What Car? May 2020

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’ll do our best to relieve the boredom of self-isolation’ It seems nothing can escape the impact of the coronavirus, and that includes the car industry; factories around the world have shut down, while several international launch events at which we were scheduled to drive new models for the first time have been delayed. That has inevitably forced us to make changes to the contents of this issue. And like all companies, we’ve rethought our working practices to keep the members of our team as safe as possible. However, we’ll still be filling our pages with the latest UK reviews, comparison tests, motoring news, new car data and advice. In short, we’ll continue to ensure that you stay as informed as possible and will do our best to relieve the boredom of any…

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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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land rover defender

‘Guiding the Defender along a flowing country road is an enjoyable experience’ IF YOU’VE SEEN the movie Fight Club, you might recall a scene where the main protagonist, played by Edward Norton, and his side-kick (Brad Pitt) take great pleasure in smashing up a then-new 1998 Volkswagen Beetle. It’s a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ moment, but it’s significant, as Norton later explains: “We smash it… because it seemed like the classic example of a baby-boomer-generation marketing plan that sold culture back to us.” It’s a clever metaphor but, on a more basic level, it shows how tricky it can be to reinvent an automotive icon. Manufacturers must walk a very fine line between paying respect to the original product and not producing a pastiche. Land Rover has thought long and hard about…

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ds 9

IN A WAY, it’s odd that DS hasn’t had a luxury saloon in its range until now.You see, the first car to wear a DS badge all the way back in 1955 was just that: a sleek car with sci-fi looks and clever hydropneumatic suspension that gave a super-smooth ride. With the launch of the DS 9 saloon, then, the brand is returning to its luxury roots. With dimensions that make it about the same size as rivals such as the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series, the DS 9 is heavily based on the Peugeot 508 executive car underneath, but it features lots of chrome trim, a big front grille and bold LED headlights in a bid to move it farther upmarket. At launch, you’ll be able to buy the DS…

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audi a3 sportback

“LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH.” IF that’s the first thought that enters your head when you gaze upon the new Audi A3 Sportback, you’re either standing very far away or are part of Audi’s exterior design team. After all, they were quoted as saying the legendarily angular Italian supercar was a design reference, in places, for this new family hatchback. Take that claim with a pinch of salt; it’s clear that the design of the new A3 has played it safe. But that bodes well for the rest of the car; after all, the outgoing A3 was one of the most outstanding cars of the past decade – impressive in every area and beating newer rivals even at the end of its life. Based on the same underpinnings as the latest Volkswagen Golf, the new…

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ford mustang mach-e

WHEN IT COMES to living up to a name, the new Ford Mustang Mach-E has one of the greatest.You see, the original Mustang was such a hit that almost 22,000 of them were sold on the day it was unveiled at the 1964 World’s Fair. Buyers loved the idea of a sports coupé with a big engine that didn’t cost the Earth to buy or run – and those attributes have contributed to the Mustang becoming one of the best-selling nameplates in the world.The Mach-E, however, is a very different type of Mustang. For one thing, it’s electric. It will be offered with a choice of two battery capacities and three power outputs, plus the option of four-wheel drive. Entry-level models come with a 75kWh battery and 255bhp, while the 99kWh…