What Car? April 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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‘Seven of the 10 best-selling cars in the UK in 2018 were hatchbacks’ You hear a lot about the rise of the SUV, and with good reason: these models now account for more than a third of all the cars sold in the UK, whereas a decade ago that figure was just 7%. However, the decline of the traditional family hatchback has been greatly exaggerated. While SUVs filled three of the top 10 spots in the 2018 UK sales charts, hatchbacks took the other seven, including every place on the podium. So, from p58, we’re pitting two of the most popular examples – the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf – against Toyota’s all-new hybrid Corolla to see which is the best all-rounder. This issue of What Car? also features first drives and previews…

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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-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.…

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range rover evoque

THERE AREN’T MANY cars on sale today that you’d truly call a style icon. The Mini is definitely one. The Fiat 500 also deserves the title and the Porsche 911 probably does, too. But we’d be tempted to add another name to that list: the Range Rover Evoque. The original model, launched back in 2011, changed Land Rover forever. Before then, its SUVs were handsome enough but in quite a functional, boxy sort of way. Then along came the Evoque and suddenly the brand was as much about fashion and glamour as old money and off-roading. It’s hardly surprising, then, that Land Rover has chosen to be pretty sympathetic to the original design with this second-generation model; it would be daft not to be, given the car’s success in the sales charts.…

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alfa romeo tonale

THERE WAS A time when sporting brands such as Alfa Romeo wouldn’t consider making an SUV. But two years ago it launched the Stelvio, proving that it can mix with the best, so now the stage is set for a smaller, more affordable SUV. That model will be the Tonale, which has been revealed in concept form. Underneath, the Tonale is closely related to the Jeep Renegade, but its styling takes inspiration from the Stelvio, as well as older Alfa models.The 21in wheels, for example, are inspired by the 1960s 33 Stradale sports car, while the slim, tri-part headlights look like those on the SZ and Brera coupés. The Tonale will be the brand’s first plug-in hybrid model, with a petrol engine at the front and an electric motor at the rear.A…

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peugeot 208

THE TRANSFORMATION OF the electric car from niche to mainstream choice will take another significant step with the launch of the new Peugeot 208, because the latest version of this popular Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo rival will be the first small hatchback to be sold here in petrol, diesel and electric forms. The latter variant – badged the e-208 – has a 136bhp motor and a 50kWh battery that’s good for 211 miles between charges on the new, more realistic WLTP test cycle. That compares favourably with its closest rival, the Renault Zoe, which manages 186 miles. A full charge of the e-208 from a domestic socket takes more than 20 hours, but the wait drops to eight hours if you use a dedicated 7.4kW wallbox at home, while you can…

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skoda kamiq

HERE IT IS: the final piece of the Volkswagen Group’s small SUV puzzle – for now, at least. Volkswagen has the T-Cross, Seat has the Arona (our champion in this market) and now Skoda has the Kamiq. Sitting beneath the family-sized Karoq and the larger Kodiaq in the Czech brand’s line-up, the Kamiq will compete with big-selling models such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. Unsurprisingly, the Kamiq leans heavily on its larger siblings for styling influence, but, like a rebellious younger child, it has accessorised, with a more upright front grille, slimmer LED headlights and ‘Skoda’ across its tailgate, rather than the brand’s badge. Buyers can choose alloy wheels of up to 18in in diameter and lower the Kamiq by 10mm for a more sporty look by opting for Sport…