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What Car?

September 2019

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!

United Kingdom
Haymarket Media Group Ltd
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13 Numéros


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‘Tech designed to make life easier has opened the door to thieves’ What Car? used to test the security of the latest models every year. However, we stopped back in 2005 because engine immobilisers had become commonplace, making new cars very hard to steal. In short, security was no longer a major issue; the good guys seemed to have won. Now, though, thefts are on the rise again, and it turns out it’s technology designed to make our lives easier that has – literally and metaphorically – opened the door. To be fair, several car manufacturers have recognised this and responded, but our research suggests some of their dealers don’t understand the solutions, so they aren’t educating customers on how to use them. That’s why, from p42, we’ve got all you need to know,…

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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.…

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what car

Editorial Media enquiries Andy Bothwell Tel 07825 703505 Meet the team Editor Steve Huntingford Editorial director Jim Holder Deputy editor Darren Moss Reviews editor Will Nightingale Managing editor Allan Muir Consumer editor Claire Evans Used cars editor Mark Pearson Deputy reviews editor John Howell New cars editor Alan Taylor-Jones Video reviews editor Doug Revolta Senior reviewer Boyan Marinov Reviewer Becky Wells Used cars reporter Max Adams Digital reviews editor Chris Haining Sub-editor Kris Culmer Group art editor Stephen Hopkins Brand art editor Chee-Chiu Lee Chief photographer John Bradshaw Senior photographer Will Williams Junior photographer Max Edleston Picture editor Ben Summerell-Youde Designer Rebecca Stevens Prepress manager Darren Jones Head of video Mitch McCabe Videographer Dan Wrenn Video apprentices Oli Kosbab, Tej Bhola SEO manager Jonathan Cook SEO executive Oliver Hayman Social media manager Louis Shaw Special contributors Lawrence Allan, James Attwood, Rachel Burgess, Alastair Clements, Steve Cropley, Simon Davis, Tom Evans, Pat Hoy, Rob Keenan, Olgun Kordal, Luc Lacey, Richard Lane, Tom Morgan,…

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bmw 1 series

‘The new 1 Series feels much more agile and eager to change direction’ THE BMW 1 SERIES has gone mainstream. In musical terms, the original drummer has left the band and its third album is being produced by some slick Americans who have pumped out a succession of number ones with the likes of Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran. So, what has BMW done? It has reinvented its family hatchback with front-wheel drive, conforming at last with all of its rivals. That’s a big deal, because the 1 Series’ unique selling point has always been rear-wheel drive – a layout usually associated with sports cars and luxury saloons. However, that arrangement ate into interior space quite severely, and the fact is that – with the exception of the entertaining six-cylinder M140i…

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audi q3 sportback

FOR A CAR maker with as many SUVs in its line-up as Audi, the German giant has so far barely dipped a toe in the water of the SUV-coupé market, only launching the luxurious Q8 last year. Now, though, it’s doubling down with the Q3 Sportback – a coupé-styled version of the Q3 family SUV that’s designed to take on the likes of the BMW X2 and Range Rover Evoque. The differences between the Q3 Sportback’s styling and the regular Q3’s are most noticeable at the rear, where you’ll find a more sloping roof and tailgate and a more muscular bumper. The Sportback is lower than its sibling and slightly longer overall, while plastic cladding around the car’s lower edges gives it a more aggressive look. Buyers can choose from 11 paint…

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mercedes-amg a45

WHENEVER THERE’S TENSION in the world, you hear reporters talk about the danger of escalation. But in the world of hot hatchbacks, tit-for-tat exchanges like this tend to be good news for consumers, resulting in ever more performance. Back in 2013, for example, when the original Mercedes-AMG A45 went on sale, its 355bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine represented a whole new level of madness. But fast forward to today and it’s Audi that has bragging rights with its 394bhp RS3. This all-new A45 is Mercedes-AMG’s response, with the range-topping S version producing a whopping 415bhp – making it the most powerful four-cylinder car in series production.Even a bespoke sports coupé such as the Porsche 718 Cayman S doesn’t get close.The A45 S also accelerates faster, hitting 62mph from rest in just 3.9sec, versus…