Autocar magazine 3 October



  • Autocar magazine 3 October 2018

This week, we’ve everything you need to know about the new BMW 3 Series, as the brand overhauls its crucial top-selling saloon in a bid to topple the Mercedes-Benz C-Class from the top-sellers list.

That’s not all – we’ve got news of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Audi’s Tesla Model S fighter, a closer look at the Tesla Model 3 and Renault’s interpretation of a high-end electric car. 

Also in this issue

Reviews: we’ve a diverse bunch of drives this week – the Ariel Atom 4, BMW X5 xDrive30d, Cupra Ateca and Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupé, while our full road test this week puts the Jeep Compass under the microscope.

Features: settle yourself for a long read – we’ve put the new Ford Focus up against its fiercest rivals in a 12-page mega test of £22k hatchback heroes. We’ve also taken a drive in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy car ahead of the all-electric race series, and support championship to Formula E, begins. We know you can’t get enough of the Alpine A110, so we took it and two other handling heroes to stages of the Wales Rally GB. 

Opinions: Steve Cropley takes us through his week in cars, and it’s Volvo who has attracted praise for its rock-solid build quality. Matt Prior discusses whether the ultra-exclusive new Porsche 935 is friend or foe, and this week’s winning reader correspondence discusses why dashcams have brought on an infuriating new scam in China.

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen’s compact SUV bulks up for a bigger slice of segment sales, but faces strong competition from the Volvo XC40 and Mazda CX-5

Driven this week

  • Ariel Atom 4 2018 first drive review hero front

  • BMW 7 Series 740Ld long-term review hero front

  • Mercedes-AMG E53 4Matic+ 2018 first drive review hero front

Our cars

Would sir like his Autocar long-termer a little more luxurious? Step into our Mercedes-Benz S-Class, then, as we say guten tag to Stuttgart’s finest. We take the Toyota C-HR on a road trip to Cornwall, and Matt Saunders discusses why the Volkswagen Arteon can turn anyone into a morning person. 


Bangernomics tries some reverse psychology this week, as James Ruppert tells all on when is best to get rid of your car. Our used buying guide takes you through how to find the perfect MG B, and we spy some left-field oddball cars in the classifieds.

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The original svelte and elegant CLS

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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Conte Candoli

Unhinged GT2 RS

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.




Headline is embarrassing

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. 

Lotus Evora 400


All the cars look so modern

All the cars look so modern and beautiful.The manufacture company should keep the information in mind about the australian reviewer who will make all the useful content regarding marketing.




Driven this week

  • Ariel Atom 4 2018 first drive review hero front

  • BMW 7 Series 740Ld long-term review hero front

  • Mercedes-AMG E53 4Matic+ 2018 first drive review hero front

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