Currently reading: Autocar magazine 24 September preview
Mercedes-AMG C63 revealed; 500bhp for £15k; baby Jeep driven; Peugeot amazing SUV; hot Fiesta versus rivals

This week’s issue of Autocar magazine, dated 24 September, lifts the lid on the new performance car from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG operation.

The Mercedes-AMG C63 is Stuttgart’s answer to the BMW M3. It will be offered with a similar power output to the company’s recently unveiled GT car, with which it effectively shares its engine, when it goes on sale in the UK next month.

Raw power is also the subject of our 500bhp for £15k feature. Once, 500bhp used to be supercar power. Now you can get that muscle in a bargain used barge and Richard Bremner is your guide through the cars to look out for.

We also compare three of the best warm hatches on the market. Accessible, everyday fun with enough zip to make you grin — that’s what warm superminis like these should deliver. Which does it best: Ford Fiesta, Seat Ibiza or Mini Cooper?

The Jeep Cherokee gets in-depth scrutiny from our road test team. The architecture underneath the new Cherokee is fundamentally Italian. On top, it’s raked back and cleaved flat in a way no Cherokee has been before. Could this be the sight of a leaf being turned under new management?

Used car expert Lewis Kingston serves up advice on how to buy a second-hand Fiat Barchetta for as little as £2000. Fiat’s MX-5 alternative can be a lot of fun, but watch out for the quality issues, he warns.

The Honda Civic Tourer on our long-term test fleet has recently notched up 11,000 miles. It’s a Tourer by name, but is it a competent tourer by nature? A fully loaded camping trip to the south of France provides the answer.

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