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+

McLaren 675LT versus Porsche 911 GT3 RS - comparison

What happens when you take two hardcore supercars on a 400-mile road trip? We line up a Porsche 911 GT3 RS and a McLaren 675LT to find out

14 August 2015

Seat Leon X-Perience versus Subaru Outback - comparison

What makes a true crossover? We bring together two jacked-up estates from Subaru and Seat to find out

6 August 2015

Jaguar XE S versus BMW 3 Series 340i Sport - comparison

The Jaguar XE is only weeks old but already faces fresher competition from a facelifted BMW 3 Series. We line up six-cylinder petrol versions and choose a winner

31 July 2015

Mercedes-AMG to embrace hybrid power by 2020

Mercedes will look to incorporate hybrid technology into its performance range by the end of the decade to help reduce CO2

30 July 2015

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4Matic review

It's no great new-age sporting SUV but the GLC is refined, rich and capable. Has potential but needs distinguishing price and CO2 stats

22 July 2015
First Drive

2015 Jaguar XE S UK review

Range-topping XE has a chassis of true brilliance and an expressive, exciting engine to match

13 July 2015
First Drive

2015 Jaguar XE 2.0d 180 Portfolio UK review

Beautiful poise and supple handling earns this smallest Jag a class-leading recommendation. It's not perfect, mind, but it's very good.

13 July 2015
First Drive

Mercedes-AMG C63 versus BMW M3 and Vauxhall VXR8 GTS - comparison

Even with 503bhp, the new Mercedes-AMG C63 S isn’t the most powerful super-saloon you can buy for £60k. Is it the best, though?

11 July 2015

2015 Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI SE review

Third-gen MPV exudes characteristic Volkswagen refinements, so it's solid, upmarket, smart and practical – albeit a bit bland

29 June 2015
First Drive

Buyers beware: this year's festival features bargain Bentleys

Bentley Preowned stand brings tempting used metal into the Goodwood mix

28 June 2015


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Driven this week

  • First Drive
    2 September 2015
    Kia facelifts its Cee'd and drops its six-speed torque converter in favour of a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox in the process. We drive it for the first time
  • First Drive
    1 September 2015
    Kia has developed a better-mannered, more sophisticated Sportage for 2016
  • First Drive
    31 August 2015
    Thought the 3 Series was losing its edge? Well it's back, with a facelifted version that offers improved performance and dynamics. Does it reclaim its top spot after our drive on UK roads?
  • First Drive
    27 August 2015
    BMW gives its flagship 7 Series an extensive overhaul in a bid to tempt buyers of luxury cars away from the Mercedes S-Class, Audi's A8 and the Jaguar XJ
  • First Drive
    26 August 2015
    New Qashqai rival majors on practicality and usability and benefits from a long warranty, but lower-specification versions are the better bet