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What Car? November 2020

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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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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Haymarket Media Group Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome

‘Land Rover thinks it’s possible to offer contrasting strengths with the new Defender’ We sometimes get emails from confused readers, saying that they’ve worked out the average star rating of a test winner, based on the 16 areas we consider, and this suggests it should’ve got four stars overall rather than five. The explanation is that we don’t just take a car’s mean average; we also consider which areas are most important to prospective buyers. So, for example, an MPV with five stars for seating flexibility is more likely to get five overall than one with top marks for handling. If we weren’t to follow this approach, nothing would score five overall, because improving one aspect of a car (say, acceleration) nearly always has a negative impact elsewhere (fuel economy, perhaps). However, Land Rover…

1 min.
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 whatcar.com/new-car-deals 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.…

4 min.
skoda enyaq iv

SKODA’S SUCCESS HAS been built on producing sensible cars for sensible people, and given that sales of both SUVs and electric cars are booming right now, its decision to build an electric SUV looks inherently… well, sensible. Called the Enyaq iV, the new model takes its name from the Irish word ‘enya’ (which means ‘source of life’), with the Czech brand saying this carries on a tradition of using “rugged corners of the Earth” as inspiration when naming its SUVs. Another tradition is to add the letter ‘q’ to the end of their names – think Kamiq, Karoq and Kodiaq – while the ‘iV’ suffix is reserved for its electrified models. These include the dinky Citigo-e iV – Skoda’s first fully electric vehicle, unless you count the Puck sit-on child’s toy, which it…

3 min.
renault clio e-tech

FOR YEARS, MANUFACTURERS such as Ferrari and Porsche have been banging on about how lessons learnt in racing directly benefit road cars. Renault isn’t a stranger to this concept, either; its turbocharged Formula 1 racers of the 1980s led to some pretty exciting road cars, and the sport still plays a developmental role today. So, what has the brand’s F1 team been tinkering with now? Nope, not a new generation of the Clio RS hot hatch, but a thoroughly sensible ‘full’ hybrid variant with impressive efficiency. The Clio E-Tech’s CO2 output is as low as 98g/km for a 22% company car tax rating, and official fuel economy is a decent 64.2mpg, a figure we matched on our test route. It’s currently the most powerful Clio available, too, sending 138bhp to the…

2 min.
range rover evoque

WHILE THE FIRST-GENERATION Range Rover Evoque was an example of style over substance, the latest version manages to offer both qualities in equal measure. It’s alluring to look at yet practical for the family, and it’s as well suited to long motorway trips as it is pootling around town. But despite the fact that it’s our reigning Family SUV of the Year, Land Rover is still treating the Evoque to a range of updates for the 2021 model year. The big news is its two new mild hybrid diesel engines, which use electrical assistance to help reduce your fuel bills.They can be had in 161bhp or 201bhp forms, with CO2 emissions starting at 156g/km.There’s also a new P300e plug-in hybrid model that can officially cover up to 40 miles on electric…

3 min.
jaguar f-pace

THEY SAY IT’S what’s inside that counts, and the team behind the mid-life update of the Jaguar F-Pace appears to have taken this to heart, because it’s there that you’ll find the biggest changes. Indeed, the interior of this refreshed large SUV is all-new, with it being dominated by a huge, 11.4in infotainment touchscreen that’s gently curved so that it mirrors the shape of the restyled dashboard and sits snugly against it, instead of requiring a separate mounting. Previously you got an 8.0 or 10.2in screen, but the new one isn’t just larger; it’s also said to be much more responsive and now allows remote software updates. Meanwhile, below it sits a second screen, which replaces most of the conventional air-con controls and further ups the wow factor. This lower screen is the…