Currently reading: Autocar magazine 19 February preview
Porsche Macan versus Range Rover Evoque; new Nissan Qashqai road test; Seat Leon Cupra driven; 25 years of the Land Rover Discovery

The new Porsche Macan and Range Rover Evoque face off in an exclusive twin test in this week's Autocar magazine. Steve Sutcliffe offers his verdict on this match-up between the established class leader and the new challenger in the battle to be the best compact SUV.

The test is just one of many exciting reviews in the magazine, with the new Nissan Qashqai taking centre stage in our exhaustive eight-page road test. Other first drive verdicts include the Seat Leon Cupra 265, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Ford Fiesta 1.0 Powershift and Toyota Verso, now powered by a BMW 1.6-litre diesel engine.

Meanwhile, our popular reports on our long-term test fleet includes a sad farewell to the Renault Twizy, plus updates on life on the open road with our used Land Rover Defender and new Dacia Sandero, Renault Zoe and Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake.

Our news coverage features many likely stars of the Geneva motor show, including the front-drive BMW 2-series Active Tourer, turbocharged Ferrari California T, rear-engined Renault Twingo, all-new Peugeot 108 and exclusive insight into Ferrari's increasingly strong growth.

As ever, our features offer a diverse change of pace: Steve Cropley drives all four generations of Land Rover Discovery as he celebrates 25 years of the car that has become an off-road icon, while we also pay an undercover visit to some of London's underground car parks, seeking out the exotica hidden under the capital's streets.

Our used car coverage stars James Ruppert's insights in to the best cars for first-time drivers and teenagers, plus a used buying guide on 500bhp BMW M6s, now available from around £16,000. The new car versus used car challenge ponders whether you should spend £75k on a new Audi A8 4.2 TDI or a used Maybach 57.

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Peter Cavellini 18 February 2014


I paid that for my lowly BMW320iSPORT,BUSINESS on a 10 plate,granted, i've got 3 kids,two under 20,so, i suppose i haven't got the spare cash to buy let alone run an M6,ho hum, i can dream can't i?