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What Car?

November 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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‘Most reveals of new models still take place at motor shows’ In the era of live YouTube announcements and viral social media campaigns, the idea of a car maker introducing its latest model by pulling a sheet off it at a motor show can feel like something from the distant past. The reality, however, is that most reveals continue to take place at these events, so the recent Frankfurt motor show – one of the biggest of the lot – was relevant to anyone in the market for a new car. Don’t worry if it passed you by, though, because in this issue we’ve got everything you need to know about the stars of the show, led by the all-new Land Rover Defender 4x4 and Volkswagen ID 3 electric car. Alternatively, if you’re one…

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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 Tel 020 8267 5900 Email 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 Junior videographer Oli Kosbab Video apprentice Tej Bhola SEO manager Jonathan Cook SEO executive Oliver Hayman Social media manager Louis Shaw Special contributors Lawrence Allan, James Attwood, Rachel Burgess, Alastair Clements, Steve Cropley, Simon Davis, Tom Evans, Pat Hoy, Rob Keenan, Olgun Kordal, Luc Lacey, Richard Lane,…

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land rover defender

THE WORD ‘ICONIC’ has to be one of the most overused in the English language, but the Land Rover Defender is a car that’s fully deserving of the tag, as the descendant of the original Land Rover Series I, and a model that was as popular with farmers and the military as it was with the Queen and fashion-conscious celebrities. It’s perhaps not surprising, then, that it took Land Rover so long to replace it.And while the car it has come up with is designed to be much more upmarket (and civilised on the road) than its predecessor, the company’s engineers are also keen to emphasise that it’s even more capable off road. Under the skin, it’s closely related to the current Discovery, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, rather than the…

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the rivals

Audi Q7 Target Price From £48,732 Pick of the range 45 TDI Sport Quiet, comfy and plusher than the Defender inside, the Q7 is the benchmark luxury SUV if you rarely (if ever) venture off road. Jeep Wrangler Target Price From £39,955 Pick of the range 2.0 GME Sport 4dr Sets the standard for off-road ability but, unlike Defender, is strictly a five-seater. Its one-star Euro NCAP safety rating is very disappointing. Mercedes-Benz G-Class Target Price From £94,500 Pick of the range G350d AMG Line Similar in concept to the Defender, in that it’s much better on road than its predecessor and still hugely capable off it. Pricey, though.…

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volkswagen id 3

THE BEETLE IN 1945, the Golf in 1974 and the ID 3 in 2020: each is of equal importance, starting a new chapter for Volkswagen. Indeed, the ID 3 is the genesis of the electric ID sub-brand; after years of concept cars, bold statements about electrification and endless speculation, it’s the first ID-badged Volkswagen that you’ll actually be able to buy. The ID 3 is similar in length to today’s Golf, but it’s significantly wider and taller. It also has more space between its front and rear axles, because there’s no engine to work around. Design highlights include alloy wheels of up to 20in, a gloss black roof and tailgate and ‘interactive’ LED matrix headlights that “flutter their eyelids” as you approach.Yes, really. Three versions of the ID 3 will be offered,…