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Auto Express

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The weekly magazine that brings all the news and reviews for all the UK's Cars

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Dennis Publishing UK
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3 min.
opening shot from renault’s new boss hits the mark

WE’RE big fans of Renault’s smaller cars here at Auto Express – as proven by the company’s recent New Car Awards victories for the Clio, Captur and Zoe. But we’ve been increasingly puzzled about what the firm plans to do with its larger models – vehicles like the Mégane, increasingly marginalised against the likes of the VW Golf and Ford Focus, and the Kadjar, which looks ever-more-anonymous in the packed family SUV class. This week we can tell the first part of the new story, at least. You can find out more on page eight about how Renault’s designers, led by Laurens van den Acker, have turned the Mégane into a funky all-electric crossover. This reveal is a hugely significant one – and not just because it shows the future of a…

5 min.
phev suv plugged into evoque line-up

John_McIlroy@dennis.co.uk @johnmcilroy • Land Rover claims 34-mile range from electric motor and battery • 10 per cent BiK tax rating is good news for company car drivers MILD-HYBRID versions of the Range Rover Evoque, arguably Land Rover’s most urban-focused model, have been available pretty much since the arrival of the second-generation car last year. But now, at last, there’s also a full-on plug-in hybrid version. And we’ve had our first chance to try it. Officially titled the Range Rover Evoque P300e, the new model introduces a petrol engine that we haven’t seen anywhere else before in a Jaguar Land Rover car. It’s a 1.5-litre three-cylinder Ingenium unit that produces 197bhp. All of that output goes to the front wheels, while at the rear axle there’s a 107bhp electric motor and a 15kWh battery tucked under…

1 min.
more power for flagship panamera turbo s

PORSCHE has updated the flagship Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which retains its position as the most powerful model in the line-up. Available as both a four-door (£140,130) and estate-bodied Sport Turismo (£142,280), it has a 196mph top speed and a 31-mile all-electric range. The car’s performance is boosted by revisions to the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and the electric motor, which combine to produce 690bhp. Porsche says 0-62mph takes 3.2 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds faster than in the previous version. A larger battery sees capacity increase from 14.1kWh to 17.9kWh, which, along with revisions to the car’s software, accounts for the 30-per cent increase in all-electric driving range.…

1 min.
news in brief

Flagship Audi SUV now with plug-in drive AUDI has launched two plug-in hybrid versions of the Q8 SUV (above). The Q8 55 TFSI starts from £73,860 and uses a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine, electric motor and 17.8kWh battery pack. Power stands at 376bhp, while it’s capable of 29 miles on battery power, emits 65g/km of CO2 and returns 100mpg. The 60 TFSI e is priced from £85,760 and features the same hybrid set-up, but with 456bhp for 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds, as well as 28 miles of EV running, fuel economy of 97mpg and 66g/km of CO2. Drivers warned about seasonal deer hazard DRIVERS have been warned to stay alert for deer in areas where the animals are common. GEM Motoring Assist has reminded motorists that we’re now in rutting season, during which deer…

2 min.
12-point drivers using hardship clause face tougher legal fight

MOTORISTS who accrue 12 or more penalty points on their licence are more likely to get an automatic driving ban, following the issuing of new guidelines for judges from the Sentencing Council. Drivers who ‘tot up’ 12 or more points following a series of offences should, based on the Road Traffic Offenders Act, automatically lose their licence. However, a clause in the Act makes provision for licences to be kept by people who would face “exceptional hardship” following a ban. This detail is often used by lawyers who argue that their clients would lose their job if they lost their licence. Now, the Sentencing Council – a public body made up of judges and legal experts reporting to the Ministry of Justice – has clarified that the loss of employment should be…

1 min.
useful contacts

Legal AA: 0345 850 1130 (m) RAC: 0330 159 1446 (m) Citizens Advice Consumer helpline: 03454 040506 Local Trading Standards Local Citizens Advice Bureau Used car inspections AA: 0800 056 8040 RAC: 0330 159 0720 Technical advice AA: 0370 142 0002 (m) Driving licences DVLA: 0300 790 6801 Car registration/history HPI: 0113 222 2010 AA: 0800 316 3564 DVLA: 0300 790 6802 RAC: 0808 164 1923 Traffic information AA: 0906 888 4322 RAC: 09003 444999 (p) Problems with dealers The Motor Ombudsman: 0345 241 3008 Consumer Ombudsman: www.consumer-ombudsman.org RMIF: 0845 305 4230 Scottish Motor Trade Assoc. 0131 331 5510 Problems with makers The Motor Ombudsman: 0345 241 3008 Financial problems Financial Ombudsman: 0800 023 4567 Safety concerns/recalls www.check-mot.service.gov.uk…