What Car? Awards 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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‘We’ve whittled down almost 4000 car variants to the best in each class’ From jeans to breakfast cereals and TV subscriptions to schools, we’ve never had more choice. But while this increases the chances of us being able to have exactly what we want, it can also make life horribly confusing.That’s why our annual What Car? Awards issue is so important. There are almost 4000 variations of around 400 cars listed in the data section at the back of this magazine, but after 12 months of testing, we’ve whittled them down to the best in each class, with one of those standing out above all the others as our 2019 Car of the Year. No matter what your priorities are, we’re confident you’ll find something that’s ideal for your needs. Plus, you can save…

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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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mazda 3

IN THE SAME way that the aspirational middle classes might one day begin shopping at Waitrose rather than Sainsbury’s, Mazda is hoping that its new 3 family hatchback will move in the same circles as the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class, rather than with mid-priced alternatives such as the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf. Marginally shorter, wider and lower than today’s 3, the new car features a more rounded design, inspired by the well-received Kai concept car of 2017, with a larger grille, a boot-mounted spoiler and thinner headlights. There’s no word on whether the new dimensions have liberated more space inside, but the boot should be big enough for at least your shopping haul or a set of golf clubs. Mazda hasn’t made many changes to the 3’s…

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audi e-tron gt

AFTER THE E-TRON and E-tron Sportback SUVs, the next phase of Audi’s electric car roll-out is the E-tron GT, a four-door coupé that will go on sale in 2021 as a rival to the Tesla Model S. Unveiled in concept car form at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show, it’s about the same size as Audi’s current A7 Sportback and will be the flagship of the brand’s electric car line-up. Power is sent from a 96kWh battery pack to a motor on each axle, giving the E-tron GT four-wheel drive.Together, they produce 582bhp, so the 0-62mph sprint takes a mere 3.5sec – quicker than most versions of the Model S. The E-tron GT can travel for up to 248 miles between charges, according to the new WLTP test.That compares with the Jaguar I-Pace…

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cupra ateca

WHEN IS A Seat Ateca not a Seat Ateca? When it’s a Cupra Ateca, of course. If you’re wondering what the difference is, may we introduce Seat’s new and even sportier sister brand. Like AMG to Mercedes-Benz, Cupra will initially produce performance versions of Seats, but it will eventually have models of its own, too. But let’s concentrate on the present for now. The Cupra Ateca is essentially a Seat Ateca that has swallowed a Volkswagen Golf R; that means a 296bhp petrol engine driving all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Using launch control, we managed 0-62mph in a seriously rapid 4.7sec, making this SUV quicker than the Honda Civic Type R. It’s not the most raucous-sounding engine, missing an addictive roar from the exhaust pipes and a few…

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skoda kodiaq vrs

IF WE WERE to ask you to list some lap record holders for Germany’s infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit, we doubt we’d hear any mention of a diesel-powered SUV. However, the new Skoda Kodiaq vRS is the fastest seven- seater to be timed around the 12.93-mile track, zipping around in a respectable 9min 29.84sec. Although we suspect a tidily driven Audi SQ7 would decimate that time, outright speed isn’t really what the Kodiaq vRS is about, despite its bragging rights. It remains a sensible SUV, but it just so happens to be rather brisk, able to get from 0-62mph in just 7.0sec. Look under the bonnet and you’ll see the source of this extra performance. While there’s still a 2.0-litre diesel engine, an extra turbocharger raises its power from 188bhp to 237bhp and…