The unusual Mini Clubman has been reinvented, with the new version both bigger and roomier than its predecessor, as it looks to broaden its appeal amid growing premium hatchback competition. We recently tested the Cooper S in automatic guise, and while many things have changed on the Clubman, it still shares several defining features of the current-generation hatchbacks, including the clamshell bonnet, oval-shaped headlights and LED graphics.
The new Clubman, on sale later this month, uses the same versatile BMW UKL platform and shares the same wheelbase as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. Overall, it is wider, lower and longer than the Countryman, and offers improved passenger comfort and more boot space than its predecessor.
The petrol-powered 1.0-litre Volkswagen Polo has proved a big hit this week, with this review focusing on the 108bhp three-cylinder engine, after the entry-level 59bhp version was tested earlier this year. This first drive also matched the most powerful three-pot engine with R-Line spec, which brings luxuries such as front and rear parking sensors, sports seats and 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system. But the question remains, how does this Polo stack up against the 1.0-litre Ford Fiesta in Titantium trim? Read our verdict on the VW Polo R-Line.
A heartfelt return of a sporty estate from Japanese manufacturer Subaru is third on the list of most read reviews this week. The Levorg is the direct replacement for the Legacy, and although the new car is smaller than its predecessor, it harks back to a proper sports tourer – an estate-cum-sporting-GT.
The Levorg may herald a refocus by Subaru to a market that lacks proper sports tourer options, but how does the latest 1.6-litre turbocharged flat-four engine compare to the larger units that its predecessors used? Find out in our verdict of the Subaru Levorg 1.6 DIT GT.
A real family and business favourite has unsurprisingly found its way on to the list, with the latest Superb Estate getting the full Autocar review treatment. The third-generation Superb mixes size and style as it aims to fill the space created by the Volkswagen Passat’s move up in the premium stakes.
This version is 30% lighter than the previous generation and offers boot space of almost 2000 litres, which makes estate rivals such as the BMW 5 Series Touring and Ford Mondeo Estate look inadequate. Read our review of the Skoda Superb Estate.