Autocar magazine October 24, 2012
This week's issue of Autocar magazine reveals Britain's best driver's car. We pitch nine of the most entertaining cars launched this year against 2011's winner, the Porsche Cayman, in the most thorough test of dynamics you'll read this year. The rivals are driven together in a series of tests on road and track, and the overall winner is guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows.
Also hitting the cover are the first details of the all-new Range Rover Sport. It's shaping up to be another hit from Jaguar Land Rover, and will be one of the most important launches of 2013. We also investigate Volkswagen's plans to launch a budget brand, similar to Renault's Dacia marque, and reveal how VW's Taigun concept is being readied to battle the Nissan Juke.
In our first drives section, Steve Sutcliffe gets to grips with the outstanding new Aston Martin DB9. We also get muddy in the new Fiat Panda 4x4, deliver our first verdict on the Mazda 6 estate and put the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to the test.
The Honda CR-V is the subject of this week's full Autocar road test. We find out if the latest incarnation of Honda's SUV can bring anything new to a crowded market.
We also celebrate ten years of the Ford Focus RS and Hilton Holloway looks at how Lada is reinventing itself thanks to investment from Renault-Nissan.
In the Our Cars section, we say hello to our Caterham Seven long termer, and give an update on our Audi A6 Allroad. The Subaru Forester is the subject of our used buying guide and James Ruppert tells us why the Kia Sorento has caught his eye.