cheap inside. Plug-in hybrid plays
C-CLASS COUPE  the tech card, new Coupe an alternative to X6 SHOGUN 
2  > All-new sexpot version of latest C-class (no > VERDICT T As you were: it’s perfectly adequate > Great value old-school workhorse for those
> Shot-in-the-arm supermini packs value, handling shrinking violet itself) now 10cm longer and in a class dominated by the outstanding whose workplace is covered in mud, oil or bomb
and looks, leaving sweatmarks on the shirts of available with air suspension. Still tight in the craters. Big, noisy diesel, chunky underpinnings
VW Polo marketing team. > VERDICT T Under-radar back > VERDICT Much more of an event than GLS  and reliable, with hose-down cabin > VERDICT
Fiesta threatener gatecrashes the top table the 4-series, but new A5 right back in the game > Luxo-monster seven-seater lacks Range If you don’t need this car, you don’t need this car
Rover panache but it’s comfy, refined and the
3 HATCH/SALOON/ESTATE  C63 AMG  infotainment doesn’t come from Poundland OUTLANDER 
> Another left-field, right-on Mazda that’s great > Sounds madder than ever despite switch to > VERDICT Active anti-roll essential, but > Mid-life overhaul brings sleeker looks and lifts
to drive and cheap to run. Like shifting gears? bi-turbo 4.0 V8; coupe gets unique 12-link rear otherwise it’s a brilliant bus cabin ambience by miles. Diesel still a bit of a
You’ll love the 118bhp unblown 1.5. If not, go suspension for sharper responses > VERDICT tractor but PHEV comfy and refined > VERDICT
diesel > VERDICT Don’t buy a family hatch until Saloon, estate or coupe, you get mega traction SLC  UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid finally makes sense
you’ve tried one. Oh, a Golf? Apart from that and one of the best turbo engines ever > Buy the SLC43 AMG and it’s like an uglier but
cheaper F-type with a nicer interior. Buy any other MORGAN
5  E-CLASS SALOON/ESTATE  SLC and you’ve lost your mind > VERDICT T Come
> Ancient off-the-pace MPV that looks like its > It may look like a fat C-class but this techno back 718 Boxster, all is forgiven
been side-swiped by a kamikaze dispatch rider. tour-de-force thinks it can drive better than you. 3-WHEELER 
Roomy and reasonable to drive, but just no! Exceptional interior out-luxes all comers SL  > As comfortable as riding over Niagara Falls in a
> VERDICT T Large ’n’ loaded but there’re too many > VERDICT T New 4-cyl diesel so smooth it churns > The plastic surgeon was worth every penny: barrel and equally sane. Not as quick as it feels,
fresher rivals to warrant wasting your wedge motorway miles into butter post-facelift SL is far more MILF than Morph. but quick enough for a three-wheeler on bike
Turning up the sporty makes the most of the tyres > VERDICTT Brilliant Caterham alternative
6 SALOON/TOURER  E-CLASS
E CLASS COUPE/CONVERTIBLE super stiff structure, too > VERDICT T Think twice without the macho trackday posturing
> Boss won’t let you have a 3-series? Double  about that Ferrari California. No, seriously
your digit and try this impressive alternative. > CLK-replacing Coupe and Convertible are AERO 
Handles well but rides like the tyres have DTs still C-class derived – and old C-class at that AMG GT  > Drop-top was first of the new-era Morgans and
> VERDICT: Swoopily styled, tax friendly, – despite the name. Both seat four in decent > SLS replacement is smaller (just), cheaper goes it alone since Aero Supersports, Coupe and
entertaining alternative to po-faced Passat comfort > VERDICT T Restrained and tasteful (considerably) and blessed with a 4.0-litre Squiffy Perkins bought it at the Somme
approach to mid-size luxury. Feeling their age twin-turbo V8 > VERDICT It’s got the muscle but > VERDICT Two worlds collide. And with 367bhp
maybe not the finesse they may not be the only ones doing the colliding

MG PLUS 4/F

4/FOUR FOUR/ROADSTER
PEUGEOT 3008 > Entry-level Mog still with ‘traditional’ ash frame
MG3 
“Sharp
p to look at, surprisingly
p g y fun > Tough-looking, spacious supermini has
and ‘traditional’ (ie, awful) dynamics. Four-seat
4/4 is surprise eco champ: 44mpg > VERDICT

to drive and not too weird” handling that lives up to the promise of that
badge. As does the woeful build, crap engine
and concrete ride > VERDICT T The Chinese are
Cheap, considering the craftsmanship, even at
£33k, but if you want an old car, buy one!

