This week: why the Tesla Model X will change cars forever, how to buy your first Ferrari and the next Volkswagen Polo detailed
Sam Sheehan
15 February 2017

In this week's Autocar, we subject the groundbreaking Tesla Model X electric SUV to a full road test, but not before we meet its upcoming sibling, the smaller Model Y.

There's the latest on Volkswagen's next-generation Polo, and a look at the Mercedes-Benz G-Class's swansong, the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, a luxurious semi-convertible version with a 621bhp V12.

Then its over to Bugatti's Molsheim production plant to watch the first Chiron roll off the line.

The Toyota Prius Plug-in PHEV gets a full test, the latest Skoda Octavia is driven in 1.6 TDI SE L form and we drive the newly updated Volkswagen Golf with its new 1.5-litre TSI Evo petrol engine.

Also in this issue

To celebrate 70 years of Ferrari, we take to the roads in a 488 GTB Spider before sampling the oldest product of the Marenello car maker left in Britain. Want one of your own? There's also a handy guide to help you purchase your first Prancing Horse.

Then we ask if electric car maker Faraday Future can beat Tesla by speaking to the big names behind the brand to gauge its chances, and meet racing driver Tom Chilton ahead of his 2017 campaign where he'll compete in two major touring car championships.

Our cars

A green Jeep Renegade joins the fleet, the Land Rover Discovery Sport heads in for a check-up and we consider if our Audi A4 would be better off in all-wheel-drive form.


We look to other markets for bargain used cars, and highlight the Mk3 Toyota MR2 as a bargain drop-top.

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Our Verdict

Tesla Model X

The electric propulsion pioneer takes aim at the seven-seat SUV market

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