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GLA
What is it? A rival for the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and
Range Rover Evoque Price from 25k (est) On sale December
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Headlight make-up is similar to the GLAs
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Spacious front seats are about an inch
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GLA is longer and lower
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Mercedes-Benz GLA
MERCEDES-BENZ IS FILLING one
of the biggest gaps in its range by
launching the GLA.
Due on sale in December,
with deliveries starting in early
2014, the GLA is the fourth car in
Mercedes new compact line-up,
following the A-Class, B-Class
and CLA-Class. It uses the same
front- and four-wheel-drive
chassis parts as those cars, albeit
with modications designed
to give it greater ride height.
Unlike the A-Class, where
the engineering focus was
on sporty handling and
agility, the GLA is said
to be set up primarily
for comfort.
At 4417mm long
and 1494mm high,
the GLA is around
120mm longer and
60mm taller than an
A-Class. Its longer but
lower than both the Q3
and Evoque, though,
so it still looks like a
beefed-up version of a
regular family hatchback
rather than a full-blown
SUV (more in tune with BMWs
X1, in fact). Mercedes has included
extra plastic body cladding around
the wheelarches and along the
anks, plus metal-nish front and
rear bodyguards, to give the GLA
a more rugged look.
Whats under the bonnet?
Mercedes is pitching the GLA
above the A-Class, so that cars
more modest engines (including
the Renault-sourced diesel) wont
be on offer here. Instead the
line-up is likely to start with the
GLA200 petrol (with 154bhp)
and the GLA200 CDI (134bhp),
both with front-wheel drive.
The four-wheel-drive models,
badged 4Matic, will get more
powerful engines: the 168bhp
GLA220 CDI (which could well
prove to be the best-selling
variant overall), and the GLA250
turbocharged petrol, with 208bhp.
Mercedes seven-speed
dual-clutch auto gearbox will
be standard across the range,
but a six-speed manual will
also be available as an option.
The GLAs four-wheel-drive
system defaults to front-wheel
drive in most conditions (to cut
emissions and fuel consumption),
but it can transfer up to 50% of the
drive to the rear when required. {
Unlike the
A-Class, the
GLA is said
to be set up
for comfort
Rear headroom even with the sunroof
fitted to this car is decent for six-footers
Large screen displays audio and nav info;
most functions work via the central dial
The GLA is the fourth and probably last
model to be based on the MFA platform
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Whats new?
How the GLA compares with its rivals Last in the series
The GLA is the fourth car
to sit on Mercedes MFA
underpinnings. Its likely to
be the last introduction on that
base for the foreseeable future;
Mercedes has been considering
a front-wheel-drive baby
drop-top, called the SLA, but
that project is said to have
been canned on grounds of
complexity, cost and potential
profit margins.
The next big model in
Mercedes schedule is the new
generation of C-Class. Its due
next spring, and will be the
first model to be based on
the new MRA, or Modular
Rear-drive Architecture.
raised by about 30mm, although
it would be incorrect to call it lofty.
Mercedes UK is also considering
offering an even higher
suspension set-up (as an option)
that would lift it further.
The higher seating position and
a taller rooine make it slightly
easier to get into and out of the
GLA than the A-Class (and much
more so than the CLA saloon).
The car in our photographs has
an optional panoramic glass roof
with integrated front sunroof, but
even with this in place theres
enough rear headroom for adults
up to six feet tall. Also shown here
are one-piece sports seats that will
be optional, or standard on AMG
Sport models; regular GLAs will
get conventional front seats.
Mercedes has yet to conrm the
boot size, but sources say the GLAs
Audi Q3
Price from 25,270 Length 4385mm
Width 1831mm Height 1608mm
Boot size 420-1325 litres
Drive system Front-wheel
drive/four-wheel drive
Gearbox 6-speed manual/
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
BMW X1
Price from 25,030 Length 4477mm
Width 1798mm Height 1567mm
Boot size 420-1350 litres
Drive system Rear-wheel
drive/four-wheel drive
Gearbox 6-speed manual/
8-speed automatic
Mercedes A-Class
Price from 20,370 Length 4292mm
Width 1780mm Height 1433mm
Boot size 341-1157 litres
Drive system Front-wheel
drive/four-wheel drive
Gearbox 7-speed dual-clutch
automatic/6-speed manual
Mercedes GLA
Price from 25,000 (est) Length 4417mm
Width 1805mm Height 1494mm
Boot size 420-1240 litres (est)
Drive system Front-wheel
drive/four-wheel drive
Gearbox 7-speed dual-clutch
auto/6-speed manual
Range Rover Evoque
Price from 29,200 Length 4355mm
Width 1965mm Height 1635mm
Boot size 575-1445 litres
Drive system Front-wheel
drive/four-wheel drive
Gearbox 6-speed manual/
9-speed automatic
The default suspension set-up
on all models (even AMG Sport)
will be Comfort, but a stiffer Sport
setting will be offered as an option.
Whats it like inside?
If youve seen an A-, B- or CLA-Class
already, then you wont be too
surprised by anything on offer
in the front of the GLA, because it
shares almost all of its dashboard
and fascia with those cars.
Mercedes latest circular air vents
(as originally seen on the SLS
supercar) are still present,
although they get a slightly
different chrome surround,
with deeper textures.
Thankfully, the fake wood trim
shown here will not be offered
in the UK. Instead, British buyers
will have a choice of nishes such
as metal, carbonbre effect and
Piano black.
The dashboards layout is
familiar enough, though, with the
large central screen and Mercedes
infotainment system controller
between the front seats. As with
the A-Class and CLA-Class,
over-the-shoulder visibility is
affected by the thick rear pillars,
but the front of the cabin feels
spacious enough.
You do sit slightly higher than
in an A-Class; the seat position is
Merc UK is
considering
a higher
suspension
set-up
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FORM AND FUNCTION Circular
air vents look fantastic with their
textured chrome surrounds
SOUND DECISION A
DAB radio will be fitted
as standard to all trims
ALL CHANGE Expect to see
more contemporary finishes
instead of this fake wood
PASSES MUSTER Mercedes
Artico leather-effect upholstery
looks and feels convincing
Mercedes-Benz GLA
Well-shaped boot holds around 420 litres
with the seats up and 1240 with them folded
Electrically operated boot mechanism will
be offered as an option on all versions
Four-wheel-drive system sends power to
the front wheels under normal conditions
John McIlroy
John.McIlroy@whatcar.com
longer rear overhang and the
fact that the tail-lights no longer
encroach on the boot area give it
around 80 litres more capacity
than the A-Class. That would
mean around 420 litres with
the rear seats in place (about the
same as a BMW X1), and about
1240 litres with them folded.
The space looks squarer and more
useful than the A-Classs, and there
are luggage hooks integrated into
the plastic mouldings at either
side of the compartment.
The standard equipment list
is still being nalised, but even
entry-level SE models will get all
of the body cladding seen here,
plus 18in alloy wheels (the car in
these images is on 19-inchers),
digital DAB radio and leather-
effect upholstery.
How much will it cost?
Well-placed sources say the
GLAs pricing will start at around
25,000, so slightly less than the
Audi Q3 and BMW X1, and around
5000 less than the cheapest
Range Rover Evoque. That
entry-level car will be front-wheel
drive, though; factor in Mercs
4Matic transmission and the more
potent engines required for that
set-up and the gure is likely to be
more like 28,000 or around the
same as Audis 175bhp Q3 diesel.
A high-performance GLA45
AMG will launch later next year,
with the same four-wheel-drive
system and the A45 AMGs 335bhp
engine, priced at just over 40k.
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Whats new?
BMW i3
What is it? BMWs first fully-electric supermini
Price from 25,680* On sale Now
Double kidney grilles and headlights add
BMW styling clues to the i3s distinctive face
Professional 10-inch screen is the more
expensive option (6.5in screen is standard)
Front seats look thin but are surprisingly
comfortable, spacious and supportive
BMW CLAIMS IT has reinvented
the electric car with this new
supermini-sized model, called
the i3 and available to order now
through UK dealers.
The i3 makes use of high-tech
lightweight materials such as
carbonbre and aluminium in its
construction to offset the weight
of its battery pack. It is available
as a fully electric model, or as
a range-extender with a 34bhp
two-cylinder petrol engine that
keeps the electric motors battery
pack from running at (CO
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emissions are 13g/km).
The i3 manages to look like
a BMW without looking like
a BMW. The twin-kidney front
grille is present as usual, but it
First look
Photography John Bradshaw
as eucalyptus wood. It manages
to feel airy in the front, but some
may nd it a little dark in the rear.
The main instrument panel
will be a single LCD display,
and BMW will offer a choice of
central screens for infotainment
(a 6.5-inch unit called Business or
a 10.25-inch widescreen system
called Professional).
The sat-nav will have extra
functionality that will show you
the current range on a map, based
on your driving mode and the
range-maximising Eco Pro+
setting, and a number of other
At 4m long and 1.77m
wide, the i3 is a bit
bigger than a Mini
sits at the front of a short bonnet.
The vehicle is taller than most
small cars about the same height
as BMWs X1 SUV.
The i3 is powered by
a 168bhp electric motor, mated
to a single-speed gearbox and
driving the rear wheels. Its top
speed is 93mph, and it does
0-62mph in 7.2 seconds (0-37mph
takes just 3.7 seconds). It has a
range of between 80 and 100 miles
in normal driving and can reach
a full charge in eight hours (or four
hours if you have a charging box
installed on your house wall).
Whats it like inside?
The dashboard mixes a high-tech
look with natural materials such
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Access to the rear is aided by rear-hinged
rear doors; front seats also fold forwards
Standard charge takes eight hours. You can
halve that if you have a home charging box
You wont get much more than a small
holdall in the charging cables storage well
BMW i3
LOOKS FAMILIAR
Standard BMW switchgear will
make drivers familiar with the
brand more comfortable
STOP AND GO
The i3s gearbox, such as
it is, is controlled via this
column-mounted gearlever
On the road in the i3
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parameters, including your
driving style. It will also direct
you towards charging points.
That aside, the cabin features
familiar BMW switches for
indicators and the stereo, and its
iDrive controller sits between the
front seats. You switch the car
on and off, and move it between
Drive, Reverse and Park, via a large,
clunky stalk unit mounted on the
right side of the steering column.
Rear passengers have to wait
until the front doors are opened
before they can exit via their own
rear-hinged doors. Once theyve
done so, though, access to the back
seats is decent enough, thanks to
the absence of a central pillar on
the side. You can also fold the front
seats forwards to further open up
the aperture.
The boot is small by supermini
standards; reasonably wide, but
shallow because of the high oor.
There is 200 litres of space with
the rear seats in place, and up
to 1100 litres if you lower them.
Theres room for a fair amount of
shopping, though.
How much will it cost?
The i3 costs 30,680 outright,
but this price will drop to 25,680
when a Government grant of
5000 is taken into consideration.
This means the car costs around
the same as a top-spec Nissan Leaf.
BMW has also conrmed the car
will be available on a contract hire
deal; customers pay an initial
2995 (including VAT), then
a monthly payment of 369
(also inc VAT). The contract lasts
three years and includes 8000
miles per year.
These prices are for the
full-electric i3. The range-extender
costs 3150 more than the EV
version, starting at 28,830 after
the Government grant. Contract
hire deals on the range-extender
will also be available.
The BMW i3 is on sale now, with
the rst UK deliveries scheduled
before the end of the year.
John McIlroy
John.McIlroy@whatcar.com
Weve driven a development
version of the i3 briefly at a BMW
test facility. We had enough time
in the car to note that the i3s
electric powertrain feels quiet
and smooth with less whine, on
this evidence, than rivals. Power
delivery is instantaneous, and in
the most performance-oriented
of the cars modes, Comfort, you
can easily squirt up to 40 or
50mph in refined haste.
The i3s agility at speed is likely
to surprise you. It changes
direction well at speed, and it
also feels very secure under
braking. In fact, the brake-energy
recuperation system can
actually do most of the braking
for you as long as you plan far
enough ahead.
The car also feels very capable
in tight spaces, thanks to quick
steering and a small turning
circle of just 9.86 metres. The
test road was pretty smooth, but
even now wed advise you to
stick with the 19-inch wheels
instead of optional 20-inchers.
BMW says that the i3 will ofer a diferent sort of ownership proposition;
one that could break down some of the barriers traditionally faced by
electric vehicles. To achieve this, the firm is ofering packages of extra
assistance priced from 40 per month up to around 80 per month
through which i3 owners can get servicing and maintenance, access
to a UK-wide charging network (through ChargeNow) and, most
interesting, the occasional use of a conventionally powered vehicle.
BMW has yet to specify how this part of the deal works, but the theory
behind it is that you can drive an i3 happily throughout the year, then
have access to an X5 or a 5 Series Touring for your annual skiing holiday
or summer break in France. The scheme (called BMW Access) could win
over a few previous EV sceptics, although its success will depend on the
amount of regular car time you get for your money.
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Ive been waiting for years
for a premium brand to
bring out a high-end rival
to the G-Wiz. The Nissan Leaf
and Renault Zoe come close but
havent quite managed to break
the styling mould.
This i3 is by far the best electric
car Ive seen. Its in a class of its
own, and highly desirable from a
practical and styling perspective.
The only exterior detail Im not keen
on is this black overhang from the
rear quarter window.
The interior is beautifully styled.
Its very modern, and this retro
wood finish lends a cool 1960s
classic car feel. The cabin is also
a lot bigger than I expected. Im
over six feet tall but I have plenty
of legroom in the drivers seat.
One design feature that
slightly concerns me is that the
[rear-hinged] back door has to
be closed before the front door.
I imagine there will be lots of owners
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BMWS I3 ELECTRIC city car is
the rst fruit from a 1.8 billion
investment in the i sub-brand,
so theres a lot riding on it.
Just 24 hours after the i3 was
unveiled to the worlds media, 70
What Car? readers became the rst
members of the public to rate it.
Would the worlds rst
premium mass-market electric
car live up to its hype? Would our
readers concur with BMWs game
changing claims? How would it be
received by veteran early adopters,
and would novices be convinced to
take the plunge?
Heres the verdict from our
biggest reader test team event yet.
frustrated by the damage done
to the interior of the rear door.
Overall, though, I love it. Im
certainly considering buying one.
Words Emma Butcher Photography John Bradshaw and Will Williams
BMW i3
Reader Test Team A staggering 70 readers came to see BMWs
first mass-produced electric car. Here are some of their verdicts
John was impressed with the
(yet-to-be-finalised) materials
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Robert Smith
Age 39
Job Civil servant
Lives Ayrshire
Drives Nissan Leaf and
Mini Countryman
I bought my Nissan
Leaf in February and
am an electric convert.
Its perfect for my daily 69-mile
commute, and even including
charging my household
electricity bill is only 1.80 a day.
Im very impressed with the
styling, and I love the high-gloss
black carbonfibre roof its so
sleek. In fact, I can see a lot of
carbonfibre here, and the
renewable materials such as the
wool and wood appeal to me.
They give a sense of durability.
I would say the quality is a bit
better than in the Leaf, and I like
the fact that you sit lower in this
car rather than high up, like in
my car. However, the i3s boot
space doesnt compare.
The pricing is competitive,
though, and looks afordable
on both lease rate and outright
purchase. I am tempted, although
I wonder how long it will take to
install the quick chargers.
Ill keep the Leaf, which fulfils
98% of my driving needs, and
trade in our Countryman for the
range-extender version of the i3.
Peter French
Age 63
Job Chief executive
Lives Surrey
Drives Audi TT
My first impressions are
very good indeed. I like
the dynamic styling, and
Im very pleased that a lot of
the concept design features
have made it through to the
production car.
Its a nice place to be
comfortable and relatively
spacious with the premium
feel BMW promised.
I like the very simple, clean
layout and the use of digital
displays. The connected aspect of
the technology is very fitting, but
I really dont like this wood in-lay
on the dash; it seems a bit out of
place. Dated, even.
As with all electric cars, the big
question is just how economical
it will be in the real world, and
thats particularly relative to the
range-extender model.
Overall the i3 more than meets
my expectations and, pending
the test drive, it will be on our
shortlist. My wife drives a Mini,
which doesnt have as much
space in the rear, so it could make
a good replacement for that.
Ive always wanted an
electric car. I like the idea
of doing my bit for the
environment, but nothing so
far has caught my attention like
the i3 has.
The most striking design
feature is those alloys theyre
gorgeous. I wasnt so keen on the
styling from the front at first,
although it is growing on me, but
the interior is just fantastic: simple
but luxurious.
The interior trim is really
special; very tactile, and I love the
eucalyptus wood on the dash, and
the way the glove box lid is
integrated. Its very classy.
Im surprised at how comfy
the seats are; really snug and
supportive, but not too firm. Theres
lots of space, too far more than
I expected and the way the doors
open makes it really practical.
The only thing that lets it down is
the boot. We have two kids and I just
Age 40
Job Operations director
Lives Hertfordshire
Drives BMW X1
Jas Mann
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The i3s digital readouts got
the thumbs up from Peter
Robert is going to buy the
range-extender version
dont think it would cope with all
our bags and shopping.
My mother in law, who pops
into town, would love it.
The trick BMW
may already
have pulled off is
getting committed
BMW drivers to
take alternative
fuels seriously,
and committed
eco-drivers to take
BMW seriously.
Live event comments
The dashboards eucalyptus
wood caught Jass eye
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Ive been holding
off on a Nissan
Leaf to see if the
i3s worth the
premium. It is.
Its a very special
car thats really
raised the bar in
terms of quality.
Its not quite as
stylish as my
1 Series, but I
love the doors.
Its taken ages to
find the hidden
handles!
Martin Sylvester, 55,
parish priest,
Honda Insight Mk1
Adam Goran, 42,
digital marketer,
Porsche Boxster
Kitty Chamberlain,
20, PA, Volkswagen
Beetle Convertible
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Whats new? BMW i3
The design
works better in
reality, but Ill
reserve final
judgment until
Ive driven it
@dpeilow
If the test drive
is good we will
probably lease it
as a second EV
while we wait
for Tesla Gen 3
@zerocarbonworld
Very cool
engineering!
Wilner Blue
Truly hideous.
It looks like
something
from Star Wars.
Adam Brannon
Its not what
I would have
expected from
BMW, but the
big price is
Ian Gardner
Is this the answer
to all electric cars?
Taher Malik
Readers views
A cars got to look good as
well as being eco-friendly,
and this i3 definitely has
the looks.
I love the contrasting orange
and black paintwork, and the blue
detailing around the badges really
makes it stand out as BMW i.
Inside, its unmistakably BMW;
the controls are mostly the same
I understand this car
straight away, which
isnt always the case
with BMWs all the quirky
design elements come together
really well. Its innovative and
eye-catching, and I really like the
fresh, minimalist dash, while the
layout of the doors allows easier
access to the rear seats.
as in my 3 Series, so its all very
familiar. The new doors and
absence of a central pillar are a real
innovation, and the fact theres no
transmission tunnel in the back
means you dont have to clamber
over it to get from seat to seat.
Theres also plenty of space in
the front and rear, and its really
very comfortable, even with my son,
James, in the back and me in the
front. You do get a sense of being in
a much bigger car.
The only things that stop me
giving it five stars are the boot,
which is too shallow for carrying the
I love the spacious cabin, but the
boot wont take weekend luggage.
The overall cost does feel high
compared with rivals, and our X1
was about the same price, but
standard spec with alloys and
navigation that displays the location
and availability of charge stations
means you dont need to spend
more than necessary.
Id want to understand the
three-year total cost of ownership
versus a diesel car, and how much
charging will cost.
If it does stack up, Ill recommend
it to my mother, who currently
Age 46
Job Water garden specialist
Lives Nottinghamshire
Drives BMW 3 Series Touring
Harp Mann
Age 41
Job IT bid director
Lives Hertfordshire
Drives BMW 6 Series, X1
Simon Bothwell
weekly shop or a dog, and the
dashboard finish. A carbon wrap
or soft-touch plastic would give
a more premium feel.
drives an old-style Mercedes
A-Class. In the meantime, I can
only say that it crushes its
like-for-like competition.
Decent legroom means James
was happy to sit behind his dad
The i3s shallow boot was the
only disappointment for Harp
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Whats new?
BMW 4 Series
THE BMW 4 SERIES is an all-new
replacement for the 3 Series
Coup, with the change of name
part of a plan to make it feel much
more like a standalone model,
rather than just a 3 Series with
two fewer doors.
Its longer, lower and wider than
both the old 3 Series Coup and
the current 3 Series, proportions
a 2.0-litre turbo petrol (badged
428i), a 3.0-litre turbo petrol (435i),
and the 2.0-litre 420d diesel thats
expected to be the best seller.
This range will quickly expand
to include an xDrive four-wheel-
drive version of the 420d, a less
powerful 2.0-litre petrol model
(420i) in rear-wheel-drive and
four-wheel-drive versions, and
two 3.0-litre diesels (the 430d
and the 435d xDrive).
Whats it like to drive?
We tried the 435i, which pulls
strongly from low revs all the
way through to 7000rpm. It
that help it look signicantly
sportier than either.
Whats more, the 4 Series is
better equipped, with even the
basic SE trim getting xenon
headlights, front and rear parking
sensors, heated leather seats,
cruise control and a DAB radio.
Three engines sourced from the
3 Series will be available at launch:
Optional eight-speed auto box works well and should appeal to owners
feels quick; its the sort of car
that makes overtaking effortless,
and the engine also makes a
pleasant noise when you rev it,
even if it isnt especially loud.
However, there is some wind and
road noise at motorway speeds.
The optional eight-speed
automatic gearbox tted to our
car is far more impressive, shifting
swiftly and smartly. Its likely to
be a must-have option, because
current manual versions of the
3 Series have offset pedals and
a rather stiff gearshift action.
One of the best things about the
latest 3 Series is the superb balance
it strikes between ride comfort and
agility, and this hasnt been lost
with the 4 Series. In fact, its lower
centre of gravity and wider stance
help it feel even more planted in
corners. It should be noted,
though, that our car was tted
with adaptive suspension, an
option that greatly improves
body control on other BMWs.
The steering is precise but
relatively light, too, which
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The 4 Series
is quick,
and feels
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BMW 4 Series
certainly adds to the enjoyment
of driving the new 4 Series.
Whats it like inside?
The 4 Series looks identical to
a 3 Series saloon from the drivers
seat, aside from some minor
trim changes. Fortunately,
this means you get a classy,
well laid out dashboard with clear
instruments and BMWs intuitive
iDrive infotainment system.
The seats are supportive, too,
and they offer a good range of
adjustment, although the 420d
has ddly manual seat controls
instead of the full electric
adjustment that comes as
standard with the 428i and 435i.
Rear access is surprisingly good,
thanks to front seats that tilt and
slide a long way forward, so theres
a large gap to climb through.
However, while theres plenty of
legroom in the back, only those
under six feet tall will have
enough headroom.
Rear access is good and there is
plenty of legroom in the back
The 4 Series is well equipped as
standard, even in basic SE trim
Boot capacity is only 35 litres
less than the 3 Series saloons
BMWs iDrive infotainment
system is logical and easy to use
CABIN QUALITY
Interior fit and finish, and material
quality, are among the best to be
found in this category (or any other)
WIDESCREEN DISPLAY
Dash incorporates a huge screen
that can be split into two sections
displaying different information
The boot can swallow 445 litres
of luggage, which is just 35 litres
down on the 3 Series saloons
capacity. Whats more, the rear
seats split and fold 60/40, with
a 40/20/40 split available as
an option.
BMW also offers a powered boot
lid that opens automatically when
you wave your foot beneath the
rear bumper, useful when your
hands are full.
Should I buy one?
For all the talk of making the
4 Series feel different from the
3 Series, its actually very similar.
However, given that the 3 Series is
our reigning Executive Car of the
Year, this is no bad thing. True,
the 4 Series carries a premium
of more than 3000, but this isnt
excessive, given the extra style
and equipment it offers.
The 4 Series is also priced in
line with the rival Audi A5 and
Mercedes E-Class Coups, and
Elongated proportions make the new 4 Series look sportier than the 3; the new model is better equipped, too
is better to drive than both, at
least in the form we tried it.
If youre after a classy, four-seat
coup, the 4 Series is denitely
worth waiting for.
Steve Huntingford
Steven.Huntingford@whatcar.com
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DOORS 2
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Audi A5
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BUYERS FILE
Engine size 2.0 T 3.0 T 2.0 TD
Price from 32,595 40,795 31,575
Power 242bhp 302bhp 181bhp
Torque 258lb ft 295lb ft 280lb ft
0-62mph 5.9sec 5.4sec 7.5sec
Top speed 155mph 155mph 149mph
Economy 42.8mpg 35.8mpg 60.1mpg
CO
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g/km/tax 154/22% 185/29% 124/19%
A convertible version of the
4 Series will join the range about
six months after the coup goes
on sale. It will have a folding
hard-top similar to the one
on the outgoing 3 Series
Convertible, and should be
available with the same line-up
of engines as the 4 Series.
A few months after the arrival
of the convertible, BMW will
add a turbocharged six-cylinder
M4 model. Expect this to go
on sale at the same time as
the M3 saloon, with both
versions getting styling
tweaks that give them a
more aggressive appearance.
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Whats new?
Ive had four Alfa Romeos,
which were all second cars
that could be used at the
weekend or for holidays, so Im
a big fan of the brand. I came very
close to placing a deposit on a 4C
when it was first announced, but
early size comparisons with the
Lotus Elise put me of.
In reality, this seems slightly more
practical than the Lotus, but not by
much. The 4C doesnt have a front
boot, and the one at the rear looked
too small for going away for
anything longer than a weekend.
Loading the rear boot is also
slightly unusual; to save weight,
theres no hydraulic strut that holds
the lid open, so you have to prop it
up with a metal rod like you would
with a bonnet.
I think the level of weight saving
is just right youve still got air-con
and leather seats inside, and that
manual boot prop wouldnt put me
Age 38
Job Computer programmer
Lives St Albans
Drives Alfa Romeo Mito,
BMW 330d Touring
Richard Minchin
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THE ALFA 4C is one of the most
eagerly anticipated cars of 2013;
it started the year by winning
the What Car? Reader Award,
chosen by whatcar.com users.
The mid-engined, rear-wheel-
drive, two-seat sports car has a
turbocharged four-cylinder petrol
engine that produces 237bhp. It
accelerates from 0-62mph in just
4.5 seconds and has a top speed
of 160mph, thanks largely to its
ultra-low kerbweight of just 895kg.
The 4C takes several styling cues
from Alfas 8C Competizione, so
will its curves and swoops live
up to our readers expectations?
Its time to nd out.
of. Whats more, once youre in
the cabin, you feel comfortable,
and I think at the price point the
interior quality is spot-on.
Words Ed Callow Photography John Bradshaw
Alfa Romeo 4C
Reader Test Team Alfas mid-engined sports car goes on sale
shortly for around 50k. Will it win over our team of readers?
Richard wasnt that impressed
with the 4Cs carrying capacity
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David Anderson
Age 50
Job Architect
Lives Newbury, Berks
Drives Alfa Romeo Brera and
Alfa Romeo Giulietta
I wanted to see what
impression the car left
on me after standing
right next to it. I also thought it
might be time to add another
Alfa to my collection.
Being an architect means
I have an eye for interesting
design, and I have always loved
these cars flair and individuality.
I think its what makes Alfas really
stand out from the crowd.
Now Ive seen it in person,
its clear that the 4C is no
diferent its absolutely fantastic.
It looks compact enough to be
a lot of fun along a decent road or
even around a track. The overall
shape is beautiful, and it actually
looks even better in the flesh than
I was expecting after seeing the
first photos.
If I had to pick one area thats
not immediately perfect, Id say
its the curves along the side up
to the intakes behind the rear
doors, but Im sure they would
grow on me in time. I think its
incredibly important for an Alfa
to look absolutely stunning, and
the 4C does.
Adam Lloyd
Age 26
Job Chartered surveyor
Lives Wokingham, Berks
Drives Alfa Romeo Giulietta
I chose my Alfa because
it has Italian style and
panache that isnt
matched by any of its rivals.
It also ofered relatively low
monthly bills in comparison to
competitors. The 4C obviously
wont be as cheap to run, but
the list price of around 50,000
seems to be about right. It looks
so much more distinctive than
anything its going to be
competing with, too. It will be a
very tempting potential purchase.
While I understand the
stripped-back rationale, I think
Alfa could have made the interior
feel slightly more special.
However, there are some cool
weight-saving features, such as
the leather strap door pulls.
Even though the cabin doesnt
feel as special as a Porsche
Caymans, it is at least easy to get
and out of, which is surprising
given how low you sit in the car.
I also love the carbonfibre thats
on show it immediately tells you
that this is a car with a proper
lightweight focus.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is
the best looking car thats
been launched for a very
long time not just by Alfa, but
by any car manufacturer.
Now Ive seen the car up close,
I know my first impression was
spot-on. The 4C is a very beautiful
car, and the only thing I saw
people querying were the
carbonfibre surrounds on the front
headlights. Personally, I quite like
those darker elements, although
I can see why they might be a bit
over the top for some people.
I was also impressed by how the
carbonfibre in the body helps to
keep the weight so low. Most people
would probably expect this car to be
just over a tonne, so for it to weigh
less than 900kg is incredible.
My wife and I both thought the
individual LEDs in the lights were
fantastic when lit up at night
theyll look really stylish. For us,
and I suspect many others, the way
Age 47
Job Police oficer
Lives Hampshire
Drives Mazda MX-5
Andrew Bolton
whatcar.com OCTOBER 2013 |
The 4Cs interior didnt feel
special enough for Adam
Overall, David thought Alfa had
done a good job with the styling
the car looks will be a major
factor in any purchasing decision.
However, for me it will also have
to handle brilliantly.
Is the car easy
to get in and
out of, and is
it comfortable
to sit in?
Jack Holmes
Debbie Bolton There are wide
sills to get over, but its fairly easy
to step in or get out. You sit very
low once inside, which makes it
feel like a proper sports car, and
the seats are snug and comfy.
Helen Grimster The bulbs and
LEDs on the final production
car are surrounded by a glossy
carbonfibre finish. It looks quite
classy, and the daytime running
lights dotted in the middle
around the headlight and
indicator give it a jewelled effect.
I saw the 4C
at the Geneva
motor show
and the light
surrounds looked
grey and rubbery.
Have they been
changed?
David Rathbone
Readers Q&A
The carbonfibre light surrounds
werent on the concept car
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Whats new?
First drives
We drive the latest models: read our verdicts
HYUNDAI HAS BOLD ambitions
for the new i10. Longer, wider
and quite a bit lower than its
predecessor, this is the car the
company hopes will trouble the
class-leading VW Up.
Theres still a fair amount of
work to be done before the new
i10 goes on sale this winter, but
the early signs are positive. It
will be more spacious than the
current model; rear space and
boot capacity will be roughly
on a par with the Up.
The i10 is much classier inside,
too. The dashboard is still mostly
hard to the touch, but its textured
in such a way that makes it look
pretty upmarket. Unlike the
interiors in rival cars, including
the Up and Skoda Citigo, there are
no exposed areas of bodywork in
the cabin; Hyundai views that as a
both engines that are coming to
the UK (a three-cylinder 1.0 and a
four-cylinder 1.2), theres enough
evidence to suggest Hyundai has
every right to be condent.
The new i10 feels far more
grown-up than its predecessor;
occupants are much more isolated
from noise and mechanical
vibration, and theres far less body
sway through tight corners. The
steering doesnt weight up as
naturally as an Ups, but Hyundai
says this is still being worked on.
The 1.0-litre engine is essentially
the same one found in the Kia
Picanto, but its been improved
for the i10, with quicker throttle
responses and more low-down
torque. There are still noticeable
steps in the power delivery, which
is something the more powerful
1.2 doesnt suffer from. Both
engines are expected to emit
less than 100g/km of CO
2
.
While the i10 wont necessarily
undercut the headline prices of
key rivals such as the Up and
Skoda Citigo, it will come better
equipped. A breakdown of exactly
what the S, SE and Premium trim
levels will get has yet to be
nalised, but all i10s have
ve doors, six airbags (most
rivals get four), and stability
control, along with Hyundais
ve-year warranty.
sign of cost-cutting. Youll also
nd some soft materials where
competitors have hard and
unappealing plastics, such as
on the door-mounted armrests.
Our test drives were limited
to just a few minutes on a smooth
test track, so its impossible to
give a conclusive verdict on
how the new i10 rides and
handles. However, having tried
Theres now more space in the rear and boot, similar to the VW Up
Engine tweaks improve throttle
responses and low-down torque
Hyundai i10
What is it? Hyundais new VW Up rival (in prototype form)
Verdict Improved city car shows plenty of promise
AUDIS RS7 Sportback uses the
same sonorous, twin-turbo V8 as
the RS6, which produces an
identical 552bhp; thats enough
to get it to 62mph in a supercar-
rivalling 3.9sec and on to 189mph
(if you pay extra to have the
155mph limiter removed).
The stunning acceleration is
delivered effortlessly, due to
all-wheel drive and a smooth,
responsive eight-speed automatic
gearbox. Handling is less
impressive; theres plenty of grip,
but the steering feels oddly
weighted when you turn in to
corners. The RS7 also feels heavy,
which isnt surprising, given that
it weighs two tonnes.
Air suspension and 20-inch
wheels come as standard, which
give a rm but reasonably
comfortable ride. An optional steel
sports suspension, Dynamic Ride
Control (which is designed to
reduce pitch and roll), and 21-inch
alloys are also available.
Inside, you get supportive RS
Sports Seats, a 14-speaker Bose
stereo, sat-nav on an eight-inch
LCD touch-screen and DAB radio.
The RS7 costs 83,495, 20k
more than a S7 or Jaguar XFR,
which handles better and isnt
much slower in a straight line.
Its where our money would go.
First drive
What is it? Range-topping
A7 Sportback
Verdict Massive grunt, but
rivals handle better
Audi RS7
Rob Keenan
Rob.Keenan@whatcar.com
Will Nightingale
Will.Nightingale@whatcar.com
BUYERS FILE
Engine size 4.0 V8 T
Price from 83,495
Power 552bhp
Torque 516lb ft
0-62mph 3.9sec
Top speed 189mph
Economy 28.8mpg
CO
2
g/km/tax 229/35%
INSURANCE GROUP 50 AIRBAGS 6
DOORS 5 SEATS 4 COLOURS 10
ON SALE Autumn
ORTRYA ...
Jaguar XFR
Mercedes-Benz CLS63
whatcar.com OCTOBER 2013 | 33
Hyundai i10 Audi RS7 Mercedes A-Class Hyundai ix35
What is it? Revised suspension
for AMG Sport models
Verdict Rivals are still far
more comfortable
THE LATEST A-CLASS has always
been a bit of a disappointment,
with its uncomfortable ride largely
to blame. However, Mercedes
has now decided to tackle this
problem by offering a new lowered
comfort suspension set-up.
Combining the slightly softer
feel of SE- and Sport-spec cars
with a lowered ride height, it is
standard on AMG Sport models
and replaces the sports suspension
that was previously tted.
The aim is to offer greater
comfort without sacricing their
aggressive, low-slung appearance.
Sure enough, the new set-up
feels a little more forgiving over
expansion joints and high-speed
bumps than the previous
sports suspension. However, the
A-Class still doesnt ride anywhere
near as well as most of its rivals;
youre jostled around over any
surface that isnt perfectly smooth,
while urban potholes thump
Mercedes
A-Class
First drive
through the cabin with enough
force to cause genuine discomfort.
In some ways the old AMG Sport
set-up was actually better, because
it did at least keep body roll tightly
controlled, allowing you to make
New comfort suspension aims to improve the A-Classs overly firm ride
the most of the A-Classs good grip
and well-weighted steering,
whereas the new lowered comfort
cars suffer from a bit too much
sway through corners.
We tried the A200 CDI model,
which uses a 1.8-litre diesel
engine that offers decent pace
and exibility. The trouble is, it
sounds coarse and rattly, while
road noise adds to the general
racket at motorway speeds.
The driver environment is
more appealing, thanks to
supportive seats and a smartly
styled dashboard. Unfortunately,
the curve of the rear side windows
makes rear access tricky and the
boot has a narrow opening.
While the new suspension
set-up gives the AMG Sport
models a slightly more forgiving
ride, then, the A-Class remains a
deeply awed car.
Its three main rivals, the Audi
A3, BMW 1 Series and VW Golf, all
strike a better balance between
comfort and control, plus theyre
more practical, rened and at least
as cheap to run. In short, theyre
all better buys.
Steve Huntingford
Steven.Huntingford@whatcar.com
First drive
THE HYUNDAI IX35 has been given
a mid-life face-lift. It now gets
redesigned head- and tail-lights
and LED daytime running lights.
Hyundai has also improved the
interior quality, and theres a new
infotainment system, too.
Further revisions to the 2.0-litre
diesel engine mean slightly better
fuel economy and CO
2
emissions,
and this engine now gets the
option of an automatic gearbox.
Hyundai ix35
Tweaked looks and suspension make the ix35 more attractive to buy
doesnt inspire much condence,
and even in Sport mode it feels
articial. Grip is good, but theres
a fair amount of body lean.
We drove the two-wheel-drive
1.7-litre diesel, which never feels
short of pull. It remains gruff when
accelerating, though, and is noisy
on the motorway because the
engine spins away at 2500rpm
at 70mph in sixth gear.
Our prototype test car rode
well around town on our German
test route, with only larger, deeper
holes causing any discomfort.
Inside, theres lots of head-
and legroom up front, but while
theres plenty of seat adjustment,
some drivers might wish the
steering wheel went lower.
The ix35s sloping rooine
means rear headroom is tight
and tall adults might also nd
their knees touching the seat in
front. That said, the wide-opening
rear doors are a big benet.
The boot space is much more
impressive. Its a usefully square
shape, with a relatively low load
lip and a wide opening for easy
access. The rear seats fold pretty
much at, too.
This ix35 is better than ever,
then, but it still fails to sparkle
next to more complete
all-rounders such as the
Nissan Qashqai.
However, Hyundai is likely
to introduce a new entry-level
trim level, which will have less
standard kit but a lower starting
price of around 17,000.
Rory White
Rory.White@whatcar.com
What is it? Hyundais best seller now smarter and more comfortable
Verdict Improved ride, but ix35 still isnt great to drive
BUYERS FILE
Engine size 1.8 TD
Price from 24,765
Power 134bhp
Torque 221lb ft
0-62mph 9.3sec
Top speed 130mph
Economy 62.8mpg
CO
2
g/km/tax 118/18%
INSURANCE GROUP 20 AIRBAGS 6
DOORS 5 SEATS 5 COLOURS 8
ON SALE Now
ORTRYA ...
Audi A3 Sportback
BMW 1 Series
BUYERS FILE
Engine size 1.7 CRDi
Price from (est) 17,000
Power 114bhp
Torque 192lb ft
0-62mph 12.4sec
Top speed 108mph
Economy 48.7mpg
CO
2
g/km/tax 139/19%
INSURANCE GROUP 20 AIRBAGS 6
DOORS 5 SEATS 5 COLOURS tbc
ON SALE Now
ORTRYA ...
Nissan Qashqai
Mazda CX-5
The ix35s front suspension has
been tweaked in the hope of
improving ride and handling, too.
Theres certainly a difference
to the steering. Its quicker, and
all UK versions are expected to
come with the variable-weight
Flex Steer system.
Left in Normal mode, the
steering is light enough for easy
progress through town. However,
in faster bends, this lightness
35 whatcar.com OCTOBER 2013 |
Whats new? Honda Civic Tourer Suzuki Swif 4x4
What is it? Four-wheel drive
version of Suzukis supermini
Verdict Fairly limited appeal
THE NEW SUZUKI Swift 4x4 has
few natural rivals. The only other
conventional hatchback with
four-wheel drive is the Fiat Panda
4x4, but thats a much smaller car.
The Swift 4x4 is available with
only one engine a 93bhp 1.2-litre
petrol unit and ve doors. We
took it along rutted, poorly
maintained tracks and the
four-wheel-drive system proved
simple but effective, driving the
rear wheels when the front pair
started to slip.
Without a low-ratio gearbox or
off-road tyres, the 4x4 is by no
means advanced enough to cope
with proper off-roading, but for
low-grip winter conditions or
tackling rural farm tracks, its a
neat and cost-effective solution.
However, in normal on-road
conditions, the Swift 4x4 offers no
signicant advantage over the
two-wheel-drive model. In fact, the
extra weight puts even more
Suzuki
Swift 4x4
strain on the 1.2-litre petrol engine,
meaning you have to work it even
harder. However, the rm edge to
the two-wheel-drive versions ride
has been improved by the extra
centimetres of suspension travel.
You need to work the engine hard; both trims come with loads of kit
First drive
The 4x4 is available in SZ3 or SZ4
trims. SZ3 has seven airbags,
electric front windows, air-
conditioning and an audio system
with Bluetooth and a USB input.
SZ4 adds climate control,
automatic headlights, keyless
entry and start and electric rear
windows, along with extra plastic
cladding and skid plates.
As with the standard Swift, the
4x4 offers great all-round visibility
and plenty of adjustment for the
driver. The main shortfall is boot
space; its 211 litres is far less than
you get in most rivals.
THE HONDA CIVIC Tourer is
the all-new estate version of the
ve-door hatch, and weve had the
chance to drive early prototypes.
It has more than 600 litres of
boot space (with the rear seats in
place), so is big enough to worry
rivals such as the class-leading
Skoda Octavia Estate.
For the rst time on any Honda,
theres the option of rear adaptive
damping. While not self-levelling,
Honda Civic Tourer
Civic Tourer drives well, with or without adaptive suspension fitted
Farther forward, theres the
same cinema-style ip-up
rear seats as you get in the
normal Civic hatchback.
The front of the cabin will be
much the same as the hatchbacks,
but rear passengers get a better
deal, because headroom has been
improved. The amount of legroom
remains unchanged.
Both of the cars we drove were
1.6-litre diesels, and one was tted
with adaptive rear dampers.
The system is likely to be an
option, but its three modes
Normal, Comfort and Dynamic
First drive
Suzuki has VAT-free offers until
the end of September, so if you
buy quickly youll pay 11,516.
At full price, the Swift 4x4 SZ3
will be 1200 more than the
two-wheel-drive model. The
difference grows to 1800 on
SZ4-trim cars a big premium.
That said, a Fiat Panda 4x4 is
even more expensive, and it isnt
as well equipped and has even less
space inside.
Still, wed be too tempted to save
money and stick with the standard
two-wheel-drive Swift.
provide a noticeable change to the
way Tourer rides and controls its
body movements.
Selecting Comfort gives more
vertical travel to improve comfort
on the motorway, and also allows
the Civic to soak up lumps and
bumps impressively in town.
Switching to Dynamic stiffens
things noticeably to reduce body
roll in tight bends; the driver is
more aware of larger and high-
frequency imperfections in the
surface of the road, but never
enough to be uncomfortable.
Normal mode hits a decent
middle ground between the two.
Even without adaptive dampers
the ride was never harsh, and the
body roll was kept neatly in check
through corners.
The Civic Tourer certainly shows
promise, then. Weve yet to try it in
the UK, and Honda has yet to
reveal economy and emissions
gures, but its certainly spacious,
exible and good to drive. Prices
should be pretty competitive, too,
because Honda says it will charge
roughly the same premium over
the Civic hatch as competitors
do for their estate models
around 1000.
the new suspension has been
designed to help the Civic cope
better with heavy loads and
when towing over challenging
road surfaces.
Honda says that the Civic
Tourers boot oor will be closer to
the ground than any of its rivals,
which should make loading and
unloading easier. Furthermore,
the load bay is a useful square
shape, with a wide opening.
What is it? New estate version of Hondas Golf rival
Verdict Loads of space and good to drive
BUYERS FILE
Engine size 1.2
Price from 13,819
Power 93bhp
Torque 87lb ft
0-62mph 13.4 seconds
Top speed 103mph
Economy 51.3mpg
CO
2
g/km/tax 126g/km
INSURANCE GROUP tbc AIRBAGS 7
DOORS 5 SEATS 4 COLOURS 7
ON SALE Now
ORTRYA ...
Dacia Duster
Fiat Panda 4x4
The boot
floor will be
closer to the
ground than
any rivals
Rory White
Rory.White@whatcar.com
Ed Callow
Ed.Callow@whatcar.com
| OCTOBER 2013 whatcar.com 36
Whats new?
CITY CARS AND
SUPERMINIS
BMW i3 (autumn 2013)
Electric supermini is the first car
in BMWs new i model range.
Citron C3 (autumn 2013)
New three-cylinder petrol engines
help to improve fuel economy
and reduce emissions.
Honda Jazz (early 2014)
All-new, sharper-looking version
will trade practicality for
greater eficiency.
Hyundai i10 (autumn 2013)
City car gets the latest family look
and greater refinement.
MG 3 (winter 2013)
UK version will get a classier cabin
than the Chinese-market model.
Mini (December 2013)
New model gets a revised
dashboard and three-cylinder
engines for improved economy.
Vauxhall Corsa (autumn 2014)
Revamp of current car will introduce
three-cylinder engines.
SMALL FAMILY CARS
Audi A3 Saloon (September 2013)
Blends A3s cabin quality with
a three-box saloon shape.
Ford Focus Electric (winter 2013)
UK favourite gets pure electric
powertrain to compete with the
Nissan Leaf.
Honda Civic Tourer (winter 2013)
Swish-looking estate will have
class-leading space, Honda claims.
Kia Soul (early 2014)
Promises significant improvements
to refinement and driving dynamics.
Mazda 3 (autumn 2013)
Will be lighter than todays 3, thanks
to Mazdas Skyactiv technology.
Peugeot 308 (January 2014)
Lighter than current car.
Skoda Rapid Spaceback
(autumn 2013)
Shorter, sportier version of Rapid.
Seat Leon ST (October 2013)
New model will beat Astra and
Focus Estates on boot space.
FAMILY CARS AND
EXECUTIVE CARS
BMW 5 Series (September 2013)
Face-lifted model brings minor
cosmetic updates and more
eficient engines.
Infiniti Q50 (September 2013)
G Series replacement gets a new
name and four-cylinder engines.
Tesla Model S (early 2014)
Luxury electric car will go up
to 300 miles on one charge.
Maserati Ghibli (October 2013)
5 Series rival with V6 diesel power.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
(spring 2014)
All-new executive car will come with
the option of a hybrid powertrain.
Vauxhall Insignia
(September 2013)
Cosmetic updates inside and out.
Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
(late 2013)
Rival to VW Passat Alltrack; raised
ride height and four-wheel drive.
LUXURY CARS
Bentley Flying Spur
(autumn 2013)
Continental-based saloon gets
sleeker looks and new V8 engine.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
(October 2013)
Top versions will replace Maybachs.
COUPES AND
OPEN-TOP CARS
Alfa Romeo 4C (summer 2013)
Launch edition now sold out;
standard car priced from 50k.
BMW 4 Series (October 2013)
3 Series Coup gets new name and
striking appearance.
Rolls-Royce Wraith (winter 2013)
New coup is the most powerful
Rolls-Royce ever.
MPVs
Citron Grand C4 Picasso
(early 2014)
More practicality and eficiency.
Fiat 500L MPW (September 2013)
Longer version of 500L with
a bigger boot or seven seats.
Nissan Note (September 2013)
Sleeker appearance and lots of
safety equipment for compact MPV.
BMW 5 Series September 2013
Vauxhall Insignia September 2013
Coming soon
Check out all the great new cars just around the corner
SUPERMINI
Citron C3
The face-lifted version of
Citrons supermini is about to
go on sale, and there are plenty
of deals to be had on the
outgoing car. The 1.2 VTi 82
VTR+ is our pick of the range
and is available through
Drivethedeal.com for 10,129,
saving you 3021.
SAVE 3021
FAMILY CAR
Peugeot 308
An all-new version of Peugeots
family car arrives early next
year, so some sizeable discounts
are available on the outgoing
model. The 1.6 e-HDi 112 Active
blends the best engine and kit
levels. Its on ofer for 14,464
via Drivethedeal.com, saving
you 5251.
SAVE 5251
EXECUTIVE CAR
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
You wont be able to buy the
next C-Class until spring 2014,
but there are already deals to be
had on the current model. The
C220 CDI Executive SE is our
pick of the range and is available
for 24,890 through Carfile.net,
which is a saving of 4080. Even
bigger discounts are on ofer if
you choose a diferent version.
SAVE 4080
SUVs
Audi Q3 RS (winter 2013)
Evoque rival gets 306bhp engine.
BMW X4 (spring 2014)
Expect son of X6 to cost around
3k more than equivalent X3s.
BMW X5 (autumn 2013)
All-new model ofers four-cylinder
diesel engines and two-wheel drive.
Ford Ecosport (winter 2013)
Fiesta-based SUV will get a 1.0-litre
three-cylinder petrol engine.
Hyundai ix35 (September 2013)
Mild face-lift brings plusher cabin
and more equipment.
Jeep Cherokee (early 2014)
Freelander rival will borrow Fiat
diesel engine to boost UK sales.
Porsche Macan (winter 2013)
Cayennes baby brother will share
its underpinnings with the Audi Q5.
Range Rover Evoque 9-speed
(winter 2013)
New automatic gearbox boosts
economy and lowers emissions.
Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
(autumn 2013)
Bigger than current car, with
a starting price of around 15k.
SPORTS CARS AND
HOT HATCHES
Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
(winter 2013)
Drop-top version of the companys
range-topping sports car.
Ferrari LaFerrari (autumn 2013)
Maranellos hybrid should reach
186mph in 15.5 seconds.
Kia Ceed GT (autumn 2013)
The companys first hot hatch has
the Ford Focus ST in its sights.
McLaren P1 (autumn 2013)
Race aerodynamic technology
and 903bhp for LaFerrari rival.
Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
(October 2013)
Swoopy saloon based on A-Class
gets engine from A45 AMG.
Peugeot RCZ R (early 2014)
The companys most powerful
production car ever gets 270bhp.
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Bentley Flying Spur autumn 2013
Ford Focus Electric winter 2013
Kia Soul early 2014
Fiat 500L MPW September 2013
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that help you buy the right car
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New Audi S3 Saloon vs new Lexus IS
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TEST CENTRE
Road Test
Centre
BMWS 3 SERIES HAS long been the
default choice for people after a
small executive saloon. However,
the new Audi A3 Saloon and
Mercedes CLA both offer a
similar prestige image to the
3 Series, plus the Mercedes has
sleek, coup-like looks, and the
Audi a much lower price.
The new Lexus IS has a
petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain
that delivers more power and less
CO2 than any of these rivals.
Were testing the A3 and 3 Series
with the optional automatic
gearboxes, while the IS and CLA
both get autos as standard.
Execs and the city
New Audi A3 Saloon vs new Lexus IS
vs BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes-Benz CLA
Photography John Bradshaw Thanks to Greenwich Film Unit
What were looking for: A stylish,
comfortable executive saloon thats great
to drive and wont cost a fortune to run
The contenders
BMW 320d Eficient
Dynamics auto
List price 29,935
Target Price 27,748
Class leader ofers great handling,
performance, and running costs.
NEW
Lexus IS 300h SE
List price 29,495
Target Price 28,168
Hybrid IS is a cheap company car,
but can it compete in other areas?
NEW
Mercedes CLA 220 CDI
Sport
List price 29,355
Target Price 28,781
Based on the A-Class, the CLA is a
desirable, sporty-looking alternative.
NEW
Audi A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI 150
Sport S tronic
List price 25,755
Target Price 25,002
Promises similar prestige to larger
executive saloons for less cash.
whatcar.com OCTOBER 2013 | 43
EXECUTIVE CARS
44 | OCTOBER 2013 whatcar.com
IS is quick enough once it gets going, but does take a while to respond CLA performs strongly, even though its gearbox isnt as slick as the BMWs
Gutsy engine means that you rarely have to make the 3 Series kickdown A3 Saloon accelerates slower than rivals, but still feels fast and flexible
Test figures Test figures
Test figures Test figures
Braking Braking
Braking Braking
300mph 300mph
300mph 300mph
700mph 700mph
700mph 700mph
Acceleration
3070mph
in kickdown
3050mph
in kickdown
5070mph
in kickdown
Acceleration
3070mph
in kickdown
3050mph
in kickdown
5070mph
in kickdown
Acceleration
3070mph
in kickdown
3050mph
in kickdown
5070mph
in kickdown
Acceleration
3070mph
in kickdown
3050mph
in kickdown
5070mph
in kickdown
A A
A A
A A
A A
8.6sec 7.9sec
7.6sec 7.9sec
3.4sec 3.1sec
3.1sec 3.2sec
5.2sec 4.8sec
4.5sec 4.7sec
Weather conditions Dry Weather conditions Dry
Weather conditions Dry Weather conditions Dry
45.3m 46.9m
47.4m 49.1m
8.2m 8.7m
8.8m 9.1m
FASTEST ACCELERATING
Performance
Audi
BMW
Lexus
Mercedes
The A3, 3 Series and CLA all have
strong, four-cylinder diesel
engines, but the Mercedes is
particularly powerful.
Its hardly surprising, then,
that the CLA performed best in
our 30-70mph acceleration test.
However, its the 3 Series that
usually responds quickest in
everyday situations, because it has
more torque than its rivals and an
eight-speed automatic gearbox
that always seems to be in the
correct gear.
The seven-speed dual-clutch
auto boxes in the A3 and CLA
arent as good at predicting what
youre going to do next. Whats
more, the CLAs can be slow to
change down, whether you
leave it to its own devices or use
the steering wheel-mounted
shift paddles.
TEST CENTRE
0-60mph Top speed
sec mph
8.9 130
0-60mph Top speed
sec mph
7.9 135
0-60mph Top speed
sec mph
8.0 139
0-60mph Top speed
sec mph
8.4 124
All three diesel cars engines feel
more exible than the ISs, though.
Lexus has combined a four-
cylinder petrol engine with an
electric motor for a combined
output of 220bhp way more
than you get from the diesels.
Unfortunately, the IS feels
distinctly at until its continuously
variable transmission has found
the optimum revs, something
that only happens after a
lengthy pause. Still, the IS does
accelerate quickly enough once
its into its stride.
The BMW
3 Series has
the most
torque and
responsive
auto box
whatcar.com OCTOBER 2013 | 45
Audi A3 Saloon vs BMW 3 Series vs Lexus IS vs Mercedes-Benz CLA
BEST TO DRIVE
A very comfortable
motorway cruiser that
also feels agile in corners
Great around town, but
optional adaptive
suspension is worth
specifying
Comfy, even though its not
as controlled as the A3 or
as supple as the 3 Series
Handles better than the IS,
but the ride is too hard and
unsettled at all speeds
Audi A3 Saloon
BMW 3 Series
Lexus IS
Mercedes-Benz CLA
Ride and handling
Audi
BMW
Lexus
Mercedes
Sports suspension is standard on
the A3 Saloon, but our car had the
slightly softer set-up that Audi
offers as a no-cost option. Even
with this, the A3 can thump
a bit over low-speed bumps (the
18-inch wheels tted to our car
didnt help), but its ride is never
overly rm, and the suspension
strikes a near-perfect balance
between comfort and control
at motorway speeds.
Turn in to a corner and the
A3 continues to impress because
theres loads of grip and it resists
body roll well. Whats more, its
steering is precise and responsive,
so you can always place the car
with condence.
The CLA is similar in some
respects; its steering is well
weighted, and the car stays pretty
at when you turn in to a bend.
Unfortunately, it starts to lose
composure when faced with a
series of fast bends, and the ride
just isnt good enough; the CLA
jostles its occupants around over
patched-up surfaces and really
thumps over bumps, potholes
and expansion joints. In fact,
this diesel model is less forgiving
than the petrol CLA.
Traditionally, the 3 Series has
set the benchmark for driver
enjoyment in this class. However,
the chunky, low-rolling-resistance
tyres tted to this Efcient
Dynamics model take the edge
off the handling; it feels a bit less
grippy than a regular 320d and a
bit less eager to change direction.
The up side is a very supple ride
in town but, like all versions of the
latest 3 Series, the ED is at its best
when specied with the 750
Adaptive M Sport suspension
(which our test car didnt have).
This not only helps the car stay
more composed in corners, but
also improves high-speed comfort
by reducing body bounce.
Things are much simpler when
youre speccing your Lexus IS; the
model were testing is available
with just one suspension set-up
that gives it a pretty comfortable
ride at all speeds. Just dont expect
it to be much fun to drive, despite
the rear-wheel drive conguration.
The heavy steering is vague and
slow to self-centre, and the IS also
runs out of grip rst in sprightly
cornering, though tight body
control inspires condence.
Lock-to-lock
2.7 turns
Turning
circle
10.7m
Lock-to-lock
2.1 turns
Turning
circle
11.3m
Lock-to-lock
2.8 turns
Turning
circle
10.4m
Lock-to-lock
2.5 turns
Turning
circle
11.0m
EXECUTIVE CARS
46 | OCTOBER 2013 whatcar.com
Behind the wheel
Audi
BMW
Lexus
Mercedes
The seats in the IS are deep and
supportive, but many drivers will
wish they dropped a little lower;
you sit rather high. At least you can
get the steering wheel where you
want it and visibility is decent.
You get an even better all-round
view in the A3 and 3 Series, but the
CLA has thick pillars to the
front and back, and its rear
screen is narrow.
The forward-tilted head
restraints in the CLA can also cause
problems; some people will feel
that they force the drivers head
uncomfortably far forward.
However, theres a good range of
adjustment for the rest of the seat
and the steering wheel.
The 3 Series offers an even
greater range of adjustment,
even if it takes a while to get the
seat exactly where you want it, due
TEST CENTRE
Audio, connectivity and sat-nav
Infotainment systems
Audi
BMW
Lexus
Mercedes
Touch-screen infotainment
systems are increasingly
becoming the norm, but these
cars all let you scroll through
their various menus using a
rotary dial instead.
It works very well in the A3,
because shortcut buttons for
individual systems ank its dial,
while the screen is clear and the
menus well laid out. The crisp
graphics look appropriately
classy, and its the only car here
with a screen that disappears
into the dashboard when you
dont want it.
The upgraded system shown
here improves things further,
bringing a wider screen and
a touch-pad on the rotary
controller that allows you
to write characters into the
destination input for the sat-nav.
The system in the 3 Series also
impresses. Its similar to the A3s,
with a number of shortcut
buttons that surround the rotary
dial and make menu-hopping
easy. In fact, the on-screen
menus in the 3 Series are even
more logically laid out.
Lexus takes a slightly different
approach, giving you just two
shortcut buttons; one to exit the
Audi A3 Saloon Simple rotary controller and shortcut buttons makes
this the easiest system to use; even base system has high-grade graphics
BMW 3 Series Sizeable screen and sharp graphics as standard, plus
a fairly intuitive rotary control. The menus are logically laid out too
Lexus IS Screen is heavily recessed, which protects it from bright sun,
but can obscure low-set icons. Controller can skip icons too quickly
Mercedes-Benz CLA Screen falls short of crisp graphics in the BMW
and Audi. Sound system is great at low volume, but tinny if turned up
BEST SYSTEM
current screen and another to
return to the main menu. Then, if
you specify sat-nav, the standard
rotary scroll dial is swapped for
a mouse-like controller.
This is trickier to use because
you have to be quite precise with
the controller movements,
despite the cursor being
programmed to jump straight to
the next icon when you nudge it.
Basic items, such as the postcode
entry for the nav, are hard to nd.
The system in the CLA could
also be more user-friendly
because its shortcut buttons are
up on the dashboard rather than
with the rotary controller, and
many functions are hidden in
menu bars at the top and bottom
of the screen. However, it
becomes easier to control with
familiarity and works much
better than the Lexuss mouse.
All four cars come with
steering wheel-mounted audio
controls, Bluetooth and a USB
socket, but you have to pay extra
for a DAB radio and full iPod
integration in the CLA.
Both are standard in the other
three cars, and its the IS that has
the largest standard screen,
although it would benet from a
more basic and affordable sat-nav
option; the only system available
is the full nav and connectivity
package, which costs 1995.
The A3 just beats the BMW with
a better standard sound system
and cheaper entry sat-nav option.
Standard
Not available
CD player
Colour
screen
USB/
iPod
Upgraded
audio
system
DAB
radio
Steering
wheel
controls
Voice
control
Hard
drive
Number of
speakers
Navigation
system
Infotainment features Bluetooth
*Part of nav and media pack incl. 7 screen **Part of Professional media package ^Includes online connectivity ^^Part of COMAND nav package incl. 7 screen
to awkward controls that force you
to lift your weight from the base
to raise it.
Meanwhile, the A3 Saloon is
identical to the hatchback version
up front, which means drivers of
all sizes can get comfortable, but
some may wish the steering wheel
would go lower.
The A3 has the simplest
switchgear layout, but the controls
in the 3 Series and CLA are also
pretty logical. Only the IS
disappoints in this area because its
climate controls are horribly ddly.
Drivers of
all sizes can
get comfy in
the A3; it has
the simplest
controls too
Audi A3 Saloon