coming! But so far they’ve only got to Tajikistan PLUS 8 


CX-3  > Don’t be fooled by tally-ho styling, 8 is built
> Late arrival to the compact crossover party, but AMG E 63  MG6  on ‘modern’ bonded and riveted Aero chassis.
worth a look thanks to smart, premium cabin and > Only AMG would offer the E 63 with an all- > Previous woeful also-ran now updated Fidgety like a child with worms > VERDICT
crisp, engaging drive. Pity about the firm ride wheel-drive system that you can switch off in STEER
CLEAR with more efficient diesel, more kit and a Classic Morgan style, modern BMW V8 poke,
> VERDICT T Pricey, but better than most and well Drift Mode. Which is exactly why you should buy hefty price cut > VERDICT T Better, but manners like a five-term Borstal veteran
equipped. Ideal MX-5 social life support truck one, and possibly open an account at Kwik Fit. > remains condemned by ghastly steering, buzzy
VERDICT T Go S or go home engine. Wrong badge, wrong car, wrong owners NISSAN
CX-5 
> Crisply styled, commodious crossover is CLS/SHOOTING BRAKE  GS 
stonking value. Handles tidily but ride and > The word ‘coupaloon’ is banned from these > Spacious, duck-faced SUV hamstrung by MICRA 
refinement could be better. Pick base fwd diesel pages. Which is fine, because we’re all slightly in coarse 1.5 turbo petrol, shonky gearboxes > As alluring as a dentist’s waiting room,
> VERDICT T MX-5 aside, this is the best thing to love with the glamorous Shooting Brake and shoddy interior. Handles okay, if you can STEER
CLEAR and just as noisy – modern Micra is a
come out of Mazda for years > VERDICT T Second-gen version of the original hack the firm ride > VERDICT Cheap, but not shadow of its former self and unworthy of
four-door coupe continues to lead the pack sufficiently so. Dacia will sleep well tonight your interest > VERDICT T Judge this book by its
MX-5  cover: it’s dull to drive and just as cheap inside
> Shorter than the ’89 original, and in real terms S-CLASS  MINI
half the price. 1.5 sweet but a little slow; 158bhp > Enormously technically accomplished, with JUKE 
2.0 quicker but charismatically challenged camera-guided ride quality and stacks of safety > Mould-breaking compact crossover; you
> VERDICT T Brilliantly uncomplicated budget kit. Maybach and Pullman variants immensely HATCH/CONVERTIBLE  think it would look like that if the mould hadn’t
sports car. Dink the GTI for this flash > VERDICT Makes 7-series/A8 seem like > Bigger and gawkier and less charming, but broken? Cheap interior and so-so dynamics
toys. Captains of industry should insist on it lovely BMW engines are smooth and peppy, belie the hype > VERDICT Does it still count as
MERCEDES S-CLASS
while ride has improved without ruining ‘different’ if everybody’s got one?
S CLASS COUPE/CABRIOLET handling. Five-door in danger of being practical
 > VERDICT T A better ownership proposition than NOTE 
A-CLASS  > Over 5m of barking mad indulgence; Coupe ever, even if you love it a little less > Like a Honda Jazz with middle-age spread,
> In the manner of a stale donut nuked in the carries it off like Errol Flynn on a bender but, like this is a small, practical MPV-hatch with limited
microwave, midlife refresh has softened the a model-turned-MP, will regret going topless COOPER S/JCW  aspirations of greatness > VERDICT An automotive
A-class, but it’s still a little tasteless > VERDICT > VERDICT T Howard Hughes would approve, but > Up-sized BMW 2.0-litre four-pot-powered cardigan: deeply uncool but good at what it does
Expensive, cramped and crass inside – A3 and he went crazy in the end 228bhp JCW most powerful Mini ever. Terrific
1-series do it better turboed fun, if a tad overwrought and synthetic LEAF 
S63/S65 AMG  > VERDICT Beware the options list, lest it lead to > Gawky looking EV pioneer now with 20% extra
A45 AMG  > Twin-turbo 577bhp V8 and 621bhp V12 S-class bullion robberies and perilous dangling over cliffs range. Updated interior even more like a Star
> Mad turbo four-pot now makes 367bhp and variants, because being richer than the world Trek
k shuttle, and not in a good way > VERDICT
350lb ft. Goes like a banker who knows the game isn’t enough and you need to out-drag it, too CLUBMAN  BMW i3 far funkier, Renault Zoe far cheaper,
is up; almost as expensive. > VERDICT Four-wheel > VERDICT T S63 V8 is bonkers, S65 V12 utterly > Replace circus-freakery of old Clubdoor with full internal combustion still superior. Beam us up
drive is not enough. Option the Dynamic Plus certifiable. Does your chauffeur deserve it? complement of portals, add longer wheelbase
pack with LSD as well. and bigger boot; now bake > VERDICT T Loaf-alike
maxi-Mini freshness, the grown-ups’ choice

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existence to a long-range Qashqai sales-boost almost be a van. Funny, that. Slothful, spartan, adding 600bhp V8. Superb electric steering, well sorted cabin and sprightly driving
strategy > VERDICT T Buy a Focus. Or a Golf. Or a but drives okay and ‘real’ MPVs can’t match too > VERDICT T Almost overshadowed in the P1- qualities. Three-cylinder turbo petrol a (slowish) hoot
Ceed. Or an Auris. Okay, maybe not an Auris… practicality > VERDICT T Make your own clothes? LaFerrari posturing war, but easily as good > VERDICT T Fiesta more fun, Clio more stylish
Live in a Yurt? This is the car for you
QASHQAI  MACAN  CLIO RS 
> Second-gen crossover carries on exactly 2008  > Baby Cayenne is even better than dad – > Remember when Clio RS was king of the
where the original left off: meandering > Welly-wearing 208 gets a facelift which hits on the BEST IN and Evoque. Base car with Golf GTI 2.0 makes FACELIFThill? No? Probably for the best, because even
CLASS SOON
ominously in the middle lane to the tune of ‘are idea of actually resembling an SUV, and at a stroke no sense when S and S Diesel are pennies new, more powerful RS Trophy can’t offset
