What Car?

What Car? December 2020

Britain's best car buying guide now has a brand new look with an extra 40-pages in every issue, giving you more of What Car?'s famous comparison tests than ever before and more invaluable buying advice for every car on sale. Plus, What Car?'s Target Price promise could save you thousands off the price of your next car. No wonder they call us the car buyer's bible!

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electric rivals that the id.4 needs to beat

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense Price From £33,990 Length 4118mm Range 197 miles Notable for its very strong Euro NCAP safety score, but our early impressions of the ID.4 suggest that it’s both more comfortable than the E-Tense and more enjoyable to drive. Hyundai Kona Electric Price From £33,150 Length 4180mm Range From 180 miles Smaller inside and out than the ID.4, but the 64kWh version, while pricey, travels farther between charges in real-world conditions than any other car we’ve tested. Kia e-Niro Price From £32,595 Length 4375mm Range 282 miles Our favourite electric SUV costs significantly less than the ID.4, is similarly good to drive and has loads of kit. Its range is excellent, but the ID.4 can officially take you farther still between charges. Peugeot e-2008 Price From £32,065 Length 4300mm Range 206 miles It can’t go as far on a single charge as the ID.4 and it’s…

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performance cars

LESS THAN £60,000 Mercedes-AMG A-Class Saloon Our pick A35 4Matic Executive List price £38,955 Target Price £37,463 MPG 36.7 CO2 173g/km For Incredible performance, plush interior, and sublime handling. Against Shame the engine doesn’t sound more tuneful; ride could be more compliant. WHAT CAR? SAYS Mercedes-AMG C-Class Coupé Our pick C43 4Matic List price £53,480 Target Price £51,682 MPG 29.4 CO2 218g/km For Smooth, powerful V6 engine, responsive nine-speed gearbox and masses of grip. Against Road and wind noise at speed; not the most entertaining handling. WHAT CAR? SAYS Kia Stinger Our pick 3.3 T-GDi GT S List price £41,145 Target Price £41,145 MPG 27.7 CO2 233g/km For Nicely balanced handling, with strong pace from purposeful-sounding V6 engine. Against Tight in the back for tall adults; not quite as classy inside as its German rivals. WHAT CAR? SAYS £60,000-£80,000 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio THE QUADRIFOGLIO VERSION of Alfa’s Giulia has been our favourite performance…

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#ask what car

Is Kia’s e-Niro the best electric SUV for me? ‘I didn’t expect the e-Niro to be silent, but I was disappointed with its level of noise’ I am looking to buy a new electric SUV on a budget of about £40,000. One car I’m considering is the Kia e-Niro, which looks like a compelling proposition when you factor in the reasonable price, long range and generous amount of standard equipment. I could go for the range-topping 4+ specification and still be within my price range. I recently took the e-Niro for a 45-minute test drive on a mixture of roads: motorway roadworks with a 50mph speed limit and local roads with 20 and 30mph limits.Although I didn’t expect it to be silent, I was disappointed with the level of noise in general.The overriding…

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and the rest… the volkswagen id models still to come

ID.6 Pictured above, the ID.6 is the largest and most luxurious electric SUV that Volkswagen plans to offer. Unveiled at the Shanghai motor show in 2019 as the Roomzz concept car, the seven-seat EV will be a rival for Tesla’s Model X. Drive comes from two electric motors that develop a combined 302bhp. Energy is stored in an 82kWh battery, providing an official range of up to 280 miles. Although the car’s looks will be toned down on its journey to production, some elements from the concept, such as its huge, 13.8in digital instrument cluster and augmented-reality head-up display, will remain. ID Vizzion Revealed in concept form at the Geneva motor show in 2018, the Vizzion luxury car will be the range-topper of the ID range, rivalling the Tesla Model S, as well as conventional models…

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mazda mx-30

IN THEORY, COMMUNISM makes everyone equal. In theory, nuclear fusion provides cheap energy. In theory, the electric Mazda MX-30’s small, 36kWh battery creates less CO2 in its production than the bigger, 64kWh battery in the Kia e-Niro. Or a petrol car, over its lifetime. The problem with theories is reality. In reality, the MX-30’s official range is 124 miles, one of the shortest of any electric car, whereas the e-Niro’s is 282 miles. In reality, the latter is a genuine alternative to a petrol car for family use, whereas the MX-30 will probably need to sit alongside a second car for longer trips. Or you could wait for the range-extender version that’s coming next year; it’ll have a small petrol engine that charges up the battery as you go along. Neither…

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kia sorento

NATURAL SELECTION DOESN’T only apply to the animal kingdom; it affects SUVs, too. Where once the trusty diesel engine was the go-to choice for large seven-seaters, any car that sups solely from the black pump looks like a bit of a dinosaur these days. So, like all of the most successful species, the Kia Sorento has evolved. As a result, the cheapest Sorento you can buy – called the HEV – combines a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and a small battery to drive down emissions and fuel consumption. A plug-in version is also on the horizon. And for those who make lots of long journeys or need to tow a hefty caravan or trailer, a grunty 2.2-litre diesel is still available. Whichever version you pick, four-wheel drive and…