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BMW 320d

6.5

/

430

430 1990**

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Lexus IS

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Mercedes-Benz CLA

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/230

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BEST DRIVING POSITION
Audi A3 Saloon
BMW 3 Series
Lexus IS
Mercedes-Benz CLA
Audi A3 Saloon vs BMW 3 Series vs Lexus IS vs Mercedes-Benz CLA
Sensible layout
Dash is clutter-
free and logical
Good
adjustment
Seat adjustment
is great. Some
might want the
wheel to drop
lower, though
User-friendly
Switchgear and
iDrive is easy
to use with
familiarity
Clunky mover
Best seat here,
but manual
adjustment
is awkward
Funky controls
Temperature is
controlled by
touch-sensitive
sliders on dash
Seat support
Seat is supportive
and widely
adjustable, but
could drop lower
Low visibility
Raked-back pillars
at the front and
rear limit visibility
Plastic problem
Dash looks fine
in general, but
cheap-feeling
plastics
disappoint
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48 | OCTOBER 2013 whatcar.com
TEST CENTRE
Quality and reliability
Audi
BMW
Lexus
Mercedes
The interior of the IS has some
smart details, particularly its
metal dashboard inserts, smoothly
damped audio knobs and funky,
touch-sensitive climate
control sliders. However,
the overall impression
of quality is undermined by
archaic-looking temperature
readouts coupled with some
lightweight buttons.
Its a similar story in the
CLA, where the dash is smartly
styled, but theres too much play
in the climate control dials. The
central screen looks like a portable,
aftermarket navigation system.
Instead, its the A3 and 3 Series
that feel like the most expensive,
cohesive products. In fact, the 3
Series is only really let down by the
odd irregular panel gap, and few
cars at any price better the A3s
high-grade plastics and beautifully
weighted switchgear.
These cars are too new to have
been included in the last JD Power
customer satisfaction survey
(What Car?, July 2013), but while
their manufacturers all nished
in the top half of the table; Lexuss
second place nish was impressive.
Lexus also came sixth out of 38
in our last reliability survey (What
Car?, September 2013). BMW, the
next best performer, was 26th,
while Mercedes and Audi came in
30th and 31st places respectively.
Audi A3

525
/

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595+/345

150

1250*

225 260 1115 300 575**
BMW 3 Series

645
/

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395
/ /
710

325 1295

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Lexus IS

610
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300 1970++ 390

Alloy
wheels
Metallic
paint
Air-con/
climate
control
Electric
windows
front/rear
Parking
sensors
front/rear
Auto lights/
wipers
Xenon
headlights
Cruise
control
Heated
seats
Leather
seats
Rear side
airbags
City
emergency
braking
Options prices
Safety and security
Audi
BMW
Lexus
Mercedes
When Euro NCAP crash-tested
the hatchback variant of the A3
it matched the 3 Series
impressive 95% score for adult
occupant protection. The
A-Class, with which the CLA
shares its platform, was
slightly behind on 93%.
The A-Classs 81% score for
child safety was also down on
the gures for the 3 Series
(84%) and A3 (87%); it was
also the worst for pedestrian
protection. The current Lexus
IS has yet to be tested.
However, the IS is the only
car here that gets a tyre
pressure-monitoring system.
A similar system is available
on the A3 for 75 and the CLA
for 320. The Merc, along with
the BMW, is also offered with
run-at tyres.
All but the Lexus are
available with optional
blind-spot monitoring, while
the Audi and BMW can be
specied with city emergency
braking. On the A3, this comes
with the adaptive cruise
control function (575), while
you have to pay 510 on the
BMW (370 for the Driving
Assistant pack and 140 for
a full black display).
Equipment and safety and security
Audi A3 Saloon Electric parking
brake is standard on all A3s
BMW 3 Series Split-folding rear
seats are a pricey option
Lexus IS Changing cabin
temperature could be easier
Mercedes-Benz CLA Vents are
similar to those in SLS supercar
BEST EQUIPPED
Equipment
Audi
BMW
Lexus
Mercedes
All four cars come with alloy
wheels, climate control and
four electric windows as
standard, and all but the A3
give you cruise control and
automatic lights. However, the
CLA is alone in having front and
rear parking sensors; the 3
Series makes do with rear
sensors, while the A3 and IS
miss out altogether. On the
ipside, Mercedes charges extra
for front foglights, whereas its
rivals all t them as standard.
The ISs foglights are
complemented by xenon
headlights, and its one of only
two cars in the test (along with
the CLA), that has keyless entry
and start. Unfortunately, the IS
isnt available with many
optional extras, so if you want
leather seats or rain-sensing
wipers, the only way to get
them is by upgrading to a
more expensive trim level.
If youre buying the A3, its
worth considering the optional
Comfort Package. This adds
automatic headlights and
wipers, rear parking sensors
and cruise control for 605. The
pack also includes acoustic side
windows and an auto-dimming
rear-view mirror.
Jet-style heater vents look great
and are easy to use, too
You can switch between driving
modes using a rocker switch
Standard rotary dial allows you to
cycle through driving modes
You engage drive and reverse
using a stalk behind wheel
Standard
Not available
Few cars
can better
the A3s
high-grade
plastics and
switchgear
*Also includes light and rain sensors and interior lighting package **Part of adaptive cruise control package + Includes front and rear sensors ++Part of exclusive AMG package
^370 for the driving assistant pack and 140 for compulsory full black display ^^Part of intelligent light system pack

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Noise at 70mph
71.9dBs
0 100
Noise at 70mph
72.6dBs
0 100
Noise at 70mph
70.6dBs
0 100
Noise at 70mph
70.8dBs
0 100
Noise at 30mph
64.4dBs
0 100
Noise at 30mph
64.6dBs
0 100
Noise at 30mph
62.7dBs
0 100
Noise at 30mph
66.4dBs
0 100
QUIETEST AT 70MPH
Road noise is by far the
biggest intrusion; optional
large wheels dont help
Audi A3 Saloon
BMW 3 Series
Lexus IS
Mercedes-Benz CLA
Lots of road noise and the
engine clatters like an
old-school diesel
Easily the quietest around
town, but its hard to stop
smoothly in the IS
Engine sounds gruf around
town, but it settles down at
higher speeds
Refnement
Audi
BMW
Lexus
Mercedes
The CLA is best avoided if youre
after a quiet life. You hear a lot of
road and suspension noise over
most surfaces, while its engine
clatters like an old-school diesel
unit when youre driving around
town or accelerating. True, its less
intrusive at a steady cruise, and
wind noise is minimal, but overall
its the noisiest car here.
The 3 Series isnt exactly
super-rened, either, because wind
noise builds up around its door
mirrors on the motorway and its
engine is rather gruff at low speeds.
However, it never sounds as
unpleasant as the CLAs, and theres
far less road noise in the 3 Series.
According to our decibel meter,
the A3 is noisier than the BMW (if
quieter than the Merc), and this is
almost exclusively down to the
amount of road roar it generates.
Its particularly bad on the
motorway, although our test car
wasnt helped by the fact it came
with 18-inch wheels instead of the
standard 17s. It also suffers from a
slight vibration through the
steering wheel and throttle pedal.
The gearbox is more of an issue
in the A3, too, because it can be
jerky during parking manoeuvres.
The IS is the quietest cruiser of
the bunch, shutting out road noise
better than the A3 and wind better
than the 3 Series. Whats more, it
can run near-silently on electric-
only power at town speeds. Its just
a pity its engine emits a rather
unpleasant drone when you put
your foot down.
Lexus has tted an Active Noise
Control system, which is supposed
to counter this engine noise, but
its still loud enough to irritate.
It can also be hard to brake
smoothly in the IS, due to a
shortage of feel and inconsistent
response to the pedal, whereas its
rivals all have brakes that are easy
to modulate.
The IS is
the quietest,
and shuts
out road
and wind
noise well
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42
50
50
98
84
104
Boot capacity
425 litres
Boot capacity
480 litres
Boot capacity
450 litres
Boot capacity
470 litres
Tapering boot shape isnt ideal but space is plentiful
Great generally, but folding rear seats are optional
Shortest load bay, but square boot shape is practical
Big capacity, but awkward boot opening frustrates
BIGGEST BOOT SPACE
Audi A3 Saloon
Lexus IS
BMW 3 Series
Mercedes -Benz CLA
Space and practicality
Audi
BMW
Lexus
Mercedes
The A3 and CLA are smaller than
the 3 Series and IS, but only the
Mercedes feels in any way
claustrophobic. However, all
four cars give the driver and
front passenger plenty of head-
and legroom.
Its in the back that youll be
more aware of the differences in
size, because the A3 and CLA can
both leave six-footers wishing they
had a bit more kneeroom.
That said, the Mercedes is the only
one thats cramped; its sleek,
plunging rooine eats into
headroom, and it makes the
rear door apertures smaller.
The 3 Series and IS are better for
adult passengers, although like
their rivals, they have bulky
transmission tunnels that make
life uncomfortable for a central
rear passenger.
More impressively, both the A3
and the CLA have rear seats that
split and fold 60/40, whereas BMW
charges 415 for folding seats, and
the only way to get them on the IS
is to upgrade to one of the more
expensive trims. In fact, the A3s
boot is probably the most practical,
despite having the smallest ofcial
capacity. Its very square, which
makes it easy to pack, and it has
a low load lip and a very small step
up to the seats when theyre folded.
The IS has a shallower, tapering
load bay that could prohibit the
occasional Ikea trip, even if it will
be more than adequate for more
common executive car duties.
Meanwhile, the CLAs narrow boot
opening and high lip offset the
usefulness of its deep space and
standard folding rear seats.
Only the 3 Series boot gets close
to matching the A3s for usefulness
because its the largest here and
has some useful underoor
cubbies, but its still rather
awkwardly shaped.
98
101
103
101
102
Both the A3
and CLA
have rear
seats that
split and
fold 60/40
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Widest rear cabin space makes the BMW feel the most spacious here
Lexus has the most leg and headroom, but falls short for elbowroom
Despite being smaller, the A3 has as much space for the driver as the BMW
The most cramped rear cabin here; tall passengers wont be comfortable
Generous headroom and a low-set seat makes for a comfortable position
Best up-front legroom here, and the cabin is just as wide as the BMWs
More rear legroom than the Mercedes, and broader door apertures
74
95
90
111
71
68
114
93
94
73
111
90
BEST REAR SPACE
Plenty of room, but raked-back front pillars make it feel claustrophobic
94
89
112
BEST FRONT SPACE
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List price
Contract hire
(per month)
Company car tax
per month (20/40%)
1
2
3
4
Target Price
21,750 73% 18,300 62% 18,286 71%
17,900 60% 15,200 52% 15,195 59%
14,700 49% 12,700 43% 12,620 49%
12,550 42% 11,100 38% 11,075 43%
29,935 29,495 25,755
391 389 na
27,748 28,168 25,002
Residual value (by year)
Prices
Total
19,804
Total
20,782
Total
23,163
54.6mpg
99g/km
1854
4748
760
878
1122
109g/km
118g/km
53.2mpg
48.3mpg
18%
11%
16%
60
2505
2505
2295
40
60
4311
4068
1280
20,175 69%
16,600 57%
13,625 46%
11,625 40%
29,355
386
80/159 54/108 77/154 88/176
28,781
Total
23,377
4586
50.0mpg
117g/km
12,382 13,048 15,468 15,156
Three-year cost
Emissions and economy
0 0 0 0
First-year road tax CO2 True MPG Tax liability
18%
Insurance Servicing Depreciation Road tax True MPG
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Buying and owning
Audi
BMW
Lexus
Mercedes
The vast majority of these saloons
will end up in the hands of
company cars drivers, and its here
that the IS has a big advantage.
Its sub-100g/km CO
2
emissions,
and the fact its fuelled by petrol
rather than diesel, mean 40%
taxpayers will sacrice just 108
of their salary each month.
Anyone choosing the A3 will have
to stump up an extra 46, while
the 3 Series adds a further ver
to your tax bill. The CLA is the
priciest of all at 176 a month.
Contract hire rates werent
available for the A3 at the time
of writing, but we expect it to be
the cheapest of the four to lease
due to its low list price. The
other three cars cost virtually
the same (between 386 and
391 a month).
The A3 also makes a lot of
sense as a private buy, because
its predicted to work out around
1000 cheaper to own than the
3 Series over the rst three years,
even after youve factored in the
bigger discounts available on
the 3 Series.
The 3 Series is still a bargain
compared with the CLA, though,
which will cost you a further
2600 over the same period.
Despite offering the best
real-world fuel economy
(54.6mpg), the Lexus IS is
only slightly cheaper than
the CLA as a private buy because
its let down by comparatively
heavy depreciation.
The Lexus
will cost
just 108 a
month for
company
car drivers
Audi A3 Saloon vs BMW 3 Series vs Lexus IS vs Mercedes-Benz CLA
Mercedes Most expensive
company and private buy
Audi Cheapest private buy and
second-cheapest as company car
BMW Low emissions help ofset
relatively high price
Lexus By far the cheapest
company car in the test
CHEAPEST COMPANY CAR
EXECUTIVE CARS
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Ratings
Performance
Ride & handling
Behind the wheel
Infotainment system
Quality & reliability
Equipment
Safety & security
Refinement
Space & practicality
Buying & owning
Performance
Ride & handling
Behind the wheel
Infotainment system
Quality & reliability
Equipment
Safety & security
Refinement
Space & practicality
Buying & owning
Performance
Ride & handling
Behind the wheel
Infotainment system
Quality & reliability
Equipment
Safety & security
Refinement
Space & practicality
Buying & owning
Performance
Ride & handling
Behind the wheel
Infotainment system
Quality & reliability
Equipment
Safety & security
Refinement
Space & practicality
Buying & owning

95% 84% 78% 86%
Turning
circle
10.7m
446
196
70
53
90 98
71
94
140 135
142
177
102
111
264
Turning
circle
11.3m
462
203
67
50
98
93
73
95
141 139
143
184
101
111
281
Turning
circle
10.4m
467
203
70
84
42
90
74
94
141 135
143
189
103
114
280
Turning
circle
11.0m
463
201
104
73
50
89
68
94
140 137
144
172
101
112
270
Figures in bold are best in test Dimensions in cm
Measurements
Economy
Safety
Buying
Car pictured Audi A3 Saloon in German specification
List price 25,755
Target Price 25,002
List price 29,935
Target Price 27,748
List price 29,495
Target Price 28,168
List price 29,355
Target Price 28,781
BMW 320d
Eficient Dynamics auto
Lexus IS
300h SE
Mercedes-Benz CLA
220 CDI Sport
Website www.audi.co.uk Website www.bmw.co.uk Website www.lexus.co.uk Website www.mercedes-benz.co.uk
Verdicts
Audi A3 Saloon
2.0 TDI 150 Sport S tronic
Space 450 litres Space 425 litres Space 480 litres Space 470 litres
Size 2494cc, 4cyl, hybrid
Peak power 178bhp@6000rpm
Peak torque 163 lb ft@4200rpm
(Etric motor 141bhp and 221 lb ft)
Size 2143cc, 4cyl, turbodiesel
Peak power 168bhp@3400rpm
Peak torque 258lb ft@1400rpm
Size 1995cc, 4cyl, turbodiesel
Peak power 161bhp@4000rpm
Peak torque 280lb ft@1750rpm
Size 1968cc, 4cyl, turbodiesel
Peak power 148bhp@3500rpm
Peak torque 236lb ft@1750rpm
Engine and performance
Car pictured BMW 320d Eficient Dynamics with optional
professional media package (1990); black Dakota leather
(1265); visibility package (925); adaptive M Sport
suspension (750); interior comfort package (675);
front sports seats (610); mineral white paint (410)
Car pictured Lexus IS 300h Luxury with optional leather
seats (2300); premium navigation (1995); atlantic
blue paint (610)
Car pictured Mercedes CLA220 CDI AMG Sport with
optional panoramic sliding sunroof (960); distronic
plus (880); seat memory package (790); lane-tracking
package (770); polar silver paint (660), intelligent light
system (570); and reversing camera (300)
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Average (Govt) 62.8mpg
Tank 50 litres
Emissions 118g/km, 18% tax
True MPG average 48.3mpg
Real-world range 531 miles
Average (Govt) 68.9mpg
Tank 57 litres
Emissions 109g/km, 16% tax
True MPG average 53.2mpg
Real-world range 667 miles
Average (Govt) 65.7mpg
Tank 66 litres
Emissions 99g/km, 11% tax
True MPG average 54.6mpg
Real-world range 793 miles
Average (Govt) 62.8mpg
Tank 50 litres
Emissions 117g/km, 18% tax
True MPG average 50.0mpg
Real-world range 550 miles
0-60mph
sec
8.9
Top speed
mph
130
0-60mph
sec
7.9
Top speed
mph
135
0-60mph
sec
8.4
Top speed
mph
124
0-60mph
sec
8.0
Top speed
mph
139
Euro NCAP crash rating Not tested Euro NCAP crash rating
x yx yx yx x x x x yx x x x x y
Euro NCAP crash rating Not tested Euro NCAP crash rating Not tested
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See how other
executive cars
rate in our new
cars A-Z p115
THE 3 SERIES has dominated this
class for the best part of a decade.
In fact, we were starting to wonder
if it would ever be beaten. That
shows the magnitude of Audis
achievement here.
Like most Audis, the new A3
Saloon offers a stunning interior,
but it also out-drives the 3 Series
and costs less to run, whether its
a private or company buy.
True, the BMW still sets the
standard for passenger space and
performance, and if you specify
your 3 Series with the Adaptive
For Flexible engine; smooth
gearbox; classy, practical cabin
Against Wind noise; adaptive
suspension should be standard
Verdict Still a fantastic choice,
but shaded by the A3 Saloon
For Tiny company car tax bills;
good refinement; decent ride
Against Sluggish responses;
numb steering; fiddly controls
Verdict Worth considering,
thanks to its low emissions
For Stunning looks; strong
performance; well equipped
Against Harsh ride; cramped in
the back; most expensive to run
Verdict Hard to recommend
given the standard of rivals
BMW 320d
Eficient Dynamics auto
Lexus IS
300h SE
Mercedes-Benz CLA
220 CDI Sport
Audi A3 Saloon
2.0 TDI 150 Sport S tronic
For Gorgeous cabin; enjoyable
handling; superb motorway ride;
extensive safety kit; low price
Against Road noise; cruise
control and parking sensors extra
Verdict The best compact
executive car around
Our
verdict
M Sport suspension, its more
of a dynamic match for the A3.
Unfortunately, this option
also pushes up the price.
The A3 is the better all-rounder,
then, and if you prefer a manual
gearbox to an automatic, it only
extends its advantage. The manual
attracts a lower company car tax
rating than the auto, whereas the
3 Series sits in the same band no
matter which gearbox you choose.
The new IS makes an even
cheaper company car, thanks to
its super-clean hybrid powertrain,
The A3 is
the best
all-rounder,
and has a
stunning
cabin too
plus its a quiet cruiser with
a pretty comfortable ride.
While the IS is undoubtedly
Lexuss best car, it still has to settle
for third place in this test due to
its sluggish throttle responses,
stodgy handling and slightly
disappointing interior.
The CLA, meanwhile, is the
noisiest car here, as well as the
least comfortable and the most
expensive to run. Yes, its an
absolute stunner and its engine
is strong, but these virtues are
outweighed by too many vices.
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New Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 vs Toyota RAV4
TEST CENTRE
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Photography John Bradshaw Thanks to The Boat Shop, Teddington Harbour
Is the CX-5 still the
eco-SUV to beat?
What were looking for: A car that can beat the Mazdas
low running costs, refinement and a practical interior
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SUVs
YOURE LOOKING FOR an SUV,
but are put off by potentially
crippling running costs.
What do you choose? Something
with a diesel engine is a good
place to start, quickly followed by
two-wheel drive. In fact, the
formula that this trio follows.
So far, so similar. What sets
them apart is the size of their
diesel engines; Honda has tted
its CR-V with the 1.6-litre unit
from the Civic small family car.
As a result, its ofcial economy
gures are the strongest, but
youre getting less power
than its main rivals.
By contrast, the Toyota RAV4,
which in Icon trim is 350 cheaper
than the CR-V, gets a larger 2.0-litre
engine and more torque.
The Mazda CX-5 is the smallest
and cheapest SUV here, but is just
as well equipped. Its 2.2 diesel
engine is the largest and most
powerful here, but matches the
CR-Vs for CO
2
emissions. {
Mazda CX-5 2.2 150 2WD SE-L
List price 22,995
Target Price 22,377
Combines sharp handling and the
latest fuel-saving technology.
Toyota RAV4 2.0 D-4D 2WD Icon
List price 24,295
Target Price 22,453
Toyotas latest RAV4 is bigger
and more practical than ever.
Road Test
Centre
The contenders
Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE
List price 24,660
Target Price 24,660
Its always had the space. Now
it has a frugal new 1.6 diesel.
NEW
58
TEST CENTRE
Smallest boot here, but still huge
Honda CR-V
Mazda CX-5
Toyota RAV4
Engine has to be worked hard, but 1.6 diesel rides better than heavier 2.2 Plenty of kneeroom for tall adults
Luggage space is large and deep
BEST TO DRIVE
Flexible rear seats split 40/20/40 The CX-5 steers and controls its body best, despite a firm low-speed ride
Rear legroom is the best in class
Longest boot and widest opening
The RAV4 has a comfy ride, although its the first to lose grip in corners
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What are they
like to drive?
Honda
Mazda
Toyota
Unsurprisingly, the CR-Vs small
diesel produces the least amount
of torque. What highlights its
inexibility most is the way the
pull arrives later than the RAV4
and CX-5s, and over a narrower
band. This means you have to
use the gears more frequently
to keep the CR-V in its sweet spot.
The RAV4 is frustrating in
other ways; although it responds
from lower revs and with greater
strength, it has a surging delivery
that ensures smooth progress is
hard to maintain.
The CX-5 is the star performer
here. Its 280lb ft of torque
(available below 2000rpm),
and longer gearing make it
impressively exible. Its also
consistently powerful all the way
to its peak 148bhp at 4500rpm,
offering plenty of condence for
safe overtaking. Admittedly, its
engine is noisy when worked hard.
The CR-Vs is noisier still, and the
RAV4s can be heard loud and clear
in the cabin, and sends noticeably
more vibration through the
wheel and pedals.
The Mazda comes out on top
again on twisty roads, with
tight body control and weighty
but accurate steering. Despite
impressive grip, the Hondas body
leans the most in bends, although
its steering is precise, if a little
light for truly condent high-
speed manoeuvres. The Toyotas
steering set-up becomes more
inconsistently weighted and vague
at speed, and its handling is
mediocre. However, the RAV4 does
at least ride well. Subtle dgeting
around town is its worst sin, but it
smoothes out large bumps well
and remains comfortable over
most surfaces. Honda claims the
CR-V has been stiffened in 1.6
form, but our test car rode better
than the heavier 2.2-litre diesel
version, which is available only
with four-wheel drive.
The CX-5 also rides well, which
is surprising considering how
well it handles. It can feel a little
rm at low speed, but its never
uncomfortable, and feels more
composed at higher speeds.
Unfortunately, this is when the
CX-5s large door mirrors generate
wind noise. The CR-V is more
susceptible to road noise,
while the RAV4 has an
unexceptional background hum
thats more easily ignored. {
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Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 vs Toyota RAV4
Close to hand
Dash-mounted gearlever
sits at a comfortable height
Great view out
Cabin is huge and CR-V
ofers the best visibility
Honda CR-V
Mazda CX-5
Toyota RAV4
BEST CABIN
Analogue only
The CX-5 is the only car
that doesnt get DAB radio
Sitting pretty
Lots of adjustment and
supportive seat for driver
Looks better than it feels
Switchgear is big and bold,
but quality is mediocre
Misses out
No driver lumbar support
unlike its two rival SUVs
The RAV4s
load space
stretches to
two metres
with the
seats folded
While there are lots of buttons
on the CR-Vs centre console,
these are mostly large and
clearly labelled. Unfortunately,
the system still isnt as user-
friendly as it should be, because
the main display is hard to read
at a glance, and the volume
control for the stereo doubles as
the main scroll dial. However, the
CR-V does come well equipped
(see panel on page 61).
Infotainment
Most functions are controlled
through a dashboard-mounted
touch-screen with simple menus.
Alternatively, you can scroll
through these menus using
a rotary dial thats positioned
within easy reach between
the front seats. Standard kit
is pretty comprehensive,
although its disappointing that
a digital radio isnt even available
as an option.
Infotainment
Like the CX-5, the RAV4 features
a central touch-screen and a
rotary scroll dial. Unfortunately,
its dial is on the left side of the
dash, where the driver has to
stretch to reach it, and the
screen can be hard to read
in bright sunlight because it
isnt recessed. You get lots of kit
as standard, including Bluetooth
phone connectivity, a USB socket
and a DAB radio.
Infotainment
What are they
like inside?
Honda
Mazda
Toyota
The RAV4 provides more space
up front than either rival, plus it
has loads of rear headroom and
class-leading rear legroom.
However, the CX-5 and CR-V
are still big enough to keep four
six-footers happy, and its actually
the Honda that has the most
supportive rear seats.
The CR-V and CX-5 keep the
driver comfortable on even the
longest trips, whereas the RAV4s
front seats are a bit short on lower
back support because its the only
one without lumbar adjustment.
Still, all three cars offer good
forward visibility and the sort of
elevated driving position that SUV
buyers expect. Its the CR-V that is
easiest to see out of when the
driver looks over their shoulder,
mainly because its rear screen is
larger than the RAVs, and its rear
pillars intrude less than the CX-5s.
Take a look at the ofcial boot
capacity gures (page 62), and
youll see that the CR-V has the
most room for luggage, but the
RAV4s space is just as useable in
the real world, thanks to its extra
width. In fact, even the CX-5s boot,
which is the smallest here, is likely
to be big enough for all your
familys clobber.
When you need to transport
larger items, the rear seats of the
CR-V and CX-5 can be folded
virtually at just by pulling
handles in the boot. By contrast,
the RAV4s must be folded down
from the side door.
On the up side, with the seats
toppled, the RAV4s load space
stretches to nearly two metres.
Thats around 20cm longer
than the next longest, which is
the CX-5s.
The perceived quality of the
RAV4s cabin is less impressive,
because there are too many hard
plastics and cheap-looking details.
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slightly classier inside, although
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List price
Contract hire
(per month)
Company car tax
per month (20/40%)
1
2
3
4
Target Price
17,509 71%
14,303 58%
11,837 48%
9864 40%
24,660
na
Insurance
24,660
Residual value (by year)
Prices Honda Mazda Toyota
Three-year cost
Total
19,730
Servicing Depreciation Road tax True MPG
2055
4059
733
119g/km
18%
60
1785
74/148
12,823
15,800 65%
13,000 54%
10,650 44%
9125 38%
24,295
290
22,568
Total
20,236
1061
46.9mpg
20%
18%
4890
210
2157
81/162
11,918
Emissions and economy First-year road tax CO2 True MPG Tax liability
17,050 74%
14,175 62%
11,775 51%
10,200 44%
23,295
322
22,153
Total
18,222
47.2mpg
56.5mpg
119g/km 127g/km
1141
4858
60
70/139
10,378
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Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 vs Toyota RAV4
All the costs compared
CHEAPEST TO OWN
Honda CR-V Has the cheapest
servicing costs and lowest fuel bills
Mazda CX-5 Strong in every
area, especially its residual value
Toyota RAV4 It depreciates the
quickest and road tax is dearer
Comparing the essential equipment and option prices
Standard
Not available
Honda CR-V

