This week - new 8 Series, A1, T-Cross, Vauxhall's future, the best plush hatch rated, a drive in a Lotus F1 car and more

This week, we bring you the latest news of BMW's reborn 8 Series - its new flagship coupé, ready to do battle with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé and Bentley Continental GT.

Also making news from Germany are the new Audi A1, Volkswagen's ID R Pike's Peak challenger, and the Volkswagen T-Cross. We took a ride in the Volkswagen Sedric autonomous shuttle, too.

Want something closer to home? We've got the inside line on the electric Aston Martin Lagonda that'll do battle with Rolls-Royce when launched, and the future of Vauxhall.

Also in this issue

Fancy a feature? We've got five this week: the big three plush hatchbacks have done battle, and a winner has been decided. The Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class have been put to the test.

We take you on an in-depth tour of the Brabham BT62, as a legendary name returns with a track weapon to challenge established greats.

Find out about our drive in the world's most shocking Ferrari (pictured), and follow Citroën CEO Linda Jackson for a day in the life of a car industry boss. Oh, and we drive a Lotus F1 car. No biggie.

Our cars

In our rolling petrol vs. diesel debate, we've replaced our diesel Skoda Octavia vRS with its petrol counterpart to find out which is the better buy. 

We wonder what difference a paint colour makes in our Suzuki Swift Sport long-termer, and we discuss what the right size of Cornish pasty is for the centre console of a Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Deals

Our used car expert summarises dream footballers' rides you can buy for prices as low as a (insert nemesis football team) fan's expectations, and provides a guide to finding the best Mitsubishi 2000GT you can nab.

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Comments
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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.

RCT(V)

 

 

 

 

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