New Mercedes C-class details; Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid UK first drive; BMW 3-series vs Infiniti Q50; Bentley Continental GT buying guide
Jim Holder
15 October 2013

Two thrilling Mercedes stories lead this week's magazine: the full scoop details on the new Mercedes C-class, which is seeking to outflank the BMW 3-series and mooted Jaguar baby saloon by offering best-ever in-car technology and luxury, plus a landmark road test of the new Mercedes S-class, which earns a coveted and rare five-star rating.

Other major news includes first details of the new Audi Q7, the new BMW 4-series convertible, first details of the BMW 2-series, details of how Seat plans to accelerate its rapid expansion plans, Infiniti's £4 billion investment to take on the luxury car greats and exclusive insight in to the rise of hybrid cars on our roads.

The amazing Radical RXC leads our first drives section, truly earning the 'Le Mans car for the road' tag as it blows Steve Sutcliffe away. We also drive the final production version of the innovate BMW i3 and test the temptingly good Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid in the UK. Updates on our long-term test fleet include the Vauxhall Adam, Seat Leon FR and Caterham Seven Supersport.

The ever diverse features section takes in everything from a drive from Kathmandu to Delhi by Range Rover Hybrids, a twin test showdown between the BMW 3-series and new Infiniti Q50, an examination of the upmarket Renault Initiale Paris concept and an exclusive look at Europe-bound Chinese car maker Qoros's expansion plans.

The popular deals section provides more tempting and quirky buying advice. Our used buying guide tells you the full lowdown on buying a Bentley Continental GT for £25k, while James Ruppert takes a look at buying used examples of the cars that have lost the car industry the most money. Our new vs used showdown offers up the dilemma of spending £25,000 on a new Skoda Yeti or used V8 Jeep Grand Wagoneer.

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Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes C-Class marks a return to the company's old-school values of all-round quality and maturity

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16 October 2013

My compliments to Hilton Holloway, on his article featuring QOROS (page 54-57).

Very useful, informative and thought provoking.

I learnt a lot from a nice piece of reporting.

Thank you.

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