Jaguar C-X17 concept tested; Ferrari 458 Speciale driven; W210 Mercedes E-class buying guide; long-term Audi RS4 Avant update
Jim Holder
12 November 2013

This week's Autocar features an eclectic mix of drives, with the mould-breaking Jaguar C-X17 4x4 concept and Ferrari 458 Speciale taking centre stage.

Steve Cropley drives the Jaguar, his time behind the wheel of the car proving once and for all that Jaguar can make the leap to becoming a credible SUV maker if it stays honest to the concept's ethos.

Meanwhile, Steve Sutcliffe drives the Ferrari 458 Speciale on both road and track, declaring it to be one of the greatest Ferraris ever made after sampling its exhilarating blend of power and drivability.

The high-powered diesel BMW X5 M50d is the subject of our exhaustive eight-page road test, while other first drive reviews include a first run in the BMW i3 Range Extender, tested on London's roads, the Range Rover Sport SDV8, and the Kia Soul EV. Latest updates from our long-term test fleet include the Jaguar XKR-S convertible and Audi RS4 Avant.

Top news billing belongs to the new Nissan Qashqai, which is revealed for the first time and in which Autocar has had an exclusive early test drive. We also reveal Nissan's new baby sports car, the electric powered Nissan BladeGlider, which promises to take the Deltawing race car technology on to the public roads.

We also take the wraps off the mighty new Mercedes S65 AMG, reveal plans for a BMW i5 family car, a new large Skoda SUV and round up the latest Tokyo motor show and Los Angeles motor show news, including the reveal of the new Daihatsu Kopen.

Our eclectic features section includes a face-off between the most economical versions of the VW Golf, Ford Focus and Toyota Auris, plus an attempt to cover 1000 miles on UK roads in the VW Golf Bluemotion. Ahead of this weekend's Wales Rally GB, we also join the Hyundai World Rally Team to look at its latest test efforts and pay a visit to Coventry Transport Museum.

Used car highlights include James Ruppert's guide to buying a posh car at auction, a full buying guide to securing a W210 Mercedes E-class from £500 and find an answer to the conundrum of whether to spend £100,000 on a new Radical RXC or a used Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale.

Our Verdict

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12 November 2013
So, by only driving a prototype Autocar have decreed Jaguar's SUV will be a winner. Nothing like a balanced opinion and instantly rubbishing other rivals, current and future. Thing is Autocar, what will your favourite be, a full on 4x4 from Land Rover or an on-road biased SUV fromn Jaguar?! Oooh, having to make a decision on offerings from your 2 favourite companies.

12 November 2013
So by only reading a headline you've decreed our assessment wrong (ahem!). In all seriousness, the story is worth a read before dismissing it out of hand. What the concept drive has given us is an insight in to whether Jaguar can build a credible SUV. And the answer is an emphatic 'yes'.

Jim Holder

Editorial Director, Autocar

12 November 2013
Will they be appearing in this weeks issue? Seem to remember them being posted well over a week old and was expecting to see them last week, or has Merc been threatening the advertising revenue withdrawal trick??

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