Next-generation Ford Focus RS revealed; full Kia Sorento road test; full technical details of the new Peugeot/Citroën air hybrid engine; how to buy a Discovery for £800
Jim Holder
29 January 2013

This week’s Autocar is led by the latest news on the next Ford Focus RS hot hatch, due in 2015 with more than 330bhp coming from its four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

The Focus RS scoop leads the way in an issue dominated by fast hatches. We’ve got a four-car hot hatch test, with each tuned independently for extra speed, plus a first drive of the new Nissan Juke Nismo, the first car to be tweaked by the Japanese manufacturer’s performance arm. Other first drives include the Citroën DS3 cabrio, Seat Ibiza Cupra and Toyota Verso. The full eight-page road test is on the impressive new Kia Sorento 4x4.

Other news leads include a scoop shot of the F1-influenced McLaren P1’s aerodynamics, the platform strategy that PSA Peugeot Citroën hopes will drag the company out of its loss-making difficulties, full details of the first new Jeep created under Fiat’s stewardship and the lowdown on why Renault’s seemingly disastrous 2012 sales figures in the UK are actually nothing of the sort.

Our features section includes a full technical breakdown of PSA Peugeot Citroën’s innovative compressed-air hybrid car, a snow test between two near-identical cars, one which has 4x4 and normal rubber, the other front-wheel drive and winter tyres; and an interview with the injured servicemen who made history by completing the Dakar Rally.

Our used buying guide tells you how to secure a first-generation Land Rover Discovery from £800, while James Ruppert recommends real-world 4x4s at real-world prices, including an Isuzu, Saab and Chevrolet. Our new vs used comparison asks whether you’d buy a Fiat Panda or Morris Mini Minor for £10k.

Long-term fleet updates include the farewell piece to our Ginetta G40R, plus the latest on our Alpina D5, Renault Twizy, Mazda CX-5 and Range Rover Evoque.

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

Our Verdict

Kia Sorento 2010-2014

An almost class-leading family 4x4, if a little pricey given its workmanlike flavour

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29 January 2013

Stuart Milne wrote:

the lowdown on why Renault’s seemingly disastrous 2012 sales figures in the UK are actually nothing of the sort.

Okay, I am commenting on this before reading the artical (so I will probably be proved wrong) but I can't wait to see how Renualt UK justify this one.

Sounds like it is going to be a load of PR BS.



It's all about the twisties........

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