Matt Saunders Deputy road test editor

Matt joined Autocar in 2003. After stints on the news, features and web desks, he’s finally got the job he was looking for all along, as part of the road test team. He devotes most of his week to brake disc sizes, bore and stroke measurements and wet weather stopping distances. He frequently indulges in various foolish errands like maxing out a 227mph Brabus Rocket on the autobahn, driving 500 miles across the UK in an electric Mini, or to trade his way to riches out of a £650 Fiat Cinquecento. Follow Matt on Google+

2015 Ford Ecosport 1.0 Ecoboost

Sharper handling, more refined and better-looking. Still a bit rough around the edges, mind, but now good enough to be a class contender

3 March 2015
First Drive
Porsche has attempted to split the difference between the 911 GT3 and the Cayman GTS with the 911 GTS

Porsche 911 GT3 versus 911 GTS and Cayman GTS - comparison

Is there room between the superb Porsche 911 GT3 and Porsche Cayman GTS? We see if the new Porsche 911 GTS fits that slot

14 February 2015
News

2015 Mazda 6 Tourer 2.2D 150 SE-L UK review

Mazda’s refreshed Mondeo rival is richer inside and softer-riding than before but loses its dynamic edge

9 February 2015
First Drive
The new Ford Mondeo and VW Passat are here to face off against rivals from Volvo, Vauxhall, Audi, and BMW

New Ford Mondeo versus business car rivals - comparison

The latest Ford Mondeo and VW Passat have injected quality and interest back into the repmobile market. We find out how they stack up against their main rivals

31 January 2015
News

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS UK review

New upper-mid-range 911 is as notable for its value as its performance credentials; both are very good

26 January 2015
First Drive

2015 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCI 180 UK review

Majors on space, equipment and value - with a little less dynamic verve than we're used to

15 January 2015
First Drive
Which new car offers the best mix of good value and ability? We've lined up five of the best

Comparison - Finding Britain's best budget car

A low purchase price is one thing, but which new budget car offers the best combination of value and ability? Matt Saunders finds out

10 January 2015
News

2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.6 TDI S review

Cheapest diesel has all of the polish of its rangemates. A car of real class, although not such a rewarding one to drive.

9 January 2015
First Drive
Comparison: three-cylinder engines on test
The five cars tested here show how three-pots serve a variety of vehicle classes

Comparison: three-cylinder engines on test

Turbocharged three-cylinder engines prove that downsizing can still be fun, but which triple reigns supreme? Matt Saunders decides

1 January 2015
News
Best cars of 2014 – Ford Tourneo Connect
The Tourneo Connect is based on the Ford Transit van

Best cars of 2014 – Ford Tourneo Connect

The Tourneo Connect could well be the best real-world car we've driven this year

29 December 2014
News

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