This week: BMW's new X4, Land's End to John O'Groats in a Skoda Karoq, Ford Puma used buying guide, the next V6 Nissan Z-car and much, much more
Jimi Beckwith
14 February 2018

This week's big news - BMW has revealed the new X4 to the world, with a fresh fight against the Range Rover Evoque and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé

Making news this week, we've got all the details on the new Lancia Stratos, brought back to life by bespoke car maker Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT). Just 25 will be made.

Not accessible enough? Nissan's bringing a new Z car to market with 475bhp, a V6 and four-wheel drive. Find out more in this week's magazine. 

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Want reviews? We've tested the Audi A7 Sportback in 50 TDI guise, and we've also had a go in a prototype Kia Ceed. We came away impressed. 

As SUVs continue to take over, we've had a go in two of them - the Toyota Land Cruiser 2.8 D4-D, and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 3 AWD. 

Our full road test this week, though, is the Audi RS4 Avant. Take a read of Audi's latest hot estate car, and find out if it can kick the Mercedes-AMG C63 estate from the top of the pile.

Our features this week include a marathon stint in the Skoda Karoq, the man behind the original Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the history of diesel and the not-so-small world of radio-controlled cars.

Our cars

We say a teary farewell to the Suzuki Ignis - a car which has charmed its way into the hearts of many of our staffers. We're also still finding new features on the jam-packed Mercedes-benz E-Class estate, while we find practical touches in our new Honda Civic Type R


What's the best Mercedes-Benz you can buy for £3000? James Ruppert takes us through his picks. Meanwhile, our used car buying guide takes you through how to bag a Ford Puma without getting bitten. 

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Driven this week

  • Vauxhall Insignia GSi Sports Tourer
    This is the Vauxhall Insignia GSi Sports Tourer
    First Drive
    19 February 2018
    The Insignia GSi is Vauxhall's new performance flagship. Can this diesel estate version offer both pace and practicality?
  • Honda Civic Type R
    First Drive
    19 February 2018
    It’s a warm welcome to this steaming hot hatch. But is it too fiery for Britain’s roads?
  • Aston Martin DB11 Volante
    The DB11 Volante chassis' torsional rigidity is 22kN/deg, down from 34kN/deg on the coupe – but substantially more than the 14.7kN/deg of the DB9 Volante
    First Drive
    19 February 2018
    The DB11 Volante is the first convertible variant of Aston Martin's new model generation. How does it compare to the likes of the new Ferrari Portofino?
  • BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo front
    The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
    First Drive
    16 February 2018
    The top-of-the-line 6 Series Gran Turismo has arrived in the UK, but does a more potent engine increase its unusual appeal?
  • Audi TT RS Coupé
    First Drive
    16 February 2018
    The Audi TT RS has the looks, a vociferous engine and the supercar-baiting performance, but is it too uncompromising to use as a daily driver?