This week: 2019 BMW 3 Series driven, Mercedes' £9 billion electric plan, Ferrari's return to Targa tops and more
16 August 2018

This week’s Autocar has a 10-page BMW 3 Series special - we’ve driven the new car in prototype form, and have the verdict on whether it’s got its mojo back. 

Over at Mercedes-Benz, meanwhile, there’s a £9 billion plan to electrify its lineup, as the industry switches to electric power. 

There’s a duo of drop-top news pieces - Ferrari’s plans to bring back in the Targa Top, as well as more details on the upcoming Porsche 911 Speedster. 

From the sensible: Volkswagen’s self-driving plans have been laid bare - to the ridiculous: Aston Martin’s Q division seeks more mad one-off projects. Take your pick. 

Also in this issue

After our go in the new 3-Series, we also had a drive in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class - has it finally got the engine it deserves?

Two goliaths are also on test - the plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport P400e, and the ferocious Ford Ranger Raptor. 

Our Verdict

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At the other end of the automotive spectrum, we’ve got a full road test of the Ford Fiesta ST

Our cars

Say hello to the Peugeot 5008, our latest long-term test car, as we find out if there are 5008 reasons to like it. 

Elsewhere, Allan Muir gives inside information on how to charge like a champion in the Nissan Leaf, while the Ssangyong Rexton returns to the fleet after losing a fight with a skip. 

Deals

Got a small garage? Want open air motoring with a touch of luxury? We’ve got your ideal used buying guide - how to buy the best Mercedes-Benz SLK

Meanwhile, James Ruppert takes us through the long and short of luxobargery

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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

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18 July 2018

....suggest you study English language first!

Free advice.

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.

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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. 

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24 July 2018

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Our Verdict

Volvo S90

Sweden guns for Germany’s big-hitters with a new full-sized executive saloon, but Mercedes and BMW set the bar high for driving dynamics

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Driven this week