we there yet?’ > VERDICT T Likeable, with a side makes a decent car more credible > VERDICT more > VERDICT T GT3 RS for trackdays, Cayman awful auto ’box > VERDICT T Brings its own Trophy
order of resting on its own laurels Not so much leaping on the SUV bandwagon as GT4 for weekends, this for everything else. Sorted but still doesn’t win. Rumoured RS Wooden Spoon
hitching a ride… but it’s an attractive hitchhiker! pure speculation
X-TRAIL  CAYENNE 
> The X-Trail used to be a rough-tough off-roader 3008  > Porsche’s cash-cow is a prize German Angus CAPTUR 
apparently designed on an Etch-a-Sketch. > Tell friends you’ve bought one and they’ll laugh now, handsome and the best SUV to drive. V6 S > It’s a Clio on stilts – but that’s not necessarily
Now it’s a Qashqai put through a photocopier until they see it. Sharp to look at, surprisingly fun quick, too quiet, Diesel S dynamite > VERDICT
TA a bad thing. No 4x4 pretensions means focus is
at +10% > VERDICT T It still ain’t exciting. But it’s to drive and not too weird. > VERDICT Just make proper Porker? Turbo S’s sub-8min Nürburgring on personalisation. Good engines. No Juke to
probably going to sell a lot better it absolutely clear you’ve not bought the old one. lap time says yes drive > VERDICT T Technicolor clown car if you’re
not careful with the spec, otherwise okay
GT-R  5008  PANAMERA 
> 2017MY brings a slightly thicker veneer of > Woah! Do they still make that?! Who’d > When they said four-door 911, this is what they MEGANE 
luxury (and another 20bhp) – but this is still REPLACEDhave thought? Stacks of space and at a meant. The Mk1 was just throat-clearing; this Mk2 > All-new French Golf looks like a foie-grased Clio
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basically a morally ambiguous hardcase decent price, but an S-Max is vastly better is the opera. Drips with tech, innovation and better outside and a low-rent Tesla inside. Is thus an
moments from rage > VERDICT T Drivetrain > VERDICT T Sound medium-MPV choice – if you dynamics – and it looks perfect > VERDICT T A lesson instant, infinite improvement over the old one
sounds like a drum kit falling down the stairs; live 34,678 miles from your nearest Ford dealer in making nonsensical niches make perfect sense > VERDICT T Renaultsport-fettled GT with rear-
leaves your brain feeling much the same wheel steering a keen drive, too. Sacré bleu!
PORSCHE RADICAL
PAGANI MEGANE RS 
> Continues as the old three-door for now; raucous
718 BOXSTER  SR3 SL  2.0 turbo, manual ’box, awesome chassis – this a
HYUARA  > The turbo revolution continues as Boxster bins > Properly type-approved (street legal) SR3 proper, pulse-spiking hot hatch > VERDICT Buy
> Spectacular cottage (villetta?) industry the six for a brace of faster forced-induction gets a 300bhp blown Ford 2.0 instead of a one before they ruin it like the latest RS Clio
supercar with active aero, AMG-built 720bhp fours. Updated face now flatter than Brian bike motor, a heater and even a 12v socket.
twin-turbo V12 and an interior more decadent Harvey’s > VERDICT T Whole lotta lag; chassis still It’s almost lavish! > VERDICT
T Toned down for SCENIC 
than a Roman orgy > VERDICT T Want have, can’t a stairway to heaven occasional road use but still hairier than a cave > Fourth-generation compact MPV trades the
have: they’re all sold. But a roadster is rumoured man with hypertrichosis practicality that made your wife want one for
718 CAYMAN  an exterior sharp enough that you’ll consider
PEUGEOT > Efficiency march means sublime outgoing model RXC TURBO  having more kids, although the stiff ride could
ditches choral flat-six for punchy but industrial turbo > Play out those Le Mans fantasies on the see you arrive too early > VERDICT Console your
four. Gets uglier in the process, still handles like commute with this Peterborough-built Polaris. manhood with the fact that 20s are standard
108  you wish all cars would > VERDICT T Better by the Sequential ’box welcome in town like an EDL
> Pug-faced city car. Go for 82bhp 1.2: the numbers but...know any nice 981s for sale? demo > VERDICT When you’ve outgrown your KADJAR 
68bhp 1.0 is so slow we were all monkeys when Caterhams and 911 GT3s, here’s the answer > Nissan may rue the day it left the parts
it set off and it still hasn’t hit 60mph CAYMAN GT4  BEST IN store door ‘Kadjar’, as Renault’s take on the
> VERDICT T Reasonable no-frills city car but > Junior GT3 is first Cayman to get more power RENAULT CLASS
Qashqai bests the original in every way
boot and rear space tight. Skoda Citigo is better than current 911. 380bhp, manual ’box, LSD and > VERDICT Aggressive pricing, smooth ride,
a grin wider than a Glasgow smile > VERDICT great refinement, squishy seats
208  Porsche finally admits that the Cayman and not TWIZY 
> Refresh more than just a prettier face as dynamic the halo 911 is its real sports coupe > Part electric scooter, part social experiment, ROLLS-ROYCE
update adds handling chops to 208’s interior chic it’s easy to love the doorless Twizy, especially
> VERDICT T Pug’s recovered that VaVaVoom from 911  on balmy evenings along La Croisette. Grimy
the back of the sofa. No, wait – that’s the other lot > 991.2 may not look much different but under days in Doncaster a tougher ask > VERDICT GHOST 
the skin lurks a whole new range of turbocharged Transportation of the future, if it’s never wet in > A little posher, with more bespoke options
308 HATCH/SW ESTATE  engines. The most grown-up 911 yet > VERDICT the future and you like chatting at traffic lights to hide BMW-ness, new gearbox for the V12
> Handsome, hushed 308 at its best when Rear-engined appeal lives on. Proper Turbo now and minor fettling to the metal. > VERDICT
eating motorway miles, or when you’re watching utterly ferocious, Turbo S unhinged ZOE 40  Perfectly built and pitched and more individual.
