This week: Lotus plans its comeback, Volkswagen details its upcoming electric ‘people’s car’, the McLaren 570S and Alpine A110 go head-to-head, plus much more
21 November 2018

Our lead story this week is the exclusive news that Lotus has plans to launch a £2 million-plus electric hypercar with Bugatti Chiron-beating performance. Other models in the pipeline at the Norfolk-based manufacturer include the first Lotus SUV, and a replacement for the Evora sports car. 

Also in the news is Volkswagen’s announcement that an affordable electric crossover, due to launch in 2022, will be the entry-level model in its upcoming ID range of battery-powered vehicles.

We also report on a 1200bhp, four-wheel drive electric Audi RS3 constructed by German firm Schaeffler, and the latest additions to BMW’s upcoming 3 Series range.

 

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Reviews

This edition of Autocar features us driving the Mercedes-Benz GLE450 4Matic luxury SUV. The new model is entering a crowded segment of the automotive market, so it needs to stand out. Will updated styling and a raft of new technology be enough to beat competitors such as the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne?

Our Verdict

Seat Ateca

Seat's first attempt at building an SUV is a cracker and knocked the Nissan Qashqai off its perch in the process, so we discover what makes the Ateca our class leader

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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.

Features

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. 

Opinions

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.

Deals

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. 

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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!

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