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The Land Rover Discovery Sport has been reinvented for 2019 with a Range Rover-esque interior, subtle styling tweaks and, more importantly, the brand’s acclaimed PTA architecture. We take it out on the rough stuff to see what it offers over the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
Next up, it was a trip to the sunny South of France for a spin up the Côte d’Azur in McLaren’s new GT. Is it a grand tourer or a supercar? More importantly - is it a McLaren? We find out if the new model balances usability with pleasing dynamics to fill a gap in Woking’s range.
Rounding off this week’s new metal pages, we try out the BMW X2 M35i, Mercedes GLE 350de, Renault Megane RS Trophy-R and Subaru XV, before putting the new Audi S4 through the road test wringer. The hot saloon stalwart has made the landmark shift to diesel power, but does the added efficiency come at the cost of character?
What do the Ford Mustang Bullitt, Mazda MX-5 and Caterham Seven 310R have in common? Three things actually: they each share a manual gearbox, rear-wheel-drive layout and naturally aspirated engine. It’s a fun but endangered species, so we grab a collection of similarly specced motors and head for the B-roads for a blast.
Frustrated with big bills for tiny parts? When the car makers’ engineers fail, a man from Ramsgate has a fix. We chat to Kieran Mannings, whose Kent-based business is making life easier for drivers worldwide by producing improved versions of components that are bound to go wrong.
Speaking of fixing things, what about Formula 1? The sport has the fastest racing cars and the best drivers but, as a sporting spectacle, there’s something missing. Thankfully our writers and readers are on hand to help with their ideas for a new and improved racing series.
Now, the new Land Rover Defender will pleasingly be sold in the same three bodystyles as its predecessor, but is it missing a crucial fourth? We spend a day with the team at Alpha 4x4 Funerals, whose Defender hearse has been ferrying farmers, free spirits and enthusiasts to their final resting place since 2003.
Matt Prior loves spending a day touring Britain’s B-roads with the road test team, but reckons when it comes to a driving holiday, solo is the way to go. Steve Cropley, meanwhile, has a newfound respect for vintage Jaguar owners after a day at London’s Concours of Elegance. But his favourite car of the week? Lego’s new Land Rover Defender…