Aston's stunning Lagonda saloon; full specs for Jaguar XE; new Mondeo is finally here; crazy Honda Civic Type R; new Ford Mustang driven
Matt Burt
1 October 2014

This week’s issue of Autocar magazine, dated 1 October 2014, takes an exclusive in-depth look at Aston Martin’s new Lagonda-badged mega-saloon.

The company’s design chief, Marek Reichman, gives us a tour around the first Lagonda production car in nearly four decades.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Steve Cropley slips behind the wheel of another automotive icon, the Ford Mustang.

For the first time in its 50-year history, the Mustang is set to be sold in the UK in right-hand-drive form. So has becoming a global model diluted its muscle car appeal?

It’s been 30 years since motorsport preparation company Prodrive was formed, and its also the end of an era for David Richards’ firm, which has recently moved from its highly visible base alongside the M40. In celebration, Jesse Crosse drives two iconic Prodrive cars: a tarmac rally spec BMW M3 and an ex-Colin McRae Subaru Impreza.

Brit Linda Jackson is Citroën’s new boss, and in an exclusive interview she explains to Autocar why she’ll shun industry convention in the way that cars are made and sold – and dramatically improve Citroën’s image in the process.

The Lexus NX300h is the subject of this week’s eight-page road test. The eye-catching mid-size SUV is the Japanese company’s entry into Range Rover Evoque territory, but in hybrid form it doesn’t exactly come cheap. Our expert testers assess whether it is worth it.

This week’s news section is full to bursting with all the latest previews ahead of the Paris motor show – including the new concept version of the Honda Civic Type R, the Ferrari 458 Speciale A and UK pricing details of the new Jaguar XE.

Our long-term test fleet bids goodbye to the Audi A3 saloon, while this week’s buying used again offers tips on buying a Ford GT – as long as you have a spare £180,000 lying around of course…

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Our Verdict

Jaguar XE

Jaguar's first attempt at a compact exec saloon is good - very good. But can the XE hold off the BMW 3 Series and Alfa Romeo Guilia to retain its crown?

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