it out of the window of your Golf. Fiddly > Splendid Zoe solves range anxiety by clever A Phantom for millionaires not billionaires
touchscreen > VERDICT T Hatch isn’t up to 911 GT3/GT3 RS  NEW
ENTRY new battery with more power, potentially WRAITH 
scratch, but roomier SW wagon is worth a look > New engines, PDK-only, electric steering and induces wealth anxiety instead with £4k price
rear steering too for this generation. Epic drive premium. Unless you’re smart and lease it of course > A 624bhp twin-turbo V12 sporting vehicle
308 GTi  > VERDICT T Both have won our end of year > VERDICT At least you can guarantee the that drives like no other. Dismisses distance
> Discreet styling hides playful proclivities; Sports Car Giant Test (2013, 2015). Enough said emissions are genuine. but would never lower itself to squeal through
LSD keeps things tight up front while fantastic bends > VERDICT T Whisper it, but Rolls has
French chassis delivers lively rear > VERDICT 911R  TWINGO  produced an amazing driver’s car
250 and 270 variants both great, but 270 gets > The 911 that Porsche secretly wants the 911 still > Rear-engined rwd runabout isn’t as nippy as it
more kit and extra power to be. It’s an anti-991.2: a non-turbo 4.0 bruiser sounds, but is roomy, with clever smartphone PHANTOM 
in retro disguise, with 493bhp and manual ’box connectivity. More cheeky than sister Smart, > Simply the best luxury car money can buy,
508 SALOON/ESTATE  > VERDICT Supple, poised, supreme fun. But and cheaper > VERDICT T Lower-power version
DIES
SOON with a cabin to embarrass a superyacht,
> Little-seen XL Pug with unconvincing cod we’d still have a Cayman GT4 with ’80s F1 Turbo paintjob the way to go opulence to make Donatella Versace blush
German accent. HYbrid4 gets 4wd via 37bhp (if she could), and a V12 pulling you along. Not
’leccy motor on rear wheels > VERDICT T RXH that you’ll hear it > VERDICTT Every car on earth
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> Wraith with the roof cut off – although actually > Now so vast inside it echoes. Sharp lines, stacks
80% of the exterior panels are new. Best-looking
Roller, it rides like a liner and costs more than
of kit and double the number of umbrellas. Shame
about the dull interior and stiffer price > VERDICT SPEC EXPERT
BMW 5-SERIES
a VW software decision > VERDICT T Nothing All the family car you’ll ever need. Only bigger
between the stars and the stars
YETI 
SEAT > Ikea wardrobe on wheels – so practical
BEST IN you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
A wealth of hardware and software choices await a
CLASS 5-series buyer. Here’s how we think you should go
Good news is you don’t have to assemble it
ATECA  yourself > VERDICT T Bigger engines are better.
