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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.
make the most of this swan song for petrol power

AUTO Express readers are clearly aware of the process of electrification that all car companies are going through at the moment. Our inbox is split between those of you who want as much detail and clarification on EVs as possible, and plenty of folk who’d rather we focus on the efforts to extract every last bit of time and performance from combustion engines. Rest assured, this contrast is not lost on us; we love cars, after all. And that’s why we get slightly misty-eyed when putting together tests like this week’s front cover story: two rear-wheel-drive super-saloons (including one carrying the legendary M3 badge) with a combined output of more than 1,000bhp from a couple of turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engines. We’re not about to give out any spoilers here on the result,…

5 min.
on the road in vw’s electric suv

sean_carson@dennis.co.uk VOLKSWAGEN’S all-electric ID sub-brand continues to grow at pace, with this new ID.4 SUV joining the line-up. It’s the second ID model following the ID.3 five-door hatchback, but this full SUV offers fresh appeal and even more style. Starting from £37,800 in 1st Edition trim (the only specification available so far) after the £3,000 UK plug-in car grant, and given that this ID.4 comes with the larger 77kWh Pro Performance battery and a 201bhp electric motor, plus lots of kit, it’s relatively well priced. Especially when you factor in the lower running costs compared with a petrol or even a hybrid SUV. Charging at home from a 7.2kW wallbox will cost £11.09 and takes a little over 12 hours. But this ID.4 also features 125kW rapid charging, which will replenish the battery…

1 min.
rivals

FORD MUSTANG MACH-E Price from: £37,350 FORD’s entry-level rear-drive Mustang Mach-E is slightly cheaper, but doesn’t offer quite as much range as the ID.4, at 273 miles from the basic 68kWh battery. It is faster though (0-62mph in 6.1 secs) and more fun to drive. While the big infotainment screen looks good and works well, quality and practicality aren’t quite as good as the ID.4’s, but the Mach-E is a strong electric SUV that’s well worth considering. NISSAN ARIYA Price from: £37,500 (est.) NISSAN’S new Ariya electric SUV is based on an all-new platform. The more basic version should start from around £37,500 and offer 215bhp for a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds from its 65kWh battery. Two-wheel-drive models will offer more boot space, at 466 litres, but the 233-mile WLTP range looks limited. A…

3 min.
renault mégane shapes up for an electrified future

James_Brodie@dennis.co.uk @jimmybrods RENAULT has committed to a rapid turnaround of what will become one of the most important cars the brand has produced in decades, when it reveals the all-new electric Mégane crossover later this year – only months after the surprise reveal of the Mégane eVision concept last October. Spied for the first time in late prototype form, the reinvented Mégane will open a new chapter for the French marque with former SEAT boss Luca De Meo now in charge. His plan, dubbed “Renaulution”, will see Renault launch seven new all-electric vehicles by 2025, with the reinvented Mégane being the first of the bunch. It’s one of several cars planned by Renault to use the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s new CMF-EV platform. “Like with the first generation of Mégane, this Mégane with an E is…

1 min.
renault stakes claim on badge for new r4

THE Mégane’s reboot as a crossover isn’t the only all-electric revival Renault has planned in the near future. Earlier in 2021, the brand revealed the stunning Renault 5 Prototype, which will be on sale by 2025 as an affordable electric supermini. Now, there’s also strong evidence that the third model in line for an electric rebirth will be the Renault 4: a trademark application for a new ‘4’ badge in the exact same style as that worn on the 5 Prototype has been discovered. Renault hasn’t gone on record with plans to revive the 4, but it’s been hotly rumoured since the 5 Prototype’s reveal. This year sees the original 4L celebrate its 60th anniversary, and Renault has teased that there will be a “surprise” based on the 4L van in November. It’s…

1 min.
tucson plugs in for greater fuel efficiency

HYUNDAI has launched its new Tucson PHEV in the UK, with prices starting from £39,330 for the plug-in hybrid SUV. It joins the existing range of 48-volt and full hybrid powertrains, offering even more efficiency. The PHEV line-up is split into two trim levels: Premium and Ultimate. The former features 18-inch alloys, LED lights, keyless go, lots of standard safety tech, climate control and a pair of 10.25-inch screens for infotainment and the dash. Ultimate trim starts from £42,030 and comes with 19-inch wheels, a panoramic roof, a powered tailgate, heated and cooled leather seats and three-zone climate control. A £1,500 Tech Pack adds smart park assist, electronically controlled suspension, blind-spot monitoring and a 360-degree parking camera. “There’s a 31-mile electric range and two-hour charging from a wallbox” The Tucson PHEV is powered by…