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Auto Express

Auto Express 1574

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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51 Issues


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tesla has to cement its place as the electric car maker

AFTER what has seemed like an eternity, this week we’re finally able to deliver a first UK verdict on the eagerly anticipated Tesla Model 3. You can read editor-in-chief Steve Fowler’s review overleaf, but suffice it to say that all of the promise that persuaded tens of thousands to add their name to the waiting list for the ‘baby Tesla’ (above) is just as relevant on British roads as it is in the United States. That’s quite an achievement. And yet, this week it also emerged that Tesla is seeking fresh funding as it tries to maintain momentum, having posted a loss during the first quarter of 2019 of $702million (£540m), and seen a reduction in car deliveries of almost a third compared with the final three months of 2018. For…

1 min.
auto express

Editor-in-chief: Steve Fowler Deputy editor: John McIlroy News, reviews and tests Reviews and features editor: Richard Ingram News editor: Jonathan Burn Chief reviewer: Sean Carson Senior reviewer: Sam Naylor Senior staff writer: James Brodie Staff writers: Alex Ingram, Luke Wilkinson Consumer Consumer editor: Hugo Griffiths Consumer reporter: Tristan Shale-Hester Products editor: Kim Adams Production Automotive managing editor: Stuart Milne Managing editor: Stuart Morton Chief sub-editor: Andy Pringle Sub-editor: Paul Alton Digital Group website editor: Steve Walker Editor-at-large and Head of motoring video: James Batchelor Web producer: Pete Baiden Online reviews editor: James Howe Content editors: Dean Gibson, Jake Weaver Carbuyer deputy online editor: Ben Hodges Carbuyer sub-editor: William Morris Carbuyer content editors: Hannah Brookes, Ben Custard, Andrew Goodwin DrivingElectric associate editor: Vicky Parrott DrivingElectric managing editor: Stephen Errity DrivingElectric senior staff writer: Joe Holding Design &Pictures Group art director: Darren Wilson Deputy art editor: George Vedmore Designer: Victoria Coquet Picture editor: Dawn Grant Senior photographer: Pete Gibson Staff photographer: Otis Clay Special Contributors Steve Sutcliffe, Mike Rutherford, Andreas…

8 min.
first verdict tesla model 3 hits the uk

Steve_Fowler@dennis.co.uk @stevefowler ● New Model 3 on sale now, costing from £39,800 to £56,900 ● Three versions available, all with a range of at least 258 miles IT’S fair to say we’ve got a bit of history with the Tesla Model 3. Five years ago, Elon Musk exclusively revealed to Auto Express the name of his company’s new, small model, so we were first to tell the world of the Model 3’s imminent arrival. Now, after longer than we’d all hoped, we’ve driven it in the UK for the first time, ahead of the cars reaching their eager buyers in a couple of months. Our drive coincides with the UK Model 3 configurator going live on Tesla’s website, along with the announcement of prices. The three-strong line-up starts at £39,800 for the Standard Range Plus with…

1 min.
tesla vs bmw 3 series – the costs

WHILE ‘filling’ a Tesla will take considerably longer than pumping diesel into a similar-size BMW 3 Series (for now), you should be able to get 80 per cent of charge into your Model 3 in around 30 minutes at one of the company’s Superchargers. That should give you around 280 miles of range – at a cost of about £14. Assuming your 330d manages an average of 50mpg, travelling the same distance will cost over £40 at current prices. Extrapolate that over 10,000 miles and the Tesla will save you £928 – possibly double that if you can charge at home using off-peak rates. Of course, a BMW 330d M Sport costs over £7,000 less to buy than a Long Range Model 3, but it’s not as quick as the Tesla. And…

4 min.
astra to lead seven new vauxhalls in ev shake-up

James_Brodie@dennis.co.uk @jimmybrods ● First cars under PSA ownership ● Many to feature electric drive THE next 18 months are shaping up to be big for Vauxhall. The brand and its European sister marque, Opel, have just untapped what will become a steady stream of new cars and vans that is due to arrive over the next year and a half, with electrified models expected to play an important part in the big product push. Here’s how PSA, Vauxhall’s new parent company, will make its mark on the brand. New Astra Due late 2019 FACELIFTS aren’t always interesting, but the revisions to the Astra, previewed by our exclusive image (right), will be fascinating because the car still sits on underpinnings from Vauxhall’s previous owner, GM. It’ll be the brand’s last car to be based on mechanicals from the American…

2 min.
plug-in hybrid for fresh superb

● Skoda reveals official sketch of new family car ● Set to borrow PHEV tech from VW Passat GTE Luke_Wilkinson@dennis.co.uk @LT_Wilkinson THIS is our first official look at the revised Skoda Superb, which is due to be officially revealed in the coming weeks. As part of its mid-life facelift, the car will undergo a minor cosmetic overhaul, as well as a big technical update, borrowing technology from Volkswagen’s latest Passat. Judging by Skoda’s official teaser sketch, updates to the Superb’s styling will include a pair of revised headlights, a redesigned radiator grille and a fresh front bumper with LED foglamps. Tweaked tail-lights and a new rear bumper are also likely to feature, along with an updated interior which includes the VW Group’s latest digital instrument cluster and infotainment system. However, the biggest change for the 2019 Superb…