500 /

/

/

765

6
Mazda CX-5

530 /

/

/

700

6
Toyota RAV4

495 /

/

/

750 600 6
Alloy wheels
Metallic
paint
Air-con/
climate
control
Electric
windows
front/rear
Cruise
control
Bluetooth
3.5mm
input/USB
Steering
wheel
controls
Navigation
system
Parking
sensors
front/rear
Number of
airbags
What will they

cost you?
Honda
Mazda
Toyota
Honda hasnt released nal
prices for the CR-V yet, but the
preliminary gures suggest it
will cost 365 more than the RAV4
and 1365 more than the CX-5.
The CX-5 is expected to have
the strongest resale values of the
three, although the CR-Vs should
be better than the RAV4s.
Insurance costs are yet another
area where the CX-5 beats both
rivals. The Mazda also performed
slightly better than the Toyota
in our True MPG fuel economy
test, although its the Honda
CR-V that beats both rivals
True MPG gures.
However, the RAV4 does start
to look more appealing if youre
buying on PCP nance. Put down
a 5000 deposit, and it will cost
you 307 a month over three years.
Thats 38 a month less than the
CX-5, while Honda is still to
conrm the CR-Vs PCP deals.
The RAV4 is also cheaper
to lease than the CX-5, but the
Mazdas combination of a low list
price and low CO
2
emissions make
it the most affordable company
car; it will cost a 40% taxpayer
around 100 a year less than the
CR-V and 266 a year less than
the RAV4.
All three cars give you lots of
equipment for your money,
including cruise control, climate
control and electric front and
rear windows. The RAV4 does
miss out on parking sensors as
standard, but it compensates
with a reversing camera. {
DAB
radio
The CX-5
is the most
affordable
company
car here
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Performance
Ride & handling
Refinement
Behind the wheel
Quality & reliability
Space & practicality
Infotainment systems
Buying & owning
Equipment
Safety & security
Measurements
Economy
Performance figures
Ratings
Weather conditions Dry
Space
589-1669 litres
Safety
Performance
Ride & handling
Refinement
Behind the wheel
Quality & reliability
Space & practicality
Infotainment systems
Buying & owning
Equipment
Safety & security
Space
503-1620 litres
Car pictured Mazda CX-5 2.2 175 Sport AWD with optional Safety Pack (700);
Stormy Blue Mica metallic paint (530)
Car pictured Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SR with optional pearlescent paint (500)
Performance
Ride & handling
Refinement
Behind the wheel
Quality & reliability
Space & practicality
Infotainment systems
Buying & owning
Equipment
Safety & security
Website www.honda.co.uk
Buying
Website www.mazda.co.uk Website www.toyota.co.uk
Space
547-1746 litres
Car pictured Toyota RAV4 2.0 D-4D Invincible 2WD with optional Touch
and Go sat-nav (750); Blind spot monitor (650); and Decuma Grey metallic
paint (495)
List price 24,660* Target Price 24,660 List price 23,295 Target Price 22,153 List price 24,295 Target Price 22,568
Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L 2WD Toyota RAV4 2.0 D-4D Icon
Stats, specs and ratings
Size 1596cc, 4cyl, diesel
Peak power
118bhp@4000rpm
Peak torque
221lb ft@2000rpm
Size 2191cc, 4cyl, diesel
Peak power
148bhp@4500rpm
Peak torque
280lb ft@1800rpm
Size 1998cc, 4cyl, diesel
Peak power
122bhp@3600rpm
Peak torque
228lb ft@1600rpm
Engine and performance
0-60mph
sec
11.2
Top speed
mph
113
0-60mph
sec
9.5
Top speed
mph
120
0-60mph
sec
10.9
Top speed
mph
116
TEST CENTRE
Average (Govt) 62.8mpg
Tank 58 litres
Emissions 119g/km, 18% tax
True MPG average 56.5mpg
Real-world range 721 miles
Average (Govt) 61.4mpg
Tank 56 litres
Emissions 119g/km, 18% tax
True MPG average 47.2mpg
Real-world range 581 miles
Average (Govt) 57.6mpg
Tank 60 litres
Emissions 127g/km, 20% tax
True MPG average 46.9mpg
Real-world range 619 miles
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Euro NCAP crash rating x x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x y Euro NCAP crash rating x x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x y Euro NCAP crash rating x x x x x x x x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x y
89% 82% 66% 66% 94% 87% 64% 86%
Verdicts
Figures in bold are best in test. Dimensions in cm
93% 74% 68% 66%
3050mph in 3rd/4th/5th/6th
5070mph in 3rd/4th/5th/6th
4 4.7sec
18.8sec
6.6sec 5 10.7sec 3
6
4 7.1sec
11.4sec
7.4sec 5 8.8sec 3
6
Acceleration 3070mph through the gears

Braking 300mph/700mph
8.7m 46.4m
11.9 sec
3050mph in 3rd/4th/5th/6th
5070mph in 3rd/4th/5th/6th
4 3.7sec
13.7sec
5.4sec 5 8.7sec 3
6
4 5.7sec
9.8sec
5.8sec 5 7.3sec 3
6
Acceleration 3070mph through the gears

Braking 300mph/700mph
9.6m 53.5m
9.2 sec
3050mph in 3rd/4th/5th/6th
5070mph in 3rd/4th/5th/6th
4 4.8sec
19.8sec
7.2sec 5 12.9sec 3
6
4 7.0sec
12.5sec
7.4sec 5 10.0sec 3
6
Acceleration 3070mph through the gears

Braking 300mph/700mph
10.2m 54.4m
11.2 sec
* preliminary price
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See how
other SUVs
compare in
our new cars
A-Z on p147
HONDA MIGHT HAVE given the
CR-V one of the leanest, greenest
diesel engines around, but its
the CX-5 that stands proud here.
Even with its larger engine,
and the resulting extra 30bhp
and 59lb ft more torque, the CX-5
manages to perform just as well
as the Honda where CO
2
emissions
are concerned. The icing on the
cake is its smoother, more
energetic engine.
Ultimately, the CX-5 is behind
the others on space, but it copes
with a familys baggage as well
For Reassuring grip; impressive real-world
economy; big cabin; clever rear seats
Against Noisy engine; narrow powerband;
road noise
Verdict As family-friendly as ever, but could
be more refined and faster
For Huge interior space; good standard
equipment; comfortable ride
Against Surging power delivery; vibrations
from engine; poor interior quality
Verdict Has much of what families want, if
not the refinement
Honda CR-V
1.6 i-DTEC SE
Toyota RAV4
2.0 D-4D 2WD Icon
Mazda CX-5
2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L 2WD
For Smooth engine; strong
residual value; impressive
economy; generous kit
Against Firm low-speed ride;
wind and engine noise
Verdict A spacious, practical SUV
ofering genuine afordability
Our
verdict
as offering the practical touches
theyll love. Its also proof that
SUVs can be fun to drive and,
importantly, affordable to run.
The Honda ghts back in an
important area, though: space
and practicality. It has the biggest
luggage space with the rear seats
in place, and a huge amount
once youve folded them at with
a simple pull of the boot-mounted
lever. Furthermore, you cant
argue with the head- and legroom
thats available in the cabin both
front and back.
The CX-5s
engine has
the most
poke of the
three, but is
as clean as
the CR-Vs
The RAV4 should also be
commended for the space it offers.
It has the most luggage room
with the seats folded and rear
passengers will be chuffed
with the amount of kneeroom.
Unfortunately, the Toyota is let
down by an inexible, noisy
engine and CO
2
gures that look
unremarkable against its rivals.
The Toyota also stands out as
the most expensive car to own
over three years, mainly because
of steep depreciation, but also
heftier VED and servicing costs.
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TWIN TEST Ford Focus ST vs Skoda Octavia vRS
FAST, FUN, PRACTICAL and great
value for money; if any car can
live up to this all things to all
drivers claim, it should be the
latest Octavia vRS.
Our reigning Hot Hatch of the
Year, the Focus ST, might not be
quite as capacious, but with more
power and smaller dimensions,
it has the qualities to make it an
even better drivers car.
What are they like to drive?
Despite the Focuss extra power,
it and the Octavia are closely
matched for straight-line pace.
However, our vRS was tted with
an optional dual-clutch automatic
gearbox, which enabled it to
change gear more quickly than
the manual Focus.
This probably explains why
the Skoda was slightly faster in
our 30-70mph acceleration tests,
although the Focus clawed its way
off the line more effectively, so it
pips the vRS from 0-60mph.
The ST-2 also sounds better.
Ford has used a trick device called
a sound symposer that essentially
channels engine noise into the
cabin under hard acceleration;
you get a properly sporty growl
whenever you put your foot down.
Ford Focus
ST-2
List price 23,495
Target Price 21,910
With a stonking 247bhp from its
turbocharged 2.0-litre engine,
the ST is a formidable hatch.
Skoda Octavia
vRS 2.0 TSI
List price 22,990
Target Price 21,655
The latest incarnation of Skodas
hottest model brings space
and plenty of kit to the fray.
NEW
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Photography Will Williams
What were looking for: Sheer
grunt is important, but so is the way
in which its delivered. The Octavia
vRS will need to be exceptional if
its to beat the superb Focus ST
Quick decision
Ford Focus ST vs Skoda Octavia vRS
Road Test
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The vRS, by contrast, sounds rather
plain and muted.
Accelerating hard shows up
one of the STs less desirable traits,
though: torque steer. Even on
a smooth, straight road you have
to ght with the steering wheel
to keep the front wheels pointing
straight, and if youre not delicate
with the throttle on the exit of
corners, youll nd yourself being
dragged off line.
On the plus side, the Focus
responds eagerly to the slightest
turn of the steering wheel and
remains at during quick changes
of direction.
The Octavia isnt as sharp.
Attack a corner and theres
a delay between the front of the
car reacting and the rear following
suit, so even though the vRS offers
plenty of grip, it isnt as agile or
fun as the ST.
The Octavias steering
isnt as accurate as the Fords,
either, although it weights up
reassuringly enough when you
turn in to bends.
Overall, the Focus is the
easier car to live with. While
its rmer suspension means
youre more aware of road surface
imperfections, its effective
damping always keeps the ride
well controlled. On the other
hand, the Octavia tends to
become uncomfortably crashy
over bigger bumps and potholes.
Motorway journeys are also
more pleasant in the Focus
because its better at shutting out
road noise, although both cars do
let in a fair amount of wind noise.
What are they like inside?
The vRSs cabin isnt that different
from any other Octavias. Theres
sportier-looking seats, steering
wheel and some discreet vRS
badges, but otherwise you could
be sitting in an entry-level car.
On the up side, that means
you get the same great driving
position, easy-to-use dashboard
and classy materials. Its just a
shame the seat bolsters dont hold
you in position better in corners.
The Focus does a better job of
reminding you its a hot hatch.
Its bi-coloured Recaro sports seats
look great and are very supportive,
while theres plenty of metal-effect
silver trim throughout the cabin
and a big red ST badge on the base
of the steering wheel. {
BEST DASHBOARD
Keeps things simple Large
touch-screen makes life a lot
easier in the Octavia
A little sensible? vRS doesnt
do a great job of reminding
you its a hot hatch
Infotainment issues The
buttons for the stereo are oddly
shaped and poorly labelled
Driving position STs seats are
supportive, and the important
controls are easy to reach
BEST TO DRIVE ST not only
handles more
sharply, its
also more
comfortable
Skoda has lots
of grip, but
feels heavy and
suffers from
a crashy ride
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203
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426
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ALTHOUGH THE LATEST
Volkswagen Golf GTI is a natural
rival to both of these cars, its
a lot more expensive to buy; an
equivalent ve-door model will
cost you 26,500.
However, if you can nd those
extra few thousand pounds its
denitely worth considering.
No other hot hatch blends
such an easygoing nature with
a properly entertaining drive.
Ride quality is exceptional, yet
the GTI somehow still manages
to keep body sway neatly in
check along twisting B-roads.
It matches the Focus ST for
agility, while feeling less nervous
and twitchy on the limit. True,
the Ford has sharper steering
and a slightly livelier chassis,
but the GTI is almost as fast
in a straight line and transfers
its power to the road with
far less fuss.
Better still, the GTI has
a seriously classy cabin by
hot hatch standards, and
comes better equipped than
the Focus ST. You get climate
control, xenon headlights,
a DAB radio, an iPod dock,
adaptive cruise control, city
emergency braking and front
and rear parking sensors.
In fact, the only real problem
is the price; the GTI isnt that
much cheaper than proper
performance cars, such as the
BMW M135i. For this reason, we
reckon youre best off sticking
Golfs boot is larger than the
Focuss and has a wide opening
Like most Golfs, GTI has a classy
cabin and lots of standard kit
TWIN TEST Ford Focus ST vs Skoda Octavia vRS
Wheres the
Golf GTI?
Performance figures
Figures in bold are best in test
Dimensions in cm
Measurements
Economy
Safety
VW Golf GTI 3dr
Space
380-1270 litres
Engine and performance
List price 25,845 Target Price 24,861
Weather conditions Dry
Size 1984cc, 4cyl, turbo
Peak power 217bhp@4500rpm
Peak torque 258lb ft@1500rpm
Euro NCAP crash rating x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x y
True MPG average na
Average (Govt) 47.1mpg
Tank 50 litres
Emissions 139g/km, 19% tax
94% 89% 65% 71%
9.0m 46.1m
3050mph in 3rd/4th/5th/6th
5070mph in 3rd/4th/5th/6th
4 2.9sec 3.9sec 5 5.3sec 6 7.5sec
6.0sec
3
4 3.0sec 3.8sec 5 4.8sec 3
Acceleration 3070mph through the gears

5.6sec
Braking 300mph/700mph
6
The Golf
GTI blends
exceptional
ride quality
with great
body control
with three doors and a manual
gearbox. The optional six-speed
DSG box adds 1450 to the price
and actually robs you of some
driving enjoyment, because it
doesnt always respond quickly
enough even in manual mode.
The Performance Pack is worth
more of a look, because it adds
a limited slip-differential, bigger
brakes and an extra 10bhp for
995. The differential certainly
helps the GTI claws its way out of
slow corners more effectively, but
if youre looking for a seriously
hardcore hot hatch, youre better
off with a Renault Mgane 265
Cup. Thats why wed stick with
the GTIs standard setup.
While the GTI is far from
cheap to buy, its remarkably
affordable to run. Average fuel
economy of 47.1mpg means
(ofcially at least) its as efcient
as rivals from the class below,
including the Ford Fiesta ST and
Peugeot 208 GTi although
weve yet to see if that claim is
backed up in real-world driving.
CO
2
emissions of just 139g/km
will be of particular interest to
company car drivers, because
they mean the Golf GTI attracts
lower company car tax bills than
similarly sized rivals.
To top it all off, the Golf is
predicted to hold onto its value
better than any of its hot hatch
competitors. So, assuming you
can afford the extra outlay in
the rst place, youll actually lose
less money in depreciation.
All things considered, then, the
latest GTI is an utterly brilliant
hot hatch.
0-60mph Top speed
sec mph
6.2 152
148
204
201
147
103
72
91 94 85
66
436
49-77
265
105
145
225
202
192
101
70
94 94
73
469
107
57-81
269
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For Handling; performance;
sound; superior ride
Against Torque steer;
pathetic turning circle
Verdict Great fun and
great value
For Strong performance;
massive boot; lots of kit
Against Less agile;
lumpy ride; road noise
Verdict Lesser Octavias
make much more sense
Unfortunately, the Focuss
dashboard isnt as user-friendly
as the Octavias; the centre console
is festooned with small, poorly
labelled buttons, while the
infotainment system is tricky to
use on the move due to its small
display and clunky interface.
The Octavia is closer in size to
a Mondeo than a Focus, so its
easily the more practical of the
two cars. Rear passengers are
seriously well catered for, with
plenty of headroom and limo-like
amounts of kneeroom.
Four six-footers will t in the
Focus, too, but theres a lot less
legroom and getting into the
back is trickier because of smaller
door openings.
If anything, the Octavia has
an even bigger advantage when
it comes to boot space. Ofcially,
its load bay is almost twice as big
as the Fords, and its considerably
longer and wider.
Will they break the bank?
The Focus costs 505 more than
the Octavia, but that gap narrows
to just 255 after discounts and is
actually reversed when you factor
in the Focuss resale values.
True, the vRS is cheaper to
tax, service and insure, and the
Government gures suggest
its signicantly easier on fuel.
However, unless the manual
version performs signicantly
better than the auto did in our
real-world True MPG test, the
ST-2 will still work out cheaper to
own over the rst three years.
Both cars come with 18-inch
alloys, climate control, a DAB
radio, Bluetooth and automatic
lights and wipers, while the
Octavia adds rear parking sensors
(a 350 option on the Focus) and
xenon headlights. The Focus
counters with a heated windscreen
(200 on the Octavia) and keyless
start (a 180 option on the vRS).
Our verdict
The ST wins this test because its simply more fun to drive. That fact
that its more comfortable and cheaper to own only extends its
advantage. The vRS is the more practical car and gets lots of kit,
but if those are your priorities, you arent looking for a hot hatch.
Skoda Octavia vRS
Ford Focus ST-2
ST has the better driving position, although it doesnt get adjustable
lumbar support as standard; screen is well placed but tricky to read
Octavia has a much bigger boot and far more rear legroom; six-speed
DSG auto gearbox is best avoided as it can be slow to respond
BEST BOOT
BEST REAR SPACE
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Performance figures*
Figures in bold are best in test Dimensions in cm Measurements
Economy
Safety
Ford Focus ST-2 Skoda Octavia vRS
Space
316-1101 litres
Space
590-1580 litres
Size 1999cc, 4cyl, turbo
Peak power 247bhp@5500rpm
Peak torque 266lb ft@2000rpm
Engine and performance
List price 23,495 Target Price 21,910 List price 22,990 Target Price 21,655
Weather conditions Dry
Size 1984cc, 4cyl, turbo
Peak power 217bhp@4500rpm
Peak torque 258lb ft@1500rpm
Euro NCAP crash rating x x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x y Euro NCAP crash rating x x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x yx x x x x x y
Buying
Website www.ford.co.uk
Car pictured Ford Focus ST-2 with optional Spirit Blue
metallic paint (525)
Website www.skoda.co.uk
Car pictured Skoda Octavia vRS with optional DSG
gearbox (1390); Columbus sat-nav (1350); sunroof
(750) and Race blue paint (495)
True MPG average 32.6mpg
Average (Govt) 39.2mpg
Tank 62 litres
Emissions 169g/km, 25% tax
True MPG average* 30.7mpg
Average (Govt) 45.6mpg
Tank 50 litres
Emissions 142g/km, 20% tax
HOT HATCHES
0-60mph Top speed
sec mph
6.1 154
0-60mph Top speed
sec mph
6.5 154
93% 86% 66% 66% 92% 82% 72% 71%
*Performance figures for six-speed DSG version
3050mph in 3rd/4th/5th/6th
5070mph in 3rd/4th/5th/6th
4 2.8sec 3.7sec 5 5.0sec 6 6.9sec
6.2sec
3
4 3.0sec 3.8sec 5 5.1sec 3
Acceleration 3070mph through the gears

5.6sec
Braking 300mph/700mph
8.6m 44.7m
6

Braking 300mph/700mph
8.6m 45.3m

3070mph
in kickdown
3050mph
in kickdown
5070mph
in kickdown
5.3sec
2.1sec
3.2sec
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TWIN TEST
ELECTRIC CARS. TOO many
compromises, right? Theyre too
pricey, too impractical and too
likely to run out of charge before
you get to where youre going.
Well, the new Renault Zoe and
revised Nissan Leaf are
designed to change this.
With both cars, you lease the
battery instead of buying it
outright, which brings down the
list price; the Zoe and Leaf are
no more expensive than their
diesel-powered rivals. Whats
more, both have family-friendly
hatchback bodies and a claimed
range of more than 100 miles.
What are they like to drive?
Both cars are usefully quick up
to 30mph, and have accelerator
pedals that are easy to modulate
whether youre driving in
normal or eco mode. If you choose
eco mode, it alters the accelerator
response, regenerative braking
force and air-con settings to help
you eke out extra miles.
Sadly, the brakes are less
intuitive; they need lots of
pressure and deliver inconsistent
responses that make it tricky to
come to a progressive, gentle stop.
Where the two cars really differ
is in the way they ride. The Zoe
shimmies a little over scruffy
urban roads, but is good at soaking
up bigger bumps and keeping
body movement in check.
The Leafs revised suspension
does give it a comfortable ride in
town, but is also responsible for
fairly stodgy body movement
at higher speeds.
These cars can keep up with
the trafc easily enough, although
the Leaf is the faster of the two and
has more punch at higher speeds.
The Zoe counters with greater
composure in corners and steering
thats marginally more reassuring,
if still rather light. Road noise is
noticeable in both cars, even if this
is due in part to the fact that
theres no engine noise.
What are they like inside?
The Zoe has a clean simplicity to
its cabin. With a single, brightly
Nissan Leaf Acenta Flex
List price 18,490*
Target Price 18,490
New trim grades, revised
suspension and a battery lease
option boost the Leafs appeal.
Renault Zoe
Dynamique Zen
List price 15,190*
Target Price 15,190
Smaller than the Leaf, but cheaper,
loaded with kit and promising an
equally impressive range.
*After 5000 Government grant
NEW
NEW
The contenders
Photography John Bradshaw
coloured drivers readout and
a user-friendly touch-screen
dominating the dash, its
minimalist but functional.
High-gloss plastics break up the
textured materials and make it
feel more than classy enough.
Nissan has achieved a similar
level of material nish, but the
Leafs higher button count and
quirky gearshifter mouse looks
more confusing at rst glance.
However, the shortcut switches
either side of the Leafs touch-
screen are useful, and the major
controls are easy enough once
youre used to them.
Equipment is generous in both
cars, with sat-nav, auto lights and
wipers, climate control, a USB
input, Bluetooth, keyless entry
and rear parking sensors. The Leaf
also has a reversing camera.
Both have six airbags and
ve-star Euro NCAP ratings, and
will seat four adults, but the
supermini-sized Zoe inevitably
feels smaller than the family-
hatch Leaf. The driving position
is awed in both cars; the Zoe has
no seat-height adjustment and
the Leaf no steering wheel reach
adjustment, although the Renault
is easier to get comfortable in.
Fight of the
charge brigade
What were looking for: Parity with conventional
hatchbacks. Do either of these electric cars have what
it takes to persuade buyers to part with their cash?
New Renault Zoe vs new Nissan Leaf
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ELECTRIC CARS
CLASSIEST CABIN
Simple touch-screen Zoes
menus have big icons and are
easy to fathom on the move
Futuristic view Letterbox
readout is easier to read at a
glance than Leafs busy screen
Sugar-coated Acenta
upholstery is made from
sugar cane and is recyclable
Wheel adjustment No reach
adjustment makes it dificult to
get comfortable while driving
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Nissan Leaf vs Renault Zoe
Nissans revised Leaf has an
extra 40 litres of boot space,
which takes the total up to 370,
whereas the Zoe makes do with
338 litres. The Leaf also benets
from a 60/40 split rear bench
(the Zoes folds in one piece),
but its actually the Renaults
boot thats more useable, thanks
to its wider, squarer opening.
How far will they go?
Provided you have off-street
parking, a wall-mounted charger
will be installed at your house for
free when you buy a Zoe or Leaf.
The Leaf takes eight hours to
charge from empty and the Zoe
takes four hours, although the Leaf
can be upgraded for similarly
quick charging as a 99 option.
The Leaf also comes as standard
with a three-point plug that ts
a domestic wall socket. The Zoe
doesnt get a three-point plug, but
its cable ts many public chargers.
If you can nd one of the rare
fast-chargers, both cars can be
fully charged in under an hour.
We range-tested the cars in their
eco modes in 27C heat, with the
air-con, radio and headlights on.
The test route took in motorway,
and slow town driving, and
resulted in a range of
Our favourite diesel supermini
is the Renault Clio 1.5 dCi. It has
a higher list price than the Zoe in
comparable spec, but costs less
Can you live with electric?
TWIN TEST
Leaf is more powerful, and noticeably faster than the Zoe at higher
speeds. Ride soaks up bumps in town but body control could be better
Zoe feels more composed than the Leaf when cornering, the downside
being that its unsettled in town. Brakes are awkward to modulate
How reliable
are they?
How easy is it to
sell a used e-car?
How easy is it to
insure an e-car?
How long will
the battery last?
Is diesel cheaper
than electricity?
Whats the deal
with servicing?
What happens if
I break down? Can
the car be towed?
An electric motor has far fewer
moving parts than a combustion
engine, and should in fact be
substantially more reliable.
The Zoe is covered by a warranty
for four years and 100,000 miles,
and the Leaf for three years
and 60,000 miles.
Theres only one document to
sign to exchange ownership
(as with any car), and Nissan and
Renault deal with the exchange
of battery leasing contract, so
you dont need to worry about
the buyers credit history or
finances, even if you sell privately.
Most major insurers will deal
with the Zoe or Leaf as with any
other car you just need to tell
the insurer about the battery
lease contract when getting a
quote. Premiums are comparable
to a diesel equivalent.
You dont need to worry about
it; the leased battery is the
responsibility of the manufacturer.
As soon as it drops below 75%
of its as-new eficiency, Renault
or Nissan will replace it. Its
estimated it will take nine years
before that level of reduction in
eficiency will occur.
Its the same as any normal car.
You take it to the dealership every
year and theyll check it over and
stamp your book. Its free for four
years with the Zoe, and will cost
330 for three years on the Leaf.
No. Towing can damage an
electric car, so it will have to be
put on a flat-bed lorry. All major
recovery services will provide
a flat-bed lorry if you ask at the
time of breakdown, and both the
Zoe and Leaf have free lifetime
roadside recovery as part of the
battery leasing contract.
How do I find my
nearest public
charging point?
Currently there is no oficial,
government-backed website to
show charging points. There are
good alternatives available, such
as zap-map.com, and electric cars
sat-navs tend to have them listed.
Is it really any
greener than a
fossil-fuelled car,
given the CO
2

footprint of making
it and producing
the electricity?
Manufacturers claim that an
electric car is responsible for
around half the well-to-wheel
CO
2
output of a combustion-
engined car, or roughly 50g/km.
The Leaf and Zoe are around 95%
recyclable at end of life.
There are more than 3000
charging points in the UK
Youll need a flatbed truck if
you end up stranded in an e-car
The Clio 1.5 dCi will cost less to
run if you stay outside London
Electric cars halve the CO
2

emissions of conventional cars
BEST TO DRIVE
after discounts and is expected to
hold its value better.
The Clio also averaged 60.1mpg
in our True MPG test, which
translates into 2385 in fuel over
three years at todays pump prices
(assuming you do 7500 miles a
year). The same number of miles
will cost 140 in electricity, at
roughly 1.50 per 80-mile charge,
although the battery lease fee
(see right) adds up to slightly more
than the Clios fuel costs and you
may pay a slightly diferent
amount for your electricity,
depending on your tarif.
Where the Zoe does work
out far cheaper is as a company
car. Plus, its exempt from the
Congestion Charge, so London-
based company car drivers are
on to a winner.
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For Smart interior;
composed handling;
lots of standard kit
Against No three-point
plug; body shimmy
Verdict The best electric
car on sale today
For Well specced; roomy;
comfortable ride in town
Against Pricier than Zoe;
small boot opening; body
control is a bit loose
Verdict Better than ever,
but is pipped by the Zoe
67.1 miles for the Leaf and 70.1
for the Zoe not bad given the
battery-draining mix of roads
and heavy ancillary use.
Both cars should be able to cover
more than 80 miles on a charge
when driven mostly in town.
Will they break the bank?
You wont pay a penny in tax if
youre a company car driver.
Things are more complicated
for private buyers. The Zoe
and Leaf both qualify for a
Government-funded 5000
discount, which makes their
purchase prices comparable
with those of similarly equipped,
conventionally powered rivals.
However, you have to pay
extra for the batteries; these
come courtesy of a compulsory
monthly contract. On both cars
the cheapest contract is 70 per
Our verdict
The Leaf and Zoe prove that an electric car can be a viable alternative
to a conventional hatchback for private buyers, and a complete
no-brainer for business users. However, the Zoe wins because its
cheaper to run, slightly better to drive and is hardly any less practical.
Nissan Leaf
Renault Zoe
Leaf is the roomier and has a 60/40 split rear bench. Its boot opening
is narrower and its driving position could do with more adjustment
Zoes minimalist interior has simple touch-screen, but the drivers seat
doesnt adjust for height. Rear visibility is better than in the Leaf, too
BEST BOOT
BIGGEST CABIN
2
1
70
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Performance figures
Figures in bold are best in test Dimensions in cm Measurements
Economy
Safety
Nissan Leaf Acenta Flex Renault Zoe Dynamique Zen
Space
370-912 litres
Space
338-1225 litres
Size 360 volt, 192 cells
Peak power 107bhp@3008-10,000rpm
Peak torque 187lb ft@0-3008rpm
Engine and performance
List price 18,490* Target Price 18,490 List price 15,190* Target Price 15,190
Weather conditions Dry
Size 400 volt, 192 cells
Peak power 87bhp@3000-11,300rpm
Peak torque 162lb ft@250-2100rpm
Euro NCAP crash rating x yx x x x x x yx yx yx y Euro NCAP crash rating x yx x x x x x yx yx yx y
Buying
Website www.nissan.co.uk
Car pictured Nissan Leaf Acenta Flex with optional
metallic paint (525); heated steering wheel and front
and rear seats (300); and rear roof solar panel (260)
*After 5000 Government grant
Website www.renault.co.uk
Car pictured Renault Zoe Dynamique Zen with
optional metallic paint (495); and Western European
mapping for sat-nav (110)
Tested range 67.1 miles
Battery 24kWh lithium-ion
Emissions 0g/km, 0% tax
Tested range 70.1 miles
Battery 22 kWh lithium-ion
Emissions 0g/km, 0% tax
0-60mph Top speed
sec mph
10.9 91
0-60mph Top speed
sec mph
12.4 85
Acceleration
Braking 300mph/700mph
9.6m 51.0m

3070mph
in kickdown
3050mph
in kickdown
5070mph
in kickdown
13.8sec
4.8sec
9.0sec
A
A
Acceleration
Braking 300mph/700mph
9.2m 51.0m

3070mph
in kickdown
3050mph
in kickdown
5070mph
in kickdown
10.5sec
3.9sec
6.6sec
A
A
month, which covers you for
7500 miles a year over three
years (higher-mileage deals are
available). Over three years youll
pay 2520, which makes it the
second biggest expense after
depreciation; the Renault should
retain 35% of its value (or 6925)
and the Leaf 33% (or 7365).
The cost of electricity (see left)
is paltry by comparison.
Servicing is free for the rst four
years on the Zoe, while three years
servicing on the Leaf will come
to 330. The Nissan also costs
more to insure.
Overall, the Zoe is the cheaper
car to run, at 12,351 over three
years, compared with 15,958 for
the Leaf. Its worth remembering,
though, that the Leaf is from the
class above the Zoe, and its gures
still look competitive when you
compare it with regular rivals.
ELECTRIC CARS
89% 83% 65% 84% 89% 80% 66% 85%
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171g/km
38.2mpg
790
26%
47.1mpg
139g/km
700
19%
Kia Proceed vs Seat Leon QUICK TEST
Kia for the hot seat?
The heat is on for Kias hottest Proceed
and Seats warmed-over Leon
The Kias 1.6-litre engine pumps
out 201bhp, which makes the GT
feel pretty eet once the turbo
has woken. The gearbox is too
notchy, though, while the brakes
feel underpowered. The steering
feels articial, and offers little
idea of the grip available.
Comfort isnt bad though; the
GT rides bumps decently, but its
body pitches and rolls a bit much.
Theres a reasonable amount of
head- and legroom for the two
sitting up front, but those in the
rear pay the price for the sleek
looks. Its decidedly dark in there,
mainly because of the upwards
sweep of the windows and the
small rear window; over-the-
shoulder vision is appalling.
Its all well built though as
good as the Seat in most areas,
and even better in some.
The Proceed GT is cheaper than
the Seat but you cant yet get a
discount on it. In addition, it puffs
out a lot more carbon dioxide, so
it sits a full seven company car
tax bands higher than the Seat.
Private buyers will also be put
off because of the fact that it does
almost 9mpg less than the Leon.
Kia offers a deal where the rst
three services are just 399.
On paper, the 178bhp Seat has
quite a bit less power than the
Kia, but in reality it feels every
bit as keen to get on with things.
Its easy to make good progress
in the Seat because the gearbox is
light and precise. The steering is
light but informative.
The ride is undeniably rm, but
the Leon manages to avoid falling
into the trap of being crashy.
The Seat is undeniably the more
upright and staid-looking of the
two, but this has benets. Its
easier to see out of, its simple to
get into the back of, and theres
decent space once youre in there.
Space is good if youre the
driver or front passenger too,
and the seats are supportive.
The dashboard doesnt have the
pizzazz of the Kias, but its well
built and simplicity itself to use.
List prices favour the Proceed GT,
but as soon as you start to haggle
the advantage swings back the
Leons way. However, this may
change when discounts become
available on the Kia.
The Leon SC sits in group 25
for insurance, four lower than
the Kia, so you can expect your
annual premium to be around
90 less.
Kia Proceed GT
List price 19,995 Target Price tbc
Seat Leon SC 1.8 TFSI FR
List price 20,290 Target Price 18,862
Kia


Seat
What are they like to drive?
What are they like inside?
Will they break the bank?
BEST TO DRIVE
BEST TO OWN
BEST INSIDE
Kia has plenty
of standard
equipment,
and its all
very well built
Seat dash is the
simpler of the
two; screen
senses when
finger is close
Kia Proceed GT

