Cars & Motorcycles
Carbuyer magazine

Carbuyer magazine

Issue 16

CarBuyer helps you decide which new car to buy, with expert car reviews, car news, helpful buying guides and detailed video test drives.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
the best family cars on sale

IS YOUR next family car going to be electric? With more zero-emissions options coming to the market, boasting impressive ranges and more affordable prices, it’s a question that many will be asking as we head into the latter part of 2020 and early 2021. The new Volkswagen ID.3 is aiming to be an ‘electric Golf’, and in our first drive of the car on p6, we find out if it has what it takes to match the petrol-engined competition. But if the time isn’t right for you to go electric, there are still great petrol and diesel options, such as the latest Golf, SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia, all of which we’ve driven too. We also have reviews of nearly 150 other family cars of all shapes, sizes and prices to…

1 min.
read 500+ new car reviews on carbuyer.co.uk

ESTABLISHED in 2010, Carbuyer.co.uk is like no other motoring website out there – it makes choosing your next new car easy. We look at everything from the buyer’s perspective to provide the clearest real-world verdicts on the cars that matter to UK motorists. We’ve filmed, photographed and rated many hundreds of new cars, with our testers driving thousands of miles to bring you a comprehensive picture of the market. From boot space to parking sensors and from folding seats to road noise, our tests are all based on real-life, everyday criteria. You can watch over 750 video reviews designed to help you decide which new car suits you best. You’ll find details on every make and model, with pics, prices and specs for all cars on sale in the UK right now. As well…

1 min.
how we review and rate the cars

CARBUYER’S crystal-clear road tests are like no other. We put ourselves in your shoes to deliver easy-to-understand verdicts on cars that matter. Our reviews are divided into sections on engines, running costs, interior, practicality, safety and reliability, so you can look beyond the headline overall score to see where a certain model’s strengths and weaknesses really lie. Our scores are weighted appropriately – so family cars aren’t penalised for being outperformed by supercars! We’ve also conducted huge customer satisfaction surveys, compared warranty periods and service intervals, and searched for safety-related recalls. Finally, we analyse a car’s pricing, equipment and running costs to judge value.…

7 min.
volkswagen id.3

THIS is the Volkswagen that we’ve been waiting for a long time to drive: the ID.3. It’s arguably the most important new car that Europe’s largest manufacturer has launched since the first-generation Golf in 1974. There have been delays – not just due to the global coronavirus shutdown, but also because of plenty of bug-fixing required at VW’s end – yet the all-electric ID.3, the brand’s first purpose-built, mass-produced electric car, is finally on the road. Sales kicked off in Europe in mid-June, while potential British buyers have been able to finalise their purchases since mid-July, ahead of first deliveries taking place in September. The arrival of the ID.3 heralds the beginning of what will be a transformative period not just for the VW brand, but for the Group as a whole.…

1 min.
more electric family cars

KIA E-NIRO Our favourite electric car combines great range and practicality; a more affordable entry-level version has just been introduced KIA SOUL EV Packing the same electric tech as the e-Niro above into a more stylish body, the Soul EV is another strong offering from the Korean brand MG ZS The ZS EV lacks some of the luxury and attention to detail of other electric cars, but it offers a great deal of space for a relatively low price NISSAN LEAF No longer the newest kid on the electric-car block, the Leaf is still a great way to get into electric motoring, with a choice of battery sizes…

4 min.
volkswagen golf

THIS is the new (eighth) generation of Volkswagen Golf, driven for the first time on UK roads. Plusher? Tick. More sophisticated? Sure. More efficient? You bet. Radically different? Don’t make us laugh; the Golf is the Golf. It evolves – no more than that. That’s particularly true of the Mk8, which retains much of the basis of its predecessor. However, there are some changes, many in the name of fuel efficiency. If there is a ‘statement model’ among the new line-up of powertrains, we’re driving it here. The petrol Golf range comprises a 1.0-litre three-cylinder with 109bhp and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder producing either 128 or 148bhp. If you’re willing (or keen) to have a dual-clutch auto, you’ll also be able to have these motors in eTSI form, sporting a ‘mild-hybrid’ system…