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If you love motoring then Auto Express is your ultimate weekly read. Nothing moves in the world of cars without Auto Express knowing about it. Every week, Auto Express features the highest quality car journalism and photography. We'll keep you in the know with the most exciting scoop stories, the very latest news, reviews and comparisons, ground-breaking features and tests of the most important car kit.

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2 min.
what better than a thumbs-up from an existing owner?

WELCOME to what is always one of our most popular issues of the year: our annual Driver Power new-car countdown. There really is no hiding place here, because we reveal the best cars as rated by the people who know them best – their owners! We’ve not only compiled a top 75 to help you find your car (or your next car), but we’ve also named the top-rated models in the most popular car categories. There are three things that I enjoy most when reading through the results, and this year is no different. Firstly, there are the reputations that tend to be upheld – be that good or bad. Then there are the things that we spot in early tests that are confirmed by owners. And finally, the surprises, where hard…

5 min.
seat leon adds spice to hatch class

● Spanish hatch completes VW Group’s set of new MQB models ● Maintains SEAT’s position as a sportier alternative to VW Golf YOU’RE certainly not stuck for choice if you’re after a fresh-faced family hatchback these days. This year has already brought us the eighth generation of the Volkswagen Golf, and we were impressed recently by the latest incarnations of its sister cars, the Skoda Octavia and Audi A3. This generational shift within the VW Group means there’s one more model that has to be renewed, and here it is: the Mk4 SEAT Leon. On paper at least, the premise of the Leon hasn’t changed too much. Within the ‘mainstream’ trio of models (so ignoring the A3), the Golf is premium-centre, the Octavia is focused a little more on practicality, and the Leon is…

1 min.
rivals

FORD FOCUS Price from: £20,690 STILL the most driver-centric family hatch, the Focus mixes a well-judged chassis with engines – particularly the 124bhp 1.0 EcoBoost – that are punchy and refined. Few rivals come close to its crisp steering and excellent body control. Interior quality is durable rather than luxurious, but there’s decent space for four adults and the boot is large and well shaped. It’s just a shame you have to avoid the cheapest editions to get half-decent infotainment. VAUXHALLASTRA Price from: £18,925 RECENTLY updated, the Astra could prove a key rival for the Leon if SEAT does try to pitch its car’s pricing to undercut the Golf’s. Vauxhall’s family hatch now has modern three-cylinder engines that suit its composed, refined ride and crisp dynamics. Its cabin isn’t the most modern but it’s roomy…

2 min.
porsche readies ev performance estate

Jonathan_Burn@dennis.co.uk @Jonathan_burn ● Taycan Cross Turismo spied winter testing ● More practical electric load-lugger due in 2021 THIS is our best look yet at Porsche’s second fully electric model, the Taycan Cross Turismo. Spied almost completely undisguised during the final stages of development testing, the Cross Turismo is due to be launched later this year, ahead of sales commencing at the beginning of 2021. The arrival of the Taycan Cross Turismo will create another niche in the new car market: the electric estate car. Performance estates have been around for decades, with regular fixtures including the Audi RS 6 Avant and Mercedes-AMG E63. But Porsche will be the first brand to enter the segment with a fully electric alternative. Dr Michael Steiner, Porsche’s executive board member for R&D, told Auto Express: “It’s an obligation for…

1 min.
polestar brings concept a step closer to reality

THE Polestar Precept has moved from being a digital concept to a physical vehicle, in these brand-new images revealed by the Swedish electric performance brand of its Tesla Model S-rivalling saloon. “Precept shows you where we’ll be heading – our design direction, our ambitions about sustainability, and the great digital user experience,” says Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. “Precept showcases our future, not as a fancy dream or something from a sci-fi movie. This is our reality, to come.” It’s a statement of intent and the clearest message yet from Polestar that a car like Precept is being considered for production, but any technical specifications are being kept under wraps for now. The Precept’s interior uses a mix of vegan-friendly and recycled materials, while a natural flax-based composite is used in place of many plastics. The…

1 min.
20-plate‘blacklist’ revealed

THE Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has released its latest list of banned number plates to coincide with the launch of last month’s 20-plate, with the likes of MU20 RDR, BU20 GER and A20 RSE deemed too rude for the road. The 69-plate that arrived in September 2019 brought classics such as SH69 TTE, and DO69 POO, and now they’ve been joined by UD20 UGY, NO20 NOB and PR20 ZZY. The banned plates are the result of a bi-annual DVLA meeting, where staff ensure “any combinations of numbers and letters that may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste” don’t slip through. And it’s bad news for anyone who wanted to reference narcotics with their 20-plate car: GA20 NJA and SM20 ACK have both been blacklisted. Meanwhile, those wanting to…