Seat Leon SC FR

For Equipment; warranty; relatively supple ride
Against Steering; body control; visibility; running costs
Verdict Good to look at, not so good to drive or own
For Punchy pace; sharp handling; low running costs
Against Cabin looks a little plain; firm ride
Verdict Great to drive; cheap to run. A clear winner.
Our verdict
1 2
Road Test
Centre
Fuel economy
Company car tax rate
CO
2
emissions
Average insurance cost
HOT HATCHES
0-62mph
sec
7.5
Top speed
mph
140
0-60mph
sec
7.4
Top speed
mph
143
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Ourcars
76
OUR CARS
DOWNSIZING IS ALL very well,
apart from one potential problem:
the downsizing itself. If you need
proper small family car space,
a supermini simply wont do,
no matter how tempting the
lower price and cheaper running
costs appear.
This is where the Skoda Rapid
comes in. It offers more space
SKODA RAPID
Model 1.2 TSI 85 SE
Run by Barnaby Jones
My rating
Mileage 1875
List price 14,650
Target Price 13,167
Price as tested 15,145
than an equivalent Ford Focus,
yet prices start at less than
13,000, closer to those of a Fiesta.
Which Rapid to choose, though?
As with many cars, there are
various engines and trim levels.
Sadly, the ones with the attention-
grabbing prices are those you
wouldnt want to live with. So, we
avoided the super-cheap, non-
turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol car.
Its the least economical engine
and is likely to feel underpowered
in something as big as the Rapid.
The next petrol engine up an
85bhp turbocharged 1.2 is our
favourite, so thats what I went for.
It has decent low-rev shove, so it
should be up to the job of hauling
around a Rapid full of people and
luggage. It also promises low
running costs: our True MPG
gures suggest well get about
43mpg, pretty good for a petrol car
of this size. Low CO
2
emissions will
also help keep tax costs low.
Entry-level S trim offers the best
trade-off between kit and price,
but I like my creature comforts, so
I opted for the plusher SE. For an
extra 950, this adds alloy wheels
and body-coloured door mirrors
and handles, plus air-conditioning,
Bluetooth, rear electric windows,
a USB connection and a leather-
covered steering wheel.
That accounted for almost
everything I needed, so the only
A small family car thats cheap to buy and run:
perfect, right? Weve got six months to find out
Skoda Rapid
New arrival
The Rapid
is easy to
drive, with
light and
precise
controls
whatcar.com OCTOBER 2013 | 77
Skoda Rapid
option I added was Denim Blue
metallic paint, at 495. All in, our
Rapid cost 15,145, or 3500 less
than my previous car, a similarly
equipped Ford Focus.
Of course, the Rapid isnt all
about space and value for money.
The cabin is refreshingly plain and
simple. Sit in the drivers seat for
the rst time, and the buttons and
switches are self-explanatory and
easy to use. However, the interior
wont win any awards for style, and
while some will like its no-frills
approach, others will think its
boring. At least you wont be left
scratching your head when it
comes to the dash controls.
A couple of aspects about the
specication have caught my
attention already, though. There
are separate interior lights to
illuminate the front and rear seats,
which is good. The ones up front
come on when you open a door,
but you have to press a button to
turn on the ones in the rear, which
is bad. There are also four electric
windows, but only two switches
up front; the ones for the rear
windows are in the back.
Thankfully, theres a button to
deactivate the rear controls, but
its an obvious (and unusual)
money-saving measure.
Its also clear the Rapid is built
to a budget when you drive
it. The seats are at and short of
lower-back support, and theres
quite a bit of noise at high speeds,
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The cabins pretty basic, although SE trim does add a few creature comforts; 1.2 engine is already showing promise, but the ride is overly firm
so the Rapid isnt the ideal choice
if you regularly drive on the
motorway. The ride is also
uncomfortably rm and
thumps crudely over potholes.
The Rapid is easy to drive,
though, due to light and precise
controls, and its narrowness is
already proving a hit when
parking on urban streets.
The engine is impressive, too. It
feels far stronger than its modest
output would suggest, and you
dont have to work it hard to keep
up with trafc, even when the
huge boot is full of bags and boxes.
Ill certainly be putting the
Rapids practicality to the test
over the next six months, but its
already clear you have to accept
a few compromises with Skodas
budget, small-family car. Itll be
interesting to see if these fade
with familiarity, leaving me to
appreciate the overall simplicity.
BUYING INFORMATION
List price 14,650
Target Price 13,167
Extras Denim Blue metallic
paint (495)
RUNNING COSTS
Test fuel economy 40.2
True MPG 43.1
Oficial fuel economy 55.4mpg
CO
2
/tax liability 119g/km/15%
Contract hire 233
Cost per mile 39p
Insurance group/quote 10/399
FULL STORY
whatcar.com/ourrapid
Skoda Rapid
1.2 TSI 85 SE
logbook
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OUR CARS
IN AN ERA when spending no
more than necessary is both
a requirement and a fashion,
the austere Ssangyong Korando
weve driven for the past year
ought to have been just the ticket.
It promises family-sized SUV
motoring for less than 18,000.
The SX model was a new addition
to the range when we collected
ours last summer. Its the
cheapest four-wheel-drive
version, and comes with the
SSANGYONG KORANDO
Model 2.0d SX 4WD
Run by Andrew Golby
My rating
Mileage 15,542
List price 18,795
Target Price 17,795
Wind, road
and engine
noise
frequently
came in for
criticism
2.0-litre turbodiesel engine that
powers all Korando models.
Having spent a year and 15,000
miles behind the wheel, Ive had a
long time to consider what austere
means in 2013, and for that matter,
whether cheap equals value.
Lets not forget that the Korando
is a two-star car by What Car?
standards. Those among its close
competitors include Hyundais
capable ix35, the highly rated
Nissan Qashqai, Kias stylish
Sportage and a new kid on the
block, the Dacia Duster.
So do the weaknesses of a car
thats considered outclassed in its
category fade away, or become
ever more frustrating over time?
If renement is a priority,
then the Korandos combination
of wind, road and engine noise
will never be satisfactory. Its
noticeably worse than that
produced by any of its rivals.
I listen to the radio all the time,
so turning it up a bit louder
largely dealt with the issue
for me. Its hardly the answer
to an engineering problem,
though. When colleagues
drove the Korando, noise was
frequently one of the rst
criticisms they mentioned.
Cabin space was a mixed bag
for our family. On the one hand,
the rear is very spacious, with
reclining seats that can help
young children sleep on long
journeys. However, if you choose
to maximise your boot space by
having the seats in their most
Final report
Ssangyong Korando
This SUV can be yours for less than 18,000, but does cheap
always mean good value? Heres our verdict after a year with one
whatcar.com OCTOBER 2013 | 79
Ssangyong Korando
BUYING INFORMATION
Price when new 18,795
Price now (new) 18,795
Extras Sat-nav/Bluetooth 999;
detachable towbar 602; metallic
paint 500; spare wheel 200
Total price new 21,096
Current part-ex value 10,260
RUNNING COSTS
Overall test fuel economy
38.9mpg
Worst fuel economy 28.4mpg
Best fuel economy 42.7mpg
True MPG 42.6mpg
Oficial fuel economy 45.6mpg
CO
2
/tax liability 157g/km/26%
Contract hire 376
Cost per mile 61p
Insurance group/quote
19/580
Ssangyong Korando
2.0d SX 4WD logbook
SERVICING AND REPAIRS
Servicing None
Repairs Squeaky clutch pedal;
passenger seat headrest rattle
FULL STORY
whatcar.com/ourkorando
Model
Ssangyong Korando 2.0d SX 4WD
Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi 360 4WD
Hyundai iX35 2.0 CRDi 134 Style 4WD
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New Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
26,000
19,500
13,000
6500
0
Four-wheel drive adds little to price; boot is okay, but rivals are bigger;
touch-screen is overly complex; even no-frills Duster gets more stars
comes as standard. Given the cars
popularity with caravan owners,
we were surprised to nd it came
with not even a spacesaver.
Back inside the car, cabin
storage is a particular strong point
for the Korando. There are big
door bins, dashboard-mounted
and under-dash receptacles,
a decent-sized centre console
cubby and two cupholders.
The rest of the interior is
a combination of perfectly
acceptable plastics and a few
areas that are just plain nasty. The
1970s-style digital clock is a low
point, and so is the optional 1000
Kenwood/Garmin infotainment
system. Its touch-screen was way
too complicated to use easily, and
the Bluetooth was patchy at best,
although it did become better
when I switched to the latest
version of the iPhone.
The interior is very durable,
though. Despite the best efforts
of my two boys (aged seven and
11), including plenty of snacking
taking place over the past year, the
seat cloth has remained unstained
and bobble-free. The plastics have
also stood up well, showing no
obvious signs of wear and tear.
There was one rattle that
developed from the passenger
seat headrest, but while our local
dealer, Ssangyong West London,
couldnt trace it with condence,
whatever its technicians did
made it stop. At the same time,
they also rectied a squeaky
clutch pedal.
A lot of my driving is spent on
motorways and dual carriageways,
so I was pleased that cruise control
is a standard bit of kit on the
Korando. However, on a number of
occasions, it inexplicably stopped
working, but always came back to
life on the following journey.
Manual air-conditioning
was also welcome during the
summer months, but the heater
system wasnt powerful enough
during the winter; it often took up
to 20 minutes to warm the car
sufciently to be comfortable.
This lukewarm feeling is also
how we ended up feeling towards
the Korando after our time with it.
Next year, an updated version is
due that seeks to address many
of the issues weve encountered.
upright position, the parcel
shelf leaves around a third of the
luggage area exposed to onlookers.
Our Korando was tted with
an optional Witter towbar, which
was removable and could be
stored in the boot. We only put
this item to the test once, when
it pulled an old Austin Princess
home for restoration. It did the job
respectably well, and our sister
title, Practical Caravan, has also
vouched for the SsangYongs
impressive stability while towing.
Partway through the year, we
got a full-size spare wheel, which
slotted into the boot. For those
who tow, a proper spare is a
must-have 200 extra.
Otherwise, youre stuck with the
(often ineffective) can of foam that
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Andrew.Golby@whatcar.com
| OCTOBER 2013 whatcar.com 80
OUR CARS
AFTER 12 MONTHS and 10,000
miles, our Suzuki Swift Sport has
now left What Car?. We had high
hopes for the little hot hatch
when it rst arrived with its
drive-me-now looks and it has
lived up to almost all of them.
It didnt take long to realise
the Swift Sport, with its rear
spoiler, wraparound headlights,
17-inch alloy wheels and twin
exhausts, is more than just a
pretty face. Whats most striking
SUZUKI SWIFT
Model 1.6 Sport
Run by Emma Butcher
My rating
Mileage 10,232
List price 13,749
Target Price 11,610
The Swift
has enough
fizz to keep
most thrill
seekers
satisfied
is the cars tremendous value.
Theres no options list, so what
you see is what you get and
what you get is a lot.
Theres a whole array of staple
safety equipment: seven airbags,
automatic lights and electronic
stability control all go towards
a ve-star Euro NCAP rating.
Gadgets are plentiful, too:
cruise control, integrated
Bluetooth, wheel-mounted
audio and voice controls, USB
port, electric windows, heated
power-fold mirrors, sports seats
and automatic air-conditioning
dont cost a penny extra.
Its a pretty compelling package,
and thats before you even start
thinking about how many thrills
this pocket rocket has up its
sleeve. The nippy Sport has been
a godsend in town, where I do
most of my driving, zipping
around mini-roundabouts,
making short work of ducking in
and out of queues, and tucking
neatly into the smallest of spaces.
Its true this isnt the fastest
hot hatch on the market, but
the 1.6-litre 134bhp engine,
combined with the cars
featherweight 1045kg, delivers
enough zz to keep most thrill
seekers satised. In our head-to-
head tests, the Swift Sport left its
Renault Twingo Renaultsport rival
for dust from a standing start.
The Sports playfulness is really
unleashed on curvy roads, where
you can make the most of its
agility. Motorway driving isnt
Final report
Suzuki Swift
Cheap thrills were what this supermini promised
when it joined us. Whats the story a year later?
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BUYING INFORMATION
Price when new 13,499
Price now (new) 13,749
Extras na
Total price new 13,749
Current part-ex value 9080
RUNNING COSTS
Overall test fuel economy
38mpg
Worst fuel economy 27.2mpg
Best fuel economy 44mpg
True MPG 38.9mpg
Oficial fuel economy 44.1mpg
CO
2
/tax liability 147/21%
Contract hire 228
Cost per mile 43p
Insurance group/quote 19/580
SERVICING AND REPAIRS
Servicing 9000-mile
service 195
Suzuki Swift 1.6 Sport logbook
Winter tyres 676 (for wheels,
tyres, fitting and storage)
Repairs None
FULL STORY
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Renault Twingo Renaultsport 133
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Suzuki took the pain out of servicing; lots of room for kids in the rear;
winter tyres were well worth the effort; cumbersome keyless entry
local Suzuki dealer, like most
in the network, offers a free
collection and delivery service
within a 10-mile radius.
Other manufacturers would do
well to take a leaf out of Suzukis
book when it comes to servicing.
Its central online booking system
allows you to compare dealer prices
without picking up the phone.
Having winter tyres tted
involved two voluntary dealer
visits. The Swift had to go down
a wheel size and take on steel
rims, and the service wasnt cheap,
but when the snow nally did
arrive it completely justied the
decision. Thankfully, the cold-
weather kit didnt affect the Swifts
driveability excessively, although
the look was rather retro.
There were niggles. The
inexplicably less-than-intuitive
USB system got my blood boiling
when I had to revert to the
handbook to work out how to
use it. The keyless entry was
also annoying brilliant in theory,
but you still need to remember to
press buttons on the door handles
and under the tailgate. I gave
up in the end, reverting to the
old-school key fob.
The rear parcel shelf, which
has no tailgate fastening strings,
was also rather frustrating. If
I forgot to ip it back into place
after lling the boot, Id hop in
and glance in the rear-view
mirror, only to be greeted by
a vista of black felt.
On the whole, though, the
Swift was sublimely easy to live
with, and pretty practical, too.
Friends and family were quite
comfortable in the rear on
shorter journeys, and none had
to be contortionists to clamber
back there. However, the space
was best suited to children.
I also found the boot ample
enough for groceries or weekend
luggage for two. Hard-shell
suitcases were a no-no with
the rear bench up, which meant
I could only holiday with
one friend at a time. Dropping
the bench was a doddle, though.
I gave the Swift Sport four stars
when it rst arrived with us, and
a year later I stand by all of them.
It may not be the cheapest car of
its size, but if you want more
thrills, punch, presence and
versatility than your average
supermini, this little hot hatch
really is knockout value.
hard work, either, thanks to a sixth
gear and cruise control. The engine
never felt strained, even overtaking
happily at the speed limit.
The Sport and I racked up more
than a few 300-plus-mile journeys
together, and on those intensive
hauls it didnt guzzle fuel as
quickly as I expected. In True MPG
tests, it returned 38.9mpg. Mostly,
I got close to that, although a lot of
stop-start, short-run urban driving
did give the car a bit of a thirst.
Overall, the Swift proved
a low-maintenance motor.
I was forced to send it back to the
dealer just once for its 9000-
mile service, which I grumbled
about at the time for being way
too soon. That said, the experience
was pretty painless because my
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Emma.Butcher@whatcar.com
| OCTOBER 2013 whatcar.com 82
OUR CARS
I TOOK A deep breath when I was
handed the keys to the What Car?
new Fiat 500L long-termer. Im not
generally a small car person, you
see, and quirky retro styling isnt
enough to impress me.
However, the idea behind the
500L is to allow owners of the
regular 500 city car to stick with
the brand (and keep some of the
FIAT 500L
Model 1.6 Multijet 105 Pop Star
Run by Melanie Falconer
My rating
Mileage 3110
List price 17,490
Target Price 16,908
Price as tested 18,990
style), when they need more space.
Its the same sort of principle that
persuaded Mini to build the
Countryman, a car that has been
far more of a sales hit than its
reviews ever suggested it would be.
As a result, the 500L put paid to
my initial reservations the
moment I saw it in the metal. For
starters, its a lot bigger than its
popular supermini smaller
brother, and it manages to look
both chic and grown-up.
There are a number of petrol
and diesel options in the range,
but in the end our choice really
came down to the 1.6-litre Multijet
diesel or the two-cylinder Twinair
petrol. Our road testers reckon
that theres not much to choose
between the motors on
renement (theyre both a bit on
the noisy side), so in the end we
plumped for the extra torque of
the diesel. We went for Pop Star
trim, which brings air-
conditioning, a touch-screen
infotainment system, six airbags
and cruise control as standard.
The L is designed to offer
family-friendly practicality and
space. While I might not have a
family, I do need plenty of room
and decent boot capacity to lug
around lots of roller-derby
equipment (a sport played by
hard-hitting girls on roller skates),
plus said derby girls. So the rst
Can this appealing mini-MPV
provide enough everyday
practicality? Weve got the
next 12 months to find out
Fiat 500L
New arrival
Refinement
isnt one of
the diesel
engines
strong suits
area to explore was exactly how
much space was on offer, and
how versatile the 500L is.
The rear seats slide forward to
free up extra room in the boot,
or you can fold and tumble them
forward (this is so easy you can
almost do it with one hand). The
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Fiat 500L
boot has a useful three-position
adjustable oor, which is great
when lifting heavy kit bags in and
out. The only downside is its fairly
narrow opening, which can be a
little restrictive. Theres also a long,
slim, removable storage holder,
which puzzles me. Its only
conceivable use seems to be for
umbrellas or snooker cues.
What I have been enamoured
with so far is the light, airy cabin,
and the glass panoramic roof (a
500 option), adds to the feeling
of space. The roof is xed, though.
I would denitely prefer to be able
to open it even a little bit.
The standard air-conditioning
does a reasonable job, cooling the
cabin down fairly quickly. Ten or
so minutes on the highest setting
normally does the trick in
temperatures of more than 25c.
Up front, the cabin feels classy
and well built, and the leather-
covered gearknob and steering
wheel are nicely nished, and look
good. The seats are supportive and
comfortable, with a good range of
adjustment, including height,
although Id have liked lumbar
adjustment as standard (its a 100
option, which we didnt go for).
As yet, most of my driving has
been in London trafc. The 1.6
diesel pulls cleanly enough, with
a respectable amount of torque.
However, renement is not one of
the engines strong suits; its noisy,
and gets louder as you accelerate.
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Cabin exudes class, but poorly positioned steering wheel can make dash dials hard to see; ride quality around town is good next stop, the M25
Luckily, ride quality is good. The
suspension feels plush and soaks
up even quite serious road
imperfections well. I have some
fairly unforgiving speed bumps
on my route home, but the 500L
almost oats over them.
One niggle so far is the analogue
dials. They look funky, but are
quite hard to read. This isnt
helped by the chunky steering
wheel obscuring the speedo; it
covers up the all-important
30-50mph range. To compensate,
Ive had to raise the wheels height.
Overall impressions up to now,
though, are positive. Next, I want
to nd out how the 500L copes
with longer journeys, in terms
of comfort and fuel economy,
and with a full passenger and
luggage load.
BUYING INFORMATION
List price 17,490
Target Price 16,908
Extras Front foglights 160;
electric rear windows 200;
special pastel paint (Bossa Nova
White) 290; 17-inch alloy wheels
350; fixed glass roof 500
RUNNING COSTS
Test fuel economy 45mpg
True MPG 58.9mpg
Oficial fuel economy 62.8mpg
CO
2
/tax liability 110g/km/17%
Contract hire 263
Cost per mile na
Insurance group/quote 17/545
FULL STORY
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Volkswagen Up, Honda CR-V OUR CARS
Volkswagen Up 1.0 75 High Up 3dr
Mileage 9079
List price 10,900
Target Price 10,472
Price as tested 10,740
Average MPG 42.8
My rating
Full story whatcar.com/ourup
An early morning sprint
down to Hayling Island, and
they were established on the
pebbly beach before the crowds
arrived. The Ups smooth ride
surprised them all on the
motorway, and its boot easily
accommodated their picnic
blanket and sandwiches, and
the boys buckets and spades.
Both kids were more than
happy in the back seats, and loved
their view of the world through
OUR UP HAS been lucky enough
to go to the beach this month. It
was set to be the hottest day of the
year, so my colleague Michele and
her family headed for the seaside.
the big rear windows as they drove
along, waiting for the sea to
appear on the horizon.
After a day spent digging holes,
paddling in the warm water and
eating ice-cream, it was time to go
home. Unfortunately, the Up
didnt impress Michele and the
boys so much on the return trip.
The family is used to melting cabin
temperatures in the summer,
because their 20-year-old
Volkswagen Golf doesnt have the
luxury of air-conditioning, but
they were looking forward to
taking advantage of the Ups
air-con. However, even on full
power for half an hour, it made
little impact, seeming to blow
out only warm air. Michele gave
up in the end and opened the
windows, despite the noise from
the trafc, but her boys both still
fell asleep in the heat.
I think its time to investigate
the problem because several
other colleagues have also
commented on it. Ill get in touch
with Volkswagen, and update you
next month.
The kids soak up some rays, but they soon lost their cool in an airless Up
Round-up
Barnaby.Jones@whatcar.com
Full story whatcar.com/ourv40
Mileage 17,965
List price 23,070
Target Price 21,310
Price as tested 27,570
Average MPG 50.6
My rating
Theres a lot I like about the V40:
the comfortable seats, the clear
and powerful stereo, the efective
air-con system and the eficient
diesel. It also ofers something
diferent from its upmarket
German hatchback rivals. Not
everyone wants to drive an Audi,
BMW or Mercedes, after all.
Theres a lot I dont like,
though, such as how gutless the
engine is at low revs, the vague
steering, the notchy gearshift
and the small boot.
My biggest issue with the V40,
however, is its ride. Its unsettled
on seemingly smooth roads,
uncomfy on scruffy ones and
crashy on pockmarked surfaces.
Its bad plain and simple.
Its also unforgivable,
considering our model has a
comparatively light four-cylinder
engine (the larger D3 and D4
five-cylinders are far heavier).
It also has the standard, smallest
wheels available, so the ride
should be as good as it can be
in a diesel V40.
This, therefore, is a deal-
breaker for me, which is a shame
because I really wanted the V40
to be a proper alternative to the
established big players.
The ride is
unsettled,
even on
seemingly
smooth
roads
Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC EX auto
Mileage 21,200
List price 33,215
Target Price 30,641
Price as tested 33,150
Average MPG 37.1
My rating
Full story whatcar.com/ourcrv
away scarcely tested the cars huge
carrying capacity. Loading
up could hardly have been easier,
either. All I had to do was pull two
levers in the boot, and the rear seat
bases automatically ipped up
and forward, then the seatbacks
dropped to create a at and long
load bay. The big, square boot
opening was also very helpful.
There was lots of storage space
for our travel documents and my
emergency stash of sweets, while
up front theres plenty of room
YOU LEARN A lot about a car when
you use it as holiday transport,
and I was pretty impressed after
taking the CR-V to France recently.
Two people, two bikes and
sufcient luggage for a few days
to stretch out, so the CR-V sailed
through the practicality test.
However, not everything else
went so smoothly. I never did get
to grips with all the buttons
scattered around the dash, and the
automatic gearbox was sometimes
slow to respond.
Still, that all seemed fairly
trivial when the car broke down
on the way home. The CR-V
appeared to lock properly on the
ferry (it beeps when somethings
amiss), but when we tried to start
it later to disembark, nothing
happened. Cue embarrassment,
a few muttered expletives and,
after trying everything we could
think of, defeat. Sadly, the CR-V
wasnt going anywhere under its
own steam.
We were towed off the ferry,
so I could call the AA, who quickly
arrived and diagnosed a at
battery. Something had drained
it during the 90-minute crossing.
Thankfully, we were on our
way shortly after, but whatever
caused the battery to go at so
rapidly remains a mystery. Well
investigate and keep you updated.
Failure to launch the holiday almost ended as flat as the CR-Vs battery
Volvo V40
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Rory White
Rory.White@whatcar.com
Barnaby Jones
Barnaby.Jones@whatcar.com
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Dacia Sandero, Mazda 6 OUR CARS
The Stepway (left) may be a bit funkier, but we still prefer our Sandero
Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe Laureate
Mazda 6 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150
Mileage 3503
List price 8795
Target Price 8795
Price as tested 9515
Average MPG 37.7
My rating
Full story whatcar.com/oursandero
Mileage7890
List price 22,595
Target Price 21,160
Price as tested 23,715
Average MPG 46.8
My rating
Full story whatcar.com/ourmazda6
comfortable ride. Inside, its hard
to spot the difference really.
The biggest negative for both is
renement. Our Sandero is noisy
at speed and has noticeable body
roll in corners. The Stepway is even
worse on both counts.
My experience with the Stepway
made me glad we got the Sandero
with the little petrol engine and in
top-of-the-range specication. The
Stepway has a diesel (and a clattery
one at that), and came in Ambiance
hoping for a diagnosis and
hopefully a x within the next
few days.
The tragedy is that, up to this
point, the 6 had been a mightily
impressive addition to our eet.
In fact, I tried a BMW 320d earlier
this year, and I still reckon
elements of the Mazda (in
particular its 2.2-litre turbodiesel
engine), are even better than the
BMWs. The power delivery in the
6 is really smooth and rened, and
while the ride quality can get a bit
THE SANDERO HAS covered 600
miles this month because more
people are using it. Theyve all
been impressed by the amount of
room in the cabin, and some have
even enjoyed the back-to-basics
motoring experience.
I thought fuel consumption
would improve with the extra
mileage, but this hasnt been the
case. This month, the average was
37.7mpg way off the claimed
56.5mpg. Temperatures have
soared recently, so maybe its
down to the air-conditioning.
Or perhaps What Car? drivers
just have lead feet?
We had another member of the
Dacia family in this month: the
Sandero Stepway. It has 4cm extra
ground clearance, larger wheels,
chunkier styling and costs about
400 more than our Sandero. Both
cars are very similar, beneting
from a spacious cabin and a
A CONFESSION: THE Mazda 6 isnt
actually around at the moment.
Its been away for a few weeks
now with a fault.
Ever since the car arrived back
in February, theres been a bit of
judder through the clutch pedal
as you pull away from a standing
start. Some of my colleagues had
barely noticed this, but it was
proving a pain for me, particularly
because my daily commute takes
in the M25 and, by default, a lot of
stop-start trafc.
First, I took the 6 to my local
dealer, but the conclusion of
the engineers there was individual
cars may have different clutch
set-ups when they leave the
factory (I found this dismissive
attitude alarming, quite frankly).
I then handed the 6 over to
What Car?s road testers, and
they agreed with me something
denitely wasnt right. So, Ive sent
it back to Mazda head ofce. Im
trim, which does without such
niceties as rear electric windows,
air-con and electric mirrors.
Both cars offer a lot for your
money. If you prefer the raised
driving height and funkier
styling, go for the more expensive
Stepway, but Id probably just save
my cash, or spend it on adding
parking sensors to the Sandero.
dgety on broken road surfaces,
the supportive drivers seat has
prevented me from suffering any
backache on longer journeys.
In fact, the more I write about
it, the more I realise how much
Im missing the thing. Its holiday
season now, and thats normally
my cue to put a few hundred miles
on my long-termer. Fingers
crossed the 6 is back soon.
The 6 has had to be returned to Mazda to solve a juddery clutch issue
Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com
Stephen Hopkins
Stephen.Hopkins@whatcar.com
Round-up
Rob.Keenan@whatcar.com
Full story whatcar.com/ourcivic
Honda Civic
1.6 i-DTEC ES-T
Mileage 6150
List price 21,775
Target Price 19,764
Price as tested 22,350
Average MPG 56.3
My rating
I recently mentioned how our
Honda Civics engine stop-start
system was all too willing to
operate when it probably
shouldnt: for example, shortly
after coming to a halt from
speed on the motorway, when
the turbo is still hot.
The stop-start works as it
should in town, though, cutting
the engine and restarting it
smartly. However, you certainly
know when this 1.6-litre diesel
rumbles back into life, because
its far from refined.
Ive also noticed what seems
to be something of a stop-start
electrical gremlin. If you are
sitting at a standstill with
the engine running and your
foot on the clutch pedal, you
sometimes feel a little hiccup
from under the bonnet. Its
almost as if the engine is about
to cut out, but then catches
itself before doing so.
It doesnt do this every single
time you stop, but I notice it
happening at least once every
journey. I suspect its a case of
They all do that, sir, so I wont
be heading for the dealer any
time soon. Its something to
keep an eye on, though.
The stop-
start is all
too willing
to operate
when it
shouldnt
89 whatcar.com OCTOBER 2013 |
Audi A3 Sportback, BMW 3 Series GT OUR CARS
Audi A3 S back 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport
Mileage 2500
List price 21,050
Target Price 19,951
Price as tested 25,840
Average MPG 41.8
My rating
Full story whatcar.com/oura3sportback
me by getting in the way of my
enjoyment of the car.
First, theres the turbocharger
clip, which has started to buzz
at around 2000rpm. After
mentioning this in our weekly
online updates, I had some
correspondence from What Car?
readers who have encountered the
same thing. The response from
Audi dealers, however, seems to
be patchy. Some, such as my local
outlet, Camberley Audi, say its
IM DEFINITELY BEGINNING
to settle into life with our A3
Sportback now to the point
where a couple of recent
problems have really bugged
a known problem. Other parts of
the network deny all knowledge.
My customer rep at Camberley
left me a voicemail message the
other day to say theres no sign
of a new clip arriving just yet. It
was a progress report detailing,
er, precisely no progress, but at
least it was communication,
which is a good thing.
In other news, the A3s
windscreen received a stone
chip at around 2000 miles,
which turned into a nasty crack
as soon as the Autoglass repair
man tried to x it, so Im waiting
for a replacement. In fact, scratch
that: Im waiting for a second one,
because the rst wasnt ordered to
the correct specication.
These glitches are doubly
frustrating because, without
them, the Sportback would be
outstanding indeed. Even my
drudge-worthy commute up
what is currently a very sticky M3
hasnt been able to destroy its fuel
economy. Its still sitting at almost
42mpg after more than 2000
miles. I count that as impressive.
Despite Autoglasss best efforts, the A3 now needs a new windscreen
BMW 3 Series 318d GT Modern
Mileage 6130
List price 30,910
Target Price 28,919
Price as tested 41,945
Average MPG 44.6
My rating
Full story whatcar.com/our3seriesgt
passenger area is also very
generously proportioned.
When a family member
was competing in an archery
tournament in Herefordshire, it
meant not only a long drive, but
also accommodating a longbow,
arrows, quiver and other kit.
The GTs boot had no problem
swallowing all the gear, and if
youve seen the size of a longbow,
youll realise thats no mean feat.
The past month has also given
me more time to reect on how
RECENT ROAD TRIPS have
reinforced my rst impression
that theres a huge amount
of space available inside our
long-term 3 Series GT. Its not
just the boot thats big; the rear
the GT drives, especially in relation
to some of its competitors. While
other manufacturers offer cars
with similar styling and purpose
think Audi A5 Sportback you
could argue BMWs own 3 Series
Touring is the key rival for the GT.
The 3 Series GT has an
impressive high-speed ride, but
the Touring is denitely on a par,
and its low-speed characteristics
are much better than the GTs.
A lower centre of gravity also
prevents the same amount of body
lean in corners, and its steering is
lighter and more precise.
However, as a spacious cruiser,
I think the GT is my top choice in
the 3 Series range. It has excellent
forward vision, the legroom is
better than in both the Touring
and the Audi A5, and its rear seats
recline to allow passengers to get
even more comfortable.
The 3 Series Touring has the
largest boot if its lled right
up to the roof, but because Im
a photographer, I need to keep all
my expensive kit hidden under
the load cover. In this format, the
GT also has the most space.
The English bowmen could have done with a few 3 GTs at Agincourt
John Mcllroy
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John Bradshaw
John.Bradshaw@whatcar.com
Round-up
Michele.Hall@whatcar.com
Full story whatcar.com/ourpanda
Fiat Panda
1.2 Pop
Mileage 8238
List price 8900
Target Price 7500
Price as tested 9700
Average MPG 41.7
My rating
Muuum! I cant put my seatbelt
on came the cry in stereo
from my two boys in the back
of the Panda.
Id been spoiled when
borrowing the What Car?
Volkswagen Up a few weeks
before. Both kids could easily
climb in the Up and fasten their
own belts. Not so in the Panda;
our car has three rear seats (an
extra 100 option), compared
with the Ups two, so each is
narrower, and consequently the
belt buckles are trickier to access.
This isnt the only element
that lets the Panda down
compared with the Up. I find the
Fiats front seats quite rigid and
uncomfortable, and the ride is
pretty fidgety, too. Its not that
its too firm, its just that the
whole car seems to bounce up
and down on bumpy roads.
True, the Panda is a few
hundred pounds cheaper than
the Up, and ofers an equivalent
sense of roominess and boot
space, but it cant match the
quality and refinement of the
VW, and comes with much less
standard equipment. If I were
to spend my own money, Id
go for the Up every time.
With three
rear seats,
the belt
buckles
are trickier
to access
90 | OCTOBER 2013 whatcar.com
OUR CARS Ford Focus, Peugeot 208
Infotainments fiddly buttons and confusing menus can be distracting
Ford Focus ST-2
Peugeot 208 1.2 VTi Allure 3dr
Mileage 1900
List price 23,495
Target Price 21,910
Price as tested 24,020
Average MPG 25.3
My rating
Full story whatcar.com/ourfocusst
Mileage 7440
List price 13,695
Target Price 12,964
Price as tested 14,830
Average MPG 40.8
My rating
Full story whatcar.com/our208
are some prices to pay for that
handling and performance.
I had a chat with a senior
Ford engineer at that dinner.
Most of the time, I was extolling
the virtues of our ST, but when
he asked me what I didnt like
about it, I didnt hesitate: the
infotainment system.
Maybe its just me, but the
proliferation of tiny buttons
on our Focus is distracting, and
the menus for the trip computer
back in their eyeline. The general
rule was that taller drivers, or
those who set the seat high up,
were able to see okay, while
shorter individuals, and those
who sat lower down, couldnt.
Ive found a compromise seat
setting where I feel safe and can
see everything just ne, but it still
feels like Im tting around the
Peugeot, which I dont have to do
in any other car of this size.
It makes me wonder whether
there are any potential 208 buyers
OUR FOCUS ST seems to be
something of a mood car. Let me
explain: how I feel about it largely
depends on my frame of mind.
The other day was a good case in
point. I had a business dinner near
Oxford. On the way there, I felt
fresh and drove the car just as it
should be driven hard and fast.
Excellent it was, too.
On the way back, however, it
was gone midnight, dark and
raining, and my route home
via the motorway was closed,
so I had to make a sizeable detour.
At that point, the STs rm ride
and noticeable engine boom at
70-80mph irritated me more
than I care to say.
My need to be in bed wasnt
exactly the Focuss fault, Ill admit,
but it did make me think how
careful you have to be when
buying this sort of hot hatch. Its
brilliant in lots of ways, but there
IVE COMPLAINED ABOUT
the steering wheel in the 208
before. I cant see the dashboard
dials when the wheels in a
position that feels comfortable to
me. This isnt unique to me, either;
other people have pointed out the
same thing. However, many of
my colleagues have told me
they have no problem with the
wheel, so Id begun to wonder if
I was imagining things.
To solve this, I dragged a
selection of co-workers down to
the What Car? studio, and lmed
them all getting settled behind the
wheel of the 208, but without
paying any attention to whether
they could see the dials.
Once theyd done this, I asked
whether they had a clear view of
the speedometer and rev counter.
Of the 18 people who took part,
nine said the dials were easily
accessible, but a further nine had
to move the wheel to get the dials
and audio systems arent at all
intuitive. Nearly all the other car
manufacturers do this so much
better, especially the Germans.
My Ford friend agreed. However,
the company has a x coming
soon that will simplify the whole
instrument panel. Sadly, it wont
be of any use to us, or anyone else
with a current Focus.
whove tried to get comfortable,
but failed and walked away.
Equally, are there any of you
out there who feel frustrated
by having to drop the steering
wheel lower than youd like? Do
email me and let me know.
The full video of our experiment
is at whatcar.com/our208, along
with my weekly updates on life
with the Peugeot.
Video evidence: 50% of subjects found steering wheel obscured dials
Round-up
Weve got almost 3000 of
options on our Jag, but for me
the most useful is the 500 front
parking aid, which beeps and
flashes to warn of imminent
impact. At the rear, you get the
beeps, flashes and a camera.
Its a boon, but it cant protect
the car from other road users.
Someone has nudged the front
bumper, and left a lovely scratch.
For months, I couldnt work out
why most of my iPhone contacts
couldnt be selected via the
Prius+s touch-screen. Having
finally found time to ask my local
Toyota dealer, Ive kicked myself
for not going there sooner.
Staf noted that the missing
contacts were all ones Id entered
in the other box on my phone,
rather than the dedicated mobile
box, which is the one the Prius+
downloads. Problem solved.
Jaguar XF
Sportbrake
2.2D 200 Sport
Mark.Pearson@whatcar.com
Full story whatcar.com/ourxfsportbrake
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Full story whatcar.com/ourpriusplus
Toyota Prius+
1.8 VVTi T Spirit
Mileage 5444
List price 29,795
Target Price 28,517
Price as tested 30,445
Average MPG 43.8
My rating
Mileage 6050
List price 37,445
Target Price 32,857
Price as tested 40,180
Average MPG 37.5
My rating
Tom Webster
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Chas Hallett
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Mini Paceman, Renault Captur OUR CARS
Mini Paceman 1.6 Cooper S
Mileage 5450
List price 22,360
Target Price 21,829
Price as tested 28,870
Average MPG 43.1
My rating
Full story whatcar.com/ourpaceman
Whatever you think, youve got to
admit it has presence.
Contrasting red and white
bodywork and gleaming chrome,
the Pacemans a head-turner all
right, and Ive been surprised by
how much people seem to like it,
given its style with attitude.
In my experience, the more
ostentatious the car, the less likely
you are to be let out at junctions
and the more likely you are to be
cut up at trafc lights. Not so in the
THE MINI PACEMAN is an
opinion-divider, variously
described as snub-nosed, ugly or
OTT by some people, but striking,
sporty or even pretty by others.
Mini, Ive been enjoying hassle-
free drives; even pedestrians wave
the car on, so they can linger
longer to check out this curiosity.
What the Paceman doesnt have,
though, is grace. Manoeuvring
around town, youre under no
illusions youre behind the wheel
of a big, heavy lump of metal.
Its cumbersome to handle, so
parking is a gingerly executed
affair. In small spaces, it tends to
take more than one attempt,
because the Pacemans voluptuous
curves give the impression of you
being much closer to the kerb than
you actually are. Thank goodness,
also, for the rear parking sensors,
although often Ive wished our car
had front sensors too.
However, while this Mini may
not be an urban native, its
transformed on the open road. The
engine feels like its impatient to
unleash its power, and the cars
lumbering weight seems to fall
off as it picks up speed, making
the 340 miles up the long straights
of the M40 and M6 on a recent
drive to Cumbria positively y by.
A cumbersome city car, the Paceman is more at home on the open road
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Renault Captur 1.5 dCi 90
Mileage 2803
List price 16,395
Target Price 16,241
Price as tested 17,540
Average MPG 55.0
My rating
Full story whatcar.com/ourcaptur
round-trip commute, and on the
whole, it performed rather well.
The interior isnt as plush
as a Peugeot 2008s, but its
comfortable enough. Theres also
more than adequate boot space
for a weeks holiday for two, while
the door bins and compartments
on the dashboard and between
the seats easily contain all the
usual holiday detritus.
Yes, the ride is rm and a bit
unsettled on rough roads, but
cruising down smoother-surfaced
LAST MONTH, I took our Renault
Captur long-termer down to
Cornwall on a weeks holiday. It
was my rst opportunity to try
out the Captur on something
other than my regular 50-mile
motorways and A-roads was a
relaxing experience. With its fairly
tall gearing, even the lack of a sixth
gear wasnt a major issue. Fuel
economy on the way down didnt
match the returns on my daily
commute, but the trip computer
still indicated nearly 60mpg.
However, the same cant be said
when it came to driving around
the steep, narrow, Cornish coast
roads. The driving style required,
with constant changes down into
second gear to make it to the top of
the next hill, resulted in holiday
miles that averaged out at only
44mpg. Compare this with a
genuine 63mpg achieved on my
usual route, and you can see how
the district in which you live
can have a major impact on
fuel consumption.
Our True MPG team has
already tested this engine in the
Renault Captur, and recorded
58.3mpg. If you use our tool at
whatcar.com/truempg, always
make sure you adjust for driving
style and conditions, to give a
more accurate indication of your
likely real-world fuel economy.
The rigours of coastal motoring put a dent in the Capturs fuel economy
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BUYING AND OWNING
HOW GOOD
IS YOUR
DEALER?
Youve bought a new car and are happy with your
decision, but what sort of service can you now
expect from the dealer? Find out with the 2013
JD Power Satisfaction Survey service results
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JD POWER DEALER SATISFACTION SURVEY
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Did you know? Chevrolet customers awarded
dealers the lowest scores in most categories
Chevrolet
69.7%
Alfa Romeo
72.7%
Mazda
77.2%
Fiat
75.7%
Suzuki
77.6%
Vauxhall
77.7%
Peugeot
76.9%
Among the best
Better than most
Doesnt stand out
The rest
Mitsubishi
76.9%
Another year at the bottom of the survey for
Chevrolet. Customers awarded it the lowest
marks in every category bar one. Work was too
pricey and took too long, said owners. Service
advisers were the best part, while limited
parking was a particular bugbear. More than
40% said they probably wouldnt go back.
A lacklustre showing drops Mitsubishi nine
places. Although clean dealerships manned
by friendly staf were rated well, complaints
included uncomfortable waiting areas and
dificulty with access and parking. Almost a
third said they wouldnt be back, although 85%
said theyd recommend the network to others.
Alfa falls six places in the survey. Customers
criticised everything from inconvenient parking
to the size of their bills. In fact, when it came to
value for money, Alfa was rated worst overall.
Polite service advisers were their dealers
saving grace, although more than a quarter of
customers said they wouldnt buy there again.
Customers upped their scores for Mazda,
resulting in a three-place rise. Simple booking
procedures and clean premises won dealers their
best marks, while cars were returned in good
nick after servicing. Insuficient parking and
steep charges were the biggest gripes, but most
customers said they might be tempted back.
Fiat customers reported a better experience this
year than last, moving the dealer network up
one place. Highest praise went to dealership
cleanliness and helpfulness of staf at pick-up.
Cars were returned in reasonable condition, but
customers didnt feel prices were fair. However,
more said theyd continue with Fiat than in 2012.
Suzuki dealers raised their game this year.
Customers found it easy to book a service
at a convenient time, and enjoyed a good
relationship with staf. The network was let
down by poor waiting areas, and prices that
were a little too steep. However, 88% said theyd
recommend their dealer to family and friends.
Peugeot plummets 12 places after 26% of its
customers said theyd be unlikely to revisit their
dealer. Polite and friendly service advisers were
given highest marks, while owners felt their cars
were returned in almost spotless condition. Bills
werent quite so agreeable, though, and the work
could have been carried out more quickly.
Vauxhall customers said it was easy to book
in their cars for servicing, and said friendly
advisers were on hand to help them. Customer
perceptions of their experience from then on
were rather less impressive, although dealers
did improve enough for the network to climb
three places up the index. {
The analysis is based
on the dealer service
portion of JD Powers
2013 UK Vehicle
Ownership Satisfaction
Study, and considers
the views of 13,511
customers who had a
service experience with
their dealership within
the past 12 months.
They gave feedback
on vehicles bought
between January 2010
and December 2011.
This part of the survey
focuses on a number of
areas, including the
booking process,
overall staff helpfulness,
dealership facilities,
quality of work and
how fair the service
charges were.
Every new car buyer
deserves a friendly,
efficient, and value-for-
money service from
their local dealership.
What Car? has teamed
up with JD Powe-r and
Associates, the world
leading publisher of
research into vehicle
ownership, to find out
which manufacturers
get it right, and which
ones dont.
The ratings range from two to five Power Circles:
How the results
are calculated
Good service makes
all the difference
The JD Power ratings
Who do car
makers trust?
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manufacturers`
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JD POWER DEALER SATISFACTION SURVEY BUYING AND OWNING
15= 19
13= 18
13= 15=
12 15=
Who has the
fairest charges?
1 Lexus
2 Honda
3 Jaguar
4 Mini
5 Skoda
and who has the
least fair charges?
23 Peugeot
24 Mazda
25 Fiat
26 Chevrolet
27 Alfa Romeo
Who delivers service
with a smile?
1 Jaguar
2 Lexus
3 Honda
4 Mercedes-Benz
5 Skoda
and who doesnt?
23 Mazda
24 Mitsubishi
25 Fiat
26 Alfa Romeo
27 Chevrolet
Most recommended*
Lexus 47%
Jaguar 46%
Honda 43%
Mercedes-Benz 42%
Land Rover 41%
Least recommended*
Fiat 26%
Mazda 26%
Peugeot 25%
Mitsubishi 24%
Chevrolet 20%
* % of customers who will definitely
recommend their dealerships services
Audi
78.0%
BMW
79.1%
Ford
78.6%
Volkswagen
79.2%
Mini
79.1%
Hyundai
79.2%
Citron
79.1%
Renault
79.3%
BMW dealers were rewarded for their improved
service levels with scores that boosted them one
place. Dealerships were judged clean and comfy,
while technicians carried out top-quality work.
This premium service came at a premium price,
however, and many owners were unhappy
about long waits for their cars to be serviced.
A fall of nine spots for Audi drops it out of the
top 10 and into the tables bottom third. Owners
complained about high charges, but did say
dealership facilities were what youd expect of
a premium brand. They felt their cars were in
safe hands, but in general, scores suggested they
found the experience rather underwhelming.
Customers felt Volkswagen dealers took pride
in their premises, customer care and work, and
reported a job well done and with a smile.
More than three-quarters said theyd probably
buy another VW from the same place, and even
more said theyd recommend their dealer. Better
parking and cheaper bills would be nice, though.
Ford rose two places, after owners said their
dealers had nailed the service booking process.
Staf were friendly and cars were handed back
clean and in good condition. However, bills were
higher than expected, while parking was tight
and waiting areas werent as salubrious as many
customers expected from a market leader.
Hyundai customers renewed confidence in
their dealers helped push the network up five
places. Staf were friendly and flexible when
it came to bookings, while premises were clean
and tidy. On the whole, work was thorough,
with cars handed back in fine fettle. However,
customers felt they paid over the odds.
Getting their car into the workshop was the
biggest hurdle Mini owners faced, and they gave
their lowest scores to the booking process. They
also reported a finger-tapping wait at vehicle
drop-of. However, work was completed quickly
and to a high standard, and cars were returned in
good condition. Even charges were deemed fair.
Customers reported an impressive aftersales
experience, highlighting courteous and helpful
staf. Dealerships were clean, although waiting
areas could do with a few more creature
comforts, and more parking bays would help.
The network was deemed one of the 10 fairest
in the survey when it came to service charges. {
Citron has moved up four places. Customers
were impressed with the speed and eficiency
of bookings. Service advisers were friendly
and helpful, and workmanship was deemed
top-notch. On the downside, customers said
theyd prefer lower bills, more comfortable
waiting areas and more parking spaces.
The JD Power survey
asked customers
Did you know? Lexus customers rate their
dealerships as the best for fair service charges
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BUYING AND OWNING
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5= 9=
5= 9=
4 8
Seat
79.5%
Skoda
81.4%
Honda
84.0%
Nissan
80.2%
Toyota
82.0%
Kia
80.2%
Land Rover
82.0%
Lexus
85.4%
Volvo
80.8%
Mercedes-Benz
82.6%
Skoda customers were happier than ever with
their dealers. A staggering 89% reported theyd
heartily recommend them to others, after being
impressed by their slick bookings service and
caring, friendly advisers. Owners also felt they
were charged fairly compared to rivals, but
said waiting areas could be better appointed.
Seat customers said they could rely on their
dealer to look after their car and leave no stone
unturned in the workshop. They also felt cared
for by staf. Dealerships were clean, although
perhaps not as comfortable as they could be.
Finding a parking spot was particularly tough,
however, and charges were on the steep side.
Loyalty is Toyotas reward for delivering
consistently outstanding service. An impressive
80% of Toyota owners said theyd buy another
car from their dealer, and a stonking 88% said
theyd tell their friends about the excellent
service theyd enjoyed, citing polished premises
and professional, helpful and friendly staf.
Clean dealerships and cars that were well
valeted before being handed back helped to
keep Nissan in the top 10. Customers were also
pleased with the quality of work and the helpful
staf. Bookings were hassle-free, too. Only a
dearth of parking and tricky-to-access premises
took the shine of the experience.
Land Rover owners said their dealer experience
was befitting of their cars premium badge,
reporting that staf made them feel welcome
and cared for, but rave reviews also went to the
dealerships themselves for plush surroundings
and refreshments on tap. Most importantly, they
trusted the technicians to look after their cars.
The Kia network makes it into the top 10
after customers raved about the quality of
workmanship at their dealers; an impressive
87% said theyd recommend their service to
friends. It wasnt all high praise, though. Owners
often found it tricky to negotiate dealership
entrances and park, and said bills were too high.
Another year, another impressive performance
from Mercedes-Benz dealers, who customers
said excelled at making them feel valued and
well cared for. A third of customers rated their
service advisers as outstanding, while 56%
found dealer waiting areas positively sumptuous,
although they did feel this luxury came at a price.
Volvo dealers were as solid and reliable as their
cars, said owners. They gave their highest praise
to workshop technicians, who were deemed
quick, thorough and helpful, taking the time to
explain any work that needed to be done.
The worst scores were reserved for high prices
and a limited number of parking spaces.
3
2
Lexus owners are happier than ever with
their dealers, rating them even more highly
than last year. They reported seamless,
textbook levels of service from the moment
they picked up the phone to make a booking,
to collecting their car after it had been in the
workshop. Work was completed on time,
cars were returned in mint condition and
keys handed back promptly and with a
smile. Customers had no qualms about
paying their bills, either, and they rated the
network the best in the survey for fair prices.
Accommodating, helpful, professional,
friendly: the Honda dealer network is
getting most things right when it comes
to aftersales, according to their customers.
Only limited parking spaces took the shine
of some owners experiences. Every other
part of the service was rated as exceptional.
Customers felt that they were getting value
for money, too, with 31% stating that the
fairness of the charges was outstanding. No
surprise that 92% would recommend their
Honda dealer to friends and family, then.
Over 90% would recommend their dealers
Dealers came very close to beating Jaguars
Did you know? Toyota dealers impressed 80%
of owners enough to buy another car from them
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Average 78.5%
19 Audi 78.0%
20 Vauxhall 77.7%
21 Suzuki 77.6%
22 Mazda 77.2%
23= Mitsubishi 76.9%
23= Peugeot 76.9%
25 Fiat 75.7%
26 Alfa Romeo 72.7%
27 Chevrolet 69.7% Jaguar dealers work was universally praised
JD POWER DEALER SATISFACTION SURVEY
1
Its oficial: Jaguar owners love their dealers
as much as their cars, yet again awarding the
network top marks in the survey. Customers
gave glowing reviews about their dealers
right across the board, feeling they gave
the ultimate in customer care.
Friendly advisers were flexible and
understanding in finding booking slots that
suited customers busy schedules, vehicle
hand-over and pick-up was quick and
painless and staf took the time to explain
the technical details of any work that was
required. The quality of what they did was
also praised, with 68% of customers rating
work as excellent or outstanding.
Its a performance thats highlighted by this
years Motor Codes Franchised Garage of the
Year, Sturgess of Leicester a Jaguar main
dealer. Excellent attention to detail, happy
to go the extra mile to help, a quick, eficient
service and within the agreed timescale are
all typical comments from happy customers.
JAGUAR
85.5%
The overall scores
Ranking Dealer Score Rating
network
1 Jaguar 85.5%
2 Lexus 85.4%
3 Honda 84.0%
4 Mercedes-Benz 82.6%
5= Land Rover 82.0%
5= Toyota 82.0%
7 Skoda 81.4%
8 Volvo 80.8%
9= Kia 80.2%
9= Nissan 80.2%
11 Seat 79.5%
12 Renault 79.3%
13= Hyundai 79.2%
13= Volkswagen 79.2%
15= BMW 79.1%
15= Citron 79.1%
15= Mini 79.1%
18 Ford 78.6%
Did you know? 68% of Jaguar owners felt work
done on their cars was excellent or outstanding
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VOLKSWAGEN EOS BUYING USED
Two proper rear seats mean four adults can be carried in comfort; boot space is a useful 380 litres with roof up
Rear seats and boot
Volkswagen Eos
This stylish convertible with a folding metal roof has space
for four adults, and is now available for as little as 5800
Photography John Bradshaw
CONVERTIBLES ARENT NORMALLY
the most practical form of
transportation. The Volkswagen
Eos seems to go against that trend,
however. It has a 380-litre boot
with the roof up and seats four
adults. Its also great to drive, and
the metal roof gives renement
and useability all year round.
The Eos went on sale in 2006
and was face-lifted in 2010. Its
combination of fun, quality and
practicality makes it a good used
buy, and resale values are good.
How much should I pay?
Cars from 2006 can be found for
as little as 5800. For that, you
get a 1.6-litre petrol model with
high mileage. Face-lifted cars from
the end of 2010 can be bought for
around 13,700.
Our choice here is the 1.4 TSI SE,
which starts at about 10,700 for
a pre-face-lift model. The 158bhp
1.4-litre petrol is the pick of the
range because it has more power
but is still economical, returning
41mpg. The diesels are more
expensive to buy.
What to look for?
One of the Eoss main attractions
is its metal folding roof, which
includes an integrated sunroof.
When its down, you get the
wind-in-your-hair motoring
experience but with it up the
Eos feels like a coup.
The roof operates well most
of the time, although there
have been reports of leaks and
malfunctions, so make sure you
check it thoroughly. There should
be no rattles when youre driving,
and no water damage to the oor
mats, which could indicate past
seepage issues.
Volkswagen has recalled the
Eos twice: once for potential fuel
leaks and the second time to x
On sale 2008-present
Our pick 1.4 TSI 160 SE
MPG 41.0
CO
2
157g/km
Typical price
11/60, 19,000 miles
13,900
The Eos
combines
fun with more
than a little
practicality
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Front seats Dashboard
Cabin materials are mostly good,
but with some scratchy plastics
Dashboard from the Golf is a bit
bland but clear and easy to use
Owners have had issues with the folding roof (1). Water can sometimes get in, so check for damage to the
floor mats (2). The door seals (3) can fill with water, too, so examine them when you get in. Some cars were
recalled to fix a problem with the DSG gearbox (4); if yours was one, make sure a VW dealer did the work
Ones we found
1.4 TSI 160 SE
11/60, 18,900 miles,
13,920
Car comes with low
mileage and is sold
by a VW dealer
2.0 TDI Bluemotion
Tech Sport
11/11, 11,400 miles,
20,000
This model is more
expensive to buy,
but averages 58mpg
OPEN-TOP CAR
a problem with the programming
of the DSG gearbox. If your car was
one of those affected, check the
remedial work was done by VW.
Whats it like?
The Eos is a stylish convertible,
and its Golf underpinnings mean
it has a quality ride. The metal roof
makes it a rened cruiser, and
quieter than other convertibles.
There are petrol and diesel
engines, all with a choice of
six-speed manual or semi-
automatic DSG gearboxes.
All models get air-conditioning,
electric windows, a CD player and
rear parking sensors, but the 1.4
petrol has the best mix of value
for money, performance and kit.
SE trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels
and automatic wipers. As the most
popular used version, there are
plenty to choose from.
Excellent driving position; easy to get
into and out of; good all-round visibility
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Why buy
this one?
Why buy
this one?
Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi 1
For Generous specification and huge boot; great warranty
Against Rivals are better to drive; visibility isnt great
Verdict Roomy cabin and boot, but not so great to drive
BUYING USED Nissan Qashqai vs Kia Sportage USED TWIN TEST
Family-friendly SUVs from 9500
Prices
What to
look for
Whats it
like inside?
On the
road
The Kias perky 1.6-litre petrol
engine costs the least, and its
more exible than the diesels.
The entry-level trim comes
with lots of kit, such as cruise
control and air-conditioning.
The dashboard is simple and
easy to use. The cabin has lots
of room for four people, and
theres a 564-litre boot. Thick
front pillars and a small rear
window compromise visibility.
The seven-year warranty when
new is a big selling point, and
whatevers left is transferred to
the new owner. Insurance
costs are low and the petrol
engine returns 44.1mpg.
There have not been any
major recalls for this car. Keep
a lookout, though, for issues
with the stop-start system and
rear numberplate light, along
with torn leather in the cabin.
Its not the best thing to drive.
The ride is bouncy, and the
steering is light and not
precise enough. Its okay
around town, but it can be a bit
difcult at motorway speeds.
Expect to pay around 12,500
for an 11/11 1.6 GDi thats
covered around 20,000 miles.
You can get a nearly new 12/12
model that has done less than
10,000 miles for 14,500.
The costs The costs
Prices
What to
look for
Whats it
like inside?
On the
road
The face-lifted Qashqai has
better soundproong and
styling. The 1.6 petrol is also
the cheapest option. Acenta
trim includes rear parking
sensors and climate control.
Four adults t comfortably in
the cabin, and a fth will be
okay on short trips. The high
driving position and well-
designed dash are pluses, and
the boot is a decent 410 litres.
The 1.6 diesel engine is more
economical than the petrol,
but costs more to buy. The
petrol averages 45.6mpg and
emits 144g/km of CO
2
, which
keeps down the cost of tax.
There have been recalls to x
fuel leaks and steering
problems. Listen for a knocking
noise, which is caused by
faulty rear shock absorbers;
these will have to be replaced.
The Qashqai is very rened.
Its supple suspension gives
a smooth ride, but this also
results in a lot of body roll.
However, for normal driving,
this isnt much of an issue.
A 1.6-litre petrol 10/10-plate car
with 55,000 miles on the clock
will cost in the region of 9500.
Alternatively, a 2011 model with
a 60 plate on 11,000 miles will
set you back around 11,000.
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For Refined and comfy, with lots of room for the family
Against Some body roll; rear suspension problems
Verdict Stylish and comfortable family transport
Kia
Sportage
1.6 GDi 1
Years made
2010-present
Price range
12,500-
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2010-present
Price range
9500-
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USED NEWS THIS MONTH BUYING USED
Hot used deals
Clio Renaultsport
promises cheap thrills
Used cars still
rising in value
Figures collected by British Car
Auctions show the average
value of used cars has passed
the 7000 mark. This is 8% up
on last month, and an increase
of more than 15% on this time
last year. The average price for
the same period in 2012 was
6908; its now 7045.
There are lots of cars on the
market, but buyers are unwilling
to settle for second best, and are
paying more for a better product.
This is pushing the value of used
cars higher and higher.
The Trading Standards Institute
has formed a partnership with
the Motor Codes organisation
to ofer government-backed
standards of practice for garages
to follow. The aim is to provide
clarity, honesty and a simple
complaints procedure for buyers
should something go wrong.
More than 7500 garages have
signed up to the scheme so far.
Among the benefits to motorists
are assistance in finding a garage
that ofers the best service, and
a free advice phone line to help
resolve any problems.
Used news
Ones we found
NOWS A GOOD time to buy a used hot hatch.
Prices are 2.5% lower than this time in 2012, with
a 0.3% fall over last month, so why not give in to
temptation and bag a bargain pocket rocket?
The arrival of the new Ford Fiesta ST, Peugeot
208 GTi and Renault Clio Renaultsport has made
their used counterparts great value for money.
Renault has quite a history of creating fast
small cars, and has put a lot of that heritage into
making the Clio Renaultsport (on sale from 2006
to 2012), a fantastic hot hatch. All models get
a 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces 194bhp
in earlier cars, and 197bhp in models sold from
mid-2009 on. The 0-62mph sprint takes less than
seven seconds, while average fuel consumption
of 33mpg is not terrible for a hot hatch.
Standard Clio Renaultsports get a CD player,
alloys, air-conditioning, cruise control and sports
seats. Cup models lose out on some of these
extras to save weight and improve performance.
The Renaultsport can seat four, and has a
288-litre boot. The suspension is quite rm,
which gives a hard ride, especially around town,
but this improves out in the country, where the
car is in its element.
There are large numbers of this agile Renault
on the used market, with 06-plate cars starting
at 4200. Thats not a lot for a great hot hatch.
The Clio Renaultsports firm suspension gives precise handling and plenty of grip on the open road
Hot low-miler
Renault Clio
Renaultsport 200
10/59, 11,000 miles,
9495
Nearly new bargain
Renault Clio
Renaultsport 200
12/62, 3500 miles,
12,600
Less powerful model
Renault Clio
Renaultsport 197
07/07, 34,700 miles,
5750
TSI and Motor
Codes set
new standards
USED BARGAIN OF THE MONTH
The latest news, deals and opinions on the used car market
For free used
car valuations,
go to whatcar.
com/valuations
web
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HOT USED DEALS
Marketwatch
The percentage fall in
used cars sales during
2013s first quarter
compared with the
same period last year
5.06%
FAMILY CARS HAVE experienced a slight drop in price of 0.4%
from this time last month. Theyre also 2.0% cheaper than for
the same period in 2012.
We found a Ford Mondeo 2.0 TCDi Zetec Business Edition
on a 62 plate with 4400 miles on the clock for 14,299. Thats
almost a third less than the list price of 21,195.
New vs used
Did you know?
Family car savings
Source: Experian
The price of used cars is
still rising, forcing private
buyers to explore fnance
options to fund their purchases.
The number of used vehicles
bought on fnance in April this year
was 22% higher compared with
April 2012, with the fgure standing
at more than
81,000.
Dealerships
provide a
variety of
buying options,
such as hire
purchase,
personal
contract
purchase
and personal
contract
hire plans.
Dealers ofering fnance have to
conform to the Consumer Credit
Act, which gives the customer
greater protection. Make sure you
read everything, and if you dont
understand, ask.
The advantages of fnance are
that it brings peace of mind, fxed
costs and protection should
something go wrong.
Consumer reporter Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com
Audi A3 Saloon
2.0 TDI Sport
List price 24,275
The saloon version of What
Car?s Car of the Year has an
economical yet pacy 2.0-litre
diesel, a high-quality interior
with room for four adults, and
a 425-litre boot. If downsizing
from a larger executive saloon,
youll be pleasantly surprised.
BMW 320d SE
12/12, 6700 miles,
24,000
The 3 Series saloon is one of
our favourite used cars. Build
quality is great, the cabin
comfortable and the drive
engaging. There are lots on the
market, so you can aford to be
picky. It has more room than the
A3, and handles brilliantly.
Consumer reporter Matthew
Burrow gets beneath the
surface of the used car world
Some of the
advantages
of finance
are that it
brings fixed
costs and
protection
Prices of used family cars such as the Mondeo continue to fall
Family car savings
C
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es of used family cars such as the Mondeo continue to fall
106 | OCTOBER 2013 whatcar.com
BUYING AND OWNING
CHRIS WILSON AND Clair
Goodwins Vauxhall Astra
has done them proud for
50,000 miles. However,
with Chriss 6ft 6in frame plus two
growing boys Ben, whos almost
13, and 10-year-old Jack its now
becoming a squeeze too far.
The couple downsized to the
Astra three years ago, but accept
they need to scale up again. They
WHAT THEY WANT
Chris and Clairs Vauxhall Astra is too small for their
needs. Emma Butcher offers three bigger options
Personal
shopper
Need help? Email advice@whatcar.com with details of your
current car, your budget and what you need from your next car
Chris Wilson and Clair Goodwin
Ages 33 and 38
Live Kidderminster, Worcestershire
Budget 20,000
Current car Vauxhall Astra
Annual mileage 10,000
Uses car for Commuting, family
life and holidays to Scotland
Photography Will Williams
107 whatcar.com OCTOBER 2013 |


