This week: Jaguar I-Pace faces Tesla Model S; radical new Vauxhall Corsa; 30 great cars for £300 a month

In this week’s Autocar, the Tesla Model S - a long-standing electric champion - faces its toughest rival yet, the new Jaguar I-Pace. Can the Brit take on the most famous EV in the world?

There's also an exclusive scoop on the next Corvette C8, which will be radically redesigned with a mid-engine layout and multiple variants, including a 1000bhp hybrid.

Plus, we delve into the details of the next Vauxhall Corsa, a car due for lots of change in its renewed hunt for the Ford Fiesta's crown.

Also in this issue

We drive Hyundai's hydrogen Nexo crossover, one of the most eco-friendly cars in production, before trying out the Toyota Camry 2.5 Hybrid. Then Jaguar's XE 300 Sport gets the pulses going, before we get to business with a full road test in the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

To help you land youeself with a desirable new car at a reasonable price, we list 30 of our favourite cars that can be yours for just £300 per month.

Plus, Hirotoshi Honda tells us why he's never worked for Honda, the company started by his dad. Oh, and we meet the man who owns 24 Lagondas. Twenty-four.

 

Our cars

This week, we welcome the new Nissan Leaf to our fleet, and its zippy performance and range will be put to the test.

Our petrol Skoda Octavia vRS is quicker but less frugal than the diesel it replaced on the fleet. We question whether it's worth opting for the sportier version or stick with the more economical option.

Has Ford accidentally created a spiritual successor to the Fiesta XR2 with the new ST-Line model? We pit the two cars head to head to see whether there are any close similarities.

Deals

Our used car expert talks about first cars and which are well-suited to nervous new drivers.

For those of us more concerned with style, there's also a used buying guide for Alfa Romeos priced from just £1500.

Did you know you can get a used VW Golf R for less than £19k? Our experts show you how.

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Our Verdict

Seat Arona

Seat is on a roll but can the Arona, its new junior SUV, cut it in such an ultra-competitive class?

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Comments
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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!

24 June 2018

What an amazing one auto car magazine and different people are reading the magazine of auto car. I'm preferring to top essay writing service to gain the knowledge of all auto shows and also attend many auto shows last five years. Young generation is love of the racing cars.

289

18 July 2018

....suggest you study English language first!

Free advice.

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.

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