What Car? September 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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‘People are more inclined to go electric as a result of the changed environment we live in’ Like most areas of the economy, the new car market was hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown,but there’s one part of it that’s still up massively compared with 2019: electric car sales. UK motorists bought more than 30,000 fully electric cars during the first six months of 2020 – a 159% increase on the same period last year.And when you include all plug-in models, the total sold rises to more than 50,000. This trend only looks likely to accelerate, too, with a recent What Car? poll revealing that 26% of people are more inclined to go electric as a result of the changed environment we’re now living in. However, with the number of electrified choices growing all…

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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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nissan ariya

‘The Performance model can sprint from 0-62mph in 5.1sec – as quick as a Porsche Macan S’ IN ORDER TO explain why the new Nissan Ariya could represent a watershed moment for electric cars, we need to have a little history lesson, so pay attention at the back. In 2006, Nissan changed the game for SUVs with the launch of the Qashqai – the first mass-market family SUV which showed that you could have a high-set driving position and family-friendly practicality without the sky-high running costs of a traditional off-roader. Then, in 2010, lightning struck twice with the Juke – asmall SUV that took the Qashqai’s very successful formula, shrank it considerably and lowered running costs yet again. Both cars, unsurprisingly, have sold like proverbial hot cakes ever since. The point is that…

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rivals the nissan ariya must beat

Audi E-tron Price from £59,900 On sale Now Range Up to 241 miles Costs a lot more to buy than the Ariya but impresses with a cosseting ride, a roomy, luxurious interior and smooth driving manners. Most rivals have better ranges, though. Ford Mustang Mach-E Price £40,000 (est) On sale Autumn Range Up to 370 miles Ford’s upcoming large SUV not only reinvents a classic nameplate for the electric era but also offers multiple battery sizes, a headline-grabbing range and clever storage solutions, all for an affordable price. Jaguar I-Pace Price from £65,195 On sale Now Range 292 miles A long range gives the I-Pace plenty of appeal, as does its entertaining handling and futuristic looks. It’s more expensive than the Ariya, though, and that sloping roofline hampers rear visibility. Mercedes-Benz EQC Price from £65,720 On sale Now Range 259 miles A great choice if you value comfort and…

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bmw x1 xdrive25e

‘With precise steering and little body lean, the X1 is far better to drive than the XC40’ WE’VE BEEN WAITING for quite some time for an electrified version of BMW’s X1 family SUV, despite the fact that it shares its underpinnings with the 2 Series Active Tourer and Mini Countryman, both of which are available as plug-in hybrids. Well, here it is at last. Like its siblings, the X1 is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels, plus an electric motor at the rear. A 10kWh battery sits under the rear seats and gives the X1 an official electric-only range of up to 32 miles. As is often the case with plug-in hybrids, the X1 is also rather brisk; a 0-62mph time of 6.9sec makes this the quickest…

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volkswagen tiguan

WHEN ORDERING WINE in a restaurant, you don’t necessarily opt for the cheapest bottle; nor do you go for the most expensive.The sweet spot is often somewhere in the middle, and that brings us nicely to the Volkswagen Tiguan. While it isn’t as posh as rivals such as the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, it offers many of the same attributes for less money, and this facelifted model is more tempting than ever. The big news is the addition of a new 241bhp plug-in hybrid model that combines a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with an electric motor and officially can do 31 miles solely on battery power.The rest of the engines have been tweaked, too, to make them cleaner and more frugal. For buyers who want the sportiest Tiguan possible, a new…