> Spanish latecomer to the SUV party gets Choose Outdoor model for that rugged look. Grrr
the dress code right, isn’t the life and soul
but neither will it bore you into leaving early. SMART Firstly the hardest choice. As you might imagine, the
Another sangria please! > VERDICT SE, petrol,
Manuel (‘I am from Barcelona!’) The 520d performs virtual standard BMW colour palette
FORTWO  miracles in offering almost for the 5-Series is somewhat
MII  > Chunkier new ForTwo has middle-age spread 70mpg and 0-62mph in conservative. The only option
> Tedious-looking city-box is far less funky than compared to the last one. Wider, with a much
Renault’s Twingo but roomier and good to drive. better ride, higher quality cabin and slicker
7.5sec. But diesel is hardly that isn’t grey, black or white
You don’t look at the mantelpiece, and all that auto, it is older, but wiser > VERDICTT Less of a flavour of the month, so be is Mediterranean Blue, which
> VERDICT T VW Up more desirable, pretty Skoda compromise, and still a brilliant city runabout ahead of the curve and have is actually more like the Med
Citigo cheaper. Siesta time in Seat’s prod dept? the 530i: 249bhp, 0-62mph at midnight in tone and will
FORFOUR 
IBIZA HATCH/SC/ESTATE  in 6.2sec but still the make you stand out in the
> Renault/Merc tie-up means ForFour is
> Angular, angry-looking supermini, possibly accomplished with a classy cabin, although
potential for 48mpg. Pay the company car park… but
because it knows how much better a Fiesta is to ludicrous pricing seem at odds with budget city extra £3300 for the M Sport not too much. M Sport gets
drive. It’s not bad though, and ST wagon is huge car buyers > VERDICT T Sister car Twingo is more version – you don’t want to you tasty 19-inch wheels
> VERDICT T Not as sporty as it likes to think, but than two grand cheaper. Work that out look like some kind of rep. as standard but for another
holding up in face of newer, better-driving rivals Starting price: £43,420 £250 you can have them in
SSANGYONG
IBIZA CUPRA  black. Do it, if only so it’s less
> Update to 189bhp 1.8 turbo with manual ’box obvious when they’re filthy.
makes this a brilliant budget blast. Great interior, KORANDO  Running total: £43,670
finessed details, tempting choice > VERDICT > Borderline rubbish to drive but more practical
Fiesta ST for outright thrills, this for everything else than the Teflon-coated trousers you’re probably
wearing if you’re giving it serious consideration
There’s five free choices of
TOLEDO  > VERDICT T Huge, handy and hellish value, but leather trim as well as three
> OAP special whose sole interesting we’d have a pre-reg Qashqai or CX-5 any day at extra cost. The Dakota
STEER
CLEAR feature is that while it looks like a boring REXTON W  Night Blue is subtle but not
saloon, it’s actually a boring hatch! Massive black. Add some brightness
interior > VERDICT T This and identical Skoda Rapid > Like that weird 1960s Izal bog roll, Rexton
duke it out for UK’s dullest car. Czech please! kind of does the job, but is hard and shiny to back in with the Aluminium
the touch and not that nice to use. Deals better Rhombicle trim – it’s free,
LEON HATCH/ESTATE  with mud > VERDICT Plenty of space, but while all the other options are
> Mid-life evolution for Leon means new engines dynamically, like Izal, it’s gone down the pan wood or piano black, which is
and tech, plus non-surgical facelift. Will still
be shunned for a Golf > VERDICT Eminently TURISMO  about as contemporary as a
likeable, just by too few buyers > Marginally less odious than the old Rodius, but If you plan on really spanking Jim Davidson gag.
every bit as practical, this giant 7-seater is slower your 530i ignore the M Running total: £43,670
LEON CUPRA  than the Crossrail boring machine > VERDICT
Sport Plus package – it’s just
> Much to the amusement of tyre manufacturers Has mini-cab written all over it, or soon will, which
everywhere, the front-wheel-drive Leon Cupra will handily help disguise the ugliness bigger wheels and a smarter
now has 290bhp. GTI who? > VERDICT Ballistic, stereo. Instead tick the
and best bought with a manual transmission TIVOLI  Variable Damper Control box
> There’s no getting away from it: Korea’s also- for £985. The Technology
ALHAMBRA  ran carmaker has built a contender. Great value,
> Subtlest of subtle facelifts belies 15% spacious and – shock – well-finished inside
Package seems a relative
efficiency improvement. Still a big box with slidey- > VERDICT Dross heritage now under threat snip at £1495 – head-up
doors and seven proper seats; put your family first display, Wi-Fi hotspot, the
for a change > VERDICT T Genetically identical to SUBARU swish Display Key, wireless
the VW Sharan, but nearly £2k less charging and the sometimes
SKODA IMPREZA  hilarious Gesture Control.
> Yes, it still exists beyond WRX and STi. No, you Running total: £46,150
don’t want one. Boggo Impreza reduced to a
KODIAQ  1.6 petrol hatchback only with optional CVT. BMW would love it if you
> Commendably vast SUV takes the Octavia’s Shudder > VERDICT Have you got a brand new
approach by bulking out on a shared platform, combine harvester? It’s probably a better drive dropped a sizeable £2250 on Of the remaining plethora
but unfortunately doesn’t share its dazzling Driving Assistant Plus, which of individual options we
personality > VERDICT T The most comfortable WRX/STI  brings in the highest current suggest £60 for the Remote
place to die a little inside > Sorry WRX, I’m breaking up with you. It’s level of autonomy available.
