This week: Jaguar F-Type facelift unveiled, 2020 Volkswagen Golf driven, Mini Clubman SUV mooted and much more
20 November 2019

The refreshed Jaguar F-Type came out from under the covers this week. You’ve seen the many test mules, but now Jaguar Land Rover have given us our first proper look at the new car.

What’s changed? For starters, there’s no more V6; it's been switched out for an additional V8. And there's no electric model for now, either. We’ve got the full lowdown on the updated Porsche 911 rival, as well as a Q&A with the man who guided it to production.

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The Mini Clubman could be getting an upgrade, turning into an SUV for its next generation, while Mini is also mulling changes to its three-door hatchback, which may go the other way, decreasing in size.

Elsewhere, Audi gives its E-tron electric SUV a substantial range boost, Volkswagen plans to roll out four Golf R models and Aston Martin launches an ultra-exclusive DBS Superleggera modelled on Concorde.

As the general election looms, we round up the key car-related passages of the three biggest parties’ manifestos, while the SMMT bangs the drum for the importance of free trade. In other news, Vauxhall updates its flagship Insignia, giving new looks and a raft of new tech to the big hatchback. And another new electric SUV, the Fisker Ocean, is again previewed ahead of its full unveiling next month. In the wider industry, we report on prices of nearly new petrol cars, which have dropped due to oversupply.

Our Verdict

Jaguar F-type coupe

The Jaguar F-Type has given the big cat back its roar, but can the 2017 updates keep at bay its closest rivals including the masterful Porsche 911?

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We were there when the wraps came off in October and now we’ve driven it: it’s the 2020 Volkswagen Golf. Everyone’s favourite family hatchback gains sharper lines and mild hybrid engines – but are these upgrades enough to impress our testers?

Elsewhere, we get behind the wheel of the very orange new Peugeot 2008, finding a classy and easy-to-drive SUV that gives class rivals something to think about. The electric e-2008 scores favour with our team for its no-fuss performance, while the Skoda Superb's new plug-in hybrid powertrain gsive big bumps in economy and driveability.

In the road test, it’s the turn of the MG ZS EV. This is a high-minded piece of metal that's built with the aim of making electric cars more affordable, but does the low-level price mean an equally low-level performance?

Features

Having driven the 'standard' McLaren Senna, veteran tester Andrew Frankel hits the gas of the meatier, more powerful Senna GTR. Just the ticket for some turns on a slippery track…

Then we head east. Japan once led the car world, but, in recent years, momentum has stalled. Our writers mull the fortunes of the Land of the Rising Sun and ask if a new dawn awaits Japanese marques.

Next, Simon Davis celebrates the 10-millionth Mini by driving a bright green model to Denmark. We also have a play with some Lego before Mini’s famous Cowley factory.

Opinions

It’s still three weeks to go until Christmas, but Steve Cropley is already getting into the festive spirit. Monday is spent mulling the odd phenomena of Yuletide driving. Tuesday has Steve taking a Skoda for a spin in Amsterdam, before he looks ahead to Autocar’s new Drivers of Change competition and the careers of the future. Meanwhile, Matt Prior indulges in his own bit of automotive prophecy: he’s musing on the future of the SUV.

Deals

James Ruppert considers the pleasures and pitfalls of advertising in his Bangernomics column. In a saturated market, those seeking to shift a classified need to be creative to stand out. In our nearly-new buying guide, it’s the turn of the Audi A3 Sportback. This is a classy car, especially in its 2016 facelifted guise; just be sure to heed our tips to make sure you get a good one. A suave German motor also features in our used guide; as long as you check it properly, a BMW M6 is a viable used car.

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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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18 July 2018

....totally agree!

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.

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. 

8 August 2018

Oh good... Another JLR product takes the cover spot.  Must be at least an issue or two since the last one. 

8 August 2018

Oh good... Another JLR product takes the cover spot.  Must be at least an issue or two since the last one. 

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