Aston Martin’s extreme AM-RB 001 hypercar, first drive in Ferrari’s GTC4 Lusso, and the Seat Ateca faces its main rival: the Nissan Qashqai

This week’s Autocar proves the V12 engine is truly alive and well as it features in not one but two supercars.

The first is the newly revealed, Adrian Newey designed Aston Martin AM-RB 001, which we examine in close detail, and the second is the uprated and renamed Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, which gets tested for the first time.

Seat’s new Ateca small SUV faces its class-leading rival, the Nissan Qashqai, and we say goodbye to the current generation model of the Rolls-Royce Phantom before its replacement arrives.

Fernando Alonso reveals why he hasn’t given up on winning another F1 title, we remember Rover’s Mini ACV30 concept of 1997 and Matt Prior explains why he’s off to Italy on a motorbike he hasn’t bought yet.

Also in this issue:

We drive the Volkswagen Up 1.0-litre TSI, Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 d Coupé, Audi A3 Sportback 2.0-litre TDI, and subject the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 to a full Autocar road test.

Our long-term test cars:

It’s time to say goodbye to our Audi A4 long-termer, and we brim our Renault Kadjar’s boot with flat-pack furniture. The Vauxhall Astra’s wi-fi gets a workout and our three-pot Volkswagen Golf heads off on a road trip to Kent.

Deals:

Average used car prices are said to have now exceeded £8000, but does that cash buy you a desirable modern classic or a rotten banger? James Ruppert proves the former is true with a selection of above average motors.

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Our Verdict

Seat Ateca

Can Seat’s first SUV impress, even with the heavy burden of expectation?

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