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+
BMW 5 Series Jaguar XF Mercedes-Benz E-Class

BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XF versus Mercedes-Benz E-Class - group test

Mercedes has ramped up the battle for honours among the mass-market royalty with the new E-Class. We find out if it can depose its key rivals from BMW and Jaguar

30 April 2016
Mercedes E220d SE
2016 Mercedes-Benz E 220 d SE

2016 Mercedes-Benz E 220 d SE

Entry-level diesel E-Class has a fine engine and typically laid-back dynamic character.

18 April 2016
First Drive
Seat Leon, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra versus Mazda 3

Seat Leon, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra versus Mazda 3 - warm hatch group test

A new 197bhp Vauxhall Astra SRi is bidding to be the best warm five-door hatch, but talented rivals from Ford, Mazda and Seat stand in its way. Matt Saunders referees

17 April 2016
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S review

The quickest and grippiest super-SUV in the world – and still somehow not the most entertaining or likeable on UK roads

14 April 2016
First Drive
Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo

2016 Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 Monte Carlo review

Motorsport-inspired mid-range Fabia has the looks but not the sporting purpose of a good hot supermini

12 April 2016
First Drive
Mini Cooper Convertible

2016 Mini Cooper Convertible review

Entry-level rag-top Mini has obvious substance and typical handling charm to back up its sugar-coated style

4 April 2016
First Drive
Volvo XC90 BMW X5

Volvo XC90 T8 versus BMW X5 xDrive40e - twin test

A large and lofty SUV with sensible running costs has to be a diesel, right? Wrong. Matt Saunders drives the new plug-in hybrid BMW X5 and Volvo XC90

2 April 2016
2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290

2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290 review

Conservative mid-cycle update does relatively little for a respectable hot hatch with a fine engine but a flawed ride in the UK

22 March 2016
First Drive
Best of British Autocar

Best British-built cars for £20,000

Which is the UK’s best locally assembled £20k five-door? We look over some of the top contenders

7 March 2016
Zenos E10 R

2016 Zenos E10 R review

Extra power and purpose bring even greater heights out of an already cracking sports car. Simple, great value and huge fun

2 March 2016
First Drive


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    The fastest, most track-focused and most expensive Elise ever made. It's simple, raw and immersive
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