What Car? October 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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‘Some models suffer no faults at all, while others let down more than half their owners’ There are certain things about driving that you can rely on: traffic being bad when you’re running late; someone parking right next to you even when there are loads of empty spaces.But at least your car always starts, right? Well, that probably depends on what you drive. The results of the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey show that the gap between the best and worst performers remains huge, with some models suffering no faults at all, while others let down more than half of their owners. This is based on the experiences of thousands of readers who own a car up to five years old.And our scores aren’t just based on the number of problems reported,but also…

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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 id 3

‘Manoeuvring around town is a breeze, thanks to the ID 3’s tight turning circle and light steering’ ‘VOLKSWAGEN ID 3’ MAY sound like a new Star Wars character involving some blatant product placement, but it’s a car. A very important car, actually. It’s the first full-production Volkswagen to be based on a bespoke electric car platform, and it replaces the previous e-Golf as the family-sized choice for those with a green conscience. What will it cost? Not including the Government’s £3000 grant for electric vehicles (EVs), the range will span roughly £32,000 to £42,000 in the UK, but that’s still to be confirmed. That pitches it against everything from the Peugeot e-208 and Renault Zoe small hatches and the family-sized Nissan Leaf, all the way up to what’s currently the darling of…

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renault mégane

IF YOU WANT the best breakfast pastries in Europe,you buy French.The same goes for perfume and fashion.The decision may not be as clear-cut when it comes to cars, but Renault is giving family hatchback buyers more reasons to consider going Gallic with an updated Mégane that’s positively dripping with temptation. The big news is that there’s now a plug-in hybrid version across both the hatchback and Sport Tourer estate models. The Mégane E-Tech features a 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors that produce a combined 158bhp. It’s capable of covering up to 30 miles solely on electric power, resulting in official fuel economy of 217.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 30g/km. A choice of driving modes allows the car to either hold the battery’s charge for later in your journey, deploy it…

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hyundai i20

THE NEW HYUNDAI i20 has gone funky. Like a teenager coming back home from university at half term, it sports a bold new look and has grown a bit bigger. It has also learnt a few new tricks, to the possible surprise of its waiting audience. That audience is, of course, the buying public, and one of the i20’s tricks is that of reducing fuel consumption; the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo rival is now available with fuel-conserving mild hybrid technology. Safety has been boosted, too, with an enhanced suite of driver aids that includes a new automatic emergency braking system that can recognise pedestrians and cyclists. As for the bold new look, well, the i20 now wears the kind of aggressive styling that would have been the preserve of hot hatchbacks…

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mercedes-benz s-class

AS A LUXURY LIMOUSINE with a starting price north of £75,000,the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is never going to be a big seller, but it will still be one of next year’s most significant new cars. You see, whenever a new generation of this flagship saloon goes on sale, it brings with it a raft of technical innovations, which then filter down to the sort of cars the rest of us drive. Features as diverse as anti-lock brakes, keyless entry and adaptive cruise control have been pioneered by the S-Class over the years. And while some of the details of the 2021 model remain under wraps for now, we do know that it will be available with a host of new functions designed to improve agility, including two different four-wheel steering setups. True, four-wheel…