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August 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!

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‘The trickle of brilliant small SUVs could soon become a torrent’ We all know that competition helps drive up standards. So, with pretty much every car maker offering at least one SUV (and some as many as nine), it’s hardly surprising that a lot of these cars are now brilliant all-rounders. Or, at least, a lot of the mid-sized and luxury models are; the smallest SUVs have long been harder to recommend, being less comfortable, worse to drive and no more practical than the Ford Fiesta-sized hatchbacks on which they’re based. Only recently has that started to change, with first the Seat Arona and then the Volkswagen T-Cross earning our maximum five-star rating. But if this month’s cover stars are anything to go by, the trickle could soon become a torrent, because both…

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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 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…

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ford puma

WILL A FORD Puma in any other form smell as sweet? If you’ll forgive us for torturing the bard’s words, that’s a question Ford is about to answer. ‘With a 456-litre boot, the Puma outclasses the Arona and T-Cross’ You see, the original Puma was launched in 1997 as a three-door coupé based on the best-selling Fiesta hatchback.And with its funky looks and fun driving style, it was very good indeed. In fact, it won our Coupé of the Year Award back in 1998. It lasted only until 2002, however, when it was quietly retired and the Puma badge was stored away in the archives. Now, though, the Puma is back – but not as you knew it. Instead, this new Puma is an SUV. It has roughly the same footprint as the…

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the small suvs the ford puma has to beat

Nissan Juke Target Price from £14,090 Pick of the range 1.2 DiG-T Tekna Despite being long in the tooth now, the Juke is still a big seller. It’s cramped and the ride is too firm, but a replacement is coming soon. Renault Captur Target Price from £14,876 Pick of the range 0.9 TCe 90 Play The Captur offers impressively refined engines and generous kit for the money. It’s decently practical as well, although its interior quality underwhelms. Seat Arona Target Price from £15,685 Pick of the range 1.0 TSI SE Technology The Arona handles in a tidy manner and retains its value well, plus it has more space for luggage than most rivals. Just avoid the pricey top trim levels. Volkswagen T-Cross Target Price from £16,677 Pick of the range 1.0 TSI 115 SE Our current class champion has good engines, a comfy ride and…

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mercedes-benz glb

THE NEW MERCEDES-BENZ GLB is a large SUV for buyers who want the chunky off-road looks of the prestigious G-Class but don’t have the requisite £94,000 to buy one. Although its design has been toned down from the concept car we saw earlier this year, the production GLB’s upright front grille and boxy body mark it out from the existing GLA and GLC. Like the GLC, the GLB rivals large SUVs such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport. It’s the smallest Mercedes SUV to have seven seats, with the rear pair lying flush with the floor when folded. The second-row seats split 40/20/40, fold down and slide to prioritise either boot space or leg room. The GLB can hold more in its boot in five-seat form than either…