BMW X4 vs Porsche Macan; modernised classics tested; VW e-Golf driven; Nissan X-Trail road test; used Subaru Impreza P1 buying guide

This week's Autocar features a comparison test between BMW's new coupé-syled crossover contender, the X4, and Porsche's all-conquering Macan.

Can the new upstart really rival what's been received as one of the best compact SUVs ever? Our test will reveal all.

In the news pages this week is the latest on the 542bhp Range Rover Sport SVR and Hyundai's new i20 hatchback, as well as details on how manufacturers are going to meet the EU's ever-tougher emissions targets.

Additionally, we've insight into Audi's super-smooth four-cylinder engine tech and reveal potential plans for a four-seat Volkswagen XL-1.

First drives this week include the Volkswagen e-Golf, Mercedes-Benz SL400 and the electrically supercharged Audi A6 Concept TDI, while the new Nissan X-Trail is the focus of the full Autocar road test.

We've also put several modernised classics through their paces, in order to find out what they're really like to drive.

In the long-term pages you'll find updates on our BMW X5, Audi A3 saloon and Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, while in the used buying guide we take a close look at the ins and outs of buying the collectable Subaru Impreza P1.

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Our Verdict

We suspect the reason for the BMW X4's creation is because of the Porsche Macan

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