This week: Aston Martin DBX unveiled, we crown Britain’s Best Driver’s Car 2019 and much more
20 November 2019

Aston Martin has finally joined the luxury SUV ranks with the launch of its Porsche Cayenne-rivalling DBX. The company has been in rough financial straits this past year, but Aston is betting on the DBX to revive its fortunes.

With an elegant look, plenty of power and all the luxury you’d expect from an Aston, the new DBX looks set to take the fight to rivals from Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley. We spoke to Aston CEO Andy Palmer and design chief Marek Reichman to get the lowdown on the new car.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

Another long-awaited SUV makes its debut this week: Ford’s electric Mustang Mach-E is the first EV to sport the famous badge, and the first proper expansion of the Mustang Stable. We spoke to its designers to see whether it can live up to the name.

In other news, Mini has pulled the wraps off its hottest hatchback ever, as the 302bhp John Cooper Works GP makes its first official appearance. The front-driven GP promises 0-62mph in just 5.2 seconds and will be limited to just 3000 cars worldwide.

Elsewhere, Volkswagen previews its upcoming ID 5 crossover estate with the electric ID Space Vizzion concept, Audi lifts the lid on the efficiency-boosted E-tron Sportback, Ferrari channels its Portofino drop-top for an all-new Roma coupé, and Peugeot targets Le Mans with a new hypercar.

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The Audi S8 aims to marry limousine-like ride luxury with sport car performance. It’s a tall brief; have Audi’s engineers managed to balance agility and refinement? We got a first stint behind the wheel to find out.

We also drive the facelifted Alfa Romeo Guilia Veloce, which receives a much-needed interior upgrade to keep pace with its rapidly advancing compact saloon rivals, and try Seat’s Mii Electric city car for the first time.

Meanwhile, the Kia Xceed is the subject of this week’s road test. The latest Ceed impressed us with its refined performance, but will it do any better as a compact crossover?

Features

A momentous occasion this week as we mark 30 years of Britain’s Best Driver’s Car. First, we pit the reigning champion, the McLaren 600LT, against some familiar foes - and a Bowler Bulldog - to decide which of 11 diverse but impressive motors will be crowned 2019’s winner.

Then, one of the event’s originators gets behind the wheel of some of the standout models that impressed us the most over the past three decades. Andrew Frankfel revisits his five favourite past winners - and imagines what the contest will look like in another 30 years.

Elsewhere, James Atwood looks head to next season of Formula E. Many didn’t think the electric single-seater championship would get this far, but now in its sixth season, it shows no signs of slowing down.

Opinions

After enjoying a personal unveiling of Aston Martin’s new DBX, Steve Cropley reckons the future looks bright for Aston’s first gander into the luxury 4x4 class - despite competition from Porsche. Meanwhile, Matt Prior leaps from the recently released Ferrari Roma to an equally juicy topic: that of manufacturing rivals.

Deals

There’s never been a better time to buy a Lotus, says resident Bangernomics boffin James Ruppert. Just don’t go too far back into Lotus’s history - the best bargains are everyday examples. If you’re hankering for an icon more modern, set your sights on the inimitable Porsche 911 - it’s the star of our nearly new guide. Porsche’s VW Group stablemate Audi also features in this week’s deals section. Audi’s super hot RS3 makes a great used buy, but be careful you don’t get burnt.

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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.

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18 July 2018

....totally agree!

19 July 2018

Why the GT2 RS isn't  a five-star Porsche?

Well, according to the German car magazine Sportauto the McLaren 720 S is the better supercar.

The 720 S is razor sharp and yet poised, while the GT2 RS is a bit unhinged.

22 July 2018

Good overall read this week, except for the iPace vs Tesla review, which is a biased storyline developed clearly ahead of the cars being reviewed.  Essentially, the premise looks to convey an analogy between two passenger jets and how the second to market - the Boeing 707 - went on to lead it. Unfortunately, much like his story, he apply's 20th century motoring thinking to a 21st century ownership problem. In other words, he clearly doesn't get what the shft to electric is about. Not only that, many of the facts are just incorrect, like 0-60 time that amongst the others if they had been published correctly, would make the reader question how the author could possibly have reached such a conclusion. This disregards the fact that the iPace is better compared with the Model 3 (same size). Not only that, but the test cars were over 25% apart on costs - with the iPace being more expensive. Really dissappointing journalism. 

8 August 2018

Oh good... Another JLR product takes the cover spot.  Must be at least an issue or two since the last one. 

8 August 2018

Oh good... Another JLR product takes the cover spot.  Must be at least an issue or two since the last one. 

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