This week: the new Mercedes C-Class revealed, the Suzuki Jimny takes on the Toyota Land Cruiser, we drive a Bentley across 15 countries, and much more
14 November 2018

Leading this week’s edition of Autocar is a rundown of Mercedes-Benz’ future model line-up, featuring exclusive spy shots and renders of the upcoming CLA and CLA Shooting Brake.

Elsewhere, we take a look at the upcoming Aston Martin DBX SUV, which has been testing on Welsh rally stages ahead of its 2019 launch. 

We also report on Mitsubishi’s reaction to the UK government’s axing of grants for plug-in hybrid vehicles, and Renault’s decision to drop its badges from all new Dacia models worldwide.

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Reviews

This week we’ve driven BAC’s revised Mono single-seater. The Liverpool-based company now produces 40 of its flagship, track-focussed creations each year, but have some of the more user-friendly modifications taken away from the exhilarating driving experience?

We also drive the Tesla Model 3 Performance to see if the range-topping EV is still setting the benchmark for mass-produced, zero-emissions motoring. We present the new Jaguar XE 20T R-Sport with a stereotypical B-road, to see if it suffers as a result of losing two of its six cylinders.

Our Verdict

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Seat's first attempt at building an SUV is a cracker and knocked the Nissan Qashqai off its perch in the process, so we discover what makes the Ateca our class leader

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This week’s road test review is the new Audi A6 Avant. The fifth-generation of Audi’s executive estate has received a wealth of technological and mechanical upgrades, but does that make it something of a return to the German car maker’s roots?

Features

We attempt a record-breaking run across 15 countries in just 24 hours with the aptly-named Bentley Continental. How does the W12-powered, 626bhp grand tourer fare on a trans-European slog, and is a long journey like this made bearable by seat massagers and an exquisite interior? 

Meanwhile, we pit the hotly-anticipated new Suzuki Jimny against a much larger, but equally utilitarian, entry-level Toyota Land Cruiser to see if size starts to matter when you get off the beaten track.

Opinions

This week sees Steve Cropley in the driver’s seat of the new Ford Focus, before meeting Hyundai UK’s CEO and tackling the morning commute in a Volkswagen e-Golf. Matt Prior, meanwhile, wonders whether drivers should keep an eye on how well they can see.

Deals

This week’s used car star is the Aston Martin Rapide, which can be had for £127,000 less than what it cost new. Bangernomics shows just how far £500 can go in the used car market, and the Tesla Model S heads up our list of the best pre-owned cars for sale.

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5 April 2018

As usual, this week's edition (dated 04APR2018), is a very good read, and well worth the investment. The road test of the eighth generation of Roll-Royce Phantom - with its "mahogany panelling" - illustrates that moneyed wealth, should NOT be confused with good-taste!

The sales pitch for next week's issue (to be dated 11APR2018), whets our appetite with the Used Buying Guide  . . .  "Mercedes-Benz CLS. Can't afford the new one? Then read our guide to Merc's original style icon".

The original CLS certainly was a style icon, with all the svelte elegance of a Parisian - or Italian - chic designer item.

That streamlined elegance was lost when the original's "facelift" incorporated the bluff, Teutonic, more upright, corporate Mercedes radiator grill.

The new, current, incarnation of the CLS (page 29, of this week's magazine), shares all the style, delicacy, and substantial "presence" of a rugby prop forward!  It is not a case of "Can not  AFFORD  the new CLS?".  More a question of why would anyone wish to purchase such a vulgar and brutish vehicle?

It is (again) a reminder that the ownership of wealth, is NOT the same as the possession of good taste.

RCT(V)

 

 

 

 

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18 July 2018

....totally agree!

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