Matt Prior Road test editor

Matt runs Autocar's road test desk and a Land Rover Defender. Likes karting, small cars and big motorbikes.Follow Matt on Google+

The Volvo S90, with its 2.0 D4 diesel, failed to better 40mpg
The Volvo S90, with its 2.0 D4 diesel, failed to better 40mpg

Opinion: Why engine downsizing doesn't always work

It's a well-known fact that car makers optimise their cars for MPG tests, but how different really are the official figures and their real-world economy figures?

19 August 2016
Blog
Nissan Kicks

2016 Nissan Kicks review

We drive the Nissan Kicks, a small SUV built for 80 global markets - although not ours - where the Nissan Juke and Qashqai already dominate

18 August 2016
First Drive
Nissan BladeGlider concept
Nissan BladeGlider concept

Nissan electric sports car could arrive by 2020

An electric sports car from Nissan has been described as feasible by the turn of the decade; brand's BladeGlider concept aims to change perception of EVs

18 August 2016
News
Aston Martin Vulcan

Aston Martin Vulcan flat out at Silverstone

Aston's £1.8million hypercar delivers 820bhp to its rear wheels through a 7.0-litre V12; we've driven it at Silverstone

13 August 2016
News
Porsche 718 Boxster S vs Lotus Elise Cup 250 Autocar video

Video: Porsche 718 Boxster S vs Lotus Elise Cup 250

Two of this year's greatest sports cars go head-to-head; which will win?

12 August 2016
Video
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Why I love the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S so much

Aston Martin is capable of creating magnificent driver's cars, evident with the new DB11, but the V12 Vantage S will always hold a special place in my heart

12 August 2016
Blog

2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR UK review

We've driven the Jaguar F-Type SVR in the UK. What does this 567bhp range-topping brute have to offer, seeing as it costs more than £100,000?

10 August 2016
First Drive
Volvo XC90 long-term test review: being mindful of the mileage

Volvo XC90 long-term test review: being mindful of the mileage

After racking up 18,000 miles in just six months, our beloved XC90 D5 has been switched out for a T8 Twin Engine in a bid to maintain its residual value

8 August 2016
News
Porsche 718 Cayman S vs BMW M2 vs Jaguar F-Type: battle of the luxury sports cars

Porsche 718 Cayman S vs BMW M2 vs Jaguar F-Type: battle of the luxury sports cars

Can the 'unbeatable' Porsche 718 Cayman S be overruled by the likes of the Jaguar F-Type and BMW M2?

6 August 2016
News
Aston Martin rumoured V8 supercar

Aston Martin V8 supercar expected in 2022

Aston Martin's upcoming mid-engined V8 supercar will go head-to-head with the Ferrari 488 GTB; it's one of seven upcoming models from the firm

5 August 2016
News

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  •  Kia Optima PHEV
    First Drive
    25 August 2016
    Plug-in hybrid Optima is a practical, tax-efficient PHEV that undercuts rivals and fulfils its main remit well, but keen drivers need not apply
  • Kia Optima Sportwagon
    First Drive
    25 August 2016
    New Kia estate looks the part, has good space and handles tidily, but its engine's flexibility and refinement let it down
  • Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 Spyder
    First Drive
    24 August 2016
    Awful driving position aside, drop-top Huracán handles UK roads well. It's more dynamically rounded than its rangemates, but lacks rivals' handling bite
  • Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel
    First Drive
    23 August 2016
    Its predecessor may have been a bit limp, but the Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel is crushingly rapid and suitably luxurious
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    Can the best sports coupé of the decade absorb a contentious new engine?