What Car? May 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 most capable car is also the priciest to finance on a PCP deal’ At what point does price become more important than ability? That’s a question we’ve been wrestling with this month, because the most capable car is also by far the most expensive to buy on a PCP finance deal in two of our comparison tests. Big differences in price used to be common enough back in the days when most people bought their cars outright. But since PCPs became the norm, the gap between rival models has tended to amount to little more than a couple of cups of coffee a month. So, why is this changing? Well, the greater viability of hybrid and electric power when compared with petrol and diesel probably plays a part, as does the fact…

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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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volkswagen t-cross

THE OLD ADAGE says to dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t’s if you want to be thorough, but perhaps the Volkswagen T-Cross will be the exception to the rule, proving that you need only those ‘t’s crossed after all. You see, it uses the very same platform, plus many mechanicals and technology features, as both the Seat Arona, which has been the leader of the small SUV class for two years now, and our current Small Car of the Year, the Volkswagen Polo. That certainly gives it an incredibly strong foundation from which to compete against the likes of the Citroën C3 Aircross, Kia Stonic and Renault Captur. Somewhat confusingly, Volkswagen actually already has a small SUV in its portfolio, in the shape of the rather impressive T-Roc. But the T-Cross…

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ford kuga

THE NEW FORD Kuga will beat family SUV rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage to market with hybrid and plug-in hybrid options when it goes on sale early next year – potentially netting the brand a larger proportion of buyers looking to choose an electrified car. The plug-in hybrid is powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. It can cover up to 34 miles on electric power alone, giving it an official combined fuel economy figure of 235.4mpg and CO2 emissions of just 29g/km.The conventional hybrid version delivers 50.4mpg and 130g/km, while a mild hybrid, as already offered by the Tucson and Sportage, uses 48V electrical assistance to boost the efficiency of a 2.0-litre diesel engine to deliver 56.5mpg and 132g/km. Unassisted 1.5-litre petrol…

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tesla model y

WITH THE UNVEILING of Tesla’s new Model Y SUV, the American electric vehicle maker is close to realising another ambition of its boss, Elon Musk: to literally have a SEXY range of cars. Due on sale here in late 2021, the Model Y joins the Model S luxury car, the Model 3 executive saloon (which has a badge styled to be mistakable for an E and would have used that letter had Ford not already trademarked Model E) and the flagship Model X SUV. Where the Model X is about the same size as the Audi Q7 and BMW X5, though, the Model Y is closer to the Q5 and X3. Two versions of the Model Y are likely to be offered here initially: the Long Range, which is capable of around 300…

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renault mégane rs

BELIEVE IT OR not, hot Renault Méganes are much like a decent cheese. This isn’t a suggestion that they smell of feet; no, it’s just that they need time to mature before they release their true, rich flavour. Look back at any Renault Sport Mégane over the past 16 years and you’ll find they just get better with age – so that has to be a good sign for this, the most powerful Mégane yet: the RS 300 Trophy. As the name suggests, its 1.8-litre turbo engine makes 300 metric horsepower (296bhp), while the usually optional Cup chassis is standard. That means it gets stiffer suspension and a limited-slip differential to boost traction. If that isn’t enough sporty goodness for you, it also has lighter, fade-resistant brakes, lighter 19in wheels, a lighter…