Along the way Steve Sutcliffe drives a one-off Aston Martin Shooting Brake, built by Bertone for a wealthy customer, we sample the intriguing but not sold in the UK BMW M135i xDrive and test a base model of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The new Subaru Forester is the subject of our eight-page road test. Steve Cropley also takes an exclusive drive in the new Tesla Model S, seeing if the 5-series rival can take him to Paris and back in comfort on just a single charge.
Leading the news agenda is the new BMW X5, which is capable of 50mpg or 0-62mph in 5.0sec despite weighing in at two-tonnes. We also reveal the latest on the next Renault Twingo, show the heavily modified Nissan Micra and unveil plans for the Maserati Levante SUV. Julian Rendell, meanwhile, evaluates the sat-nav’s fight back against the influx of smartphone apps.
Other features also underline the breadth of the issue, ranging from an exclusive look at the Lyonheart, a modern sports car designed to invoke memories of the Jaguar E-type, to pitting an Ariel Atom V8 against a 600bhp Citroën DS3 rallycross car and a BMW superbike in a quarter-mile drag race.
Elsewhere, James Ruppert visits the most unlikely of British success stories, a mudflap manufacturer. Our F1 correspondent Joe Saward also takes a look at the new leadership at Williams, led by ex-Jaguar man Mike O’Driscoll.
Long-term test fleet updates include bidding farewell to the surprisingly loved Audi A6 Allroad, the fitting of a black-box recorder to our Dacia Sandero in a bid to lower the insurance premium, plus updates on the VW CC, BMW M135i and Toyota Auris Hybrid