Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar XE and new Mazda MX-5 revealed; Lexus RC F and Audi TT driven; Volkswagen e-Golf road test
Matt Burt
10 September 2014

This week’s issue of Autocar magazine, dated 10 September, is packed with information about some of the year’s most important cars, including the Jaguar XE, Mercedes-AMG GT and Mazda MX-5.

The all-new Jaguar XE will fight the BMW 3-series with a lightweight structure, state-of-the-art engines and impressive design. Steve Cropley reports on Britain’s newcomer, and quizzes Jaguar Land Rover chiefs on the thinking behind the new model.

The Mercedes-AMG GT – the second series production model from Mercedes-Benz’s performance car division in Affalterbach, Germany, following on from the recently discontinued SLS AMG – is another new machine to get a thorough analysis in this week’s magazine.

Elsewhere, Mazda expects its all-new MX-5 “to revive pure fun”. The Japanese roadster is lighter, shorter, wider and lower and packs latest-tech engines in a bid to recapture the driving purity and fun of the original car. We’ve got all the details of the new model.

The Ford Focus has also undergone a thorough revamp in an effort to take it back in front of the Volkswagen Golf in the battle of the family hatchbacks. Matt Prior discovers whether the Blue Oval has succeeded in its aims.

In a busy week on the road, Mr Prior gets behind the wheel of the latest the Audi TT. The coupé has always wowed for its looks and quality but has never been exciting enough to drive. Has this all-new third-generation car finally put that right?

This week’s issue also has drives of the Lexus RC F, Nissan Pulsar, Volkswagen Golf GTE, Vauxhall Adam Rocks and BMW 2-series Active Tourer.

Undergoing the full road test is the Volkswagen e-Golf. Priced and sized to compete with the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3, it’s time to find out whether this hatch can mix everyday usability with electric power.

We enthusiastically welcome the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS onto our fleet of long-term test cars. Vauxhall claims its VXR8 GTS is the least costly new car with more than 500bhp. Is there more to its super-saloon than just brute force, though? We intend to fine out in the coming months.

The Jeep Cherokee is the subject of our used buying guide. The second-gen version is a stout second-hand 4x4 buy, but buying a good one requires care, although can be found for as little as £500 according to our experts.

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