This week: we scoop the 2019 Road Rover; 25 Frankfurt show stars; Vauxhall Grandland X 1.2 first drive; performance icons of then and now
Sam Sheehan
20 September 2017

For this week's Autocar, we've peered into the Autocar crystal ball to reveal all about the Road Rover, a top-secret, street-biased Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival from Land Rover that's not due out for another two years.

We also look back over the biggest news of the Frankfurt motor show and reveal our top 25 cars. Plus, our man on the show floor, Hilton Holloway, lets you read his diary – the one from Frankfurt, that is.

Vauxhall's important Grandland X, a car that faces the Seat Ateca and the like in the increasingly congested SUV segment, is evaluated in a first UK road test.

Also in this issue

Mercedes-AMG has launched a new E63 Estate to go head to head with the Audi RS6, so we asses its chances in this big-boot performance car battle.

Then there's a drive in the most potent and luxurious Range Rover Velar available, the P380 First Edition, as well as a full road test in the new Renault Koleos.

Plus, in a tantalising group test, we pit three German legends against close-ranking modern successors. The uber-cool Audi Sport quattro faces the TT S, the iconic E30 BMW M3 has the highly competent 320d to deal with, while the Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AGM Black Series tries to see off the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupé.

There's also an early go in the reborn Zenos's updated E10, an inside look at the art of car wrapping and we get the latest on the Land Rover Defender-inspired Ineos Grenadier.

Our cars

It's goodbye to our Jaguar XF 3.0 TDV6 S, so we answer the question we pitched on its arrival: are high-powered diesel saloons still relevant?

A new arrival to the fleet comes in the form of a black Citroën C3, so it gets a full introduction.

And we're racking up the miles in our Honda Civic, which impresses with its responsive steering.


Our Past Master review this week is of a car some of us will have known only through playing Gran Turismo: the Mitsubishi 3000GT. We have a go, for real, in 2017.

After a German-engineered two-seater with unique styling? The Chrysler Crossfire may interest you because, underneath, it shares parts with the first-gen Mercedes SLK - and can be had for as little as £1500.

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    Based on the Kia Stinger, Genesis' new G70 saloon shows plenty of promising signs that it could be a hit in Europe
  • Lamborghini Aventador S
    First Drive
    22 September 2017
    Still visceral and dramatic as ever, but does the vast number of mechanical changes and tweaks help make the Lamborghini Aventador S more engaging?
  • Renault Koleos
    Car review
    22 September 2017
    Renault’s new crossover sees the Koleos name return, attached to an SUV of a quite different stripe
  • Nissan X-Trail
    First Drive
    21 September 2017
    On our first chance to get the facelifted Nissan X-Trail on UK roads, the petrol proves a viable alternative, although for outright pulling power the 2.0 dCi is the better bet
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.2d 210
    First Drive
    21 September 2017
    Most powerful diesel version of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is swift and more frugal than its closest rivals, but makes less sense than the range-topping petrol version