PERSONAL SHOPPER
I absolutely adore
this car, said Clair.
Its really blown
me away.
If it were just up to
me, this is what Id
go for. I know there
are gadgets on this
particular model
that wed have to go
without, but what
I really love is the
height. The view of
the road is fantastic, and its so comfortable.
I also really love the all-round electric windows, which weve
missed more than I thought we would on the Astra. The two sunroofs
are just great, too. They make the cabin really light and airy.
Chris wasnt so easily convinced. Its a good-looking car, he said,
and the gadgets are excellent even those we could afford but
I nd it hard to get comfortable behind the wheel. The seats are too
rm, and the media display sits at a strange angle, so I have to lean
across to see it. I also prefer to sit lower in a car.
CHOICE ONE HYUNDAI ix35 2.0 CRDi PREMIUM 4WD AUTO THE SHORTLIST
CHOICE TWO SKODA OCTAVIA 1.2 TSI SE
List price 25,450
Target Price 23,543
Best deal 21,522
(Orangewheels.co.uk)
Chris & Clairs rating
I adore this car. The view of the road is
just fantastic, and its so comfortable
The twin sunroofs and four electric windows
were great, but Chris couldnt get comfortable
1 Hyundai ix35
2.0 CRDi Premium 4WD auto
2 Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI SE
3 Volkswagen Golf Plus
1.4 TSI SE
WITH LEGROOM IN mind, our rst
pick was an easy one: Skodas new
Octavia, with its mammoth cabin
and cavernous boot. Not only
does this economical yet nippy
1.2-litre motor come in well under
budget, in SE trim the spec is very
generous. Chris will get his climate
control dual zone, no less while
parking sensors, Bluetooth and
DAB radio are also thrown in.
Next up, another Volkswagen
Group model: the versatile Golf
Plus. Its innovative sliding rear {
The performance
surprised us most,
said Chris. Youd
never guess the
engine was only
a 1.2. It feels like
at least a 1.6; it
really goes. Id
never have gone
for a 1.2 before this.
A promising start
for the Octavia, but
what about the
crucial legroom test?
It more than ticks that box, said Clair. Its like the Tardis inside.
There have been no complaints from the boys, thats for sure.
Chris agreed. I didnt even need to push my chair right back on
its runners, and the boot is just enormous, he said. When I rst lifted
the lid, it took my breath away. We were also impressed with the DAB
radio and optional built-in sat-nav.
I have just one complaint, said Clair. Ive found the seatbelt digs
into my neck, even with the seat as low as it goes.
List price 17,190
Target Price 15,806
Best deal 14,863
(Carfile.net)
Chris & Clairs rating
Youd never guess there was a 1.2-litre
engine under the Octavias bonnet
Masses of space for luggage and occupants,
although the seatbelt was an annoyance
dont have many demands, just the
bare essentials: space in the back
for the boys and a bigger boot.
As well as needing a car for
day-to-day life, there are holidays
to think of, too. The family makes
the long trip up to Scotland twice
a year to visit Clairs parents.
An upgrade would be nice,
as well. Nothing too fancy, but
electric windows in the back and
a few gadgets wouldnt go amiss.
Id really like cruise and climate
controls, said Chris, and if it had
sat-nav and DAB radio, that would
be perfect, but Im not too picky.
Neither Chris nor Clair has any
particular preference on style,
brand or engine. Legroom is the
key, was the single mantra they
gave us for our mission.
108 | OCTOBER 2013 whatcar.com

