Baby Land Rover revealed: JLR's plans for a new £18k small SUV; Jaguar unveils its fast future; Family 4x4 mega-test; Lotus Exige S full road test
Matt Burt
2 April 2013

There was little doubt about the identity of the star of the New York motor show – the Range Rover Sport turned the most heads, helped by a cameo appearance from James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

But the Sport represents only part of Jaguar Land Rover’s ambitious future plans, and in this week's Autocar magazine, we bring you the news about more of the manufacturer’s strategy to dramatically increase its sales during the rest of this decade.

Spearheading that drive is a brand new ‘baby’ Land Rover model that will make the manufacturer a big player in the growing compact SUV market. Our artists have gone to work to suggest how the small Landie could look, while inside we explain exactly why it is such a crucial model.

Our news team also reviews the best of the other new metal, and reveals the hard facts and intriguing rumours, to come out of the New York motor show.

The Lotus Exige S gets a thorough going-over by our fastidious road test team, while we get the chance to assess the Porsche Cayman on UK roads for the first time. We also offer our first impressions of the revamped Peugeot RCZ, Mini Paceman diesel and Mercedes CLA 250.

To celebrate 100 years of car making at Oxford, Hilton Holloway rides in what is believed to be the first-ever Morris-Oxford 10hp Light Car, built back in 1913. Bringing things bang up to date, we compare and contrast six of the best family SUVs on sale in the UK (and there’s a shock new class leader).   

If your fancy has ever been tickled by the entertainingly chuckable Honda S2000, our used car buying guide offers a host of hints and tips for sniffing out an excellent used example. We also ask which represents the better buy: a raucous used BMW M5 Touring or a similarly priced new Hyundai i40 Tourer? You might be surprised by our verdict...

Our long-term test fleet updates include an in-depth report on our much-loved Renault Twizy and the latest news on our Range Rover Evoque, Mazda CX-5 and Fiat Panda

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

Our Verdict

Lotus Exige S

Hethel goes back to basics with its Lotus Exige

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