New versus used; BMW X4 full road test; new Volvo XC90 revealed; goodbye to our Range Rover
Matt Burt
27 August 2014

This week’s issue of Autocar magazine, which is available to buy in the shops and via download now, assesses the kind of dilemmas that can keep daydreaming car enthusiasts occupied for weeks.

Should you go for a brand new car, weighing up the thrill of owning a pristine motor against the ever-present spectre of crippling depreciation? Or should you buy wisely, getting the maximum bang for your buck by choosing a second-hand purchase after letting some other mug take the initial hit? 

We’ve pitched a collection of the best new cars on the market today up against second-hand rivals from a similar price point.

Should your money go on a new Porsche Cayman S or a used Lamborghini Gallardo? Does a pristine Aston Martin V12 Vantage make a better buy than a previous owned McLaren MP4-12C?

Our news section kicks off with an analysis of the new Volvo XC90 and what the car means for the Swedish company. The Mercedes-Benz GLK (which is expected to be renamed) has also been confirmed for the UK, and we’ve got the latest details of the model which has previously been denied to prospective customers in right-hand-drive markets. 

We’ve got a special report on the future of Lada, and speak to the British designer who is helping to shape the Russian brand’s future.

Steve Sutcliffe offers his opinions on the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG as we get our first opportunity to assess the car. Does he like it as much as the A45 AMG he ran as a long-term test car for six months? Find out in this week’s issue.

Meanwhile, Autocar’s experienced test team gets to grips with the BMW X4 in this week’s eight-page road test. 

The imperious Range Rover has now left our long-term test fleet. During our time with us it’s been everywhere from the Le Mans 24 Hours to a Truro City FC football match. We reflect on the highs and lows of living with it in this week’s issue.

Our used buying guide focuses on the Peugeot 306 GTi-6, and offers useful hints and tips for bagging a well-cared-for example for reasonable money.

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