BUYING AND OWNING
Chris and Clairs choice
Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI SE
CHOICE THREE VOLKSWAGEN GOLF PLUS 1.4 TSI SE
VERDICT
seats will give Chris and Clair the
option of a bigger boot if they
need it, or more space in the back
for the boys when luggage isnt
a priority. This mega-sized Golf
also represents decent value for
money, with impressive fuel
economy and a few luxuries,
too, including parking cameras.
Finally, to throw a little bit of
variety into the mix, we suggested
the Hyundai ix35. The Premium
trim model that was available for
Chris and Clairs test week is a little
pricey for their budget, so if they
like the ride and accommodation,
wed recommend that they go for
the 2.0-litre diesel Style model.
If bought at Target Price, this
comes in just a couple of hundred
pounds over budget. Hyundais
ve-year, unlimited-mileage
warranty makes the deal even
more attractive.
The ix35 might ofer good
visibility and a huge boot, but
Chris and Clair will find it tiring
to drive on their trips up to
Scotland, because the steering
is vague at speed and the ride
rather bouncy.
Chris and Clairs favourite
car, the Octavia, is a much
better choice. Its even more
spacious than the Hyundai and
feels a lot more composed at
higher speeds. Whats more, it
has a classier interior and SE
trim comes with a longer list
of standard equipment.
The Golf Plus also has its
strengths, most notably its
airy cabin, sliding rear seats
and strong engine. However,
its based on the Mk5 Golf
hatchback rather than the latest
MK7 version, and is feeling
its age in some areas. The
dashboard looks particularly
dated, and the Golf Plus lets in
a lot of wind noise at speed.
Steve Huntingford
Road test editor
Road
testers
choice
I really like the
standard Golf, but
its too small for us,
so I was keen to try
this bigger version,
said Clair.
We like it, said
Chris. Its not a bad
car at all, and the
engine is great,
although its a bit
short on gadgets
compared with
the other two.
The cabin is really cleverly designed, said Clair. Lots of storage
space, four cupholders in the back and drawers under the front seats.
What I dont understand is that its got all the ingredients to make
a really practical family car, and it looks big, but theres not an awful
lot more space than in our Astra.
Chris agreed: Yes, the boys have enough legroom with the rear
seats slid all the way back, but that compromises the space in the
boot. One large suitcase is about all wed be able to get in.
List price 21,385
Target Price 18,473
Best deal 17,264
(Orangewheels.co.uk)
Chris & Clairs rating
It looks like it should be a practical car,
but it isnt much bigger than our Astra
Clair liked the under-seat drawers, but boot
space was limited with the rear seats slid back
Although Chris and Clair were
impressed with the feel and
ride of the Golf Plus, they were
less taken with the minimalist
cabin and limited space
compared with its rivals here.
That left the Skoda and
Hyundai. After much debate,
Clair agreed to put her love
of the ix35 aside in favour of
the Octavia. Its not really
a compromise, because I think
weve just found our perfect
car, she said. Im definitely
sold, said Chris. The only thing
Id change is the colour; black is
probably more our style.
The Skoda has
lots of legroom,
the Golf Plus
sliding seats
and the ix35 a
great warranty
109 whatcar.com OCTOBER 2013 |
PERSONAL SHOPPER
Quick shopper
BUDGET 15,000
NEARLY NEW OUR PICK
USED
BUDGET 30,000
NEARLY NEW
USED
New, nearly new and used cars for different budgets
Name Julia Burrow
Age 22
Drives Fiat 500
Annual mileage 10,000
Name Jim Thomson
Age 70
Drives Mercedes C220 CDI SE
Annual mileage 5000
Julia is looking for a fun, small convertible to use
mostly at the weekends to escape London. Shed
like something with pace, but is willing to sacrifice
some performance to lower her insurance costs.
Jims C-Class is coming to the end of its lease,
and he needs to decide whether to buy it or go
for something else. He and his wife are looking
for a car thats easier to get into and out of.
Mini Convertible
1.6 Cooper
12/62, 1700 miles
14,950
Audi A3 Cabriolet
1.2 TFSI
11/11, 10,600 miles
14,495
Mazda CX-5
2.2D Sport Nav AWD
13/13, 2400 miles
28,995
BMW X3
2.0 xDrive20d SE
11/11, 11,900 miles
27,990
The Mini Convertible is all about fun. It even
features a dial that records how long youve
been driving with the roof down.
Or try a Peugeot 207 CC 1.6 VTi Allure
12/12, 4300 miles, 12,995
Audis A3 Cabriolet is a desirable option. Its not
quite as thrilling to drive as the other cars in
this selection, but it seats four adults and has
a decent-sized boot, unlike some of its rivals.
Or try a Volkswagen Eos
11/60, 13,900 miles, 14,995
Mazdas CX-5 is one of What Car?s favourite
compact SUVs, with a frugal diesel engine
and plenty of toys with this trim level.
Or try a Land Rover Freelander 2.2 SD4 HSE
12/12, 4000 miles, 29,995
The X3 ofers Jim the high-quality cabin and
equipment hes used to. Its good to drive and
practical, too. He should also find it easier to get
into and out of than his current Mercedes.
Or try a Lexus RX 450h SE-L
10/10, 19,000 miles, 29,995
Julias shortlist Jims shortlist
NEW NEW OUR PICK
Fiat 500
Convertible
1.2 Lounge
List price 14,360
Target Price 13,817
Volvo XC60
2.0 D4 SE
List price 30,735
Target Price 30,735
The 500s retro styling has won it many admirers,
and its a good-value introduction to wind-in-
your-hair motoring. The hood folds back, but the
pillars stay in place, maintaining the cars looks.
Or try a Citron DS3 Cabriolet 1.2 VTi DSign
List price 15,205 Target Price 14,101
The XC60 has a generous specification, with
auto wipers and headlights, and electric folding
mirrors. Its a refined cruiser and the raised
driving position allows easy entry and exit.
Or try a Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC SR AWD
List price 29,055 Target Price 26,917
Need help? Email advice@whatcar.com with a digital photograph of you,
plus your full name, age, budget, current car and annual mileage
Used alternative
BMW 5 Series Touring
520d M Sport Business Edition
10/10, 21,500 miles, 19,850
The 5 Series Touring is a great
used buy. The diesel engines
are smooth and fuel eficient
and the cabin is classy and
practical. Rear passengers
get generous legroom, too.
Chris would like the amount
of kit on ofer; the Business
Edition comes with climate
control, cruise control and sat-nav.
The only thing it misses out on is
a DAB digital radio.
This example comes from
a BMW dealer, and benefits
from a 12-month warranty.
BUYING AND OWNING
| OCTOBER 2013 whatcar.com 110
STEVEN WINTERS HAD been
saving up for months while
looking for his dream car:
a white BMW 3 Series M Sport.
His search reached its conclusion
last Christmas Day, when he
spotted a 2011-plate BMW at
Phoenix Motown in Paisley.
Steven drove away a happy
man a few days later, but his
smile disappeared when, in
the sunlight, he noticed the
drivers side door was a different
shade of white to the rest of the
car. He hot-footed it back to
Phoenix, who hed already
got to know well as hed had
ongoing issues with the cars
service history. The salesman
was sympathetic but said it was
a manufacturing defect and
BMWs responsibility.
Steven made an appointment
with his local BMW dealer, Douglas
Park, and was staggered to learn
this was no production line fault;
the door had been badly repainted.
Armed with a 795 repair
estimate, Steven got in touch
with Phoenix, but his calls and
emails went unanswered.
Then he consulted the cars
logbook and discovered its
previous owner was a car hire
company Scot Group, trading as
Thrifty. Its an advertised policy of
1 Never buy a car before
checking that all the
supporting documentation,
including service book,
is present.
2 If you have any concerns
about the cars history contact
the previous owner using their
address in the logbook.
3 Third parties such as the
AA and RAC carry out vehicle
inspections that can reveal
accident damage.
Helpdesk
Steven Winters
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Problem Dodgy
paint repair
Stevens smile disappeared
the moment he saw the colour
mismatch on the drivers door
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1 Take dated photos of any defect as soon as you spot it.
2 Dont hang around. Take the car to the dealer as quickly
as possible. The claim is more likely to be accepted if
you dont dawdle.
3 If the dealer wont approve your claim, send the photos and
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AS SOON AS Richard
Carling noticed rust
developing on his Mazda MX-5
he rushed it to his local dealership,
SG Petch, in Darlington. The
Copper Red MX-5 was bought new
in 2008 and had been well looked
after, so Richard was shocked to
nd rust around the indicator
repeater on the drivers side after
just 11,900 miles. To make matters
worse, the paintwork around the
repeater on the passenger side
soon started to blister, too.
SG Petch took photos of the rust,
which were then sent to Mazda
UK customer services. Bodywork
inspection records were also
requested by Mazda. However, the
arrival of the requested documents
was delayed, so Richard sent the
company his own copy of the
cars service records, including
a bodywork inspection carried
out in September 2012 just seven
months before the rust was
noticed. The report clearly showed
there were no problems with
the bodywork at that time.
Mazda UK refused the claim,
which was made under the
manufacturers 12-year
anti-perforation warranty.
It argued that the repeaters had
been replaced before Mr Carling
bought the car new, and therefore
the warranty was no longer valid.
However, as a gesture of
goodwill, Mazda offered to pay 25%
of the 500 repair cost. Richard
rejected the offer on the grounds
that the car is in otherwise
fantastic condition and has
always been serviced by
a Mazda dealership.
Richard was about to get in
touch with Mazda in Japan
to see if he could get a
resolution from the
top, but before he
did, he contacted
Helpdesk. We
informed him
of his legal rights
and he went back
to SG Petch and
appealed to the
service manager,
who tracked down
Mazdas local area
manager, who
then negotiated
on Richards behalf.
On seeing all the facts, Mazda
upped its goodwill offer to 50%,
and SG Petch went the extra mile,
offering to cover the remaining
50%. A spokesman for SG Petch
said: We decided to help out Mr
Carling as he is a loyal customer.
Car Mazda MX-5
Problem Rust repair claim dismissed
Richard Carling Phoenix Motowns that it never
sells pre-rental cars; it can vouch
for the history of every vehicle.
Steven got in touch with
Helpdesk and we contacted
Thrifty to ask about the cars
history. The company refused
point blank to speak to us.
We then appealed for Phoenix
Motown to shed some light on
the cars history, and to pay for
the door to be repainted properly.
The company responded swiftly;
the car had been serviced in line
with BMWs warranty
requirements and Phoenix could
supply all supporting documents.
However, Phoenix disputed the
paint repair had affected the cars
value. It did agree to buy the car
back, but at several thousand
pounds less than Steven had paid.
We believed Steven should not
lose money through no fault of his
own and got in touch with Douglas
Park BMW. It agreed to conduct an
extensive inspection of Stevens
car and ascertain its value.
The examination revealed
a catalogue of problems pointing
at vandalism. All the windows bar
two rear quarter panes had been
replaced. There were loose glass
shards beneath the seats and
behind the door trim.
Rejection was now the only
option. We went back to Phoenix
Motown. The dealer is a member
of the What Car?-endorsed Trusted
Dealer network, so we wasted no
time informing both MDs.
It wasnt long before we
heard from Phoenix Motowns
sales director. He explained the
BMW had been acquired for a
customer who had been unable to
raise the necessary nance.
Its not our policy to sell
ex-rental cars, or cars in the
condition its now clear this one
is in, he said. Obviously the right
thing to do is give Mr Winters his
money back.
Steven has now bought a new
BMW 318d M Sport, and was happy
to deal with Douglas Park BMW.
Helpdesk
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accepted and
a full refund
issued
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CX-5 on an internet broker site
being advertised as new for
thousands of pounds less than
the list price. When the logbook
failed to arrive, however, alarm
bells started to ring. He chased
it up, but to no avail. When
eventually it did arrive it showed
the car had been pre-registered.
Should he complain?
Yes he should, and
vociferously. John bought
the car on the basis that he
would be its first registered
keeper, and therefore it was
mis-sold to him. In addition,
while he had the car but it was
registered to someone else,
he was committing an ofence.
Finance opt-out
Louise Smith was devastated
when her partner died suddenly.
Her grief was made worse
when, tidying up his afairs, she
realised there was outstanding
finance on his car. She cant
aford to continue these
payments. What can she do?
Sadly these very sensitive
cases are rarely clear cut.
Strictly speaking, the finance
company could insist on
repayments being made under
the terms of the agreement,
but each case is diferent.
If the agreement has nearly
ended Louise may benefit from
finishing the deal, selling the
car and keeping the proceeds.
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Louise to contact the finance
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and explain her situation.
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SPACE, COMFORT AND fuel
economy attracted Martin Gore
to the Ford Mondeo, and in
February he found what he
thought was the perfect
example at Arnold Clark in
Leyland, Lancs. By the time
Martin went to collect the
car it was late and dark, and
although he persevered with
a cursory inspection, there was
no time for a test drive.
After signing the paperwork,
he noticed one of the front tyres
was nearly at. Not a good start.
The salesman drove with Martin
to a local garage to reinate the
tyre. Finally Martin was homeward
bound, but he didnt get far before
the road noise prompted him to
turn round and take the car right
back to Arnold Clark.
The salesman hed been dealing
with had gone home for the
evening, but one of his colleagues
was able to help. He went out in
the car with Martin but said he
couldnt hear anything unusual.
He suggested the noise was due to
Martin not being used to the car.
However, the next day Martin
noticed a hesitation when
changing from rst to second gear.
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Martin Gore
Car Ford Mondeo
Problem Mechanical complaints disputed
Dealer pays for
full independent
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Ford and Arnold Clark couldnt find anything wrong with the Mondeos gearbox, but the ECU update helped
The revs rose by around 300rpm
and then the car lurched forward.
He went back to Arnold Clark
who suggested he take the car
to a Ford dealership.
No one was able to nd
a fault with the gearbox,
although the ECU was
updated a number of times.
When the cars fuel economy
started to slump considerably,
Martin tried to reject the car,
only to be told by Arnold Clark
that he couldnt do that as he
had bought the car on nance.
He got in touch with the nance
company but both parties insisted
upon an independent report from
DEKRA costing around 200.
Martin then called Helpdesk.
We got in touch with Arnold
Clark, outlining everything
Martin had been through. After
investigating further, it offered
to pay for a full independent
mechanical inspection of the
car to reassure Martin or allow
him to pursue repair or rejection.
As we went to press, the
software on the Mondeos onboard
computer had been updated by
Ford, and Martin said hed noticed
an improvement in its running.
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122 Family cars 123 Executive cars
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131 SUVs 135 Coups 137 Sports cars
139 Hot hatches 140 Open-top cars
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Citron C1
Price 8095-10,845
Target Price 6887-10,251
MPG 65.7 CO
2
99g/km
For Cheap to buy and
run, and the deals from
Citron make it even
more affordable.
Against The C1s ride is
too rm on all but the
smoothest roads, which
can make life more of
a chore than it should be.
Its also tight for rear space.
Our pick 1.0 VT 3dr
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Hyundai i10
Price 8345-9495
Target Price 6995-9061
MPG 61.4-67.3
CO
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99-108g/km
For Its a lot of car for not
much cash. Its good to
drive, cheap to run, well
equipped and spacious.
Against The eco-focused
Blue model doesnt add
up unless you live in a city,
and there could be more
security kit provided.
Our pick 1.2 Classic
What Car? says
Fiat Panda
Price 8900-14,950
Target Price 7500-13,748
MPG 54.3-72.4
CO
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95-125g/km
For With ve doors and
decent space inside, the
Panda is a pretty practical
city car. Its cheap to run.
Against Its pricey, the ride
is unsettled and the cabin
plastics are utilitarian.
The Twinair engine is
gruff and inexible.
Our pick 0.9 85 4x4
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Nissan Pixo
Price 7250-8250
Target Price 7250-8250
MPG 65.7 CO
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99g/km
For Very cheap to buy and
the running costs are low.
The engine is perky
enough in town.
Against Theres not a lot
to love about the interior,
the Pixo isnt brilliant to
drive anywhere other than
around town, and the entry
model is short of safety kit.
Our pick 1.0 Visia
What Car? says
Chrysler Ypsilon
Price 10,695-14,950
Target Price 9653-13,492
MPG 57.6-74.3
CO
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99-115g/km
For An attractively styled
alternative to ho-hum
superminis. The top
models are well equipped.
Against Its not as good
to drive as most, with
wallowy handling and
a lumpy ride. Its pricey
and looks ordinary inside.
Our pick 1.2 S
What Car? says
Kia Picanto
Price 8045-11,945
Target Price 7686-11,337
MPG 60.1-67.3
CO
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99-109g/km
For You get a classy cabin,
good levels of equipment,
ne driving position and
a seven-year warranty.
Against The brakes and
clutch are sharp; it has
numb steering and a
knobbly ride. The entry-
level engine is weedy.
Our pick 1.0 1 Air 3dr
What Car? says
Chevrolet Spark
Price 8695-9815
Target Price 8194-9249
MPG 55.4 CO
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119g/km
For Its more practical
than most city cars and
is reasonably rened.
All versions get six airbags.
Against Basic models are
short of some kit and those
with decent equipment
arent as keenly priced as
rivals. The cabin plastics
arent that appealing.
Our pick 1.2 LS
What Car? says
Ford Ka
Price 8725-12,225
Target Price 7890-10,880
MPG 57.7-68.9
CO
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109-115g/km
For More fun to drive than
the Fiat 500 its based on,
and passably practical, too.
Against Nowhere near as
charming as a 500; its also
overpriced and under-
equipped. Theres a diesel
option, but it makes no
economic sense.
Our pick 1.2 Zetec
What Car? says
Renault Twingo
Price 10,550-13,770
Target Price 10,162-13,325
MPG 43.5-55.4
CO
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119-150g/km
For A surprisingly mature
four-seater with a supple
ride and ne road
manners. Renaultsport
version adds extra zip.
Against The interior
plastics look and feel rather
cheap. Curtain airbags
cost extra.
Our pick 1.6 Rnltsport 133
What Car? says
Proton Savvy
Price 8000
Target Price 7579
MPG 49.6 CO
2
134g/km
For Its one of the cheapest
new cars around. It rides
and handles reasonably
well, and looks striking.
Against The 1.2-litre engine
is rough and unwilling,
space is limited, and the
interior looks dated and
cheap. Theres no steering
wheel adjustment, either.
Our pick 1.2 Style
What Car? says
Perodua Myvi
Price 6999-9399
Target Price 6999-9399
MPG 44.1-48.7
CO
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137-151g/km
For Its affordable, has
good space inside and
comes with a decent level
of equipment.
Against The interior is
drab, theres not much
safety kit and renement
is poor. Theres not much
grip, either.
Our pick 1.3 SXi
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Aston Martin Cygnet
Price 30,995
Target Price 30,995
MPG 56.5 CO
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116g/km
For It looks smart, ts in
tight parking spots and is
nimble in town. Its well
equipped and cheap to run.
Against The price its
more than double that of
the Toyota iQ on which it is
based. You have to choose
between rear passengers
or boot space.
Our pick 1.33
What Car? says
Fiat 500
Price 9960-16,060
Target Price 9590-15,451
MPG 43.5-72.4
CO
2
95-155g/km
For Quirky looks, exible
engines and undercuts
some rivals on price. Its
also one of the safest and
most desirable baby cars.
Against The ride is jittery,
the handling is so-so and
the boot is small. Air-con
costs extra on some.
Our pick 1.2 Pop S/S
What Car? says
Peugeot 107
Price 7995-10,145
Target Price 7195-9446
MPG 65.7 CO
2
99g/km
For Peugeots little
hatchback has cheeky
looks, a willing engine
and low running costs. Its
nippy in town and can hold
its own on faster roads.
Against It rides stify and
out-of-town renement is
poor. The boot is also tiny
and access isnt great.
Our pick 1.0 Active 3dr
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1 Volkswagen
Up
1.0 75 High Up
2 Skoda Citigo
1.0 60
Greentech SE
3 Hyundai i10
1.2 Classic
Volkswagen Up
Price 8185-11,920
Target Price 7870-11,449
MPG 60.1-68.9
CO
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96-108g/km
For Its economical,
spacious, comfortable and
good to drive. Its also
smarter inside than the
class norm.
Against It looks a bit pricey
compared with rivals, and
the lower-powered version
can feel slow.
Our pick 1.0 75 High Up 3dr
What Car? says
Skoda Citigo
Price 7720-10,460
Target Price 7370-9976
MPG 62.8-68.9
CO
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96-105g/km
For Its economical, solidly
built and mature to drive.
Its also cheaper than the
Volkswagen Up.
Against Its not as
attractive as the Up, and
the lower-powered engine
can struggle at speed.
Our pick 1.0 60
Greentech SE 5dr
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Smart Fortwo
Price 9575-15,375
Target Price 8804-14,434
MPG 54.3-85.6
CO
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86-119g/km
For Smart owners can park
where other drivers cant.
The running costs and
emissions are very low.
Against The ride is too
rm, its noisy and poor to
drive. The entry-level
model is stingily equipped
and the diesel is too slow.
Our pick Electric Drive
What Car? says
Toyota iQ
Price 10,995-12,995
Target Price
10,470-12,367
MPG 57.6-64.2
CO
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99-113g/km
For The iQ is a cinch to
park and is nimble in town.
Its well kitted, cheap to run
and emissions are low.
Against You must choose
between rear passengers or
boot space. It struggles on
faster roads, too.
Our pick 1.0 VVT-i
What Car? says
Seat Mii
Price 7925-10,840
Target Price 7559-10,338
MPG 60.1-68.9
CO
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96-108g/km
For Its remarkably grown
up to drive for a city car.
Its also economical, well
built, and cheaper than
the near-identical VW Up.
Against Seat is renowned
for Latin air, so its a
shame the Mii looks plain.
A Skoda Citigo is cheaper.
Our pick 1.0 60 Ecomotive
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Toyota Aygo
Price 8535-10,490
Target Price 7919-9872
MPG 65.7 CO
2
99g/km
For The Aygo has cute
looks and low running
costs. Its solidly built and
has a ve-year warranty.
Against The ride is stiff
and renement is poor
once out of town. Theres
not much standard kit and
the boot is tiny, with a very
small opening.
Our pick 1.0 VVT-i + 3dr
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Audi A1/A1 Sportback
Price 13,790-21,710
Target Price
13,661-20,787
MPG 47.9-74.3
CO
2
99-139g/km
For All the desirability and
quality of a larger Audi in
a smaller package. The
petrol engines are good.
Against As you go up the
trims you get rmer
suspension, bigger wheels
and a poorer ride.
Our pick 1.4 TFSI Sport 3dr
What Car? says
Suzuki Alto
Price 7199-9599
Target Price 6107-8115
MPG 65.7 CO
2
99g/km
For Its economical, cheap
to insure and has a simple
dashboard. Its size and
tight turning circle are
great in the city.
Against The boot is tiny
and has a high lip. The
cabin plastics are poor
and the steering is heavy
when parking.
Our pick 1.0 SZ3
What Car? says
Alfa Romeo Mito
Price 12,500-18,765
Target Price 11,714-17,573
MPG 47.1-80.7
CO
2
90-139g/km
For It looks distinctive
and has a smart cabin.
Resale values are strong.
Against The ride is
uncomfortable, renement
is poor and so is rear
visibility. Theres also little
rear legroom.
Our pick 1.4 135 Multiair
Distinctive
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Superminis
BestBuys
1 Ford Fiesta
1.0T Ecoboost
100 Zetec 5dr
2 Audi A1
1.4 TFSI 122
Sport 3dr
3 Dacia
Sandero
1.2 Ambiance
Toyota Aygo
1.0 VVT-i + 3dr
09/09, 4110
With funky looks and
rock-bottom running
costs, the Aygo is the
ideal used city car.
Its also easy to drive.
Or try a
Fiat 500 1.2 Sport
08/08, 5305
The 500 is super stylish
and reassuringly safe.
The 1.2-litre petrol engine
is willing and flexible, too.
UsedBestBuy
Chevrolet Aveo
Price 10,535-13,855
Target Price 9825-12,917
MPG 44.8-78.4
CO
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95-147g/km
For The Aveo offers plenty
of space inside and is easy
to manoeuvre. Its backed
by a ve-year warranty.
Against The petrol engines
are short of pull at low revs
and noisy at high revs, and
the quality of some cabin
plastics is disappointing.
Our pick 1.2 LT
What Car? says
Citron C3
Price 12,990-16,000
Target Price 11,042-13,502
MPG 49.6-83.1
CO
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87-132g/km
For Its stylish, rened
and rides well, and has
a decent-sized boot.
Against The steering and
body control are poor, and
the C3 isnt as spacious in
the back as many rivals.
Its crash test rating could
be better, too.
Our pick 1.2 VTi 82 VTR+
What Car? says
Vauxhall Adam
Price 11,255-15,290
Target Price 10,844-14,721
MPG 51.4-56.5
CO
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118-129g/km
For It has a smart cabin
and all versions are well
equipped There are many
ways to personalise it.
Against The ride is rm
and the handling isnt
assured enough at speed.
Its pricey and theres very
little space in the back.
Our pick tbc
What Car? says
Citron DS3
Price 12,840-21,345
Target Price 11,857-19,932
MPG 47.9-78.5
CO
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91-136g/km
For Citrons answer to the
Mini gives you loads of
style. The cabin is classy
and there are some strong
engines on offer.
Against It isnt a Mini to
drive, the ride is crashy
and rear space isnt great.
Our pick 1.6 THP
150 DSport
What Car? says
Nissan Micra
Price 9880-13,980
Target Price 8125-13,094
MPG 56.5-68.9
CO
2
95-115g/km
For A tight turning circle,
light steering and good
visibility make it easy to
drive, and low emissions
make it cheap to run.
Against Ride, handling,
renement and cabin
quality arent as good as
those of most rivals.
Our pick 1.2 Acenta
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Peugeot 208
Price 9995-18,895
Target Price 9473-18,895
MPG 47.9-83.1
CO
2
87-139g/km
For Looks great inside and
out, with chic styling and
a high-quality cabin. Most
versions are cheap to run.
Against The ride and
handling disappoint,
and the cabin has some
ergonomic issues.
Our pick 1.2 VTi 82
Active 5dr
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Proton Satria Neo
Price 8500-9500
Target Price 8055-9001
MPG 42.8 CO
2
157g/km
For You get reasonable
handling and performance,
and a fair amount of kit. An
auto gearbox is an option.
Against Its short of space
and safety kit, the price is
too high and the ride is
rm. Its also unrened,
expensive to run and the
cabin is unappealing.
Our pick 1.6 GSX
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Seat Ibiza
Price 10,095-18,575
Target Price 9702-16,035
MPG 47.9-80.7
CO
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92-139g/km
For The Ibiza is attractively
priced and smartly styled.
It has competitive running
costs, decent equipment
and a composed ride.
Against Quality isnt up to
the best and rear space is
tight. Some engines are
underpowered and noisy.
Our pick 1.4 85 SE 3dr
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Mini
Price 11,870-28,795
Target Price
11,287-27,488
MPG 42.8-74.3
CO
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99-153g/km
For The Mini drips with
style and is great fun to
drive. No other rival holds
its value as well.
Against The boot is small
and the interior quality is
disappointing,considering
the cars classy image.
Our pick 1.6 Cooper
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Mazda 2
Price 10,495-13,495
Target Price 9882-12,713
MPG 44.8-56.5
CO
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115-145g/km
For It handles well and is
keenly priced. Its pretty
economical and resale
values are strong.
Against The ride is jolty,
theres road roar and the
diesel engines are noisy.
The boot is small and the
cabin plastics are drab.
Our pick 1.3 75 TS AC 3dr
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Renault Clio
Price 10,595-18,995
Target Price
9938-18,282
MPG 44.8-88.3
CO
2
83-144g/km
For Its comfortable,
rened and cheap to run.
There are also lots of
personalisation options.
Against The gearshift is
notchy and some of the
cabin plastics are hard.
Our pick 1.5 dCi 90
Dynamique Media Nav
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Hyundai i20
Price 9995-14,295
Target Price 8695-13,258
MPG 52.3-88.3
CO
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84-126g/km
For The i20 is cheap to
buy and run, and comes
stacked with kit. Safety is
top-drawer and the car
feels civilised.
Against Its not as much
fun to drive as some other
cars in this class and the
cabin is dull.
Our pick 1.2 Classic 5dr
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Kia Rio
Price 9995-14,895
Target Price 9108-13,936
MPG 51.4-88.3
CO
2
85-128g/km
For An impressively
rened supermini thats
a credible and good-value
rival for the Polo. Its ride is
comfortable, too.
Against A Fiesta is better
to drive, the 1.4-litre diesel
could be more exible
and the boot lip is high.
Our pick 1.25 1 Air 5dr
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Honda Jazz
Price 11,695-19,865
Target Price
11,157-18,693
MPG 50.4-62.8
CO
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104-129g/km
For Theres masses of
space, resale values are
strong and its reliable.
Against The low-speed ride
is jiggly, the cars very noisy
on the motorway and the
handling is uninspiring.
Top models are dear to buy.
Our pick 1.4 ES
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Ford Fiesta
Price 9995-17,995
Target Price 9501-16,776
MPG 47.9-85.6
CO
2
87-138g/km
For The class benchmark
for driving pleasure and it
rides comfortably. Stylish
inside and out, and the
engines are economical.
Against Trails the best for
space and some of the
cabin plastics feel cheap.
Our pick 1.0T Ecoboost 100
Zetec 5dr
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Fiat Punto
Price 9800-16,857
Target Price 8295-16,857
MPG 47.1-80.7
CO
2
90-142g/km
For The interior is smart
and spacious, and the 1.4
Multiair petrol engines are
strong and economical.
Against The low-speed ride
is too rm and the steering
is vague. Theres too much
wind noise and the pedal
area is cramped.
Our pick 1.4 8v Easy 3dr
What Car? says
Dacia Sandero/
Sandero Stepway
Price 5995-10,795
Target Price 5995-10,795
MPG 48.7-74.3
CO
2
99-135g/km
For Its incredibly cheap to
buy, it has loads of interior
and boot space, and is
decent to drive. The cabin
feels decently solid.
Against Its safety rating is
below-par and theres too
much road noise.
Our pick 1.2 Ambiance
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Mitsubishi Mirage
Price 9054-12,054
Target Price 8878-11,819
MPG 65.7-67.3
CO
2
96-100g/km
For The 1.2-litre petrol
engine is efcient and
pretty strong, and theres
lots of safety equipment.
Against Many rivals are
better to drive and theres
too much wind noise. The
interior feels cheap and the
driving position is poor.
Our pick tbc
What Car? says
Renault Zoe
Price 13,995-15,195
(after Govt grant)
Target Price 13,995-15,195
Battery hire
70-113/month
Range 130 miles
For Its cheap for an electric
car, looks funky and the
cabin is practical.
Against Youll have to pay
a monthly cost for battery
leasing. The high-speed
ride is rm.
Our pick Zoe
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Audi A3/A3 Sportback
Price 17,905-28,785
Target Price
17,905-28,785
MPG 40.4-74.3
CO
2
99-162g/km
For The engines are strong
and efcient, and the
cabin is beautifully built.
SE suspension successfully
mixes comfort and control.
Against Prices are high
and rear-seat space could
be a bit more generous.
Our pick Spk 1.4 TFSI 122 SE
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BMW 1 Series
Price 17,510-31,100
Target Price
16,486-28,723
MPG 35.3-74.3
CO
2
99-188g/km
For The only rear-wheel-
drive hatch in the class is
enjoyable to drive and
offers strong performance,
economy and emissions.
Against Its not very roomy
in the back and the driving
position is offset.
Our pick 116d ED
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Skoda Fabia
Price 9945-17,150
Target Price 8751-15,057
MPG 45.6-83.1
CO
2
89-148g/km
For It rides smoothly and
space for passengers and
luggage is good. Its solidly
made and affordable.
Against The cabin plastics
are tacky and the gearshift
is sloppy. Curtain airbags
are standard only on the
top model.
Our pick 1.2 TSI 105 SE
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Vauxhall Corsa
Price 9495-22,390
Target Price 9495-20,617
MPG 37.2-85.6
CO
2
88-178g/km
For The Corsa is rened,
roomy, comfortable and
good to drive. Running
costs are affordable.
Against The smaller
engines are short of pace.
Resale values are poor
and bulky screen pillars
obscure your view.
Our pick 1.4 VVT Excl 5dr
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Suzuki Splash
Price 9599-11,879
Target Price 8115-10,023
MPG 55.4-60.1
CO
2
109-118g/km
For It looks cute inside and
out and has a spacious
cabin. Its well equipped
and good to drive.
Against The tiny boot
limits practicality, its
pricey and a few details
are annoying, such as the
hard-to-read rev counter.
Our pick 1.2 SZ3
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Volkswagen Polo
Price 10,650-20,190
Target Price 10,207-18,951
MPG 47.9-80.7
CO
2
91-139g/km
For Mixes a comfortable
ride with secure handling.
The cabin is spacious and
classy, and most versions
are well priced.
Against The cheaper Polos
are basic inside and use
slow and noisy 1.2-litre
petrol engines.
Our pick 1.4 85 Match 5dr
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Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Price 17,765-25,530
Target Price
16,348-23,483
MPG 37.2-64.2
CO
2
114-177g/km
For It looks distinctive and
most versions are well
priced and kitted.
Against Rear space and
cabin quality are below par.
Renement is a weakness
and the Giulietta isnt fun
or comfortable enough.
Our pick 1.4 TB 120 Lusso
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Vauxhall Agila
Price 8495-13,355
Target Price 7699-12,072
MPG 55.4-60.1
CO
2
109-118g/km
For A small car thats
practical and good to drive.
The cabin is spacious.
Against The 1.2-litre
versions cost more than
those of the near-identical
Suzuki Splash. Resale
values are weak and some
rivals have more kit.
Our pick 1.0 Ecoex S
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Ford Fiesta
1.25 Zetec 5dr
09/09, 5970
Fun to drive, refined,
comfortable and roomy;
the Fiesta suits most
mini buyers perfectly.
Or try a
Mini 1.6 Cooper
(Pepper pack)
08/08, 6905
Few cars have the Minis
desirability or fun factor,
and used examples are
decently priced.
Toyota Yaris
Price 10,895-17,195
Target Price
10,195-16,070
MPG 52.3-80.7
CO
2
79-127g/km
For The Yaris is roomy and
packed with equipment,
while superb reliability and
a long warranty reassure.
Against Its not as good to
drive as rivals and the
interior is unappealing.
Renement isnt great.
Our pick 1.5 Hybrid T3 5dr
What Car? says
Suzuki Swift
Price 10,799-14,249
Target Price 9119-14,249
MPG 44.1-72.4
CO
2
101-147g/km
For Its smart-looking,
handles well and is keenly
priced. Running costs
are affordable.
Against The 1.2 petrol is
a little weedy, renement
isnt great and it cant
match the best for quality
or practicality.
Our pick 1.2 SZ3 5dr
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A to Z
Small
family cars
BestBuys
1 Audi A3
Sportback
1.4 TFSI 122 SE
2 Seat Leon
1.2 TSI 105 S
3 Kia Ceed
1.6 CRDi 128 1
UsedBestBuy
Chevrolet Cruze
Price 14,570-18,975
Target Price
13,595-17,686
MPG 42.8-62.7
CO
2
117-155g/km
For The Cruze has plenty of
interior space, and the
bargain price and long
warranty are tempting.
Against The petrol engines
are gutless and the Cruze
isnt particularly exciting
or comfortable to drive.
Our pick 1.6 LS 5dr
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Chevrolet Volt
Price 30,255
(after Govt grant)
Target Price 30,255
MPG 235.4 CO
2
27g/km
For The Volt is amazingly
efcient and youll go
much farther than an
electric car thanks to its
petrol-engine generator.
Against Its expensive to
buy, the cabin plastics
arent appealing and
rear visibility is awful.
Our pick Volt
What Car? says
Chrysler Delta
Price 16,000-18,495
Target Price
14,530-16,780
MPG 44.8-60.1
CO
2
122-146g/km
For Its one of the most
spacious small family cars,
with a good-sized boot and
sliding rear seats.
Against Poor body control,
vague steering and an
unsettled ride. Parts of the
cabin feel cheap.
Our pick 1.4 M-Air 140 SE
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Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Price 20,370-37,845
Target Price
19,840-37,845
MPG 40.9-70.6
CO
2
98-161g/km
For The engines are strong
and efcient, it looks
stylish and resale values
are strong.
Against The ride is too
rm, yet most models
handle poorly. Its not as
rened as it should be.
Our pick A180 SE
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Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Price 21,670-25,080
Target Price
20,396-23,615
MPG 46.3-64.2
CO
2
114-144g/km
For Theres a big, classy
cabin and boot, and the
engines balance power
and economy well.
Against Poor ride and
renement make it
disappointing to drive.
Our pick B180 CDI
Blue Efciency SE
What Car? says
Mazda 3
Price 15,995-23,995
Target Price
15,299-22,967
MPG 30.1-65.7
CO
2
115-219g/km
For Good to drive, with
agile handling and plenty
of grip. Lots of kit and most
3s are reasonably priced.
Against The 1.6 petrol is
sluggish and the ride has
a rm edge. Space in the
rear is no more than okay.
Our pick 1.6D Venture
What Car? says
Lexus CT200h
Price 21,995-30,995
Target Price
20,593-28,998
MPG 68.9-74.3
CO
2
87-94g/km
For Posh hatch with hybrid
tech for low emissions,
high mpg and small tax
bills. Lots of kit for the cash.
Against Dreadful ride and
lifeless steering. Hybrid
powertrain is short of poke
and the CVT auto whines.
Our pick S
What Car? says
Kia Ceed
Price 14,400-23,595
Target Price
12,900-21,584
MPG 38.2-74.3
CO
2
97-171g/km
For It offers lots of space,
a high-quality cabin and
plenty of equipment for
a competitive price.
Against Its not as good to
drive as many rivals, and
the 1.6 petrol engine could
be punchier and quieter.
Our pick 1.6 CRDi 128 1
What Car? says
MG 6 GT/6 Magnette
Price 15,455-21,195
Target Price 15,455-21,195
MPG 37.7-53.5
CO
2
139-174g/km
For Its spacious and good
to drive, and has lots of
standard equipment.
Against The interior
plastics look cheap, and
running costs are high due
to poor fuel consumption
and high emissions. The
engines are noisy, too.
Our pick 1.9 DTi GT S 5dr
What Car? says
Honda Insight
Price 20,100-23,190
Target Price 18,913-21,814
MPG 61.4-64.2
CO
2
101-105g/km
For Its efcient, well kitted
and decently practical.
Against The hybrid engine
is short of muscle and isnt
particularly rened. The
ride is crude, the steering
has virtually no feel and
the gearbox is jerky. Some
rival hybrids are cheaper.
Our pick 1.3 SE
What Car? says
Hyundai i30
Price 14,605-20,415
Target Price
13,062-18,768
MPG 46.3-76.3
CO
2
97-143g/km
For The spacious cabin is
as good as any for quality
and equipment. It rides
well and has good engines.
Against The steering is
lifeless and vague around
the straight ahead, and the
gearshift is notchy.
Our pick 1.6 CRDi 110 Active
What Car? says
Honda Civic
Price 16,955-27,090
Target Price
16,118-24,572
MPG 46.3-78.5
CO
2
94-145g/km
For A huge boot and rear
seats that ip up to give
extra storage. The diesels
and 1.8 petrol are strong.
Against The steering and
ride disappoint, while
renement, headroom
and visibility are poor.
Our pick 1.6 i-DTEC ES
What Car? says
Ford Focus
Price 13,995-25,495
Target Price
13,590-23,773
MPG 39.2-83.1
CO
2
88-169g/km
For The Focus is superb fun
to drive. Its also rened,
has lots of safety kit and
competitive CO
2
emissions.
Against The boot is small,
interior quality is average
and some of the controls
are ddly.
Our pick 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec
What Car? says
Citron DS4
Price 17,580-23,430
Target Price 16,557-22,041
MPG 44.1-64.2
CO
2
114-149g/km
For The DS4 is a good-
looking, high-quality
alternative to other small
family hatches. All trim
levels are well equipped.
Against Its expensive and
not very practical. Its hard
ride is just too harsh for
UK roads.
Our pick 2.0 HDi 160 DStyle
What Car? says
Fiat Bravo
Price 15,805-17,800
Target Price
15,805-17,800
MPG 44.8-62.8
CO
2
115-146g/km
For The Bravo looks good
and is cheap to buy and
run. There are strong
engines and its rened.
Against The ride and
handling disappoint, while
build quality is below par.
Depreciation is heavy.
Our pick 1.4 Active
What Car? says
Citron C4
Price 13,995-20,945
Target Price
12,127-18,609
MPG 44.1-74.3
CO
2
98-148g/km
For Its rened and there
are some ne engines and
a few innovative features.
Against Its not the best to
drive nor the roomiest.
The semi-auto gearbox is
jerky and many of the
controls are ddly.
Our pick 1.4 VTi 95 VTR+
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz CLA
Price 24,355-31,555
Target Price
23,891-30,950
MPG 40.9-62.8
CO
2
117-161g/km
For It doesnt look like your
average saloon and it has
lots of standard kit. The
cabin is smartly styled.
Against Rivals are better to
drive, quieter and more
practical. The petrol model
is sluggish at low revs.
Our pick 220 CDI Sport
What Car? says
Most popular
small family
cars on
whatcar.com
1 Volkswagen
Golf
2 Audi A3
3 Ford Focus
4 Seat Leon
5 BMW 1 Series
6 Kia Ceed
Ranking based on most
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Proton Gen-2
Price 9200-11,215
Target Price 8695-10,603
MPG 39.8-40.9
CO
2
164-170g/km
For The Gen-2 is smartly
styled, and rides and
handles well. Prices
undercut rivals by a lot.
Against The cabin is of
abysmal quality and
the driving position is
awkward. Engine is gruff
and resale values are weak.
Our pick 1.6 GSX 5dr
What Car? says
Peugeot 308
Price 15,550-20,600
Target Price
13,234-17,949
MPG 42.2-76.4
CO
2
95-155g/km
For Excellent diesel
engines, an attractive cabin
and plenty of safety kit.
Against The ride is crashy
and the steering is vague.
Visibility and rear legroom
are poor, and the driving
position is offset.
Our pick 1.6 e-HDi 112 Actve
What Car? says
Mini Countryman
Price 16,545-28,605
Target Price
15,805-27,312
MPG 38.2-64.2
CO
2
115-172g/km
For It blends the retro style
that Mini buyers love with
enough practicality for
a small family.
Against The ride is rm
and it isnt as much fun
to drive as a Mini hatch.
Some versions are pricey.
Our pick 1.6 Cooper 2WD
What Car? says
Nissan Leaf
Price 15,990-25,490
(after Govt grant)
Target Price
15,990-25,490
Range 124 miles
For The all-electric Leaf is
easy, fun and comfortable
to drive. Its roomy and
costs peanuts to run.
Against The standard
eight-hour charging time.
Limited range, which is cut
drastically in cold weather.
Our pick Visia
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Toyota Prius
Price 21,845-33,245
Target Price
20,350-30,940
MPG 70.6-134.5
CO
2
49-92g/km
For It has a smooth
drivetrain and roomy
cabin; emissions and
economy are rst-rate.
Against The interior
plastics are disappointing
and the ride unsettled.
Rear visibility is poor.
Our pick 1.8 VVT-i T3
What Car? says
Toyota Auris
Price 14,495-21,745
Target Price
13,325-20,205
MPG 46.3-74.3
CO
2
84-140g/km
For The Auris is keenly
priced, well equipped and
affordable to own.
Against It doesnt ride or
handle as well as the class
best. Many rivals are more
spacious and theres too
much wind noise at speed.
Our pick 1.8 HSD Icon
What Car? says
Seat Leon
Price 15,370-22,375
Target Price
14,283-20,791
MPG 47.1-74.3
CO
2
99-139g/km
For It handles well, the
engines are strong, and
the cabin is practical and
user-friendly. Cheaper
models are great value.
Against The 1.6-litre diesel
engine is noisy and some
cabin plastics feel cheap.
Our pick 1.2 TSI 105 S
What Car? says
Renault Mgane
Price 16,550-22,850
Target Price
13,983-19,249
MPG 40.9-80.7
CO
2
90-159g/km
For The Mgane is keenly
priced, has plenty of kit
and some ne engines.
Against Rear head- and
legroom are poor. It isnt
as classy, fun to drive or
comfortable as the best
cars in the class.
Our pick 1.5 dCi 90 Exprn+
What Car? says
Vauxhall Ampera
Price 29,995-33,995
(after Govt grant)
Target Price
29,241-33,153
MPG 235.4 CO
2
27g/km
For The Ampera is very
efcient, and when the
batteries get low the petrol
engine charges them.
Against Its expensive
to buy, the cabin plastics
could be better and rear
visibility is awful.
Our pick Ampera Earth
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Volkswagen Jetta
Price 17,880-21,960
Target Price
15,415-19,258
MPG 44.8-67.3
CO
2
109-145g/km
For The Jetta is an elegant
saloon that is well built and
keenly priced. It has a big
cabin and a huge boot.
Against Its unloved by
hatchback-mad UK buyers,
so its resale values suffer.
Our pick 1.6 TDI 105
Bluemotion Tech SE
What Car? says
Volkswagen Beetle
Price 15,515-22,240
Target Price
14,357-20,545
MPG 38.2-65.7
CO
2
113-169g/km
For Theres good head- and
elbowroom up front, and
the large side windows
light up the cabin. There
are some ne engines.
Against The rear seats are
cramped and some of the
interior feels cheap.
Our pick 1.2 TSI 105
What Car? says
Vauxhall Astra
Price 12,995-25,180
Target Price
12,995-22,093
MPG 41.5-76.3
CO
2
99-160g/km
For The Astra looks great
and the cabin is solidly put
together. Its pretty rened
and the ride is smooth.
Against Its expensive to
buy or lease, and doesnt
hold its value well. The
steering is vague.
Our pick 1.4T Exclusiv
What Car? says
Seat Toledo
Price 12,500-17,840
Target Price
11,716-16,708
MPG 46.3-72.4
CO
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104-137g/km
For It offers a roomy cabin
and a huge boot, and is
signicantly cheaper
than many rivals.
Against The ride is rm,
renement could be better
and there are signs of
cost-cutting in the cabin.
Our pick 1.2 TSI 85 S
What Car? says
Skoda Rapid
Price 12,905-17,850
Target Price 11,290-15,565
MPG 47.9-64.2
CO
2
114-137g/km
For You get loads of
interior and boot space,
all for a lot less than a
similarly equipped rival.
Against The ride is
uncomfortable and theres
too much wind noise at
motorway speeds. The
cabin feels cheap in places.
Our pick 1.2 TSI 85 S
What Car? says
Volkswagen Golf
Price 16,495-26,500
Target Price
15,172-25,491
MPG 47.1-88.3
CO
2
85-139g/km
For Its comfortable,
rened and fun to drive.
The cabin is classy, resale
values are strong and
theres lots of safety kit.
Against The most basic
engines in the range dont
have a lot of power.
Our pick 1.4 TSI 122 SE
What Car? says
Citron DS5
Price 22,960-33,360
Target Price
21,080-30,042
MPG 42.2-74.3
CO
2
91-155g/km
For It looks striking, cabin
quality is good and the
engines are rened.
Against The ride is too
hard and rear space is
tight. Visibility could be
better and the hybrid
models boot is small.
Our pick 2.0 HDi 160 DSign
What Car? says
Peugeot 508
Price 18,855-31,850
Target Price
17,842-28,840
MPG 45.6-78.5
CO
2
95-150g/km
For Its good to drive, has
strong engines and a classy
cabin. The 1.6 e-HDi diesel
model is very efcient.
Against The ride is rm,
theres too much wind
noise and some rivals
provide more space.
Our pick 1.6 e-HDi 112 Actve
What Car? says
Mazda 6
Price 19,595-26,095
Target Price
18,351-24,438
MPG 47.9-67.3
CO
2
108-135g/km
For Low fuel consumption
and CO
2
emissions make
the 6 affordable to run,
and theres lots of cabin
and boot space.
Against The ride is rm
and theres too much
road noise.
Our pick 2.2D 150 SE-L
What Car? says
Ford Mondeo
Price 15,995-28,255
Target Price
15,687-25,925
MPG 36.7-65.7
CO
2
114-179g/km
For Huge space inside, and
its comfortable and fun to
drive. The diesel engines
are strong and economical.
Against Its size can be
daunting. Too much road
noise on coarse surfaces.
Our pick 1.6 TDCi 115 Eco
Zetec S/S
What Car? says
Toyota Avensis
Price 19,160-28,255
Target Price
19,160-28,255
MPG 43.5-62.8
CO
2
119-167g/km
For Its effortless to drive
and to live with. Ownership
costs are relatively low and
equipment levels are good.
Against The diesel engines
are gruff and the pricier
models arent much better
than the cheaper ones.
Our pick 2.0 D-4D Icon
What Car? says
Suzuki Kizashi
Price 21,995
Target Price 20,917
MPG 34.0 CO
2
191g/km
For It has 4wd and lots
of equipment, including
a CVT automatic gearbox.
Against The running costs
are high, the engine is
short of low-rev punch
and the ride is unsettled.
The steering feels
inconsistent, and theres
lots of wind and road noise.
Our pick 2.4 CVT 4WD
What Car? says
Skoda Superb
Price 18,555-32,500
Target Price
17,304-30,308
MPG 30.4-67.3
CO
2
109-215g/km
For You get an innovative
boot/hatch arrangement,
a vast and classy interior,
and plenty of equipment.
Against Cheaper rivals are
almost as spacious, while
its sheer size can make
parking tricky.
Our pick 1.4 TSI S
What Car? says
Hyundai i40
Price 18,515-23,820
Target Price
17,988-22,183
MPG 55.4-65.7
CO
2
113-134g/km
For The i40 is spacious
and packed with kit. It has
efcient diesel engines.
Against Most rivals are
better to drive. The gap
between boot and cabin is
small and oddly shaped.
Our pick 1.7 CRDi 115
Blue Drive Active
What Car? says
Honda Accord
Price 22,765-33,180
Target Price 21,319-31,043
MPG 40.9-52.3
CO
2
138-199g/km
For Build quality and
reliability are top-notch.
The seats are comfortable.
Against Costs more to buy
and run than most rivals,
which also offer more
rear-seat space, a smoother
ride and sharper handling.
Too much road noise.
Our pick 2.2 i-DTEC 150 ES
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Kia Optima
Price 19,595-24,495
Target Price
18,343-22,919
MPG 57.6 CO
2
128g/km
For The Optimas cabin
and boot are roomy. The
basic model is temptingly
priced and well equipped.
Against Many rivals are
far more comfortable and
quieter, and feel classier
inside. Some versions
are pricey.
Our pick 1.7 CRDi 1
What Car? says
Citron C5
Price 20,455-29,060
Target Price 16,431-26,826
MPG 47.9-62.8
CO
2
117-155g/km
For The C5 is a stylish and
rened saloon. There are
some ne diesel engines
and the ride is cushy.
Against The steering and
handling arent as good as
rivals, and the dashboard
layout is confusing. Resale
values are weak.
Our pick 1.6 HDi 115 VTR+
What Car? says
1 Ford Mondeo
1.6 TDCi 115
