What Car? January 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 fear is that drivers will think they don’t need to pay full attention’ They have long been a staple of science fiction, but despite what you might have heard, cars that can drive themselves remain a fantasy. From p52, we report on the first independent tests of the ‘autonomous’ systems available today, and it’s clear that even the best of them don’t represent genuine driverless technology, but merely an increased level of driver assistance. This still makes them worth specifying, because they’re sophisticated enough to prevent or mitigate some accidents when used correctly. However, the fear is that with all the hype, people will get into cars thinking that they don’t need to pay full attention – something that’s definitely not the case. Indeed, the day when someone can watch a movie, catch…

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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 whatcar.com/new-car-dealsand 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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range rover evoque

Steve.Huntingford@haymarket.com WHAT DO YOU do when it’s time to replace something that has proved successful beyond your wildest dreams? That’s the question Land Rover faced with the Range Rover Evoque; the car we have here is its answer. It may look like a facelifted version of the outgoing model, but everything you can see – and most of the stuff you can’t – is actually new. It’s just that with almost 800,000 cars sold in seven years and no sign of demand waning, Land Rover wasn’t about to jettison that winning styling. “We always have a desire to be radical and change things,” explains the brand’s chief design officer, Gerry McGovern,“but sometimes it’s important not to change. We’ve still moved the design on, but it’s smart evolution, not revolution.” At the front, the Evoque…

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new evoque versus rivals

Range Rover Evoque Stylish new Evoque faces some very strong competition, but it’s better equipped than ever to take them on. Length 4371mm Width 1996mm Height 1649mm Wheelbase 2681mm Audi Q3 Its petrol engines could be smoother, but the Q3 offers loads of space and one of the nicest interiors around. Length 4484mm Width 1849mm Height 1585mm Wheelbase 2680mm Volvo XC40 Our Car of the Year is a practical and classy choice, with cutting-edge safety tech and relatively affordable pricing. Length 4425mm Width 1863mm Height 1652mm Wheelbase 2702mm…

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bmw z4

Neil.Winn@haymarket.com “DON’T TRY TO do everything. Do one thing well.” So said the late boss of Apple, Steve Jobs – a man who proved many times over that the key to a successful product is simplicity. Now, that might sound counterintuitive; surely something that caters to everyone would be more successful? But, as BMW proved with its second-generation Z4 of 2009, it’s all too easy to ruin a successful product by overly broadening its scope. Indeed, current Z4 project manager Michael Wimbeck admits that after experiencing great success with the driver-focused original, BMW went down the wrong path. “We followed Mercedes with the hard-top roof and softened it off too much,” he says. “But this time, with the third-generation model, we’ve created a genuine driver’s car.” To achieve that, the new Z4 reverts…

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skoda scala

Rachel.Burgess@haymarket.com SKODAS HAVE BEEN doing well in the annual What Car? Awards for a long time now. The Superb Estate and Octavia were victorious in their classes last year, while the Fabia was our overall Car of the Year in both 2000 and 2015. The key to all these successes has been a combination of a comfy ride, impressive practicality and excellent value for money. But one model that has broadly flown under the radar is the Rapid. Sitting between the Octavia and Fabia, this budget-focused model occupies an awkward space in the Skoda lineup and hasn’t ever been a serious rival for popular family hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. Blame a cheap-feeling interior, a choppy ride and limited engine options for that. Skoda hopes all that is about…