Currently reading: Autocar magazine 16 January preview
Mercedes CLA revealed; World's most in-depth test of the new Volkswagen Golf; Quickest-ever Polo uncovered; £25k used car buying challenge; 174mph Audi RS7

This week’s issue of Autocar magazine lifts the lid on the Mercedes CLA and how it takes the firm into new territory. We also take a look at the next four small Mercedes models to be spun off the CLA’s platform.

The stars of the Detroit motor show are placed under the spotlight. We consider whether the all-new Corvette C7 has what it takes to match Europe’s best and how the new Lexus IS can succeed without the option of a diesel.

We also analyse the story behind the UK’s growing new car market, and how GM plans to turn Vauxhall around.

Our first drive section leads with the tough and rugged looking Volvo V40 Cross Country, four-wheel drive BMW 320i xDrive and the Mazda 6 Sport Tourer. And the all-new Volkswagen Golf is the subject of our full, eight-page road test.

We pitch stars of the track – the Caterham Seven and Ariel Atom – against the stars of the field, the Land Rover Defender and Freelander in an old-versus-new comparison. Plus we travel to Korea to see how the London mayor’s plans for a fleet of electric hire cars works in Seoul and speak to Mitsubishi Motors’ president Osamu Masuko about his firm’s future.

We wave goodbye to our long-term Honda Civic, and deliver updates on our Volkswagen CC, Volvo V40, Audi A6 Allroad and Alpina D5, while James Ruppert explains why the Nissan Qashqai makes a great used buy.

As ever, the magazine is available from all good newsagents, or available for download from Zinio or the Apple iTunes store.


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