WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Volkswagen has made its hottest hatch yet - the Golf GTI Clubsport S. We've got the lowdown, and joined VW for a blast around the Nürburgring in it

Get the world exclusive, only in Autocar: Volkswagen has squeezed 306bhp out of the Golf in GTI Clubsport S guise.

Also challenging for supremacy is our recently crowned king of the hot hatches, the Ford Focus RS. Read the full road test and verdict. 

We've also driven another hardcore hero; the Lotus Elise Cup 250. Find out how we got on with it inside. 

Also in this issue:

We've driven a prototype of the upcoming Aston Martin DB11. Find out what our first impressions are.

Take a read about the next-generation technology that Mercedes-Benz plans to put in its cars in the coming years.

There's a new British electric supercar from NextEV surging into the limelight, and it's taking aim at the McLaren P1.

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Can the hottest Volkswagen Golf GTI ignite the passion and reclaim its crown now lost to the Ford Focus ST?

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Our long-term test cars:

We say "Bonjour" to the Peugeot 308 GTI, pile as many people as we can into the Land Rover Discovery Sport, and take a range-anxiety-wracked round trip in our Nissan Leaf


James Ruppert brings the best city runabouts for £1000, while our used buying guide finds the best cars with 'challenging styling'. 

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4 May 2016
At what point did Autocar become a magazine where one more version of a VW Golf became top billing and the fact that McLaren are right up there with the best that Ferrari can produce while at the height of their powers is the least interesting story in this week's magazine? Is your collective world view really this depressing?

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