The latest on the new Mazda MX-5 and RX-7; official Seat Leon Cupra details; Porsche 911 Turbo S road test; Citroën WRC star Kris Meeke interviewed; used Toyota MR2 buying guide
Jim Holder
7 January 2014

This week's Autocar kicks-off with the full scoop story on the new Mazda MX-5 and Mazda RX-7.

Insiders are promising that the cars will redefine Mazda's reputation through the combination of sporty performance and strikingly good looks. The RX-7 is also likely to herald the return of the rotary engine.

Ahead of the Detroit motor show, the busy news section also investigates the likelihood of the Porsche Pajun being launched as a rival to the Maserati Ghibli, reveals insight into the new VW Passat and delivers full official details on the Seat Leon Cupra, Nissan NV200 Taxi and an as-yet secret concept car. We also investigate whether tablet devices could replace dashboards in future.

Our full eight-page road test investigates every facet of the Porsche 911 Turbo S, while we also review the Mercedes A250 Engineered by AMG, Vauxhall Cascada Elite 1.6i SIDI and Hyundai i10 1.0 SE.

This week's big feature tackles the likely headline-makers of 2014, counting down the 50 biggest stories we expect to be writing about. Stars include the new Jaguar baby saloon, BMW's first front-wheel-drive launch, Morgan's revival plan and the emergence of small capacity but hugely powerful turbo engines.

Our Verdict

Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 is still great fun, and more grown up in its third (NC) generation. For pure driving fun, little else gets close

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We also interview new Citroën WRC star Kris Meeke about his amazing career turnaround ahead of this year's season-opening Monte Carlo Rally, and preview the Autosport International Car Show, which kicks off in Birmingham this week and heralds the start of one of the most intriguing race and rally seasons for many years.

Our long-term test fleet welcomes a new addition, with the arrival of the Renault Zoe electric car, while the we also have updates on the Audi RS4, Kia Procee'd, Vauxhall Adam, Jaguar F-type, Mazda 6 and Seat Leon.

Used car expert James Ruppert tackles the thorny subject of mid-life crisis cars, while our in-depth buying guide provides further temptation for car fans of all ages, highlighting the joys and pitfalls of the Toyota MR2. We also pose the question of whether you should spend £44,000 on a new Audi RS Q3 or used Bowler Wildcat 200.

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Our Verdict

Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 is still great fun, and more grown up in its third (NC) generation. For pure driving fun, little else gets close

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week