This week's Autocar magazine stars one of the most important tests of the year, as the new Mercedes C-class faces up to the BMW 3-series. It's an intriguing showdown, with the two cars developed in very different ways yet aimed squarely at the same buyers, making the end result all the more fascinating to read.
We also test every varient of the new Jaguar F-type coupé, a car that will stand at the top of the Jaguar range for years to come. Embargo restrictions mean we're not allowed to give the verdict away, but Steve Cropley's first drive report delivers the most in-depth verdict you'll find anywhere.
Adding more premium lustre to the issue, the BMW 220d is the subject of our exhaustive eight-page road test, establishing itself as a clear class leader. Other first drive reviews include a prototype of the new Toyota Aygo, the Audi S1 Sportback, Mini Cooper D, Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.6i Turbo and Volkswagen e-Golf. Long-term test car updates include a welcome to the new Honda Civic Tourer and the latest news on life on the road in the Range Rover, Renault Zoe, Jaguar F-type, Dacia Sandero and Citroën C4 Picasso.