This week, how VW will use electric power to make the ultimate Golf GTI, plus we test 100mpg plug-in hybrid heroes and drive an immaculate TVR Griffith 500

In this week's Autocar magazine we reveal Volkswagen's plans to electrifiy its Golf GTI, meet the game-changing Lexus LS and catch a glimpse of the upcoming Vauxhall Crossland X.

There's also a revealing new report on VW's Dieselgate scandal and information on a diesel-powered version of the new Kia Stinger. Plus, we get behind the wheel of a three-pot Nissan Micra and drive two Infinitis, the Q50 and Q60.

The Peugeot 3008, in 1.6 BlueHDi GT Line spec, is subjected to a full Autocar road test.

Also in this issue:

We pit three 100mpg plug-in hybrid heroes from Audi, BMW, Volkswagen and Volvo up against each other to find out which should be your motorway mile-muncher.

Then we revisit some of the best models to come out of legendary British sports car maker TVR's Blackpool factory gates, with a special test in an immaculate Griffith 500.

We also speak to Britain's WRC star Kris Meeke about his chances for a shot at the 2017 title.

Our cars:

We welcome a £197,150 Bentley Bentayga to our fleet, take our recently repaired DS 3 Performance onto the track and get the Vauxhall Astra serviced.

The hybrid Kia Niro's battery also goes flat during a photoshoot and our VW Golf 1.0 TSI gets its first health check. There are also updates from our BMW 320d, Audi A4 and Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell.


James Ruppert explains why internet giant Amazon's tie up with Seat is a big deal for the car buying market, and John Evans looks at used Nissan GT-Rs from £35k.

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14 December 2016

Interested to see what the SUV from Mitsubishi looks like,I thought it looked quite smart but it'll have it's work cut out going up against the Qashqai. I thought that a new Pajero/Shogun was on the cards for next year, I'd be surprised if Mitsubishi let that market go to Toyota & Nissan. Finally is a new Shogun Sport to be sold in Europe at last, things seem to have gone cold on that

18 January 2017

Mitsubishi is Nissan now

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