This week: Land Rover's new Defender breaks cover, fast diesel saloons go head-to-head, we consider the Mk3 Mazda MX-5 and more
11 September 2019

This is it: 2019’s biggest automotive unveiling. The wraps came off the new Land Rover Defender at this week’s Frankfurt motor show, and we were there to get you all the details you need. 

The do-it-all off-roader has returned as a highly customisable and characteristically capable SUV, and will hit the market, like the old model, in short- and long-wheelbase guises. Flick through our eight pages of information, opinion and analysis and see if you think Land Rover is back with a bang. 

The Porsche Taycan also showed its face for the first time this week, and promises to rewrite the rules of EV performance with a power output of up to 750bhp, a 0-62mph time of around three seconds and a range of over 260 miles. It will go up against the new Mercedes EQS, previewed at Frankfurt in concept form, in the premium electric saloon segment. 

It was Volkswagen, however, that stole the EV headlines this week with the reveal of its new ID 3 electric hatch. First impressions are that this could really be the car that democratises electrification, with overwhelmingly impressive performance capabilities available from a surprisingly low price tag of £25,500. 

Elsewhere, Hyundai’s 45 concept previews the brand’s EV design direction, Porsche hints at electric versions of the Cayman and Boxster, Audi lifts the lid on the radical AI:Trail off-road concept, and loads more. 



The Kia Xceed has arrived as a sporty compact SUV based on the well-rounded Ceed family hatch. Could this be the crossover to have over a Toyota C-HR or Nissan Qashqai? We get behind the wheel to find out. 

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Vauxhall’s compact crossover aims to carve out a niche independent from the Mokka X. Can the Crossland X succeed?

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We also take the updated-for-2020 Honda NSX for a spin to see if subtle chassis updates can help it take on the McLaren 570S, try out Mazda’s slick new CX-30 SUV and put the new Fiat 500X Sport through its paces, before hopping in to the new Ford Focus ST for a full-bore road test.


Did you think diesel was dead? Sales have been down in the UK for the past two years, but Audi has jut switched its range of warm-blooded performance saloons to the black pump. We pit the rakish new S7 Sportback against fierce oil-burning rivals from Alpina and Mercedes to find the best diesel-powered performance saloon on sale.

Next up, it was off to China to watch Volkswagen’s 671bhp ID R electric racer take on the fearsome Big Gate Road. Having claimed the top spots at the Nurburgring, Pikes Peak and Goodwood already, it was no surprise to see Romain Dumas claim another record, but this was an incredibly special feat to watch. 

What new Defender? We’ve been doing some digging and found that Land Rover’s biggest reveal of the decade isn’t the first crack at reviving the icon. Join us for a look at the forgotten LCV2/3 prototype, which could have taken things in a different direction entirely. 


Acceleration is what you need if you want to be a record breaker. That’s according to Matt Prior, who thinks Bugatti’s 300mph run is a truly impressive feat. Steve Cropley gets back to basics with a rare two-wheeled excursion aboard Ariel’s new Ace motorbike.


Are there bargains to be found via dealer groups online? You might not think so, but James Ruppert has found a site that offers bargain Bentleys and savvy superminis in equal measure. 

Over in the used cars section, we show you why an early Land Rover Discovery Sport is a sensible buy, ponder a third-gen Mazda MX-5 and open our eyes to the charm of Vauxhall’s Corsa-based Tigra convertible.

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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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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.

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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. 

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