not you, it’s me. No, it is you, it’s definitely you
Services is a bargain,
CITIGO  So there are (in theory at allowing you to remotely lock
and your crashy ride, nasty dash and inflexible
> Skoda’s all but identical version of the VW Up engine > VERDICT T Brilliant, on its day, in its day. least) a number of situations or unlock your car and send
and Seat Mii. Pick your badge – they’re all well But that was yesterday, so let’s call it a day where you can take your navigation info to it via either
packaged but too noisy and slow > VERDICT hands off the wheel and let the app or a call centre. And
Cheaper than the Up, but not by much. Hyundai LEVORG 
the car do the work. If you should that smartphone be
i10 also worth a look. Yes, actual advice! > Impreza estate with a silly name. Single choice
of 1.6 petrol with CVT auto and 4wd means it’s
spend significant time on the fruit-based, £235 for Apple
FABIA HATCH/ESTATE  got a silly drivetrain, too > VERDICT
T Levorg is motorway and could do with CarPlay isn’t cheap but is
> Very mature little supermini with bodywork grovel backwards; dealers may need to. Niche reducing stress then give it worthwhile to save you from
creases a Corby trouser press would be proud serious consideration. the temptation of fiddling on
of. Estate version ideal for Jack Russells XV 
Running total: £48,400 the move.
> VERDICT T Roomy, well made and unexciting – > Hopelessly expensive half-way SUV half-wit.
like a low-rent VW Polo. Which is what it is Suspension thumps so intrusive you’ll think the Final total: £48 635
Stomp musical is performing in the wheelarches
RAPID HATCH/SPACEBACK
HA > VERDICTT In the tough crossover market
 Subaru makes up the numbers, and the price
> Long, narrow notchback hatch is automotive
STEER FORESTER 
CLEAR equivalent of Eastern Europe refugee. Big boot.
Spaceback is shorter, more ‘stylish’, still dross > Appealingly functional square-rigger the
> VERDICT T Unless you’ve got a lot of potatoes and kind of crossover that existed before we had
no other way to carry them, just don’t ‘lifestyles’. Good on road, great off it, but not
cheap > VERDICT Old-school Subaru honest,
OCTAVIA HATCH/ESTATE  charming. Tweed cap, pipe, sheep flock optional
> Basically the same as a Golf and A3
underneath, but bigger, cheaper and more OUTBACK 
functional inside. Hot vRS versions old-school > The unloved Legacy’s only UK legacy is this
ballistic fun. 4x4s practical > VERDICT
of car for the money
T It’s a lot Allroad-style crossover. New for spring 2015, it’s
huge inside and the 4x4 look isn’t all for show TOTAL PRICE: £48,635
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> VERDICT T Still more niche than a cragside > VERDICT T We’re convinced by the tech, but and brilliant all at the same time > VERDICT The
crevice. Dependable, not desirable there’s nowhere to refuel it yet fastest way to stick it to the taxman. PASSAT SALOON/ESTATE 
> Interior design and refinement so good it
BRZ  AVENSIS SALOON/TOURER  MERIVA  shames some limos, cutting-edge kit and
>Gloriously simple but under-nourished > Journeyman company car is like a small > Suicide is painless, goes the theme tune elegant looks. If only it wasn’t so dull to drive
rear-drive Boxer coupe, crying out for a oil-field drill: does little well – despite new BMW REPLACEDto M*A*S*H*, * clearly not referring to tight > VERDICT T Mega mile-muncher for the
SOON
supercharger. GT86 twin marginally more ‘fun’ diesels. Tourer marginally more stylish car parks and the Meriva MPV’s back-to- undemanding. Aesthete to Mondeo’s athlete
> VERDICT T Loveable car we wanted them to > VERDICT T White goods. Also available in light front rear doors > VERDICT T Nice idea, but does
make but you don’t want to buy grey, medium grey, dark grey. Not beige, oddly anyone care about mainstream MPVs anymore? CC 
> Previous Passat on a night out – but we
SUZUKI VERSO  ZAFIRA TOURER  REPLACED
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aren’t talking clubbing and a kebab. Awfully
> Safe, stodgy seven-seater with snore-worthy > Large MPV with slick seating arrangement close to being genuinely sexy, even if it is a
chassis and a big-selling BMW-sourced 1.6 and much more spacious than the old bus CLS knock-off > VERDICT T Like all great knock-
CELERIO  diesel that feels like half its horses are asleep too it replaced. Struggles in the face of S-Max offs, it’s almost as good and cheaper
> Braking-phobic city car otherwise spacious, > VERDICT Does as little badly as it does well, greatness > VERDICT T Accomplished but out-
full of kit and cheap. Three-cylinder petrol but easy meat for Ford C-Max or Citroën Picasso flanked by crossovers’ rise to dominance TOURAN 
only plus all the handling vim of a B&Q Value > It’s still more Millets than House of Fraser, but
wheelbarrow > VERDICT Dowdy and rowdy. RAV4  VAUXHALL MOKKA X  the all-new Touran does family stuff irritatingly
Be glad you’ve got DAB and a cupholder > Was a soft-roader pioneer back in ’94 but has > Facelift filed under ‘about f***ing time too’, well. Makes the C-Max seem somehow shoddy
settled for fluffy slippers in its old age. Trump Mokka gets a better cabin, some new engines > VERDICT T MPV meets MQB, nearly goes VIP
SWIFT  card is boot big enough for a casino table and pointless suffix. Driving misery reduced by
> An unsung hero, and not just the excellent > VERDICT Roomy, reasonable, unremarkable. half > VERDICT X marks the spot where the ball SHARAN 
134bhp Sport. Handles well, spacious and More dynamic SUVs deserve your dosh was – about five years ago > Large seven-seater sliding-door people carrier.