Eco Zetec S/S
2 Volkswagen
Passat
2.0 TDI 140
Bluemotion
Tech Highline
3 Skoda Superb
1.4 TSI S
A to Z
Family cars
FFFordddMMMonddeo
BestBuys
Volkswagen Golf
1.6 TDI Match 5dr
10/60, 11,140
No rival matches the Golf
for fun and comfort, and
this diesel model keeps
fuel bills low. Its classy
and spacious, too.
Or try a
Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi
Zetec 5dr
09/09, 6810
Great to drive and cheap
to run, the Focus is
a superb all-rounder.
Volvo V40
Price 18,995-34,065
Target Price
17,524-31,481
MPG 35.8-83.1
CO
2
88-185g/km
For The V40 has a smart,
high-quality cabin and lots
of safety and convenience
equipment. The engines
are strong and efcient.
Against The ride is rm,
the gearshift is notchy and
the turning circle is wide.
Our pick 1.6D D2 115 SE
What Car? says
UsedBestBuy
Skoda Octavia
Price 15,990-22,990
Target Price
14,706-22,990
MPG 45.6-74.3
CO
2
99-142g/km
For It has a huge, classy
cabin and lots of standard
equipment. Its good to
drive, and most versions
are cheap to buy and run.
Against Its not the most
exciting car to sit in. The
diesels are a touch noisy.
Our pick 1.2 TSI S
What Car? says
Vauxhall Insignia
Price 16,279-30,870
Target Price
13,912-28,577
MPG 26.4-67.3
CO
2
112-251g/km
For Its good-looking inside
and out. It also comes with
plenty of high-tech kit.
Against Its not as rened
as it should be, rear
headroom is tight and the
steering is dull. Ride and
handling are below par.
Our pick 2.0 CDTi 160 Excv
What Car? says
Volkswagen Passat
Price 20,005-25,145
Target Price
18,259-22,948
MPG 39.2-68.9
CO
2
109-169g/km
For It is spacious and good
to drive. Resale values are
strong and most versions
are well equipped.
Against Some interior trim
is dour, while the front
seats need more support.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 140
Bluemotion Tech Highline
What Car? says
Ford Mondeo
2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec
09/58, 7040
The Mondeo is spacious,
refined, comfortable and
great to drive, all for an
incredibly low price.
Or try a
Volkswagen Passat
2.0 TDI 140 SE
07/07, 5945
The Passat is a cut above
most family cars for
quality, yet this version is
afordable to buy.
Volkswagen CC
Price 25,455-28,580
Target Price
23,204-26,072
MPG 38.7-61.4
CO
2
120-169g/km
For The cabin is plush and
the boot is big. The engines
are strong and efcient.
Against Its pricey, rear
headroom is limited and
the ride can be jiggly on
rough surfaces.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 140
Bluemotion Technology
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FAMILY CARS & EXECUTIVE CARS A to Z
UsedBestBuy
BestBuys
Audi A7 Sportback
Price 41,170-83,495
Target Price
35,731-83,495
MPG 28.8-55.4
CO
2
135-229g/km
For Stunning high-speed
composure and impressive
renement. The cabin is
beautifully built.
Against The coup-like
roof limits boot space.
Much of the fantastic
high-tech kit costs extra.
Our pick 3.0 TDI 204 SE
What Car? says
Audi A6
Price 30,985-54,505
Target Price
26,974-50,586
MPG 29.4-57.6
CO
2
129-225g/km
For The A6 is rened and
has a spacious, luxury
interior. Its also well kitted,
clean-running and frugal.
Against Not as rewarding
to drive as a Jaguar XF.
Some minor controls are
a little ddly to operate.
Our pick 2.0 TDI SE
What Car? says
Audi A4
Price 23,960-40,095
Target Price 21,694-37,519
MPG 34.9-65.7
CO
2
112-190g/km
For The A4 is decent to
drive and has powerful
engines. Resale values are
strong and running costs
are competitive.
Against Youll have much
more fun driving a BMW
3 Series, and youll be more
comfortable, too.
Our pick 2.0 TDIe 136 SE
What Car? says
BMW 3 Series
Price 23,185-37,885
Target Price
21,549-33,677
MPG 35.8-68.9
CO
2
109-186g/km
For Its tax efcient and the
engines are economical
and punchy. The cabin is
spacious and classy.
Against The low-speed
ride can be unsettled and
theres wind noise at speed.
Our pick 320d Efcient
Dynamics automatic
What Car? says
A to Z
Executive
cars
1 BMW 320d
Efficient
Dynamics
automatic
2 BMW 520d
SE automatic
3 Jaguar XF
3.0D V6
Luxury
BMW 5 Series
Gran Turismo
Price 37,010-60,380
Target Price
32,846-53,936
MPG 30.7-53.3
CO
2
139-214g/km
For Limousine-like space, a
classy cabin and a high-set
seating position.
Against The ride and
renement disappoint,
as does the size and
versatility of the boot.
Our pick 520d SE
What Car? says
Audi A5 Sportback
Price 26,425-42,595
Target Price
24,164-39,752
MPG 34.9-64.2
CO
2
117-190g/km
For Its as spacious as an
A4 saloon and has added
versatility. It has some
good engines, too.
Against Its not exciting to
drive, nor is it comfortable
enough to be relaxing.
The pedals are off-set.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 177 SE
What Car? says
BMW 3 Series
Gran Turismo
Price 29,835-39,735
Target Price
27,926-38,981
MPG 34.9-62.8
CO
2
119-188g/km
For Theres plenty of cabin
space and a large boot.
You get a raised driving
position and plenty of kit.
Against Its expensive and
isnt as good to drive as
a standard 3 Series.
Our pick 320d SE
What Car? says
BMW 5 Series
Price 29,830-73,375
Target Price
27,833-68,565
MPG 27.2-62.8
CO
2
119-242g/km
For Impressively rened,
economical and tax
efcient. The cabin is plush
and beautifully assembled.
Against It needs optional
Variable Damper Control
or Adaptive Drive to make
it ride and handle properly.
Our pick 520d SE automatic
What Car? says
BMW 6 Series
Gran Coup
Price 61,625-97,515
Target Price
56,699-92,351
MPG 28.5-50.4
CO
2
148-232g/km
For Its a striking-looking
car with a classy and
comfortable interior, and a
range of excellent engines.
Against It needs the pricey
adjustable suspension to
ride and handle well.
Our pick 640d SE
What Car? says
BMW Alpina B5/D5
Price 56,950-78,150
Target Price
56,950-78,150
MPG 26.6-47.9
CO
2
155-247g/km
For Its effortless and
relaxing to drive, despite
being so powerful. The ride
is surprisingly supple, too.
Against The handling isnt
that engaging and those
huge tyres kick up road
noise on rough surfaces.
Our pick D5 Biturbo
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Price 32,400-73,745
Target Price
29,047-68,408
MPG 28.8-68.9
CO
2
109-230g/km
For It majors on comfort
and safety. Fuel economy,
CO
2
emissions and
equipment levels are good.
Against Renement is
disappointing and the
interior looks drab.
Our pick E350 CDI Blue
Efciency Avantgarde
What Car? says
Porsche Panamera
Price 62,922-107,903
Target Price
62,922-107,903
MPG 26.4-91.1
CO
2
71-249g/km
For Handles brilliantly,
has enough space for four
and all versions are rapid.
Its rened and classy, too.
Against Its practical for
a Porsche, but rivals are
better on that score. Its
pricey to buy and run.
Our pick 3.0D V6
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz CLS
Price 47,605-88,425
Target Price
40,857-80,008
MPG 28.5-54.3
CO
2
135-231g/km
For Its hugely desirable,
offers strong performance
and excellent renement.
Its also pretty practical.
Against Its expensive and
the ride isnt as cosseting
as an E-Classs.
Our pick 250 CDI
Blue Efciency
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz
C-Class
Price 26,275-56,965
Target Price
22,967-52,343
MPG 23.5-68.9
CO
2
109-280g/km
For Its roomy, generously
kitted and decent to drive.
Against Poor renement
and the smaller diesels are
rough. Prices and contract
hire rates are steep.
Our pick C220 CDI Blue
Efciency Executive SE
What Car? says
Volvo S80
Price 29,520-39,030
Target Price
25,415-33,599
MPG 46.3-68.9
CO
2
109-159g/km
For Strong engines, plenty
of space and a nicely
trimmed cabin.
Against An unsettled ride,
noisy suspension and
numb steering. Contract
hire rates are high and
front visibility is poor.
Our pick 2.0 D3 SE
What Car? says
Volvo S60
Price 20,250-40,665
Target Price
20,250-35,289
MPG 28.5-72.4
CO
2
103-231g/km
For Cabin is classy, comfy
and spacious. It rides
smoothly and offers
a huge array of safety kit.
Against The ve-cylinder
diesel engines can be
boomy and the manual
gearbox is vague.
Our pick 1.6D Business Edn
What Car? says
UsedBestBuy
Vauxhall VXR8
Price 45,065-51,315
Target Price
45,065-51,315
MPG 20.6-20.9
CO
2
320-324g/km
For Searing pace and
capable handling make the
VXR8 great fun. With space
for four and a big boot, its
practical, too.
Against A huge thirst for
fuel means hefty running
costs. The cabin is bland.
Our pick 6.2 V8 GTS
What Car? says
Jaguar XF
Price 29,945-79,995
Target Price
26,293-79,995
MPG 24.4-55.4
CO
2
135-270g/km
For Stylish looks,
a dramatic interior,
sensational handling
and superb renement.
Against Its economy and
CO
2
emissions cant match
a BMW 5 Series, and rear
headroom is a little tight.
Our pick 3.0D V6 Luxury
What Car? says
Lexus GS
Price 32,995-50,995
Target Price
31,294-48,298
MPG 31.7-46.3
CO
2
141-207g/km
For Its a comfortable
cruiser thats loaded with
convenience and safety kit.
Against It feels unwieldy
unless you go for the
expensive models. Theres
no diesel version and the
hybrid is pricey.
Our pick 450h F Sport
What Car? says
Lexus IS
Price 26,495-38,495
Target Price
26,495-38,495
MPG 30.7-65.7
CO
2
99-213g/km
For The hybrid is tax
efcient. Plenty of kit and
it feels solidly put together.
Against You have to work
the engines hard for decent
progress, and the hybrid is
noisy when you do. Rear
headroom is a bit tight.
Our pick 300h SE
What Car? says
Infiniti M
Price 38,955-46,825
Target Price
37,126-44,592
MPG 27.7-40.9
CO
2
159-235g/km
For The M gets almost
every luxury, and tidy
handling makes it fun.
Against The low-speed ride
is jittery and its emissions
are high. Its also far too
expensive, considering its
weak resale values.
Our pick 3.0d V6 GT
What Car? says
Chrysler 300C
Price 36,000-40,000
Target Price
25,995-36,908
MPG 39.2-39.8
CO
2
185-191g/km
For Its a lot of car for
the money and it looks
different from established
German rivals.
Against Theres no
four-cylinder diesel engine
and cabin quality leaves
a little to be desired.
Our pick 3.0 V6 Limited
What Car? says
Infiniti G37
Price 34,960-40,670
Target Price
33,163-38,565
MPG 25.7-26.9
CO
2
246-255g/km
For Youll rarely see
another, so youll have that
exclusive cachet. The G37
is rapid and rened.
Against The V6 petrol
engine means high fuel
and tax bills. The cabin
materials dont feel special.
Our pick 3.7 V6 G37 GT
What Car? says
Maserati Ghibli
Price 48,830-63,415
Target Price
48,830-63,415
MPG 27.2-47.9
CO
2
158-242g/km
For Its got more cachet
than a BMW or Jaguar, and
is a pretty quiet motorway
cruiser. The cabin is stylish.
Against The ride is
shuddery on patchy
surfaces and theres not
much rear-seat space.
Our pick 3.0 V6 Diesel
What Car? says
Audi A6 2.0 TDI SE
09/09, 13,095
There are few nicer
places to be than the
cabin of an A6, and this
economical diesel model
is good value used.
Or try a
BMW 320d SE
08/08, 9685
Not only is the 320d
refined and cheap to run,
it also handles and steers
superbly. The classy
cabin is solidly built, too.
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Aston Martin Rapide S
Price 149,995
Target Price 149,995
MPG 19.9 CO
2
332g/km
For Astons four-door
saloon is beautiful and
fast. Its incredibly civilised
and comfortable, yet also
feels nimble and compact.
Against Getting in and out
of the back with dignity
isnt easy, and although
there are four seats, rivals
are far more spacious.
Our pick 5.9 V12
What Car? says
A to Z
Luxury cars
BestBuys
1 Land Rover
Range Rover
3.0 TDV6
Vogue SE
2 Mercedes
S350
Bluetec
SE Line
3 Rolls-Royce
Phantom
Audi A8
Price 53,685-95,440
Target Price
47,602-84,652
MPG 23.7-47.1
CO
2
147-277g/km
For Advanced, rened and
superbly made. Standard
kit is good and the diesels
are quick and economical.
Against Standard-length
car isnt as roomy as some
rivals and the steering is
short of feedback.
Our pick 3.0 TDI SE Exec L
What Car? says
BMW 7 Series
Price 58,120-104,085
Target Price
53,000-93,583
MPG 21.1-50.4
CO
2
148-314g/km
For Its technologically
advanced, beautifully
made and spacious. The
diesel models have very
low CO
2
emissions.
Against Renement and
ride comfort arent good
enough for a luxury car.
Our pick 730d SE
What Car? says
Jaguar XJ
Price 56,865-95,870
Target Price
49,859-95,870
MPG 24.4-46.3
CO
2
159-270g/km
For Its agile, and the
engines are punchy and
rened. Kit is lavish and
the interior looks great.
Against You sit low in the
back, yet headroom is a bit
tight. The ride could be
more comfortable, too.
Our pick 3.0D V6 Luxury
What Car? says
Bentley Mulsanne
Price 224,700
Target Price 224,700
MPG 16.8 CO
2
393g/km
For Theres massive
performance, spectacular
renement, controlled
handling and a superb ride.
The cabin is as opulent as
it is huge, and there are
plenty of bespoke options.
Against Some controls are
similar to those found in
mainstream Audis.
Our pick 6.75 V8
What Car? says
Bentley Flying Spur
Price 149,900-151,340
Target Price
149,900-151,340
MPG 19.0 CO
2
343g/km
For Fabulously appointed
inside, rened and
comfortable. Its also
seriously fast yet relaxing.
Has a level of cachet that
few rivals can match.
Against Its expensive to
buy and run, even by
luxury car standards.
Our pick 6.0 W12
What Car? says
Rolls-Royce Ghost
Price 200,500-230,000
Target Price
200,500-230,000
MPG 20.8 CO
2
317g/km
For A magnicent V12
engine and eight-speed
auto gearbox give pace
and smoothness. It feels
reasonably light-footed.
Against The ride is too
rm, most noticeably in
town. Its size means it can
be awkward to manoeuvre.
Our pick 6.6 V12
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Price 62,650-88,130
Target Price
62,650-88,130
MPG 27.9-51.4
CO
2
146-237g/km
For Combines a cosseting
ride with composed
handling. The cabin is
sumptuous and the
renement exceptional.
Against Some of the most
desirable kit costs extra.
Our pick S350 Bluetec
SE Line
What Car? says
Maserati Quattroporte
Price 110,000
Target Price 110,000
MPG 23.9 CO
2
274g/km
For Fabulous performance
and sporty handling,
plus a luxurious cabin
with limousine levels of
space in the back.
Against Its expensive, and
maybe too sporty and
unrened if you want to
spend most of the time in
the rear seats.
Our pick 3.8T V8
What Car? says
Lexus LS
Price 71,995-99,495
Target Price
68,894-95,166
MPG 26.4-32.8
CO
2
199-249g/km
For The LS is whisper quiet,
especially the hybrid
version. Its also superbly
built and packed with kit.
Against The cabin doesnt
feel special enough and the
LS is uninspiring to drive.
Gearbox can be hesitant.
Our pick 600h L
What Car? says
Land Rover
Range Rover
Price 71,310-98,430
Target Price
71,310-98,430
MPG 20.5-37.7
CO
2
196-322g/km
For Brilliant on and off
road, and its superbly
rened. The swish cabin is
a fabulous place to be.
Against Its pricey to buy
and will be expensive to
run if you go for a V8.
Our pick 3.0 TDV6 Vogue SE
What Car? says
Volkswagen Phaeton
Price 53,915-56,475
Target Price
45,883-48,393
MPG 32.2 CO
2
224g/km
For Its rened, luxurious,
hugely roomy and
superbly built.
Against Resale values are
awful, so it makes little
nancial sense. Parts of the
cabin look dated and the
dashboard is cluttered.
Our pick 3.0 V6 TDI 240
4Motion SWB
What Car? says
Rolls-Royce Phantom
Price 285,200-336,700
Target Price
285,200-336,700
MPG 17.9-18.0
CO
2
377-380g/km
For Its rened, immensely
comfortable and fast, and
more agile than it looks. Its
put together beautifully.
Against Too much wind
noise at speed, and the
styling and rear-hinged
rear doors are love-or-hate.
Our pick 6.75 V12
What Car? says
UsedBestBuy
Audi A8
3.0 TDI quattro SE
07/07, 10,305
The A8 is big, refined
and sophisticated. This
model has four-wheel
drive and an economical
diesel engine.
Or try a
Land Rover Range Rover
TD6 Vogue
06/06, 16,030
A luxury car thats also
a great 4x4. Diesel engine
keeps fuel bills bearable.
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Ford Mondeo Estate
Price 17,245-29,505
Target Price
16,912-27,071
MPG 36.7-65.7
CO
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114-179g/km
For Its rened, the diesel
engines are strong and
frugal, and the boot is
huge. Its superb to drive.
Against Resale values are
poor and some might nd
its sheer size off-putting.
Too much road noise.
Our pick 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec
What Car? says
Mazda 6 Tourer
Price 21,265-26,245
Target Price
19,923-24,578
MPG 47.9-64.2
CO
2
116-136g/km
For Its cheap to run,
thanks to excellent fuel
economy and CO
2
gures.
Cabin and boot space are
similarly impressive.
Against The ride is too rm
for a family estate and
theres a lot of road noise.
Our pick 2.2D 150 SE-L
What Car? says
Hyundai i40 Tourer
Price 19,765-25,070
Target Price
19,150-23,344
MPG 39.2-65.7
CO
2
113-169g/km
For An estate to take
Hyundai upmarket. Its
roomy and interior is good.
Against Its no bargain, and
the diesel engine can feel
unresponsive. The rear
seats dont fold at.
Our pick 1.7 CRDi 115
Blue Drive Active
What Car? says
Hyundai i30 Tourer
Price 16,300-21,515
Target Price 14,692-19,777
MPG 42.8-67.3
CO
2
110-150g/km
For Its spacious, practical
and classy, while the diesel
engines are economical.
It rides well and has plenty
of standard equipment.
Against Many rivals are
more rened, the steering
is vague and the gearshift
is notchy.
Our pick 1.6 CRDi 110 Active
What Car? says
Honda Accord Tourer
Price 24,265-34,680
Target Price
22,720-32,444
MPG 32.5-50.4
CO
2
143-201g/km
For Excellent build quality
and reliability, and the
boot is a decent size.
Against Its expensive and
doesnt ride or handle well
enough. Its not that
practical, either, and theres
too much road noise.
Our pick 2.2 i-DTEC 150 ES
What Car? says
Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Price 31,945-51,510
Target Price
28,044-45,172
MPG 46.0-55.4
CO
2
135-163g/km
For Its an elegantly
proportioned estate with
sensational handling and
a supple high-speed ride.
Against The boot is
shallow, and rivals are
more efcient and have
classier cabins.
Our pick 3.0D V6 Luxury
What Car? says
Kia Ceed Sportswagon
Price 16,895-24,795
Target Price
15,279-22,731
MPG 64.2-67.3
CO
2
109-116g/km
For Its good value for
money, with lots of space,
a high-quality cabin and
plenty of equipment.
Against Its not as good to
drive as many rivals, the
gearshift is notchy and
road noise is an issue.
Our pick 1.4 CRDi 90 1
What Car? says
Citron C5 Tourer
Price 21,555-30,160
Target Price
17,490-27,886
MPG 46.3-62.8
CO
2
117-159g/km
For Its rened, the ride
is comfortable and the
diesel engines are strong
and economical.
Against The steering and
handling arent as good
as many rivals and resale
values are weak.
Our pick 1.6 HDi 110 VTR+
What Car? says
Ford Focus Estate
Price 17,405-24,745
Target Price
15,308-22,063
MPG 39.2-67.3
CO
2
109-169g/km
For Handles sweetly and is
as practical as most rivals.
Its also well equipped and
attractively priced.
Against The low-speed ride
is a touch rm, and the
interior quality isnt as
good as a VW Golfs.
Our pick 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec
What Car? says
BMW 5 Series Touring
Price 32,955-58,865
Target Price
30,222-53,244
MPG 26.4-57.6
CO
2
130-249g/km
For It is comfortable, has
loads of space, and punchy
and economical engines.
Its a must-have car.
Against You must pay for
Variable Damper Control
or Adaptive Drive to make
it ride and handle well.
Our pick 520d SE automatic
What Car? says
Chevrolet Cruze SW
Price 15,680-20,890
Target Price
14,629-19,482
MPG 39.2-62.7
CO
2
119-170g/km
For Its a spacious and
practical estate with low
prices and a long warranty.
Against It isnt particularly
enjoyable or comfortable
to drive, and the 1.6-litre
petrol engine is gutless
and noisy.
Our pick 1.7 VCDi 130 LT
What Car? says
BMW 3 Series Touring
Price 26,510-38,035
Target Price
24,620-35,263
MPG 41.5-62.8
CO
2
123-159g/km
For Excellent performance
and economy, and a plush
cabin. The big boot has lots
of practical touches.
Against Needs the optional
adjustable suspension to
ride and handle well. A tad
too much wind noise.
Our pick 320d SE
What Car? says
Audi A4 Avant
Price 25,260-55,525
Target Price
22,867-55,525
MPG 26.4-64.2
CO
2
116-249g/km
For It has a well-shaped
boot and a roomy cabin.
Its good to drive and
resale values are strong.
Against The rear seats
dont fold at, the pedals
are offset and some
plastics arent that good.
Our pick 2.0 TDIe 136 SE
What Car? says
Audi A6 Avant
Price 33,110-56,725
Target Price
28,835-52,939
MPG 28.8-57.6
CO
2
132-229g/km
For Theres a big, high-
quality cabin and plenty
of standard equipment.
Its a rened motorway car.
Against Boot capacity is
some way short of some
rivals. It isnt as good to
drive as a BMW 5 Series.
Our pick 2.0 TDI SE
What Car? says
1 Skoda
Octavia
Estate
1.6 TDI 105 SE
2 BMW 520d
Touring
SE auto
3 Kia Ceed
Sportswagon
1.4 CRDi 90 1
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Mercedes-Benz
C-Class Estate
Price 27,475-58,165
Target Price
24,070-53,507
MPG 23.2-60.1
CO
2
124-285g/km
For Its economical, the
boot is big and safety
equipment is excellent.
Against Its unrened and
the smaller diesel engines
are gruff. Prices are high.
Our pick C220 CDI Blue
Efciency Executive SE
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz
E-Class Estate
Price 34,315-75,535
Target Price
30,874-70,111
MPG 28.3-62.8
CO
2
119-234g/km
For Its bigger and more
practical than rivals, and
has potent engines.
Against Its pricey and the
smaller engines arent
rened enough.
Our pick E350 CDI Blue
Efciency Avantgarde
What Car? says
Mini Clubman
Price 14,570-26,260
Target Price
13,848-25,071
MPG 42.2-72.4
CO
2
103-155g/km
For Its a Mini with more
space, so its fun to drive,
has a reasonable ride
and room for four.
Against The one rear
door is on the trafc side.
Its bigger than the hatch,
but still impractical.
Our pick 1.6 Cooper
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz
CLS Shooting Brake
Price 49,390-83,080
Target Price
42,568-74,885
MPG 28.0-53.3
CO
2
139-235g/km
For Offers slinky styling,
estate car practicality and
strong, efcient engines.
Against Its pricey, rear
visibility is poor and some
of the controls are ddly.
Our pick 250 CDI
Blue Efciency
What Car? says
Peugeot 207 SW
Price 12,150-17,695
Target Price 11,069-15,862
MPG 42.2-67.3
CO
2
110-155g/km
For The 207 SW has more
boot and rear space than
the 207 hatch. Its good to
drive and large discounts
are available at dealers.
Against Its expensive and
the diesel-engined models
dont ride as well as the
petrol versions.
Our pick 1.4 VTi 95 Active
What Car? says
Peugeot 308 SW
Price 17,100-22,550
Target Price
14,729-19,684
MPG 41.0-62.8
CO
2
110-159g/km
For Theres a massive boot,
and top-spec versions get
seven seats. It is better to
drive than the hatchback.
Against Theres not
enough space in seven-seat
mode. Its pricey, and the
driving position is offset.
Our pick 1.6 HDi 112 S
What Car? says
Renault Mgane
Sport Tourer
Price 17,350-23,650
Target Price
14,653-19,919
MPG 40.9-80.7
CO
2
90-159g/km
For Its spacious, affordable
and has a well-built cabin.
It handles well.
Against The rear seats
wont fold at. Resale
values are relatively weak.
Our pick 1.5 dCi 110
Expression+ S/S
What Car? says
Peugeot 508 SW
Price 19,880-33,895
Target Price
18,809-30,845
MPG 44.8-68.9
CO
2
107-154g/km
For It handles well, the
cabin is plush and the 1.6
e-HDi version is efcient.
Against The ride is rm
and some rivals have more
cabin and boot space.
Entry-level versions arent
especially well equipped.
Our pick 1.6 e-HDi 112 Actve
What Car? says
Seat Ibiza ST
Price 12,260-17,475
Target Price 10,811-14,967
MPG 47.9-80.7
CO
2
92-139g/km
For The Ibiza ST is a
spacious, attractive estate.
Economy and emissions
are spectacular on the
Ecomotive diesel model.
Against The interior is
rather utilitarian; the
1.4 petrol and 1.2 diesel
are weak performers.
Our pick 1.2 TSI 105 SE
What Car? says
Skoda Fabia Estate
Price 11,215-18,000
Target Price 9859-15,798
MPG 45.6-67.3
CO
2
89-148g/km
For Theres huge luggage
space, and it has good
resale values. It handles
tidily and rides well.
Against The cabin plastics
are disappointing and the
engines are noisy. Some
versions miss out on
curtain airbags.
Our pick 1.2 TSI 105 SE
What Car? says
Subaru Legacy
Price 26,900-31,375
Target Price
25,047-29,228
MPG 33.6-49.6
CO
2
149-196g/km
For Every Legacy gets
four-wheel drive and a long
list of standard kit. The
cabin and boot are roomy.
Against Its dearer to buy
and run than some rivals,
and its unremarkable to
look at, sit in or drive.
Our pick 2.0D S
What Car? says
Skoda Superb Estate
Price 19,680-34,430
Target Price
18,352-32,103
MPG 30.4-65.7
CO
2
113-217g/km
For Vast boot and cabin.
Its well priced, relaxing to
drive and feels solid inside.
Against You get a stepped
load area when you fold
the rear seats. An Octavia
Estate is better value and
almost as big.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 140 S
What Car? says
Skoda Octavia Estate
Price 16,790-25,450
Target Price
16,790-25,450
MPG 45.6-74.3
CO
2
99-142g/km
For Offers a huge amount
of boot and cabin space for
a competitive price. Good
to drive and classy inside.
Against You have to pay
extra or buy the top model
to get a at boot oor when
the rear seats are folded.
Our pick 1.6 TDI 105 SE
What Car? says
Toyota Auris
Touring Sports
Price 15,795-23,245
Target Price
15,795-23,245
MPG 46.3-76.3
CO
2
85-140g/km
For Its a practical and
user-friendly estate. The
hybrid version is cheap to
run as a company car.
Against Its disappointing
to drive, the cabin is drab
and the hybrid feels slow.
Our pick tbc
What Car? says
Most popular
estate cars on
whatcar.com
Ranking based on most
searched-for cars on whatcar.com
1 Ford
Mondeo
2 Ford Focus
3 BMW
3 Series
4 BMW
5 Series
5 VW Passat
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Chevrolet Orlando
Price 17,620-24,190
Target Price
16,436-22,553
MPG 40.3-53.3
CO
2
139-164g/km
For The Orlando has space
for seven. Its cheaper than
many rivals and running
costs are low.
Against Its not as versatile
as some rivals and resale
values are poor. The petrol
engine is weak and noisy.
Our pick 2.0 VCDi 130 LT
What Car? says
Chrysler Grand
Voyager
Price 28,265-36,265
Target Price
28,265-34,087
MPG 33.6 CO
2
222g/km
For It offers loads of space
and fold-away rear seats.
A classy image means
resale values are fair, too.
Against Its expensive, the
diesel engine is sluggish
and thirsty, and interior
quality is disappointing.
Our pick 2.8 CRD Touring
What Car? says
Citron Berlingo
Multispace
Price 12,960-17,130
Target Price 11,606-15,652
MPG 42.0-58.9
CO
2
125-155g/km
For You can buy the vast
space that a family needs
for the price of a
supermini. It is civilised to
drive and affordable to run.
Against Cheaper models
are meanly equipped,
notably for safety.
Our pick 1.6 HDi 90 VTR
What Car? says
Citron C4 Picasso
Price 17,500-21,060
Target Price
16,808-20,219
MPG 44.8-74.3
CO
2
98-145g/km
For A classy interior with
space for ve and a big
boot. Most versions have
low running costs.
Against Ride comfort
could be better and there
are too many functions on
the touch-screen system.
Our pick tbc
What Car? says
Citron C3 Picasso
Price 12,995-17,865
Target Price
9890-15,452
MPG 44.1-67.2
CO
2
112-149g/km
For A spacious interior and
a big boot. Ride comfort
and renement are
impressive, while forward
vision is excellent.
Against Some rivals are
cheaper and the entry-level
model has just two airbags.
Our pick 1.4 VTi 95 VTR+
What Car? says
Volvo V70
Price 25,395-35,970
Target Price
21,553-30,603
MPG 58.9-67.3
CO
2
111-126g/km
For Its practical and has
a well-shaped boot. The
cabin is comfortable and
standard kit is generous.
Against The ride is choppy
around town, the steering
is vague and the larger
diesel engines are noisy.
Our pick 2.0 D3 SE
What Car? says
Volkswagen Passat
Estate 2.0 TDI 140 SE
08/58, 7755
The Passat has a big,
flat-sided boot, and is
classy, comfortable,
spacious and good value.
Or try a
Volvo V70 2.0D SE
09/09, 11,270
Volvo has a reputation for
making excellent estates,
and the V70 is another
fine example. Its practical
and used prices are low.
A to Z
MPVs
1 Seat
Alhambra
2.0 TDI 140
Ecomotive S
2 Peugeot 5008
1.6 HDi 112
Active
3 Citron
C3 Picasso
1.4 VTi VTR+
S t
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Volvo V60
Price 21,450-41,965
Target Price
21,450-36,778
MPG 27.7-68.9
CO
2
108-237g/km
For A classy, comfortable
and spacious cabin. Its
keenly priced and theres
a big choice of safety kit.
Against The boot isnt as
big as youd expect, and the
V60 isnt as much fun to
drive as some competitors.
Our pick 1.6D Business Edn
What Car? says
Volkswagen
Passat Estate
Price 21,340-28,985
Target Price
19,475-26,427
MPG 39.2-65.7
CO
2
113-169g/km
For Its good to drive. The
boot is well shaped, resale
values are strong and most
versions have plenty of kit.
Against Some interior trim
is a bit dour.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 140
Bluemotion Tech Highline
What Car? says
Volkswagen
Golf Estate
Price 17,915-24,440
Target Price 17,915-24,440
MPG 53.3-72.4
CO
2
102-124g/km
For The big boot is a
practical shape, and the
cabin is roomy and classy.
The Golf is comfortable,
rened and good to drive.
Against The equivalent
Skoda Octavia Estate is
cheaper and even bigger.
Our pick tbc
What Car? says
Vauxhall Insignia
Sports Tourer
Price 18,629-32,300
Target Price
15,892-29,895
MPG 25.0-55.4
CO
2
119-265g/km
For Its stylish; theres more
rear headroom than youll
nd in the hatchback.
Against You have to lift
items over the deep
bumper. Its not as good
to drive as some rivals.
Our pick 2.0 CDTi 160 Excl
What Car? says
Toyota Avensis Tourer
Price 20,210-29,905
Target Price
20,210-29,905
MPG 42.8-62.8
CO
2
119-173g/km
For It has a big boot, its
easy to drive and the cabin
is comfortable. Most have
low running costs.
Against Its not much fun
to drive, the diesels are
noisy and the pricier
models arent good value.
Our pick 2.0 D-4D Icon
What Car? says
Vauxhall Astra
Sports Tourer
Price 17,280-25,175
Target Price
15,960-22,089
MPG 44.1-70.6
CO
2
105-149g/km
For Its practical and
comfortable, and the cabin
is solidly built.
Against Its expensive and
doesnt hold its value well.
The steering is vague.
Our pick 1.7 CDTi 130
Ecoex Tech Line
What Car? says
Vauxhall VXR8 Tourer
Price 49,500
Target Price 49,500
MPG 20.9 CO
2
324g/km
For Its big, brash and loud,
so offers something
different from the norm.
The boot is massive and
the V8 engine thunderous.
Against Youd better like
paying for fuel and tyres,
and the heavy gearbox
and clutch certainly give
you a workout.
Our pick 6.2 V8
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Fiat Doblo
Price 13,420-18,310
Target Price 12,369-16,838
MPG 39.2-56.5
CO
2
133-166g/km
For The sliding side doors
and deep boot are good
for families, as is the
comfortable ride.
Against Cheaper models
dont have much kit. The
rear tailgate is heavy and
rear legroom isnt as
generous as youd hope.
Our pick 1.6 Mjt 105 Mylife
What Car? says
Fiat 500L
Price 14,995-19,590
Target Price
14,503-19,590
MPG 45.6-67.3
CO
2
110-145g/km
For Its a stylish mini-MPV
with plenty of room, an
airy cabin and some neat
practical touches.
Against Rivals are better
to drive and more rened.
Its a bit pricey and the
petrol models feel slow.
Our pick tbc
What Car? says
Fiat Qubo
Price 11,490-15,080
Target Price
10,643-13,938
MPG 42.8-68.9
CO
2
107-152g/km
For Compact outside, but
spacious inside. Its easy to
drive and comfortable.
Against Theres not much
safety or security kit, you
need space to open the
long tailgate and the rear
windows dont open far.
Our pick 1.4 Mylife
What Car? says
Ford C-Max/
Grand C-Max
Price 17,850-25,950
Target Price
15,633-22,868
MPG 42.8-61.4
CO
2
117-154g/km
For Its one of the best-
handling cars in its class
and running costs are low.
Against Its not as versatile
as some and reliability
could be better.
Our pick Grand 1.6 TDCi
115 Zetec
What Car? says
Ford B-Max
Price 12,995-18,895
Target Price
12,682-16,763
MPG 44.1-70.6
CO
2
104-149g/km
For Its brilliant to drive
and very practical. Having
sliding rear doors and no
middle pillar makes access
to the rear seats easy.
Against Entry-level models
dont get much kit and the
top versions are pricey.
Our pick 1.4 90 Zetec
What Car? says
Ford Galaxy
Price 25,165-32,365
Target Price
23,040-29,628
MPG 34.9-54.3
CO
2
139-189g/km
For It is good to drive, and
rened. The cabin is roomy
and versatile, and all
versions are well equipped.
Against The S-Max costs
less, is better to drive and is
almost as practical. Resale
values arent strong.
Our pick 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec
What Car? says
Ford S-Max
Price 22,805-31,115
Target Price
20,818-28,405
MPG 34.9-54.3
CO
2
139-194g/km
For The S-Max is more fun
to drive than most, yet its
also rened. The cabin is
roomy and versatile.
Against The two rear seats
are cramped for adults and
are ddly to fold. Higher-
spec models are expensive.
Our pick 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec
What Car? says
Kia Carens
Price 17,895-23,895
Target Price
17,895-23,895
MPG 44.1-60.1
CO
2
124-149g/km
For Its a family-friendly
seven-seater with a supple
ride and a smart interior.
The controls are simple to
use and visibility is good.
Against Access to the rear
seats could be better and
its pretty ordinary to drive.
Our pick 1.7 CRDi 114 1
What Car? says
Hyundai ix20
Price 12,320-16,145
Target Price 11,471-15,006
MPG 47.1-64.2
CO
2
117-140g/km
For The ix20 is roomy
and the cabin is stylish.
Comfort and safety kit
is comprehensive.
Against Its no better than
average to drive and the
interior isnt as classy as it
looks. The diesel engine is
noisy and inexible.
Our pick 1.4 Classic
What Car? says
Hyundai i800
Price 22,700-24,620
Target Price
22,700-23,090
MPG 32.1-37.7
CO
2
197-231g/km
For Theres space for eight.
Its well priced and the
engine is powerful.
Against The driving
position is too van-like and
the ride can be bouncy.
There are just two airbags
and the cabin is utilitarian.
Our pick 2.5 CRDi Style
What Car? says
Kia Soul
Price 12,800-18,695
Target Price 11,271-16,900
MPG 44.1-57.6
CO
2
129-149g/km
For It has a spacious cabin
and plenty of safety and
security kit. The petrol
engine is decently strong.
Against The ride, handling
and renement are poor.
Its not especially cheap to
buy and run, and the cabin
isnt versatile enough.
Our pick 1.6 GDi 1
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz Viano
Price 35,745-42,695
Target Price
33,642-40,175
MPG 32.8-38.7
CO
2
195-226g/km
For Comes in three
body lengths and two
wheelbases, plus a variety
of seating arrangements.
Against Its pricey, noisy
and uncomfortable. The
seats are heavy to remove.
Our pick 2.2 CDI
Ambiente SWB
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Price 44,620-48,775
Target Price
36,650-39,520
MPG 33.2-37.2
CO
2
201-223g/km
For Its a smooth, quiet
cruiser with hushed
engines. It is good to drive.
Against Its very expensive,
and the standard model is
too cramped in the rear.
The car feels huge.
Our pick R350L CDI Grand
Edition 4WD
What Car? says
Mazda 5
Price 19,995-21,295
Target Price
19,221-20,468
MPG 40.9-54.3
CO
2
138-159g/km
For The Mazda 5 handles
well, is well priced and is
generously specied.
Against The cabin isnt as
roomy or clever as those
in many MPVs. The ride is
rm, while some of the
interior plastics feel imsy.
Our pick 1.6D Venture
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Kia Venga
Price 11,595-17,970
Target Price 10,523-16,274
MPG 47.9-64.2
CO
2
117-139g/km
For The cabin is spacious
and reasonably stylish.
Theres lots of comfort and
safety equipment.
Against The Venga isnt
particularly cheap, its
lacklustre to drive and
the diesel engine is noisy
and inexible.
Our pick 1.4 90 1
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Toyota Verso
Price 17,500-23,450
Target Price
16,406-21,963
MPG 41.5-57.6
CO
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129-159g/km
For Theres lots of space in
the front two rows and a
big boot in ve-seat mode.
Its comfortable and has
lots of safety equipment.
Against Not as roomy or as
clever as some rivals. Rear
visibility could be better.
Our pick 2.0 D-4D Icon
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Toyota Verso-S
Price 15,145-16,445
Target Price
14,160-15,371
MPG 51.4 CO
2
127g/km
For Theres masses of
space, despite it being
small and easy to park.
Running costs are low.
Against Its not particularly
cheap or practical. The
engine is pretty weak and
the CVT gearbox makes it
very noisy.
Our pick 1.3 VVT-i TR
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Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
Price 20,145-29,190
Target Price
18,789-25,103
MPG 39.2-62.8
CO
2
119-169g/km
For The cabin looks and
feels classy. Standard kit
is competitive and the
Tourer rides well at speed.
Against The diesel engines
are noisy, others are more
practical and raising the
middle-row seats is tricky.
Our pick 2.0 CDTi 130 Excl
What Car? says
Vauxhall Zafira
Price 18,570-25,505
Target Price 15,116-20,683
MPG 39.2-55.4
CO
2
134-168g/km
For As roomy as any other,
and good to drive. There
are big discounts to be had.
Against The one-piece
second-row seat means the
cabin isnt that versatile.
Ride and renement arent
up to standard and
visibility isnt great.
Our pick 1.7 CDTi Ex Excl
What Car? says
Vauxhall Meriva
Price 12,505-22,155
Target Price
12,505-19,453
MPG 44.1-68.9
CO
2
109-149g/km
For Rear-hinged rear doors
mean access is easy. Its full
of family-friendly features.
Against It struggles to take
ve people comfortably.
The steering is vague, the
engines are weak and
economy is so-so.
Our pick 1.4T 120 Exclusiv
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Toyota Prius+
Price 26,495-29,795
Target Price
25,362-28,517
MPG 64.2-68.9
CO
2
96-101/km
For It has class-leading
environmental
performance, lots of kit
and decent versatility.
Against Its expensive next
to similar rivals, its slow
and the interior materials
look and feel cheap.
Our pick 1.8 VVT-i T4
What Car? says
Seat Altea/Altea XL
Price 16,430-20,735
Target Price
15,197-19,166
MPG 43.5-62.8
CO
2
119-152g/km
For The Altea is enjoyable
to drive. Its roomy, keenly
priced and well-equipped.
Against It isnt as quiet and
rened as some, and Sport
models ride too rmly. Its
cabin isnt that versatile.
Our pick XL 1.6 TDI 105
Ecomotive S
What Car? says
Ssangyong Turismo
Price 18,000
Target Price 18,000
MPG 35.0 CO
2
212g/km
For Space for seven and
luggage for a temptingly
low price. It has a long
warranty and four-wheel-
drive versions are available.
Against Its short of safety
equipment and you have
to put up with lots of body
lean, slow steering and
a bouncy low-speed ride.
Our pick tbc
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Skoda Roomster
Price 11,970-16,195
Target Price 10,371-13,976
MPG 45.6-76.4
CO
2
109-143g/km
For The cabin is airy and
spacious, and theres
a large, well-shaped boot.
Big discounts are available.
Against The interior
plastics are drab and the
entry-level model is poorly
equipped. The engines are
noisy, too.
Our pick 1.2 TSI 85 SE
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Seat Alhambra
Price 25,040-31,885
Target Price
23,094-29,405
MPG 47.1-50.4
CO
2
146-158g/km
For It is incredibly spacious
and practical. Its also
rened and smooth-riding.
Against Its big, so nding a
parking space can be tricky.
The rearmost seats dont
fold away as quickly as
those in some rivals.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 140 Ecv S
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Renault Scnic/
Grand Scnic
Price 17,955-23,395
Target Price 17,955-23,395
MPG 36.7-68.9
CO
2
105-178g/km
For Theres a large,
practical boot and the
diesel versions have low
CO
2
emissions.
Against The cabin isnt
that big or clever, and
reliability could be better.
Our pick Grand 1.5 dCi 110
Dynamique TomTom
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Peugeot 5008
Price 18,350-25,605
Target Price
15,868-23,303
MPG 40.4-65.7
CO
2
113-163g/km
For Its one of the most
practical MPVs, thanks
to its spacious cabin and
exible seating.
Against Some of the
switches are ddly and
hard to reach. There are
no alloys on entry models.
Our pick 1.6 HDi 112 Active
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Peugeot Partner Tepee
Price 12,960-16,210
Target Price 11,407-14,528
MPG 38.7-58.9
CO
2
125-169g/km
For Its spacious and
practical. The engines are
smooth and it feels solid.
Against Some versions are
costly, and youll have to
spend extra on desirable
comfort and safety kit. It
jolts over potholes and the
cabin plastics are hard.
Our pick 1.6 HDi 92 S
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Peugeot Bipper Tepee
Price 12,595-14,245
Target Price 11,433-12,994
MPG 62.8-68.9
CO
2
107-119g/km
For Its hugely practical.
The ride is smooth and,
considering it is van-based,
renement is good.
Against Its short of some
safety kit, the rear windows
dont open fully and the
long tailgate is tricky to
open in tight spaces.
Our pick 1.3 HDi 75 S S/S
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Nissan Note
Price 11,900-16,950
Target Price
11,900-16,950
MPG 54.3-78.5
CO
2
95-119g/km
For Offers a spacious cabin,
generous equipment levels
and low running costs. Its
also quiet on the motorway
and good to drive.
Against Practicality could
be better and the cabin
isnt particularly plush.
Our pick tbc
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Volkswagen Caravelle
Price 35,205-42,705
Target Price
33,375-40,479
MPG 35.8-39.2
CO
2
189-208g/km
For The Caravelle has
plenty of space and a at
oor. It has an adaptable
cabin and is good to drive.
Against Its costly, and has
van-like looks and size. The
seats are heavy to remove.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 140
SE SWB
What Car? says
Volkswagen Sharan
Price 24,600-33,050
Target Price
21,904-30,111
MPG 33.2-50.4
CO
2
146-198g/km
For A versatile seven-seat
cabin that feels classy yet
hard-wearing. Its good to
drive, and the sliding rear
doors are really handy.
Against Entry trim is basic.
The third-row seats could
be easier to fold at.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 140 SE
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Volkswagen Golf Plus
Price 18,060-23,335
Target Price
15,372-20,286
MPG 43.5-65.7
CO
2
114-153g/km
For Offers more space and
easier access than a regular
Golf hatchback.
Against Its not as versatile
as many compact MPVs.
Dearer than the equivalent
Golf hatch and doesnt
hold its value as strongly.
Our pick 1.4 TSI SE
What Car? says
Volkswagen Touran
Price 19,210-26,355
Target Price
17,764-24,338
MPG 34.9-61.4
CO
2
121-159g/km
For Has a spacious cabin,
great engines and is good
to drive. All versions are
well equipped.
Against Its pricey, and you
have to lift out the mid-row
seats for best load space.
Our pick 1.2 TSI SE
Bluemotion Tech
What Car? says
Ford S-Max
2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec
09/09, 10,705
Space for seven, agile
and composed handling,
and a comfortable ride:
the S-Max ofers all this,
and its diesel engine
keeps running costs low.
Or try a
Vauxhall Zafira
1.6 Exclusiv, 08/08, 4570
The Zafira is a bargain
seven-seater. There are
lots to choose from, too.
Audi A6 Allroad
Price 43,805-50,105
Target Price
38,859-44,453
MPG 42.2-46.3
CO
2
159-176g/km
For Classy blend of SUV
and estate with strong
diesel engines, superb
quality and a huge boot.
Against Its pricey, theres
a little too much wind
noise and the rear seats are
uncomfortable for three.
Our pick 3.0 V6 TDI quattro
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Audi A4 Allroad
Price 31,810-37,275
Target Price
29,458-34,509
MPG 38.7-46.3
CO
2
159-170g/km
For Offers some of the
image and ability of a 4x4
in estate-car form. It also
has a practical boot, strong
engines and plenty of kit.
Against Its pricey, the
pedals are offset and the
ride isnt smooth enough.
Our pick 2.0 TDI
What Car? says
1 BMW X3
xDrive20d
SE automatic
2 Land Rover
Discovery
3.0 SDV6 XS
3 Mazda CX-5
2.2D
Skyactiv-D
150 SE-L 2WD
Audi Q5
Price 30,980-44,055
Target Price
28,994-41,208
MPG 37.7-47.9
CO
2
154-174g/km
For Great renement, and
a big boot and cabin. Its
also well equipped and the
dashboard is easy to use.
Against The biggest
problem is its over-rm
ride, although high prices
and wind noise are niggles.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 170 SE S/S
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Audi Q3
Price 25,270-32,080
Target Price
23,771-30,101
MPG 36.7-54.3
CO
2
137-179g/km
For Impressively smooth
and quiet; its also a
punchy performer and
it rides well, too. Interior
nish is impeccable.
Against Some extras are
pricey. Resale values arent
quite what youd hope for.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 140 SE
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A to Z
SUVs
UsedBestBuy
UVs
BestBuys
BMW X6
Price 47,230-86,220
Target Price
43,979-81,568
MPG 20.3-38.2
CO
2
195-325g/km
For One of the best SUVs
to drive. Its also rened
and economical.
Against Just four seats as
standard, and the sloping
rooine means head- and
legroom suffer. The diesel
engines are slightly coarse.
Our pick xDrive30d
What Car? says
BMW X5
Price 45,560-83,800
Target Price
42,415-77,982
MPG 20.3-38.2
CO
2
195-325g/km
For Few big SUVs are as
good to drive. Its agile and
mixes strong performance
with good economy.
Against The ride is a little
rm over rough surfaces.
The X5 looks costly next
to a Land Rover Discovery.
Our pick xDrive30d SE
What Car? says
BMW X1
Price 25,030-33,235
Target Price
23,368-31,022
MPG 37.7-62.8
CO
2
119-176g/km
For Its a rened cruiser
thats also composed in
bends. Its economical and
has low CO
2
emissions.
Against Interior quality is
disappointing and the
cabin isnt hugely practical.
The ride is unsettled.
Our pick sDrive18d SE
What Car? says
BMW X3
Price 28,970-42,900
Target Price
27,390-40,538
MPG 46.3-55.4
CO
2
135-162g/km
For With optional Dynamic
Damper Control, the X3 is
comfortable and agile.
The cabin is spacious,
and running costs are low.
Against Space isnt great in
the mid-rear seat and the
manual gearbox is clunky.
Our pick xDrive20d SE auto
What Car? says
Audi Q7
Price 43,660-60,875
Target Price
40,224-56,077
MPG 30.7-39.2
CO
2
189-242g/km
For Imposing looks,
broad engine choice and
reasonably sporty to drive.
Against It is so big that
its a nightmare to park.
The third row of seats
is cramped, and its pricey
to buy and run.
Our pick 3.0 V6 TDI
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Jeep Wrangler
Price 28,665-32,490
Target Price
27,226-30,877
MPG 23.7-34.9
CO
2
213-273g/km
For Its great off road. Cabin
nish is competent and the
diesel engine pulls hard.
Against Its slow, noisy
and rough on-road.
The steering is vague, and
resale values are nowhere
near a Land Rovers.
Our pick 2.8 CRD Sport 3dr
What Car? says
Kia Sorento
Price 26,500-35,105
Target Price
23,809-32,186
MPG 41.5-47.9
CO
2
155-178g/km
For It has a spacious cabin,
a strong diesel engine
and lots of equipment.
Its also relatively cheap
for a seven-seat SUV.
Against The ride is
unsettled and the interior
plastics feel cheap.
Our pick tbc
What Car? says
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Price 38,615-59,630
Target Price
36,850-56,909
MPG 20.2-37.7
CO
2
198-327g/km
For It has imposing styling
and plenty of equipment.
Its good off road, too.
Against Cabin quality
doesnt match the price.
Cheaper models dont ride
or handle particularly well,
and the steering is vague.
Our pick 3.0 CRD V6 Overld
What Car? says
Land Rover Defender
Price 21,415-33,000
Target Price
20,070-30,917
MPG 25.5-28.8
CO
2
266-295g/km
For Its ability in the rough
stuff is legendary, and the
diesel engine is strong.
Against On road, theres
vague handling and
a bouncy ride. The driving
position is cramped.
Our pick 110 2.2D County
Station Wagon
What Car? says
Kia Sportage
Price 17,305-26,940
Target Price
16,294-25,352
MPG 35.8-54.3
CO
2
135-188g/km
For The Sportage looks
great and has a practical,
stylish cabin. Its cheap to
buy and well equipped.
Against The diesel engines
arent as exible as some.
The ride can be unsettled,
while the steering is vague.
Our pick 1.6 GDi 1
What Car? says
Infiniti EX
Price 37,170-45,875
Target Price
35,330-43,610
MPG 25.0-33.2
CO
2
224-265g/km
For It handles well, the
interior is high-quality and
the dashboard is well laid
out. Kit is very generous.
Against Its too expensive
and the V6 petrol is thirsty.
Rear space is cramped and
the boot is too small.
Our pick 3.0d
What Car? says
Jeep Compass
Price 17,465-24,215
Target Price
16,291-22,579
MPG 32.8-42.8
CO
2
172-199g/km
For Cheaper to buy than
key rivals and every
version is well equipped.
Plenty of room for four.
Against Ride and handling
disappoint, and the diesel
engine is noisy. The cabin
plastics are cheap.
Our pick 2.2 CRD Spt+ 2WD
What Car? says
Infiniti FX
Price 46,815-100,835
Target Price
44,502-100,835
MPG 21.6-31.4
CO
2
238-307g/km
For Fearsome to look
at and powerful engines
mean strong performance.
Against It costs a bomb to
buy and run, and resale
values arent great. The ride
is appalling and the cabin
isnt big or classy enough.
Our pick 3.0d GT
What Car? says
Honda CR-V
Price 21,505-31,555
Target Price
19,949-29,228
MPG 37.2-62.8
CO
2
119-177g/km
For You get loads of cabin
and boot space, and its
comfortable and easy to
live with.
Against The handling is
sloppy and the top models
are pricey. The optional
automatic gearbox is slow.
Our pick 1.6 i-DTEC SE
What Car? says
Hyundai Santa Fe
Price 25,850-33,170
Target Price
24,746-31,744
MPG 46.3-47.9
CO
2
155-159g/km
For Its practical, classy and
well equipped. The diesel
engine is strong and keeps
running costs bearable.
Against Pricey compared
with some rivals and the
manual gearbox is notchy.
Our pick 2.2 CRDi Style
4WD 7st auto
What Car? says
Hyundai ix35
Price 17,555-27,970
Target Price
16,299-25,866
MPG 41.5-49.6
CO
2
139-158g/km
For Cheaper to buy and
better equipped than
many. Its practical, and the
1.6 petrol engine is willing.
Against The ix35 falls short
of its key rivals for ride
comfort, renement
and interior quality.
Our pick .1.6 GDi Style
What Car? says
Chevrolet Captiva
Price 22,910-31,365
Target Price
21,198-28,020
MPG 44.1-45.5
CO
2
164-170g/km
For Its a practical family
SUV that comes with
a ve-year warranty.
Against Its noisy and
inefcient, the cabin feels
cheap and the versions
youll want are expensive.
Our pick 2.2 VCDi 184 LT
7st AWD
What Car? says
Dacia Duster
Price 8995-14,995
Target Price
8995-14,995
MPG 35.3-62.7
CO
2
130-185g/km
For Its a lot of car for the
money, with a spacious
cabin and a big boot.
Against The renement
and handling disappoint,
and basic models are
sparsely equipped.
Our pick 1.5 dCi 110
Ambiance 4WD
What Car? says
Ford Kuga
Price 20,900-29,055
Target Price
19,333-26,882
MPG 36.7-53.3
CO
2
139-179g/km
For Offers decent cabin
space, good handling and
a generous equipment list.
The diesel engines are
strong and economical.
Against Not as practical as
rivals, especially in the
boot. Too much wind noise.
Our pick tbc
What Car? says
Chevrolet Trax
Price 15,495-20,495
Target Price
15,495-20,495
MPG 43.4-45.5
CO
2
120-153g/km
For The chunky looks will
appeal to some, and it has
a practical cabin. Most
versions are well priced.
Against Rivals are far
quieter and better to drive.
The boot isnt as big as
some competitors.
Our pick tbc
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Land Rover Freelander
Price 23,705-37,215
Target Price
22,096-34,691
MPG 40.4-47.1
CO
2
158-185g/km
For Its comfortable on
road and capable off it.
Resale values are strong.
Against Prices are steep,
and rivals provide far
more rear legroom and
boot space.
Our pick 2.2 TD4 150
XS 4WD
What Car? says
Land Rover Discovery
Price 38,850-52,475
Target Price
36,992-49,950
MPG 32.1 CO
2
230g/km
For Brilliant on and off
road. Theres space for
seven, plus superb
versatility. Its rened and
has excellent visibility.
Against Its expensive to
run, either privately or as
a company car. Japanese
rivals are far more reliable.
Our pick 3.0 SDV6 XS
What Car? says
Land Rover
Range Rover Sport
Price 51,550-81,550
Target Price
51,550-81,550
MPG 22.1-38.7
CO
2
194-298g/km
For Wonderfully rened,
luxurious and comfortable.
