ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
We’ve had our first drive in the new Porsche Macan SUV, which is easily the best-selling model in the sports car maker’s line-up. We find out whether subtle styling changes and handling improvements will help the new model to stand up against rivals like the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
Another sporty SUV we tried this week is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. With a 707bhp supercharged V8, it can hit 62mph from rest in less time than it took a Ferrari F40, but what’s it like to drive in the real world?
The BMW 840d xDrive faces little in the way of direct competition from similarly priced rivals. At £76,270, the 316bhp two-door coupé offers practicality and comfort, but doesn’t compromise on efficiency or performance. We see if this diesel GT can go toe-to-toe with the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé.
There’s a huge selection of exciting features in our double-length Christmas edition, starting with our road testers’ annual pub lunch, in which they bring their best cars of 2018 to the table (not literally) and try to decide upon an all-round favourite.
Not being short of festive cheer, we here at Autocar Towers wouldn’t settle for a spindly Christmas tree from the local garden centre, so resident Scot Richard Webber picked up the finest specimen a Suzuki Jimny could carry from Scotland and drove to our offices in Twickenham. A big journey, with a heavy load, for a little car - find out how it fared.
Our Christmas road test traditionally sees us venturing outside the automotive sphere to experience life with something a little less, well, car-like, and this year was no different. We climbed aboard the RNLI’s Shannon Class Lifeboat to see first-hand how this 1282bhp, 18-tonne vessel helps lifeboat crews to reach 90% of casualties within 10 miles of the UK coastline.