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BBC Top Gear Magazine Awards 2018

Top Gear is the worlds most exciting Car magazine bringing you up to date news, the latest drives and stunning features.

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13 Issues

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welcome

Welcome to the 2018 TopGear Magazine Awards, a celebration of the very best from another year on planet car. Unlike others, we refuse to shoehorn the year’s finest cars into a set of predefined categories, repeated on an annual basis, leaving us struggling to find worthy winners for seven different SUV sub-genres and, if we’re honest, a load of unworthy winners. This isn’t sports day and there are no prizes for effort – we reward results. A TopGear award winner represents the best of the best, a car that delivers more than just transport, a car that will improve every journey, make you smile every morning and possess a fitness for purpose that elevates it above the competition.While the past 12 months has seen every manufacturer struggle to present a…

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1 if in doubt, smooth it out

The first Evoque was a three-door. Not this time. It’s five all the way. To no one’s great surprise, the Convertible is another experiment that won’t be repeatedGerry McGovern, Land Rover’s chief creative officer, introduces the new Evoque punchily. “The acid test is this. Does the new car make the old car look old? Not different, but old.”He’s right that it isn’t conceptually different: the bloodline from 2008 LRX concept to 2011 first-gen Evoque to this new one could hardly be clearer. But given that the old one served Land Rover mightily well, is it a noble aim to make it look like yesterday’s chip-paper? Isn’t that an insult to his own back catalogue, and a slight on the existing owners?McGovern seldom displays the symptoms of low self-esteem, but his…

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evoque in numbers

£31,600 STARTING PRICE OF NEW EVOQUE20% UK SHARE OF EVOQUE SALES21 inch WHEELS AVAILABLE ON THE NEW ONE591 BOOTSPACE IN LITRES, 10% MORE THAN BEFORE600 WADING DEPTH IN MM, 100MM MORE THAN BEFOREONE CHINESE CLONE, THE LANDWIND X7£79,995 COST OF THE 2012 VICTORIA BECKHAM SPECIAL EDITION, LIMITED TO 200 CARS0 VICTORIA BECKHAM’S ACTUAL INVOLVEMENT IN DESIGNING THE EVOQUE772,096 TOTAL FIRST-GEN EVOQUES SOLD ■…

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2 volkswagen goes juke hunting

Rumours of a more comfort orientated version, the T-COSY, persist. You can have that onePlease welcome to the stage, the VW T-Cross – a crossover supermini baby SUV-thing. See, if we’re being honest, we’re getting a bit lost in the increasingly rising tide of slightly-bigger-than-this but only-a-bit-smaller-than-that crossovers. But the car-buying public seems to be lapping them up like free chocolate on a hotel pillow. So here’s another one for ya. Go on, lap it up. Lap. It. Up.Bigger than a Polo, but smaller than VW’s Audi Q2 and Toyota C-HR rival, the T-Roc (see what we mean?), prices should start at around £17k, so see it as a rival for the Hyundai Kona and Nissan Juke – just with a plusher interior and that typical VW quality control.We Brits…

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3 cancel that discovery order immediately

This is the Technoimpulse Rocket Z. It is a mid-engined nine-seater diesel 4x4 from Russia. And at a whisker under five metres, it’s the length of a Land Rover Discovery, but it’ll house more passengers and go further off road. While the £65,000 Rocket Z costs about the same as an Alfa Stelvio QV, it has a mere 82bhp from its mid-mounted, Hyundai diesel engine. You can upgrade to 99bhp if you’re worried about getting places quickly, but in the places this’ll traverse, you won’t need speed. There’ll be no one else there to keep up with. ■…

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4 the harley livewire is silent but deadly

We don’t normally do motorcycles, but the Harley-Davidson LiveWire is a bit special… the brand’s first all-electric bike. On sale next year, Harley promises “incredible acceleration” from the permanent magnet motor, mounted low and drawing power from a lithium-ion battery which can be recharged from a standard household plug socket, or a fast charger. The styling follows Harley’s tradition of drawing attention to the engine – only here the engine is an electric motor, not a V-Twin. We await the Hell’s Angels reaction with interest. ■…

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