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What Car?

What Car?

Awards 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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United Kingdom
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English
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Haymarket Media Group Ltd
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1 min.
welcome

‘Whatever your priorities are, you’ll find a car perfectly suited to you’ The annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards are often called the motoring Oscars – and not just by us. However, while both ceremonies celebrate greatness, there’s a key difference: the What Car? Awards actually matter. Choose to watch a particular film at the cinema because it has picked up a gong or two and all you lose if it turns out to be a dud are a couple of hours and a few quid. On the other hand, a new car is probably the second-biggest purchase you’ll ever make. Fortunately for you, then, we’ve spent the past 12 months putting every new model through the most comprehensive range of tests in the business, so we can name the best…

1 min.
target price

The What Car? Target Price is the maximum you should pay for your new car and is set by our team of mystery shoppers. Every day they haggle to see what discounts are available across the UK. And all What Car?-approved dealers will at least match Target Price. In a lot of cases, however, you can save even more by using our New Car Buying service. Just head to whatcar.com/new-car-deals and select the car you’re interested in, and dealers will compete for your business. It’s all done through our website, so they won’t see your details until you’re ready.…

5 min.
volkswagen golf

‘On adaptive suspension, the Golf is one of the class’s comfiest cars’ MARKETING IS A POWERFUL tool; you’ll never forget just how versatile Birds Eye Potato Waffles are (waffly, of course) or the phases of the moon, thanks to Jaffa Cakes. More such memorable marketing was the television advert for the Volkswagen Golf. Its strapline? “It’s just like a Golf.” Nothing more needed to be said. Plenty has changed for the famed family car’s eighth iteration, though, with a reinvented infotainment system and mild hybrid technology among its new toys. Let’s start with the engine options. There are two 2.0-litre diesels, with 114bhp and 148bhp, two regular 1.5-litre turbo petrols, with 128bhp and 148bhp, and a 148bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol with that new 48-volt mild hybrid setup. Coming with a six-speed manual gearbox…

3 min.
porsche taycan

THE ARRIVAL OF the Taycan 4S sounds like a fairytale for electric car converts who want driving thrills. Not only is it the cheapest version of Porsche’s Tesla Model S-rivalling electric grand tourer, but it can also travel farther between charges than its significantly more expensive Turbo and Turbo S siblings, with an official range of up to 287 miles. Mind you, that range comes only if you add the Performance Battery Plus option. For £4613, this also brings more power (483bhp compared with 429bhp) and a faster maximum charging rate (270kW versus 225kW), meaning a 5-80% top-up can take just 23 minutes. That figure alone will be enough, we suspect, to tempt many. In standard form, official range falls to 252 miles – far behind that of the Model S…

3 min.
ssangyong korando

WHEN YOU THINK of world-dominating car makers, you probably think of the Germans, Japanese or Americans. But although Korean brands might not immediately spring to mind, they’ve been making waves here for decades. Hoping to generate an additional splash is Ssangyong with its latest Korando, a family SUV that’s now available with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine to sit alongside the existing 1.6-litre diesel. Now, while the diesel will suit those who do huge mileages or enjoy towing their holiday accommodation, we suspect the petrol will suit more people. That’s because it’s cheaper to buy and, with 161bhp, certainly not malnourished. The engine is more than capable of shifting what is a fairly hefty hunk of metal, although you’d never call it fast. Indeed, despite being more powerful on paper, this Korando never…

2 min.
audi rs q3 sportback

THE AUDI RS Q3 is what you get when you lock the Q3 family SUV in a gym and then feed it nothing but red meat and protein shakes. Like the original model, this new one uses a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine, but you now get the choice between a regular SUV bodystyle and the coupé-like Sportback. For an extra £1150, the latter gets you a sportier shape but slightly reduced practicality. With 395bhp being sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, as well as a standard launch control function, it’s little surprise that the 0-62mph sprint takes a mere 4.5sec. However, the engine and gearbox frustrate in normal use. There’s no doubt the RS Q3 has all the advertised power, and it certainly makes a distinctive…