cheap. Upgraded Dualjet motor sweet Nice enough but made to look silly by the
> VERDICTT Buy one and challenge anyone who LAND CRUISER/V8  ANTARA  all-but-identical and significantly cheaper Seat
questions your choice to a fistfight > Actually two distinct models but both proper > Old-fashioned SUV based on the Chevrolet Alhambra > VERDICT Get the same car from
bare-knuckle ladder-frame brawlers that Captiva. Chevrolet has subsequently quit selling Seat for less. Or try the Ford Galaxy
SX4 S-CROSS  wouldn’t know a latte if you spilt it on their cars in the UK altogether. You do the maths
> The cheap way to clone a Qashqai. Won’t rigger’s boots > VERDICT Rough, but if we were > VERDICT T Comprehensively outclassed by TIGUAN 
score any points for style, in fact you might hide stranded in the desert we’d trust it over a Rangie Kuga etc. Felt dated at launch in 2007 > All-new Tiguan is accomplished but achingly
it at the back of the school car park. Diesel is the predictable. Have Seat or Skoda made more of
best bet – you’ll have to stop and get out less GT86  VXR8  the MQB platform with their versions?
> VERDICT T A crossover to be cross over > Identical to Subaru BRZ but dealers have > 577bhp Aussie import that’s £20k cheaper > VERDICT T No sex please, we’re VW
FACELIFT actually sold more than three. Same than an M5. Optional auto ’box’s bid to add
JIMNY  SOON
delectable handling, shameful dearth of sophistication akin to serving lager in cut TOUAREG 
> A box with a four-wheel-drive system bolted onto go from unblown 2.0 > VERDICT T Sensational to crystal. But who gives a 4X? > VERDICT T Big, > The people’s Porsche Cayenne. Do the
the bottom, and a 1.3-petrol engine hanging out drive, but such hard work only a handful of folk brutish charm. But row your own, mate people still want their own Cayenne? Well, it is
front. There are seats too > VERDICTT The swamps have found out nearly £10k cheaper… > VERDICT T Big, comfy,
the Jimny can easily drive over were probably VOLKSWAGEN competent SUV. Great on and off road
primordial when it first launched VAUXHALL
VOLVO
VITARA  UP 
> Two-tone cross-dresser to rival the Juke, with a VIVA  > Box on wheels with VW badge is the kind
handsome body and usefully economical diesel > It may look like it was dropped before it had FACELIFT of city car the Japanese have been building V40 
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engine. Cabin could do with some work though set, but is comfy, roomy and refined for a city for years, except much better quality > Smart Swede in a sector dominated by
> VERDICT T Rutting Rhinos and pink paint are a car, and comes with plenty of standard kit > VERDICT T Hyped as a revolution and hardly that. Germans. Efficient D4 engine and impressive
thing of the past: it’s a serious family car now > VERDICT T More generous than it may appear But a spacious small car with a strong image kit, but it’s a bit bloated in seat, suspension and
at first glance. We’d still buy an Up, though steering feel > VERDICT T Sitting uncomfortably
TESLA POLO  between Golf and A3. A rock and hard place
ADAM/ADAM ROCKS  > Bothered by the Fiesta’s Airfix plastics? Buy a
> Obese Fiat 500 wannabe with huge options Polo instead – brilliant engines, bank-vault build V60 
MODEL S  list and comedy naming shtick. Adam S warm quality and almost as good as the Ford to drive > A Frenchman who can’t cook. A Jackson who
> Embarrassing car makers everywhere who hatch worth a thought; Rocks crossover flaccid > VERDICT Small capacity turbo petrols are a can’t dance. A Volvo estate which can’t carry
FACELIFTsaid it can’t be done, the staggering electric > VERDICT T Revitalised by new 1.0-litre turbo riot, and increasingly efficient, too much. No such things against the very nature
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Model S has near 400-mile range, alluring triple. Buy a paper bag and try it of being exist, do they? > VERDICT Handsome,
infotainment and, in the P90d, hyperdrive POLO GTI  safe, efficient estate hamstrung by one issue…
>VERDICT T Star Trekking, across the universe, in CORSA  > Baby GTI right down to the tartan seats,
the Tesla Model S along with Elon Musk… > Made-over Corsa looks like a candidate for now with bigger balls. Vastly improved by V90 
When Plastic Surgery Goes Bad, but it is more introduction of manual gearbox. Surprisingly > Sacrilegiously abandons the space race for
TOYOTA refined and better to drive. 1.0T a good motor strong value > VERDICT T Where’s the nearest style while prioritising comfort and refinement
> VERDICT T Vauxhall keeps trying, but Fiesta Byron Burger drive-thru? over German machismo. Lovely inside. A
still cheerfully waving from way out in front genuine alternative now > VERDICT T If there’s
TOYOTA C-HR  GOLF HATCH/ESTATE  such a thing as Swedish zen, this is it
> New compact crossover is stylish, huge fun CORSA VXR  > Quality, refinement and safety put this at
and kooky inside too. And no, you’ve not just > Luton’s hooligan now smoother round the BEST IN the top of the family car class. So it’s a swot, S90 
