BMW 2-series Active Tourer driven; first impressions of the new Lexus NX; Mercedes-Benz C-class full road test; Jaguar F-type vs Porsche 911 Targa; buy a used Nissan 200SX
Matt Burt
22 July 2014

This week's issue of Autocar magazine, dated 23 July 2014, assesses one of the most talked-about new cars of the year – the new BMW 2-series Active Tourer.

The family friendly model ushers in the German manufacturer's new line of front-wheel-drive vehicles, aimed at tempting customers out of away from the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.

We drive the diesel variant of the 2-series Active Tourer in Austria, and get the low down on BMW's intentions for the new vehicle from the manufacturer's sales director Ian Robertson.

Our in-depth road test assesses the new Mercedes-Benz C-class. Can our perennial runner-up in this class behind the BMW 3-series finally reach the top spot? Our expert testers analyse every aspect of the car, from ride and handling through to interior comfort and residual values.

We have our first test in the Lexus NX, the Japanese manufacturer's mid-size SUV rival for the likes of the BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque.  

This week's comparison test pitches the Jaguar F-type against the Porsche 911 Targa. Does Britain or Germany win the battle of the fast open-tops? Find out in our six-page analysis.

Our long-term test fleet bids goodbye to the Morgan Plus 8, which has kept us mightily entertained over recent months. But does it make a practical ownership proposition in our opinion? Read our verdict in the issue.

The Nissan 200SX is the subject of our used buying guide. If you want an older sports coupé that’s accessible and fun to drive, this sports coupé could be just the ticket, and examples can now be found for as little as £2500

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Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz C-class
The C-Class shares a lot of its looks with the new S-Class, furthering its desirability

Can our perennial runner-up in this class finally reach the top spot?

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