We also drive the Audi A1 Sportback to find out whether the redesigned four-door is likely to offer a practical alternative to any would-be Mini buyers. Elsewhere, we hit the road in Citroen’s C5 Aircross, asking whether the company finally has a crossover that can compete with the segment-leading Nissan Qashqai.
This week’s road test review is the new Aston Martin DBS. It’s an exciting time for the British luxury marque, with the opening of a new production facility in Wales and the hotly-anticipated DBX SUV soon to arrive, so we found out whether the new V12 ‘super’ grand tourer continues the company’s winning streak.
We check in on the progress at TVR. The reborn manufacturer claimed that the new Griffith would be with customers by early 2019, but various setbacks are making that prediction increasingly optimistic. We take a 1972 Gilbern Invader to TVR’s intended production facility in Wales to see if the current economic climate is as threatening to small manufacturers as it was in 1972.
Meanwhile, the Alpine A110 goes up against McLaren’s 570S to see if a price gap of nearly £100,000 between the two is justifiable when you drive the two back-to-back along the same stretch of road.
Steve Cropley welcomes the Mercedes-Benz S500 back from the body shop with open arms, and questions the stigma surrounding Audi drivers on the motorway. Matt Prior, meanwhile, is excited about the upcoming Jeep pick-up, but sees little worth commendation in Subaru’s current UK offering.
Our latest Used Car Buying Guide explains what to look for when considering a pre-owned Toyota Land Cruiser. Bangernomics discusses the benefits and drawbacks of travelling to view a used car, and the Toyota GT86 is this week’s standout choice from a trawl through the classifieds.