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read a Trip Advisor review for the Soho Hotel > edges. Unless you pay extra for the slippy diff and basically. And we all know swots are boring > Smart-looking, well-crafted and (shock) adept-
VERDICT T Buy one and Toyota will never make hardcore suspension. Thug life. > VERDICT T Better > VERDICT T The obvious choice. A3 offers extra handling exec saloon dances a merry jig on the
another dull car. Possibly but still not best. Lacks Fiesta ST’s polish and sparkle flash for a bit more cash, Focus better to drive grave of unloved outgoing S80
> VERDICT Loudly purring Swedish cat enters
AYGO  ASTRA HATCH/ESTATE  GOLF CABRIOLET  the 5-series/E-class pigeon enclosure
> Bright-looking, stupidly-cramped city car with > Massive step forward in terms of driving > The swot’s sexy top-dropping sister promises
a characterful three-pot motor is as cheap to run dynamics and interior design, added open-air thrills but remains a sensible XC60 
as it feels. See also (ropey) Citroën C1, Pug 108 techno-charm of OnStar concierge and Apple homebody at heart. Your parents would approve > Space, sharp looks, competitive pricing, family
> VERDICT T As ‘Up’hill struggles go, battling VW CarPlay a bonus > VERDICT T In hatchback > VERDICT T Or will you always be thinking about safety and a wipe-clean cabin. Only grumbles
with this is like climbing north face of the Aygo grandmother’s footsteps, Focus and Golf turn the A3 Cabriolet you almost bought? are grumbly D5 diesel engine and high CO2
round to find Astra standing right behind them > VERDICT Volvo really is good at SUVs. XC60
YARIS  GOLF GTD/GTI/R  hard to beat, even by much newer competitors
> Sizeable but soulless, Yaris can’t match rivals’ ASTRA GTC/VXR  > GTD is your dad in running shoes. GTI is
dynamics or pocket luxury feel. Clever but > Astra 3dr remains as was for now; ie still BEST IN your dad when he was wild, young and free. XC70 
CLASS
costly hybrid version slashes fuel bills and boot REPLACED stylish enough to stand comparison to R is your dad having a mid-life crisis. All are > A V70 in breeches, with raised ride height and
SOON
space > VERDICT T Largely joyless supermini last Scirocco. VXR fearsomely fast but moody ace > VERDICT T After seven generations, VW has 4x4 option. Awd starts at less than 40 grand,
to be picked for the school football team > VERDICT T The sexiest Vauxhall. Let’s hope this hot-hatch thing nailed. Buy without regret which is good value if you find SUVs crass
replacement doesn’t lose its mojo > VERDICT T If you don’t like having a dozen brace
AURIS  GOLF SV  of shot pheasant in your boot, don’t buy one
> Most Aurises sold are hybrids, mainly ’cos rest CASCADA  > The artist formerly known as the Golf Plus. And
of the range is pants and other makers haven’t > Brave attempt to take on German compact by ‘artist’ we mean medium-sized MPV. The car XC90 
got their hybrid acts together yet > VERDICT cabriolets, but chassis has less integrity than you always knew the Golf would grow up to be > It was worth the (long) wait: luxurious
Only worth picking as company wheels if you Sepp Blatter. Good value if you don’t mind the > VERDICT T Not a bad choice, but now the BMW seven-seat interior, a smorgasbord of clever
have a Starbucks-like aversion to paying tax image (What image? Exactly!) > VERDICT T Marty 2-series Active Tourer is breathing down its neck safety tech, efficient four-cylinder and plug-in
McFly wouldn’t. Doc Emmett Brown just might drivetrains, and refined drive > VERDICT One of
PRIUS  BEETLE HATCH/CABRIO  the most complete cars on sale at any price
> Putting the faintly ludicrous 94mpg claim INSIGNIA SALOON/TOURER > Although better to drive it lacks the design purity
to one side, Prius v4.0 boasts entirely new  of its predecessor and the charm of the original. ZENOS
structure, improved suspension, and is no > Much improved by mid-life facelift, still > VERDICT T Even wannabe retro hipsters are, like,
longer totally joyless to drive handsome, spacious and loaded with kit. And so totally over this cynical marketing exercise, man
> VERDICT T A Toyota hybrid that handles? Hold then along came the all-new Mondeo and E10/E10S 
the front page. Electric-only range still pathetic Passat > VERDICT T An out-of-date car in a dying SCIROCCO  > Flyweight track car with carbonfibre recycled
sector, latest rivals leaving it behind > Old Golf in a slinky dress. Scrubs up well. Fun, from fighter jets, created by ex-Caterham brains
MIRAI  friendly, and more generous in the back than > VERDICT Glorious handling, ferocious speed
> Weird on the outside, Star Trek on the inside MALOO  Audi TT > VERDICT Ballistic R version definitely
and a hydrogen fuel-cell underneath. But for all > Never before have so many stereotypes been worthy; low-power diesel not so much
that it drives just like a very refined regular car NEW
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