This week: New BMW M4 to mix M3 power with 8 Series style, first ride in new Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes-AMG A35 takes on the VW Golf R, the journey new cars take from factory to forecourt and much more...
13 February 2019

The cover star of this week’s magazine is the all-new BMW M4, as imagined by Autocar. The two-door M4 will be joined for the first time by a four-door M4 Gran Coupé, with a significantly upgraded six-cylinder engine shared with the M3 and capable of more than 500bhp in its most potent form.

That twin-turbocharged engine made its debut this week in the X3M and X4M, which BMW has revealed ahead of a planned debut at the Shanghai motor show in April. Both will be sold in standard and Competition guises, and stand to rival the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and Porsche Maan Turbo.

Elsewhere, we get a first passenger ride in the all-new Range Rover Evoque. After a brief experience on a closed off-road course at the car’s reveal, this was our first chance to see how it rides on UK roads.

Other news includes Infiniti’s plans for an electric ‘reinvention’ of its brand in Europe, the arrival of a new Audi TT RS, Mitsubishi lifts the lid on its Geneva-bound ASX compact SUV, and we look at whether Brexit is already having a damaging effect on the UK car industry, or if it will be catalyst for a turnaround.

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We also experience Honda’s hybrid CR-V on UK roads for the first time. A petrol-electric powertrain should suit this laid-back SUV perfectly, so we find out if that’s the case. We also test Kia’s warm Proceed shooting brake-style hatchback, and drive Hyundai’s decidedly hotter i30 Fastback N on British B-roads to see if it’s as exciting as the hatchback.

Finally, the focus of this week’s road test review is the Citroen C5 Aircross. The relaxed large family car has been given an SUV makeover with a focus on comfort, but was it a smart move by the brand - or simply a copycat compromise?

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The Volkswagen Golf R has long been the go-to hot hatchback for those seeking the reassurance of four-wheel drive to go with over 300bhp of four-pot power, but it has a new rival in the form of Mercedes’ AMG A35. We find out which is the best at coping with the snow-dusted roads of the Peak District.

We’ve also been digesting sales figures for the past twelve months to find the winners and losers in the global car market, see which models are proving most popular, and to gain an insight into the future of the industry as a whole.

The end of the production line isn’t where a car’s journey from manufacture to customer finishes - it’s just the start. We head to Slovakia to follow a shiny new Kia Ceed from its point of creation all the way to a Grimsby dealership. It’s a near 1000-mile journey before the car reaches its first British owner, and certainly a complex one.

We also look at some clever ways to secure your own EU deal before the March 29 Brexit deadline hits, by buying your next car on the continent.

Opinions

A brief but entertaining spell in the new 2.0-litre Mazda MX-5 saw Steve Cropley starting his week off well, thanks in part to a snow-covered airfield that ensured he still isn’t ready to start acting his age. On the other hand, a light dusting seemed enough to cause chaos for the rest of Britain’s motoring public, which led to commuter misery later in the week.

Matt Prior, meanwhile, has been considering the merits of the humble dishwasher. It might not get his glassware sparkling like a kitchen sink full of hot soapy water, but it does a decent enough job and means his hands stay wrinkle-free. The point at which “good enough” gets applied to self-driving cars, though? That’s another matter...

Deals

How many times have you read the words “first to see will buy!” while scanning the classifieds? It’s a phrase that James Ruppert has been thinking about in another way, with recent figures showing how long particular makes and models take to sell. Trying to shift a Ford Ka+? You shouldn’t be waiting long - but anyone with a Subaru XV could be looking at several months of renewing advert listings.

Our pick of the classified ads this week is an iconic French classic, but one you’ll need to give a good once-over to rule out rust issues before handing over any cash. The 2CV has an undeniable charm, and the 1986 model we’ve found has an honest listing detailing in equal measure its positives and negatives.

The depths of winter is the perfect time to think about buying a two-seater soft-top like the Mazda MX-5, as prices are at their lowest until the weather begins to turn later in the year. Our used buying guide will show you everything to look out for when buying a mk2 ‘NB’ model, from engine and gearbox concerns to that all-important issue: sill rust.

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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!

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