Matt Prior

Matt Prior
Title: Editor-at-large

Matt is Autocar’s lead features writer and presenter, is the main face of Autocar’s YouTube channel, presents the My Week In Cars podcast and has written his weekly column, Tester’s Notes, since 2013.

Matt is an automotive engineer who has been writing and talking about cars since 1997. He joined Autocar in 2005 as deputy road test editor, prior to which he was road test editor and world rally editor for Channel 4’s automotive website, 4Car. 

Into all things engineering and automotive from any era, Matt is as comfortable regularly contributing to sibling titles Move Electric and Classic & Sports Car as he is writing for Autocar. He has a racing licence, and some malfunctioning classic cars and motorbikes. 

Matt is an expert in:

  • Engineering and technology
  • Road testing
  • Vehicle dynamics

Matt Prior Q&A

What was your biggest news story?

Matt is consistently among the first journalists to drive the world’s most important new cars. Nearly 2m people have watched his thoughts on the McLaren F1, P1, and Senna specials. Was first to break the news that Mitsubishi was cancelling the Evo and pivoting to electrification, a story picked-up (and initially disbelieved) worldwide.

What’s the best car you’ve ever driven?

Arguably not a McLaren F1, nor a Bugatti Chiron or Bentley Batur, but a 2009 Ford Fiesta Zetec S. So much fun on the road, in a compact package with a superb ride and handling mix, brilliant steering, and all for under £15,000 at the time.

What will the car industry look like in 20 years?

For most of us, the car will still be the quickest, easiest and most cost-efficient way to get around.

Long-Term Review

Land Rover Defender 130 2024 long-term test

Our new 130 – all 5358mm and £96,745 of it – has its first taste of life as a daily wagon

Land Rover Defender 130 2024 long-term test
News

David Brown Mini eMastered: the ultimate city car?

David Brown Automotive takes a Mini classic shell, and swaps in a 97bhp motor, 19kWh battery and upmarket interior

David Brown Mini eMastered: the ultimate city car?
Opinion

Is McLaren's overlapping model range hindering its success?

McLaren has not been without ongoing problems, having lost £873 million last year

Is McLaren's overlapping model range hindering its success?
Long-Term Review

Ford Ranger Raptor 2024 long-term test

Simultaneously sensible and silly, this has been a pick-up truck like no other

Ford Ranger Raptor 2024 long-term test
Car review

Skoda Superb

Stalwart executive car and load-lugger sticks with successful convention for its fourth generation

Skoda Superb
Matt prior opinion
The EV9 is a cracking car on the whole, but ADAS tarnishes its character
Opinion

When automated driver assistance systems go badly wrong

Prior has braking difficulties in a Kia EV9, causing him to question the reliability of software

When automated driver assistance systems go badly wrong
News

Bentley Continental GT V8 PHEV prototype review

A new-generation Bentley Continental GT gets a new-generation engine with mighty plug-in assistance

Bentley Continental GT V8 PHEV prototype review
Car review

Used BMW 5 Series 2010-2017 review

It set the benchmark for executive saloons when it launched, but does it still hold its own years later?

Used BMW 5 Series 2010-2017 review
Matt Prior testers notes autonomous commute
A commute like this will remain the stuff of dreams – for now, at least...
Opinion

Self-driving isn't dead, but the autonomous car might be

Various car makers have recently pulled investment from autonomous cars, favouring buses and taxis instead

Self-driving isn't dead, but the autonomous car might be
Car review

Used Ford Focus ST 2012-2018 review

The Focus ST once held its own against the Golf GTI, but does it have the edge on your second-hand shortlist?

Used Ford Focus ST 2012-2018 review
Car review

Ineos Quartermaster review

Hard-grafting and capable off-roader gains a longer, pick-up truck variant

Ineos Quartermaster review

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