Jaguar C-X75 driven; Mercedes A45 AMG vs Volkswagen Golf GTI vs BMW M135i; Mercedes CLA road tested; the future of TVR revealed; Maserati Ghibli driven

This week’s issue of Autocar magazine lifts the lid on possibly the greatest hypercar that never was, delivering the full tech and drive story on the Jaguar C-X75. At its conception Jaguar promised the C-X75 would be as quick as a Veyron and as frugal as a Prius – but aside from five early prototypes, it will never be built.

No less exciting is our mega-hatch group test. The mission: to discover the best of the year’s hot hatchbacks. We pitch the Mercedes A45 AMG against the Volkswagen Golf GTI and BMW M135i, and not only discover a clear winner, but pronounce one of them as the greatest hot hatch ever.

We also have an exclusive interview with the man behind the reborn TVR, which is back in British hands and looking to sell cars again within the next three years. The man behind the marque, Les Edgar, promises a two-car model range – both with a traditional TVR character – priced to compete with the Porsche Boxster and 911. He reveals all to Steve Cropley.

Away from the scintillating C-X75, our first drive pages take in a wealth of exciting new models including the Maserati Ghibli, Twisted Performance-tuned Land Rover Defender V8, the Subaru Forester Turbo and Audi A3 saloon. We also sample the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid – but can it live up to its 91mpg billing?

Our road test team get to grips with the Mercedes CLA. Its handsome CLS-inspired looks promise much, but can its dynamics impress too? Find out in our eight-page road test.

Our features section stars Andrew Frankel driving two Rolls-Royce Ghosts, built 100 years apart, while Steve Cropley speaks to Charles Morgan to understand the future of the company that bears his names.

James Ruppert also reveals why he wouldn’t recommend a second-hand Land Rover Discovery, and the Maserati 3200 is the subject of this week’s used car buying guide. The Our Cars pages feature updates on our McLaren 12C, Mazda 6 and Mitsubishi Outlander. And our Volkswagen CC meets its brother in BTCC specification.

Autocar magazine is available through all good newsagents, and available to download from Zinio and the Apple iTunes store.

You can also buy one-off copies of Autocar magazine from Newsstand, delivered to your door the morning after.

Our Verdict

The CLS sold on its exclusivity. Can the Mercedes CLA pull the same trick?

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