Roomy for ve and theres
the option of seven seats.
Against Pricey to buy and
run. It feels big and heavy
compared with rivals.
Our pick 3.0 SDV6 HSE
What Car? says
Land Rover
Range Rover Evoque
Price 29,200-41,510
Target Price
28,277-40,206
MPG 32.5-57.6
CO
2
129-199g/km
For Stylish, fun to drive
and hugely desirable.
Against Its not as green as
some, and the high waist
and small windows mean
the cabin can feel gloomy.
Our pick 2.2 SD4
190 Pure 5dr
What Car? says
Lexus RX
Price 44,495-55,495
Target Price
42,255-52,689
MPG 44.8 CO
2
145g/km
For Its very tax-efcient
and has low running costs.
Its stacked with kit, rened
and takes ve plus luggage.
Against The ride is dgety,
the steering is short of feel
and the CVT gearbox takes
some getting used to. Some
of the controls are ddly.
Our pick 450h SE
What Car? says
Mazda CX-5
Price 21,395-27,795
Target Price
20,616-26,781
MPG 47.1-61.4
CO
2
119-139g/km
For You get lots of space
and kit for a good price.
CO
2
emissions and fuel
economy are top drawer.
Against The ride and
renement could be better.
Some of the interior trim is
a little drab.
Our pick 2.2D 150 SE-L 2WD
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz
M-Class
Price 43,870-83,655
Target Price
40,653-78,849
MPG 23.9-44.8
CO
2
158-276g/km
For Superb renement and
high-speed stability. The
diesel models have pretty
low running costs.
Against Cabin quality isnt
that good. The optional
extras are very expensive.
Our pick ML350 Bluetec SE
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz GL
Price 59,485-91,715
Target Price
55,276-86,572
MPG 23.0-35.3
CO
2
209-288g/km
For Theres space and
comfort for seven, and the
engines are rened and
offer strong performance.
The cabin is classy.
Against High prices and
running costs, and it feels
cumbersome in town.
Our pick GL350 Bluetec
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz
G-Class
Price 83,005-123,175
Target Price
76,026-114,230
MPG 20.5-25.2
CO
2
295-322g/km
For It has awesome
off-road ability and you
can personalise the interior
to your hearts content.
Against Its very expensive
to buy and run, and isnt
easy to drive or park.
Our pick G350 Bluetec
What Car? says
Mitsubishi ASX
Price 16,679-25,075
Target Price
15,548-23,369
MPG 47.1-54.3
CO
2
136-139g/km
For It has a spacious,
solidly built cabin,
a well-controlled ride and
a keen list price. The diesel
engine is efcient.
Against Renement could
be better and the diesels
have to be serviced often.
Our pick 1.8 DI-D 3 2WD
What Car? says
Most popular
SUVs on
whatcar.com
1 Mazda CX-5
2 BMW X3
3 Nissan
Qashqai
4 Audi Q3
5 Hyundai
ix35
6 Honda CR-V
Ranking based on most
searched-for cars on whatcar.com
Mitsubishi Outlander
Price 23,879-34,229
Target Price
22,951-32,897
MPG 48.7-53.3
CO
2
138-153g/km
For Its practical, with
seven versatile seats and
a big boot. The ride is
generally comfortable.
Against The cabin is dull
and some rivals are more
efcient. High-spec models
are expensive.
Our pick tbc
What Car? says
Mitsubishi Shogun
Price 30,774-43,474
Target Price
28,564-40,331
MPG 34.9-36.2
CO
2
207-213g/km
For Its superb off road and
feels robust. It seats seven
and gets lots of equipment.
Against The ride is too
uncultured on road and
the Shogun doesnt handle
well. Renement is so-so.
Our pick 3.2 DI-DC 197
Equippe
What Car? says
Nissan Pathfinder
Price 32,945-36,280
Target Price
30,970-34,101
MPG 33.2 CO
2
224g/km
For Capable in the rough
and its cabin has seven
seats. Every version comes
with plenty of equipment.
Against It rides and
handles like the pick-up its
based on, and the engine
is noisy and inexible.
Resale values are weak.
Our pick 2.5 dCi 190 Acenta
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Nissan Juke
Price 12,995-22,600
Target Price
12,995-21,292
MPG 38.2-67.3
CO
2
109-169g/km
For Strikingly styled small
SUV thats well equipped
and attractively priced.
Against The rear seats are
cramped and the boot is
small. Its noisy, not great
to drive and cabin quality
isnt a strong point.
Our pick 1.6 92 Visia
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Subaru XV
Price 18,995-27,695
Target Price
18,995-27,695
MPG 40.9-50.4
CO
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146-160g/km
For It handles well and the
diesel engine offers strong
performance. Theres lots
of legroom in the back.
Against Most rivals are
cheaper to buy and own.
Ride and renement are
poor at all speeds.
Our pick 2.0D SE
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Subaru Outback
Price 28,870-32,375
Target Price
26,879-30,157
MPG 33.6-47.8
CO
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167-194g/km
For Comes with four-wheel
drive and plenty of kit.
The cabin is roomy and the
diesel engine is exible.
Against The Outback costs
more to buy and run than
some, and its nothing
special to sit in or drive.
Our pick 2.0D SE
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Subaru Forester
Price 24,995-30,995
Target Price
24,284-30,118
MPG 33.2-49.6
CO
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150-197g/km
For Impressive off-road
ability and cabin space.
It also handles well and has
plenty of equipment.
Against Its expensive,
running costs are higher
than most rivals and the
cabin is plain.
Our pick 2.0D X
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Skoda Yeti
Price 15,140-26,410
Target Price
13,833-24,095
MPG 35.3-61.4
CO
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119-189g/km
For Sharp steering and ne
body control. The cabin is
massive and the seating
set-up is versatile.
Against Too much wind
and road noise, and the
ride is jittery. Removable
rear seats are heavy to lift.
Our pick 1.2 TSI S 2WD
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Ssangyong Korando
Price 14,995-21,445
Target Price
14,200-20,308
MPG 44.1-47.1
CO
2
157-169g/km
For Attractively styled and
spacious enough for ve
adults. The diesel engine
makes for swift progress.
Against The diesel is
also rattly and has high
emissions, while the cars
handling disappoints.
Our pick 2.0D SX 4WD
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Nissan X-Trail
Price 26,215-31,700
Target Price
24,188-29,258
MPG 39.8-44.1
CO
2
168-188g/km
For The X-Trail has a
decent ride and composed
handling. Its better off
road than many rivals.
Against Rear-seat space
isnt as good as in some
rival 4x4s, and access
is restricted.
Our pick 2.0 dCi 173 Acenta
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Peugeot 3008
Price 17,400-24,400
Target Price 14,745-21,829
MPG 40.9-83.1
CO
2
88-159g/km
For Excellent renement,
a classy interior, versatility
and excellent engines. Its
a great family all-rounder.
Against Rear kneeroom
is tight and the ride and
handling arent impressive
unless you get a car with
Dynamic Roll Control.
Our pick 1.6 THP 156 Active
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Porsche Cayenne
Price 42,990-86,896
Target Price
42,990-86,896
MPG 24.6-39.2
CO
2
189-270g/km
For Handles brilliantly, its
rened and performance
is sensational. The cabin
looks and feels classy, and
theres good space for ve.
Against The low-speed ride
is unsettled and its costly
to buy and run.
Our pick 4.2 V8 Diesel S
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Peugeot 508 RXH
Price 33,895
Target Price 30,845
MPG 68.9 CO
2
107g/km
For Low CO
2
emissions
make it tax-efcient.
It switches smoothly from
diesel to electric power.
Against The semi-auto
gearbox is slow and clunky,
and the ride is unsettled.
Its expensive to buy and
the batteries eat into the
boot space.
Our pick 2.0 HDi Hybrid4
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Peugeot 2008
Price 12,995-19,195
Target Price
12,664-18,697
MPG 47.9-74.3
CO
2
98-135g/km
For It has a classy and
practical interior, plus
most versions are well
equipped and cheap to run.
Against Its ordinary to
drive and not everyone will
be able to get comfortable
behind the wheel.
Our pick 1.2 VTi 82 Active
What Car? says
Renault Captur
Price 12,495-18,695
Target Price 12,379-18,518
MPG 52.3-76.4
CO
2
95-125g/km
For It looks quirky and
handles better than many
small SUVs. Its good value
and the boot is big.
Against The ride is
unsettled, the engines can
struggle at speed and some
cabin trim is hard.
Our pick 1.5 dCi Dynamique
Media Nav
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Suzuki SX4
Price 12,595-17,699
Target Price 10,648-14,917
MPG 45.6-53.3
CO
2
139-149g/km
For The Suzuki SX4 is good
to drive, decently equipped
and attractively priced. It
has the looks of a 4x4, but
without the running costs.
Against It doesnt look as
funky as other crossovers,
the 1.6-litre petrol engine is
noisy and the boot is small.
Our pick 1.6 SZ3 2WD
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Suzuki Jimny
Price 11,995-13,295
Target Price 11,247-12,461
MPG 39.8 CO
2
162g/km
For Its capable off road
thanks to its low-ratio
gearbox. Its cheap and the
warranty is good.
Against There are too
many shortcomings in the
way it drives on the road;
its very slow, the ride is too
rm and its short of grip.
Rear cabin space is tight.
Our pick 1.3 SZ3
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Suzuki Grand Vitara
Price 15,995-23,875
Target Price
14,967-22,296
MPG 31.3-41.5
CO
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179-208g/km
For Its cheaper than many
rivals and has genuine
off-road ability.
Against The ride is rm,
the engines are noisy and
theres too much wind
noise. Its also costly to run
and not very practical.
Our pick 1.6 SZ3
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Nissan Qashqai/
Qashqai +2
Price 16,895-28,850
Target Price
15,505-26,481
MPG 35.8-62.8
CO
2
119-183g/km
For Funky styling, good
prices and strong resale
values. Renement and
comfort are impressive.
Against Such a cushy ride
means plenty of body lean.
The 1.5-litre diesel is noisy.
Our pick 1.6 dCi Acnta 2WD
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Toyota Land Cruiser
Price 32,765-52,915
Target Price
30,385-49,006
MPG 34.9 CO
2
213-214g/km
For Its practical, built to
last and will take you
wherever you want it to.
Against Its huge, so can
be difcult to manoeuvre.
Its also not as agile as
many rivals on road, and
the four-cylinder diesel
engine is rather weedy.
Our pick 3.0 D-4D LC3
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Volkswagen
Passat Alltrack
Price 28,985-31,760
Target Price
26,427-31,760
MPG 47.9-49.6
CO
2
149-155g/km
For Its practical, spacious,
rened and comfortable,
and is four-wheel drive.
Against Prices are high,
some of the cabin looks
cheap and folding the
rear seats at is ddly.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 140
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Volvo XC90
Price 36,865-45,465
Target Price
33,211-37,776
MPG 34.4 CO
2
215g/km
For A practical, seven-seat
cabin thats solid enough
to deal with family life.
The ride is smooth.
Against Its not as sharp
to drive as some and the
boomy diesel engine feels
tardy at low revs. The rear
two seats are for kids only.
Our pick 2.4 D5 200 ES
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Toyota Land Cruiser V8
Price 65,220
Target Price 60,394
MPG 29.7 CO
2
250g/km
For Huge seven-seat cabin
and a strong engine. Its
great off road, well built
and has plenty of kit.
Against Its sheer size
can make it difcult to
manoeuvre, and rivals
are better on road. The
cabin doesnt feel special
enough, either.
Our pick 4.5 D-4D
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Volkswagen Tiguan
Price 21,250-29,215
Target Price
19,546-27,873
MPG 33.2-53.3
CO
2
139-199g/km
For Fun to drive, thanks
to responsive engines and
a balanced chassis. Its got a
spacious and exible cabin.
Against Its not cheap as
some rivals and rear
visibility isnt great.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 140
Bluemotion Technology SE
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Vauxhall Antara
Price 19,785-27,325
Target Price
17,306-23,786
MPG 32.1-46.3
CO
2
160-206g/km
For Good passenger space
and it is well equipped.
Against Its not as cheap
or as good to drive as key
rivals. The gearshift is
clumsy and the diesel
engine is at at low revs.
The boot is pretty small.
Our pick 2.2 CDTi 163 Exclv
What Car? says
Vauxhall Mokka
Price 15,999-23,699
Target Price
15,704-22,463
MPG 43.5-62.8
CO
2
120-153g/km
For It looks good, has
a fairly practical cabin and
boot, and the cheaper
versions are decent value.
Against Rivals are more
comfortable and more
rened, and the diesel
engine is noisy.
Our pick 1.6 Tech Line
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Volvo XC70
Price 32,795-43,160
Target Price
26,453-36,535
MPG 26.7-53.3
CO
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139-248g/km
For Its practical, well built
and the four-wheel-drive
models are decent off road.
Against The ride is choppy
around town and the
steering is vague. The
engines are noisy and the
boot is rather shallow.
Our pick 2.0 D4 SE
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Volvo XC60
Price 30,735-43,550
Target Price
26,793-38,986
MPG 26.4-53.3
CO
2
139-249g/km
For Its a smooth, quiet
cruiser with plenty of
power. Theres good space
for ve and a huge boot.
Against The ve-cylinder
diesel engines could be
quieter and the dashboard
has some ddly buttons.
Our pick 2.0 D4 SE
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Toyota RAV4
Price 22,595-28,200
Target Price
20,993-26,197
MPG 39.2-57.6
CO
2
127-167g/km
For Theres plenty of room
for people and luggage,
and most versions are
well equipped.
Against The diesel engines
are noisy and the ride can
be unsettled. The cabin
is unappealing.
Our pick 2.0 D-4D Icon
What Car? says
Volkswagen Touareg
Price 41,535-60,625
Target Price
36,753-55,989
MPG 31.0-40.4
CO
2
184-239g/km
For Its cheaper to buy than
most rivals and comes with
lots of equipment.
Against Theres no
seven-seat model and it
doesnt feel special enough
inside. Resale values dont
match the best in class.
Our pick 3.0 V6 TDI SE
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Nissan Qashqai
1.5 dCi Acenta
08/58, 8505
Blends the practicality
and low running costs of
a small family car with
the high-rise visibility
of an SUV. Its also
comfortable and refined.
Or try a
Hyundai Santa Fe
2.2 CRTD CDX 7st,
08/58, 9140
Spacious, practical,
reliable and a bargain.
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Coups p
BestBuys
1 Audi TT
2.0 TFSI 211
Sport
2 Volkswagen
Scirocco
1.4 TSI 160
3 BMW 640d
M Sport
Aston Martin DB9
Price 131,995
Target Price 131,995
MPG 19.8 CO
2
333g/km
For Gorgeous looks and
searing performance. The
V12 engine has huge pull
from low revs. The cabin is
attractive and comfortable.
Against The ride is rm
and the steering is heavy at
low speeds. The cramped
rear seats are good only as
extra luggage space.
Our pick 5.9 V12
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Audi A5
Price 28,845-59,350
Target Price
26,165-59,350
MPG 26.9-64.2
CO
2
115-246g/km
For Classy, solidly built and
desirable. Performance is
strong from all and the
handling is composed.
Against Rear leg- and
headroom are tight.
The ride is poor on
S line models.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 177 SE
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Mercedes-Benz
E-Class Coup
Price 35,095-46,265
Target Price
35,095-46,265
MPG 37.2-60.1
CO
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123-177g/km
For Its stylish, well built
and has lots of kit. Running
costs are competitive.
Against Most models come
with overly rm sports
suspension as standard.
The boot is oddly shaped.
Our pick E220 CDI SE
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Mercedes-Benz CL
Price 95,525-164,815
Target Price
77,763-145,025
MPG 19.5-29.4
CO
2
227-334g/km
For An awesomely
comfortable luxury coup,
with loads of style and
deep reserves of power.
Against It costs an awful
lot to buy, and the big bills
dont stop there.
Our pick CL500 CGI
Blue Efciency
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Mercedes-Benz
C-Class Coup
Price 30,450-98,765
Target Price
27,023-98,765
MPG 23.5-68.9
CO
2
109-280g/km
For A smart compact coup
with lots of luxury and
safety equipment.
Against Renement,
comfort and interior
quality are disappointing.
Our pick C350 CGI
AMG Sport
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Mini Coup
Price 16,640-26,350
Target Price
16,048-25,408
MPG 42.8-65.7
CO
2
114-153g/km
For Has bags of style and
is fun to drive. Its more
affordable than its rivals.
Against There are just
two seats, rear visibility is
hopeless, and the diesel
engine could be punchier
and more rened.
Our pick 1.6T Cooper S
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Maserati Granturismo
Price 82,140-109,995
Target Price
82,140-109,995
MPG 19.6-19.8
CO
2
330-337g/km
For Its rened and fun to
drive, with well-weighted
steering and plenty of grip.
Theres space for four, too.
Against Its costly to own,
the ride is unsettled and
rear visibility is poor. The
4.2 is short of low-rev pull.
Our pick 4.7 V8 Sport
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Infiniti G37 Coup
Price 36,760-41,840
Target Price
34,866-39,672
MPG 26.9 CO
2
246g/km
For Quick, responsive,
attractive and rare coup.
Rear seats are good for kids.
Against Running costs,
fuel consumption and
emissions are high, while
resale values could be low.
The entry-level trim misses
out on leather upholstery.
Our pick 3.7 V6 G37 S
What Car? says
Hyundai Veloster
Price 18,005-22,120
Target Price
16,697-20,502
MPG 40.9-47.9
CO
2
137-157g/km
For Cheaper than its rivals
and has a handy extra door
on the passenger side to
make rear access easier.
Against Numb steering
and a dgety ride.
Renement is poor and
rear space is limited.
Our pick 1.6 GDi
What Car? says
Jaguar XK
Price 65,465-97,465
Target Price
57,652-97,465
MPG 23.0-25.2
CO
2
264-292g/km
For GT renement and
sports-car sharpness. Its
roomy in the front and the
engines sound fabulous.
Against Its expensive to
buy and run, and the rear
seats are best used as just
extra luggage space.
Our pick 5.0 V8 XK
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Honda CR-Z
Price 20,750-24,720
Target Price
19,867-23,232
MPG 54.3-56.5
CO
2
116-122g/km
For It looks stunning, its
fun to drive and is well
equipped. The smooth
petrol-electric hybrid
system keeps costs low.
Against Too much road
noise, the ride is rm and
the rear seats are useless.
Our pick 1.5 i-VTEC Sport
What Car? says
Ferrari FF
Price 227,077
Target Price 227,077
MPG 18.3 CO
2
360g/km
For Room for four and all
their luggage. Sensational
performance, brilliant
four-wheel-drive traction
and a supple ride.
Against You wont get
much touring done
between fuel stops. The
brakes could do with
being stronger, too.
Our pick 6.3 V12
What Car? says
BMW 1 Series Coup
Price 22,600-32,995
Target Price
20,566-28,779
MPG 33.2-62.8
CO
2
118-198g/km
For Fun to drive, with good
steering feedback. The
diesels are frugal and the
driving position is spot-on.
Against The lower-
powered petrol engines
need to be worked hard.
M Sport models ride rmly.
Our pick 120d SE
What Car? says
BMW 3 Series Coup
Price 27,235-54,980
Target Price
24,704-51,598
MPG 22.8-60.1
CO
2
125-290g/km
For Its good to drive and
has impressive engines.
Theres space for four and a
reasonable boot. The cabin
is classy and well made.
Against Its looks are
conservative and it rides
too rmly.
Our pick 335i SE
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BMW 6 Series
Price 59,880-93,845
Target Price
53,154-88,878
MPG 28.5-52.3
CO
2
144-232g/km
For Can cover large
distances with ease, helped
by the punchy, rened
engines. Cabin is stylish.
Against Not thrilling to
drive; the 6 Series is best as
a high-speed cruiser. The
rear seats are just for kids.
Our pick 640d M Sport
What Car? says
Bentley Continental GT
Price 123,850-151,100
Target Price
123,850-151,100
MPG 19.5-26.9
CO
2
246-385g/km
For Effortless pace, and
provides all the comfort
and class youd want. The
V8 feels genuinely agile.
Against This big Bentley
doesnt come cheap, to buy
or to run. The renement
is a little disappointing.
Our pick 4.0 V8
What Car? says
Audi TT
Price 24,075-48,945
Target Price
22,079-48,945
MPG 31.4-53.3
CO
2
139-209g/km
For As good to drive as it is
to look at and its well built.
The cheaper models are
affordable to own.
Against Its popular, so you
wont be alone in having
one. Models higher up the
range arent great value.
Our pick 2.0 TFSI 211 Sport
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Vauxhall Astra GTC
Price 19,045-27,010
Target Price
16,777-23,792
MPG 34.9-68.9
CO
2
109-189g/km
For Affordable coup thats
practical, good to drive and
has plenty of safety kit.
Against Resale values
arent particularly strong.
The 1.4-litre petrol engine
is boomy and the diesels
are clattery.
Our pick 1.6T 180 Sport
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Volkswagen Scirocco
Price 20,275-33,135
Target Price
18,602-31,879
MPG 34.9-62.8
CO
2
118-189g/km
For Has sharp styling and
drives sweetly, with grippy
handling, precise steering
and ne engines.
Against Its few drawbacks
are limited to the cramped
headroom in the rear and
the dinky boot.
Our pick 1.4 TSI 160
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Sports cars p
BestBuys
1 Porsche
Boxster
2.7
2 Porsche 911
Carrera PDK
3 McLaren 12C
Spider
Aston Martin Vantage
Coup/Roadster
Price 84,995-150,000
Target Price
84,995-150,000
MPG 17.3-21.9
CO
2
299-388g/km
For Looks great and
handles well, while the
engines sound fabulous.
Against Heavy controls
can make it a struggle to
drive and its hard to see
out of at angled junctions.
Our pick V8 Vantage Coup
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Rolls-Royce
Phantom Coup
Price 313,200
Target Price 313,200
MPG 18.0 CO
2
377g/km
For Rened, hugely
comfortable and very fast,
featuring a hand-nished
interior thats built to the
highest standards.
Against Rear visibility is
cut by a swooping rooine,
a slot of a rear window and
tiny rear-view mirrors.
Our pick 6.75 V12
What Car? says
Aston Martin
Vanquish
Price 189,995
Target Price 189,995
MPG 19.6 CO
2
335g/km
For Its hugely fast, yet
also cultured and civilised.
The steering is accurate,
and the interior looks and
feels very classy.
Against Many rivals are
more exciting to drive and
the ride can get turbulent
on poor surfaces.
Our pick 5.9 V12
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Renault Mgane Coup
Price 17,050-26,455
Target Price
14,402-22,289
MPG 37.7-80.7
CO
2
90-174g/km
For Its keenly priced,
handles well and comes
with lots of kit. The smaller
engines are economical.
Against Theres not much
room in the rear. Its resale
values arent strong.
Our pick Renaultsport
2.0T 265 Cup
What Car? says
Mini Paceman
Price 18,975-29,545
Target Price
18,526-29,545
MPG 38.2-64.2
CO
2
115-172g/km
For Resists body roll well
and is pretty comfortable.
It gives you a slightly raised
driving position.
Against Neither as good to
drive nor as classy as rivals.
Theres too much wind and
road noise.
Our pick 1.6T Cooper S
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Peugeot RCZ
Price 21,600-26,385
Target Price
20,381-24,887
MPG 42.1-53.2
CO
2
139-155g/km
For The RCZ looks the part,
with its double-bubble roof
and distorted rear window.
It has a classy cabin, too.
Against Its disappointing
to drive, the tiny rear seats
are next to useless and
resale values arent great.
Our pick 1.6 THP 156 GT
What Car? says
Audi R8/R8 Spyder
Price 92,710-125,810
Target Price
92,710-125,810
MPG 19.0-19.9
CO
2
332-349g/km
For Mixes staggering
performance and
brilliant handling with
everyday useability and
decent renement.
Against The switchgear
and infotainment system
are starting to look dated.
Our pick 5.2 V10
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Ferrari 458 Italia/
458 Spider
Price 178,461-198,906
Target Price
178,461-198,906
MPG 21.2-23.9
CO
2
275-307g/km
For Awesome pace and
chassis makes any driver
feel special. The Spider
convertible is intoxicating.
Against The steering wheel
buttons may confuse. View
at angled junctions is poor.
Our pick 4.5 V8 Italia
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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Price 250,000
Target Price 250,000
MPG 18.8 CO
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350g/km
For Towering performance
and beautifully balanced
handling. Reasonable ride
comfort and decent
high-speed renement
make it a ne tourer.
Against Its incredibly
expensive and the quick
steering can make the F12
feel nervous.
Our pick 6.3 V12
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Jaguar F-type
Price 58,250-79,985
Target Price 58,250-79,985
MPG 25.5-31.4
CO
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209-259g/km
For It looks stunning, plus
most versions are seriously
rapid, great to listen to and
involving to drive.
Against The entry-level
model looks overpriced
and is nowhere near as
fun as the pricier versions.
The boot is small.
Our pick 3.0 V6 S
What Car? says
Audi TT 2.0 TFSI
08/08, 12,105
The TT looks great inside
and out, its fantastic to
drive and the turbo petrol
engine is punchy. To top
it all, its also reasonably
cheap to run.
Or try a
Jaguar XK 4.2
08/08, 20,945
The XK is a superb blend
of sports coup and
grand tourer, and a
bargain at this price.
Lamborghini
Aventador
Price 242,280
Target Price 242,280
MPG 16.4 CO
2
398g/km
For Scintillating
performance and handling.
Nothing else looks, feels or
sounds like it.
Against Its not easy to get
comfortable behind the
wheel. Ferrari and McLaren
are cheaper and demand
fewer compromises.
Our pick 6.5 LP700-4
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Toyota GT86
Price 24,995-31,495
Target Price
23,534-30,588
MPG 36.2 CO
2
181g/km
For Sharp handling and
positive controls make it
fun to drive. You get lots of
equipment for the money.
Against Performance is at
unless you thrash the
engine. The cabin plastics
look cheap and the rear
seats are tiny.
Our pick 2.0
What Car? says
Subaru BRZ
Price 24,995-26,495
Target Price
24,407-25,871
MPG 36.2 CO
2
181g/km
For Its fun to drive, with
sharp handling and crisp
responses. Its also well
equipped and affordable.
Against You need to thrash
the engine and the interior
looks pretty cheap. Its not
as practical as other
four-seat rivals.
Our pick 2.0 SE
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Porsche Boxster
Price 37,589-45,384
Target Price
37,589-45,384
MPG 32.1-34.4
CO
2
192-206g/km
For Huge grip, agile
responses and great pace.
Its practical, quiet with the
roof up and economical.
Against Youll pay extra
for items such as a wind
deector, and the ride is
rm on 20-inch wheels.
Our pick 2.7
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Porsche 911/
911 Cabriolet
Price 71,449-96,619
Target Price
71,449-96,619
MPG 28.2-31.4
CO
2
212-236g/km
For Its seriously rapid and
grippy, yet also rened and
comfortable. The cabin is
well nished.
Against Steering doesnt
offer enough feedback and
standard kit isnt generous.
Our pick 3.4 Carrera PDK
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Porsche Cayman
Price 39,694-48,783
Target Price
39,694-48,783
MPG 32.1-34.4
CO
2
192-206g/km
For Combines sublime,
involving handling with
a classy cabin and decent
practicality. Itll hold its
value well, too.
Against The standard kit
list is stingy and theres too
much road noise.
Our pick 2.7
What Car? says
Nissan GT-R
Price 76,610-86,615
Target Price
76,610-86,615
MPG 24.0 CO
2
275g/km
For All the power and
acceleration you can
handle, plus rst-class grip,
lightning-quick handling
and edgy styling.
Against The rear seats are
very tight for space. The
cost of tax, insurance, fuel
and tyres will be high.
Our pick 3.8T V6
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Nissan 370Z/
370Z Roadster
Price 30,000-35,415
Target Price
28,219-33,316
MPG 25.2-26.6
CO
2
248-262g/km
For Sharp looks, muscular
performance and lots of kit
at a competitive price.
Against Its noisy, costly
to run and neither as good
or drive nor as practical as
most rivals.
Our pick 3.7 V6
What Car? says
McLaren 12C/
12C Spider
Price 176,000-195,500
Target Price
176,000-195,500
MPG 24.2 CO
2
279g/km
For Jaw-dropping speed,
incredible composure and
grip, and a superb ride.
Its efcient for a supercar.
Against You dont engage
with it as you do a Ferrari
458. Its a bit blustery in the
Spider with the roof down.
Our pick 12C Spider
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz
SLS/SLS Roadster
Price 168,485-176,985
Target Price
168,485-176,985
MPG 21.4 CO
2
308g/km
For It has vast performance
and awesome grip. The
engine makes a glorious
noise, and the Roadster lets
you hear it that bit better.
Against The interior isnt
special and those gullwing
doors are impractical.
Our pick 6.2 V8 AMG
What Car? says
Mazda MX-5/
MX-5 Roadster-Coup
Price 18,495-23,095
Target Price 16,717-21,539
MPG 36.2-39.8
CO
2
167-181g/km
For All the fun and style
youd want from a roadster.
Its also well made and
cheap to buy.
Against The engines are
short of low-rev pull and
can be boomy. Rivals are
cheaper to run.
Our pick 1.8 SE
What Car? says
Lotus Exige
Price 54,610
Target Price 54,610
MPG 28.0 CO
2
236g/km
For Its exhilarating to
drive, with phenomenal
grip, handling and
performance. It looks every
inch the compact supercar.
Against Its expensive,
cramped and the cabin is
dated. You need to be as
supple as a wet rag to get
in and out.
Our pick 3.5 V6 S
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Lotus Evora
Price 53,080-64,190
Target Price
53,080-64,190
MPG 28.7-30.3
CO
2
217-229g/km
For A heady mix of
stunning performance,
control and comfort. Its
also fairly cheap to run.
Against The rear seats in
the 2+2 are too cramped,
and the instruments are
hard to read.
Our pick 3.5 V6
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Lamborghini Gallardo/
Gallardo Spyder
Price 157,668-188,388
Target Price
157,668-188,388
MPG 18.8-20.9
CO
2
319-351g/km
For A howling V10 engine
and superb body control.
For even more drama,
theres the soft-top Spyder.
Against Harsh ride and the
semi-auto gearbox is jerky.
Terrible driving position.
Our pick 5.2 V10 LP560-4
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Lotus Elise
Price 28,580-37,205
Target Price
28,580-37,205
MPG 37.5-45.0
CO
2
149-175g/km
For Sensational handling,
sublime steering and
stunning grip.
Against Could be faster.
The renement and hood
design let the side down.
Its short of security and
safety equipment.
Our pick 1.6
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1 Porsche
Cayman
2 Porsche 911
3 Audi R8
4 Nissan GT-R
5 Toyota
GT86
6 Subaru BRZ
Ranking based on most
searched-for cars on whatcar.com
Mazda 3 MPS
Price 23,995
Target Price 22,967
MPG 30.1 CO
2
219g/km
For Stunningly quick and
stuffed with kit, and its
practical enough for the
hooligan with a family.
Against The steering
wheel writhes when you
accelerate hard, the
throttle response is sloppy
and the cabin is dull. Its
also very expensive to run.
Our pick 2.3 MPS
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Ford Fiesta ST
Price 16,995-17,995
Target Price
15,844-16,776
MPG 47.9 CO
2
138g/km
For Its sensational to drive
when you want some fun,
yet civilised when you
want to take things more
sedately. Its also a bargain.
Against Rear legroom is
tight and getting into the
back is tricky because the
front seats are bulky.
Our pick 1.6T ST
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Ford Focus ST
Price 21,995-25,495
Target Price
20,512-23,773
MPG 39.2 CO
2
169g/km
For Delivers serious punch
and has masses of grip
and superb body control.
Its also comfortable and
impressive value.
Against The turning circle
is wide and the power can
make the steering wheel
squirm in your hands.
Our pick 2.0T ST
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A to Z
Hot hatches
BestBuys
1 Ford Focus
ST
2 Renault
Mgane
Renaultsport
265 Cup
3 Suzuki Swift
1.6 Sport
Alfa Romeo Mito
Quadrifoglio Verde
Price 18,765
Target Price 17,573
MPG 47.1 CO
2
139g/km
For The engine is punchy
and smooth, and economy
and CO
2
emissions are
impressively low.
Against Its nowhere near
as good to drive as rivals.
Theres too much wind and
road noise, and the rear
seats are cramped.
Our pick 1.4 170 Qu Verde
What Car? says
Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Cloverleaf
Price 25,530
Target Price 23,483
MPG 37.2 CO
2
177g/km
For Its fast enough to keep
you entertained and is
one of the most stylish
hot hatches around.
Against Compared with
similarly priced rivals, its
average to drive. Its also
tricky to get comfortable
behind the wheel.
Our pick 1750 TBi Cloverlf
What Car? says
Audi S3
Price 30,640-31,260
Target Price
30,640-31,260
MPG 40.4 CO
2
162g/km
For Its seriously rapid and
condence inspiring, yet
rened and comfortable
with it. Its also classy,
practical and reasonably
cheap to run.
Against It could be more
involving to drive and the
seats more supportive.
Our pick 2.0T S3
What Car? says
Citron DS3 1.6 THP 155
Price 17,475-21,345
Target Price
16,261-19,932
MPG 47.1 CO
2
135g/km
For Its quick and has lots
of equipment. It also looks
distinctive and you can
personalise it to your
hearts content.
Against A Mini is more fun
to drive, the steering is
short of feel and theres not
much rear-seat space.
Our pick 1.6 THP 155 DSport
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Mercedes-Benz
A250/A45 AMG
Price 27,105-37,845
Target Price
26,397-37,845
MPG 40.9-45.6
CO
2
145-161g/km
For The A45 is seriously
rapid and both versions
handle well.
Against Theyre expensive,
the ride is rm and the
automatic gearbox isnt
the slickest.
Our pick A45 AMG
What Car? says
Mazda MX-5 2.0
08/08, 6830
The MX-5 is one of the
best cars to drive,
regardless of budget or
badge. Its also reliable
and cheap to run.
Or try a
Porsche Boxster 2.7
05/05, 10,195
Fast when you want it to
be, yet comfortable and
refined when you need it
to be, the Boxster is an
everyday sports car.
UsedBestBuy
Fiat 500 Abarth
Price 14,205
Target Price 14,205
MPG 43.5 CO
2
155g/km
For Mini hot hatches dont
come more stylish than the
this. Its fun to drive and
you get lots of luxury kit.
Against Its pricier than
some rivals, and while its
fun to drive, its not exactly
polished. The ride is too
rm and the driving
position feels awkward.
Our pick 1.4 T-Jet Abarth
What Car? says
Mini Cooper S/JCW
Price 18,185-28,795
Target Price
17,369-27,488
MPG 42.8-48.7
CO
2
136-153g/km
For Bags of performance
from any revs and its an
absolute hoot in corners.
Its also stylish and
affordable to run.
Against You wont get
much kit as standard or
much luggage in the boot.
Our pick 1.6T Cooper S
What Car? says
BMW 125i/135i
Price 25,755-31,100
Target Price
23,776-28,723
MPG 35.3-42.8
CO
2
154-188g/km
For Strong performance
from any revs and the ride
is smooth for something
so fast. Considering the
power, the 135i is a bargain.
Against Pedals are offset to
the right and it looks too
similar to a normal 1 Series.
Our pick 135i 5dr
What Car? says
Kia Proceed GT
Price 19,995-23,995
Target Price
19,995-23,995
MPG 38.2 CO
2
171g/km
For Its brisk, comfortable
and well equipped. Theres
lots of space in the classy
cabin, plus a big boot.
Against It doesnt feel
especially agile or focused,
and the steering is vague.
Rivals have far better
economy and CO
2
gures.
Our pick 1.6 T-GDi
What Car? says
Nissan Juke Nismo
Price 20,395-22,600
Target Price 19,210-21,292
MPG 38.2-40.9
CO
2
159-169g/km
For Fast once the turbo
kicks in, the seats are
supportive and
comfortable, and the
standard kit list is long.
Against Poor steering,
body control and ride. Its
expensive and parts of the
cabin look and feel cheap.
Our pick 1.6T Nismo
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Aston Martin
DB9 Volante
Price 141,995
Target Price 141,995
MPG 19.8 CO
2
333g/km
For Sensational looks
beaten only by the sound
of the growling V12 engine.
Against Bumps send
shudders through the
Volantes structure and the
ride could be smoother.
Rear visibility is woeful
with the roof up.
Our pick 5.9 V12
What Car? says
A to Z
Open-top
cars
BestBuys
1 Mini Roadster
1.6T Cooper S
2 Audi TT
Roadster
2.0 TFSI 211
Sport
3 BMW 6 Series
Convertible
640d SE
Vauxhall Corsa VXR
Price 18,995-22,390
Target Price
17,501-20,617
MPG 37.2-38.7
CO
2
172-178g/km
For Seriously quick, thanks
to its 1.6-litre turbo engine.
The handling is sharp
and its rened at speed.
The cabin is classy.
Against It cant match
a Renault Clio Cup for fun.
Resale values are weak-ish.
Our pick 1.6T VXR
What Car? says
Volkswagen Golf
2.0 GTI 5dr
07/57, 8615
Combines agile handling
and strong performance
with a supple ride and
impressive refinement.
Its also practical.
Or try a
Ford Focus 2.5 ST2 5dr
08/08, 8570
In-your-face styling,
222bhp and a raucous
exhaust note. At this
price, its superb value.
Volkswagen Polo GTI
Price 19,570-20,190
Target Price
18,371-18,951
MPG 47.9 CO
2
139g/km
For Offers fast and exible
performance, a slick
automatic gearbox and
composed handling. The
cabin is spacious.
Against It could be more
fun to drive, its expensive
to buy and the boot is
a little shallow.
Our pick 1.4 TSI 180 GTI 3dr
What Car? says
Suzuki Swift Sport
Price 13,749-14,249
Target Price 11,610-14,249
MPG 44.1 CO
2
147g/km
For Loves to be thrashed,
helped by a rev-hungry
engine and snappy
gearchange. Its keenly
priced and loaded with kit.
Against The cabin looks
plain, so theres none of the
wow factor that hot hatch
buyers crave. Its not the
fastest hot hatch, either.
Our pick 1.6 Sport
What Car? says
Vauxhall Astra VXR
Price 27,010
Target Price 23,792
MPG 34.9 CO
2
189g/km
For Its a fast, comfortable
and rened hot hatch
with a surprisingly
spacious interior.
Against It has vague
steering and unruly
handling. Its expensive to
buy, rear visibility is poor
and the dashboard is
cluttered with buttons.
Our pick 2.0T VXR
What Car? says
Skoda Octavia vRS
Price 22,990-24,060
Target Price
22,990-24,060
MPG 45.6-61.4
CO
2
119-142g/km
For Its effortlessly quick
and has a huge cabin and
boot. Its also well kitted.
Against The ride is crashy
and theres a lot of road
noise. It doesnt handle as
well as rivals, either.
Our pick 2.0 TDI 184
vRS Estate
What Car? says
Renault Mgane
Renaultsport
Price 25,255-26,455
Target Price
21,285-22,289
MPG 37.7 CO
2
174g/km
For Offers a scintillating
mix of power, poise and
precision, and bristles with
feel. Its pretty rened, too.
Against The ride is rm,
rear headroom is limited
and over-the-shoulder
visibility is poor.
Our pick 2.0T 265 Cup
What Car? says
Renault Twingo
Renaultsport
Price 13,770
Target Price 13,325
MPG 43.5 CO
2
150g/km
For The 1.6-litre engine
loves to be thrashed, and
the suspension is tuned to
hold the body at through
corners, but has enough
give to soak up the bumps.
Against Its noisy, has a
plain cabin and the driving
position wont suit all.
Our pick 1.6 Renltsport 133
What Car? says
Seat Ibiza Cupra
Price 18,575
Target Price 16,035
MPG 47.9 CO
2
139g/km
For Its quick and effortless
to drive, thanks to the
punchy 1.4-litre engine
and standard automatic
gearbox. Its rened, too.
Against The Cupra isnt
much fun to drive and its
expensive to buy. The
steering doesnt inspire
much condence, either.
Our pick 1.4 TSI 180 Cupra
What Car? says
Renault Clio
Renaultsport
Price 18,995-19,995
Target Price
18,282-19,995
MPG 44.8 CO
2
144g/km
For Its fast and grippy, and
the engine sounds great.
Its also comfortable and
rened for a hot hatch.
Against Some of the auto
gearboxs gears are widely
spaced and the seats arent
supportive enough.
Our pick 1.6T 200
What Car? says
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Price 25,845-26,500
Target Price
24,861-25,491
MPG 47.1 CO
2
139g/km
For Its fast and fun when
you want it to be, yet
comfortable and easy to
live with when you dont.
Running costs arent too
high, and its also practical
and classy inside.
Against Its pricey to buy
compared with rivals.
Our pick 2.0 TSI 220 GTI 3dr
What Car? says
Peugeot 208 GTi
Price 18,895
Target Price 18,895
MPG 47.9 CO
2
139g/km
For Its seriously quick if
you keep the revs up, and
the ride is comfortable for
a hot hatch. The plush
cabin looks suitably sporty.
Against The driving
position wont suit
everyone, the handling is
sloppy and the steering is
inconsistently weighted.
Our pick 1.6T GTi
What Car? says
Skoda Fabia vRS
Price 17,150-18,000
Target Price 15,057-15,798
MPG 45.6 CO
2
148g/km
For Strong performance
and a slick automatic
gearbox. Its spacious and
well priced, too.
Against Most rivals are
more fun and theres a lot
of wind noise. Its easy to
mistake it for more
humdrum Fabias and the
interior is desperately dull.
Our pick 1.4 TSI 180 vRS
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BMW 3 Series
Convertible
Price 33,935-59,075
Target Price
31,240-55,433
MPG 22.2-55.4
CO
2
135-297g/km
For Its as good to drive as
it is to look at. Its superbly
built, theres a choice
of excellent engines and
resale values are strong.
Against The folding roof
impinges on space.
Our pick 325i SE
What Car? says
BMW 6 Series
Convertible
Price 66,010-99,045
Target Price
59,104-93,798
MPG 27.4-50.4
CO
2
148-239g/km
For The engines are
powerful and sound great.
Impressive renement and
a good ride at speed.
Against Its pricey, the
low-speed ride is rm and
rear-seat space is tight.
Our pick 640d SE
What Car? says
BMW 1 Series
Convertible
Price 24,935-36,140
Target Price
23,233-33,048
MPG 32.8-57.6
CO
2
127-200g/km
For Its enjoyable to drive,
the diesels are frugal and
the larger engines have
plenty of power.
Against The lower-
powered petrol engines
need to be worked hard.
Our pick 120d SE
What Car? says
Fiat 500C
Price 12,960-19,060
Target Price 12,472-18,333
MPG 43.5-72.4
CO
2
95-155g/km
For The 500C is desirable,
cheap to run and full of
character. The rear seats
offer adult-sized space.
Against Its slow, especially
with the 1.2 petrol engine,
and its not really a full
convertible, because the
roof pillars remain in place.
Our pick 1.2 Pop S/S
What Car? says
Bentley
Continental GTC
Price 136,250-167,900
Target Price
136,250-167,900
MPG 19.0-25.9
CO
2
254-347g/km
For Serious visual drama,
mighty performance and
capable handling. Rened
and hugely luxurious.
Against Costs big money to
buy and run. The ride could
be better at low speeds.
Our pick 4.0 V8
What Car? says
Ferrari California
Price 152,086
Target Price 152,086
MPG 21.6 CO
2
270g/km
For Its the most usable
Ferrari on sale, thanks to
its folding metal roof.
The ride is supple.
Against It doesnt work as
a two-plus-two just accept
it as a practical two-seater.
Avoid the optional HS
package, which makes the
car too skittish.
Our pick 4.3 V8
What Car? says
BMW Z4
Price 29,715-45,815
Target Price
27,666-39,369
MPG 30.1-41.5
CO
2
159-219g/km
For The Z4 is good to drive,
with strong engines,
capable handling and
a supple ride.
Against The steering
doesnt have enough feel.
Boot space is limited with
the roof down.
Our pick sDrive20i
What Car? says
Citron DS3 Cabrio
Price 15,205-19,840
Target Price 14,101-18,504
MPG 47.9-57.6
CO
2
112-137g/km
For The cabin is chic, classy
and decently practical. The
DS3 Cabrio is good to drive
and there are lots of ways
to personalise it.
Against The roof pillars
stay in place, so its not a
full open-top. Rear vision is
awful with the roof down.
Our pick tbc
What Car? says
Jaguar XK Convertible
Price 71,465-103,465
Target Price
62,918-103,465
MPG 23.0-25.2
CO
2
264-292g/km
For The V8 engines power
and sound will thrill you.
The Convertible handles
almost as well as the coup.
Against It isnt as stiff as
the coup, so doesnt ride
as smoothly. High running
costs match the price.
Our pick 5.0 V8 XK
What Car? says
Maserati Grancabrio
Price 98,200-102,615
Target Price
98,200-102,615
MPG 18.5-19.5
CO
2
337-354g/km
For Few cars do four-seat
open-top luxury on
a grander scale. The V8
engine sounds fantastic.
Against The boot is
minuscule and theres
too much body shake
across poor roads.
Our pick 4.7 V8 Sport
What Car? says
Infiniti G37
Coup Cabriolet
Price 45,705
Target Price 43,341
MPG 24.8 CO
2
264g/km
For It is well made and
packed with equipment.
Its an interesting,
good-looking alternative.
Against Its better to look at
than it is to drive theres
too much body shake and
performance disappoints.
Our pick 3.7 V6
G37 GT Premium
What Car? says
Audi TT Roadster
Price 26,370-51,205
Target Price
24,306-51,205
MPG 31.0-51.4
CO
2
144-212g/km
For The TT is fast and great
fun to drive. Its solidly
built, and neatly designed.
Its resale values are good.
Against Over-the-shoulder
vision is compromised
when the roof is up, and
the boot is shallow.
Our pick 2.0 TFSI 211 Sport
What Car? says
Audi A5 Cabriolet
Price 31,965-68,985
Target Price
29,065-68,985
MPG 26.4-58.9
CO
2
126-249g/km
For Its as classy and
desirable as youd expect
an Audi to be, yet also
surprisingly practical.
Against An unsettled ride,
body shake and rubbery
steering. Roof down, theres
too much buffeting.
Our pick 1.8 TFSI 170 SE
What Car? says
Mercedes-Benz
E-Class Cabriolet
Price 38,465-49,635
Target Price
38,465-49,635
MPG 35.8-57.7
CO
2
127-185g/km
For Its relaxing to drive
and classy, and bluster-free
with the roof down.
Against Most versions
dont ride well enough. The
boot is an awkward shape.
Our pick E350 Bluetec
AMG Sport
What Car? says
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open-tops on
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Mercedes-Benz SL
Price 72,530-168,285
Target Price
66,129-158,162
MPG 24.4-37.7
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176-270g/km
For Combines stunning
performance, a supple ride,
balanced handling and
superb renement. Plenty
of space and equipment.
Against Its costly to run
and some of the controls
are ddly.
Our pick SL350
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Price 30,345-55,335
Target Price
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MPG 33.6-56.5
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132-195g/km
For Sharp-looking,
all-seasons roadster with
lots of luxury and safety
equipment as standard.
Against The four-cylinder
petrol and diesel engines
are coarse and noisy, and
the handling is sloppy.
Our pick 200 CGI
What Car? says
Mini Convertible
Price 16,075-27,765
Target Price
15,282-26,506
MPG 38.7-70.6
CO
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105-169g/km
For All the open-top
driving thrills youd want
and resale values are high.
Against The ride is rm
and the Convertible isnt
as sharp to drive as the
hatchback. Rear visibility
is poor with the roof down.
Our pick 1.6 Cooper
What Car? says
Mini Roadster
Price 18,055-24,790
Target Price
17,714-24,318
MPG 41.5-62.8
CO
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118-157g/km
For Its stylish and has agile
handling and low running
costs. Its also more
affordable than its rivals.
Against Theres wind noise
with the roof up and
buffeting with it down.
Rear visibility is poor.
Our pick 1.6T Cooper S
What Car? says
Renault Mgane
Coup-Cabriolet
Price 24,655-25,095
Target Price
20,783-21,105
MPG 38.7-64.2
CO
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115-169g/km
For Stylish and well-kitted,
it features a full-length
glass folding roof.
Against It feels heavy on
twisty roads, and its
cramped in the back.
Our pick 1.4 TCe 130
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What Car? says
Peugeot 308 CC
Price 22,650-27,350
Target Price
19,627-23,887
MPG 39.2-57.5
CO
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128-167g/km
For The 308 CC is well built.
It has some good engines
and is well equipped.
Against The CCs weight
affects its performance. It
feels shaky with the roof
down and its not a four-
seater, as Peugeot claims.
Our pick 1.6 THP 156 Active
What Car? says
Peugeot 207 CC
Price 16,800-20,295
Target Price
14,897-18,232
MPG 38.2-58.9
CO
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124-170g/km
For Well equipped, and
blends hard-top coup and
convertible. Good ride and
handling on smooth roads.
Against Its heavy, which
dents performance. Theres
too much wind noise with
the roof up.
Our pick 1.6 VTi Active
What Car? says
Rolls-Royce Phantom
Drophead Coup
Price 332,400
Target Price 332,400
MPG 18.0 CO
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377g/km
For Rolls-Royces most
exclusive model. It has
beautiful wood decking
on the rear and the thick
fabric roof keeps things
suitably quiet in the cabin.
Against Things get very
blustery with the top down
and rear visibility is poor.
Our pick 6.75 V12
What Car? says
Volkswagen Golf
Cabriolet
Price 21,325-33,170
Target Price
19,560-33,170
MPG 34.4-64.2
CO
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117-190g/km
For Enjoyable to drive and
most versions are cheap
to run. Theres space for
four in the cabin.
Against The body exes
over bumps, and theres
too much wind noise.
Our pick 1.4 TSI 122 SE
What Car? says
Volvo C70
Price 32,560-39,545
Target Price
29,603-35,979
MPG 30.1-47.9
CO
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154-219g/km
For The luxurious and
spacious cabin has room
for four, and the boot is big.
Against Doesnt cope well
with bumps or handle
sharply, and the more
powerful cars struggle to
put down their power.
Our pick 2.0 D3 SE
What Car? says
Volkswagen Eos
Price 26,615-30,335
Target Price
24,465-27,861
MPG 39.8-58.9
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125-165g/km
For Its good to drive, has
plenty of rear-seat space
and superb build quality.
It transforms from a coup
to a cabriolet in a jiffy.
Against Its pricey, while
dropping the roof almost
halves the boot space.
Our pick 1.4 TSI 160 Sport
What Car? says
Smart Fortwo Cabriolet
Price 11,075-16,875
Target Price
10,260-15,890
MPG 54.3-85.6
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86-119g/km
For Great for life in urban
areas. Running costs and
emissions are very low.
Against Its uncomfortable,
noisy and struggles to
perform at higher speeds.
It costs much more than
the coup.
Our pick 1.0 70 Passion
What Car? says
Vauxhall Cascada
Price 23,995-29,085
Target Price 22,355-27,083
MPG 39.2-54.3
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138-168g/km
For Theres space for four
adults in the roomy cabin.
You get lots of equipment
and renement is good.
Against Its heavy, so the
lower-powered engines
have to be worked hard. Its
expensive compared with
similarly spacious rivals.
Our pick 2.0 CDTi 165 SE
What Car? says
Audi TT Roadster
2.0 TFSI
08/08, 13,000
Fast and thrilling, yet also
efortless to drive, the TT
is a fantastic open-top. Its
classy, too, and wont cost
a huge amount to run.
Or try a
Nissan 350Z Roadster
07/57, 9690
With rear-wheel drive
and a brawny V6 engine,
the 350Z makes every
journey fun.
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Volkswagen Beetle
Cabriolet
Price 18,405-26,845
Target Price
17,022-26,845
MPG 37.7-62.8
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118-174g/km
For It looks like nothing
else. Good space up front
and a decent-sized boot.
Against Rear visibility is
poor and theres not much
space in the rear seats. The
low-speed ride is rm.
Our pick 1.2 TSI 105 Design
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onthe basis that he'dbe ab|e tofinda
buyer for it, or he may have a cance||ed
order onhis hands. Ineither case, it is
possib|e that youcou|dbeat the UK
waiting|ist, but quiz himabout the basis
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Cet the de|ivery date inwriting, too.
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estab|ished broker Carfi|e charges %of
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toa broker before I've taken
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manufacturer warranty, it's a mechanica|
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source their cars
A|though some brokers specia|ise with
imports, the majority dea| in UKmode|s,
supp|ied by UKdea|ers. 1hey've a|ready
negotiated discounts, so save you hass|e
and time , but it's possib|e to beat a
broker's price if you're determined. Most
brokers usua||y refer you to the dea|er,
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