Matt Prior Road test editor

Matt runs Autocar's road test desk and an Land Rover Defender. He likes karting, tiny cars and big motorbikes. He keeps chickens, not wicket for England. Follow Matt on Google+
Volkswagen Passat, 2015 Car of the Year

Why the Volkswagen Passat is a deserving Car of the Year

Here's how I scored the seven finalists in the 2015 Car of the Year shoot-out, and why I put the Passat at the top of my list

2 March 2015
Blog
VW whisked motoring journalists away by helicopter from the Paris motor show to sample its 3L Lupo

Matt Prior's tester's notes - VW shows one-upmanship at its finest

Volkswagen pulled out all the stops to make sure Renault didn't grab all the headlines with its 'three litre' Clio

27 February 2015
News
The 'Edward' prototype car was created by McLaren using an Ultima car to test a BMW V12 engine

Matt Prior's tester's notes - how to hide your test car, the McLaren way

Development of the McLaren F1 hinged upon hiding the supercar within modified Ultimas, but the idea of disguising prototypes is something McLaren has stuck with ever since

20 February 2015
News
Volvo confirms plans for compact XC40 SUV
The new XC40 will help Volvo reach annual sales targets of 800,000

Volvo XC40 SUV due within four years

Swedish manufacturer says "small but premium" XC40 compact SUV will arrive before 2019, and will form part of aggressive sales expansion

20 February 2015
News

2015 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine review

Most of the package is as impressive as the D5 diesel, but the drivetrain still needs work, as Volvo knows

17 February 2015
First Drive

2015 Ford Mondeo 1.0 review

Small Ecoboost engine never feels overwhelmed, but nor does it sparkle in Mondeo body

17 February 2015
First Drive
Mazda's next RX-7 will be based on the same platform as the new MX-5

New Mazda RX-7 set for 2020

A new rotary-engined coupé based on the lightweight MX-5 platform is in development; with its launch expected to coincide with Mazda’s 100th anniversary

17 February 2015
News
The Cayman GT4 will be raw enough to distance it from the regular Porsche 911

Matt Prior's tester's notes - new GT4 is the Cayman we've always wanted

The Porsche Cayman has been getting steadily better since its inception, and the new 380bhp Cayman GT4 should be the best yet

13 February 2015
News

Video: new Volvo XC90 review

Matt Prior delivers the first verdict on Volvo's crucial new seven-seat SUV

12 February 2015
Video

Video: Lexus RC F versus BMW M4

Two of our favourite performance coupés go head to head on track

6 February 2015
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