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.

MP opinion
Where exactly is the happy medium between a Ranger Raptor and a Silence S04?
News

What does 'enough car' really look like?

After receiving a reader's letter Prior riffs on small wheels, considering quadricycles and Caterhams alike

What does 'enough car' really look like?
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS and Porsche 356:2 front
The 911's ability to make keen drivers smile can be traced back to the 356/2
News

Like father, like son: Porsche 911 meets legendary 356

Dainty, deft, and time-worn - we drive the oldest Porsche in the UK to see how it compares to the 911 GTS

Like father, like son: Porsche 911 meets legendary 356
Opinion

How to clamp down on roadside rubbish

Prior reckons we shouldn't feel as much shame about the state of the UK's road as we do

How to clamp down on roadside rubbish
Prior opinion
What would Colin Chapman, Lotus's founder and whose signature adorns the service's badge, have thought?
Opinion

Why Chapman Bespoke is right for the times

Our editor-at-large wouldn't dare say whether Colin Chapman would have 'approved' of the service or not

Why Chapman Bespoke is right for the times
Matt Prior column
Now there’s a rare sight: two traffic police cars in the same place
Opinion

The problems with outsourcing police work to cameras

Prior riffs on the cutbacks made to UK police forces and why outsourcing their services only leads to more trouble

The problems with outsourcing police work to cameras
Car review

Silence S04 review

Spanish firm uses its electric motorbike tech on a miniature electric ‘car’ aimed at city inhabitants

Silence S04 review
Car review

Suzuki Swift review

Fourth gen of supermini brings new look and new engine but keeps Suzuki's trademark compactness and lightness

Suzuki Swift review
Car review

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

Four-wheel-drive, 641bhp hatch is both technically complex and simply entertaining

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
Matt Prior
The Raptor may be seen as a performance car, but 50mph is its limit here
Opinion

Why UK speed limits are confusing for pick-up drivers

A confusing mess of speed limit types leaves some vehicles with an unusual exception - Matt Prior explains

Why UK speed limits are confusing for pick-up drivers
Car review

Skoda Superb

Old-school Skoda hits all the right notes: big, comfortable, quiet, well equipped and good value

Skoda Superb
Car review

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo's fast sports saloon receives minor updates but stays one of the most engaging and entertaining cars in the class

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

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