This week: BMW 5 Series faces XF and E-Class; Audi RS3; Abarth 124 Spider; McLaren's hyper GT; F1 2017 guide

In this week's Autocar we take the new BMW 5 Series for a spin against main rivals from Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar, get a first blast in the new Audi RS3 Saloon, and run Abarth's 124 Spider to find out if it'll best the Audi TT

Also in this issue

We've got the latest details on McLaren's successor to the F1, TVR's imminent rebirth and Spyker's plan to enter the four-door supercar market. Fancy another choice of electric saloon too? VW's on the case with another ID model.

Our cars

Keep up with Cropley in the Autocar Bentley Bentayga, say hello to the Renault Scenic and buy some new tyres for the Jaguar XF. 


Fancy a tax-beating car? James Ruppert has the best ways to confront the road tax conundrum, find out how to get the best Peugeot RCZ for your money.

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Our Verdict

BMW 5 Series

The latest BMW 5 Series is arguably the most complete executive car out there, as long as you spec it correctly

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Driven this week

  • First Drive
    23 March 2017
    Superbly comfy, practical and versatile, with much greater luxury and class than you might expect, the Discovery puts the utility back into the large SUV
  • Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TSI 180 4x4 DSG SEL
    First Drive
    22 March 2017
    The Kodiaq's versatile interior continues to impress, but this punchiest petrol engine will be a rare sight on our roads while diesel rules the roost
  • Suzuki Swift
    First Drive
    21 March 2017
    Fourth-generation supermini mixes charm with peppy economy. Fine looks, handling and reasonable ride quality, but truly bargain basement versions are a thing of the past
  • Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D
    First Drive
    21 March 2017
    Sharper looks, a more luxurious interior and an engaging chassis thrust new Mazda CX-5 towards the top of the mid-sized SUV class
  • Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
    First Drive
    21 March 2017
    Ferrari's new V8 GTC4 Lusso T has the noise and poise to excite, but as a long-distance tourer it makes a less convincing case for itself