What Car? January 2021

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 other day, I passed two cars that appeared to have had quite a big coming together. But while they were badly damaged, the drivers had thankfully escaped without serious injury and were standing at the roadside. Wind the clock back 20 years and the chances are that the scene would have been distinctly different, because back then most cars offered little crash protection. Above all, the thing that’s driven up standards in the intervening period is the independent tests carried out by Euro NCAP, making it easy for car buyers to compare the safety of different models. So, the fact that Euro NCAP has now introduced the first tests for assisted driving systems can only be a good thing. This technology has the potential to revolutionise road safety, but only if it…

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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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bmw ix3

WHILE SOME BRANDS can boast about an electric car heritage dating back more than a century, BMW’s stretches back only seven years. Yep, aside from a handful of concepts that never made it into production, it was the i3 family hatchback, launched back in 2013, that kicked off the Bavarian manufacturer’s electric car journey. And at the time, it seemed like the perfect start: a futuristic small car that was built from the ground up to run on batteries, with standout looks, lightweight carbonfibre underpinnings and fancy rear-hinged rear doors. Better still, BMW got the jump on other premium brands in a market that looked like it was going to expand rapidly. But there were a couple of problems. First, electric vehicles (EVs) didn’t really catch on like many had anticipated –…

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hyundai i20

“FOLLOW YOUR BRAIN”, said the advertising banner of the previous-generation Hyundai i20, courting those of a rational disposition who were shopping in the small car class. Now, the new i20 is looking to turn that slogan on its head, following a striking redesign that has injected a bit of glamour and emotion into the third-generation Ford Fiesta fighter. Don’t worry, though: there’s still plenty of sensible stuff included, such as 48-volt mild hybrid technology, lots of space inside and Hyundai’s stellar five-year warranty. The one and only engine option is a good one. It’s a 99bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol with the aforementioned mild hybrid electrical assistance, which eases the load on the engine as you drive. You won’t notice it working to help performance, but the i20 is certainly pokey enough, whether you’re…

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hyundai i20 n

IF YOU WANT a new smartphone, games console or even high-end footwear, there are only a handful of well-known brands to choose from. Breaking into such established markets is hard, and Hyundai deserves credit for doing just that; its i30 N hot hatchback won its price point at our 2020 Car of the Year Awards, toppling the mighty Volkswagen Golf GTI. And now, having proved that it can produce a great hot hatchback, Hyundai has the pocket rocket market in its sights. Based on the new i20 that you’ve just been reading about, the i20 N is a rival for the Ford Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI. It echoes the larger i30 N with more aggressive looks than the standard car, including larger air intakes in the front bumper, a…

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bmw 5 series

IT’S OFTEN SAID that getting to the top is easier than staying there, but that doesn’t appear to be the case for the BMW 5 Series. Despite being launched as long ago as 2016, it remains our favourite luxury saloon; in fact, it has won that category in our Car of the Year awards four years on the bounce. Not even the newer Audi A6 nor the facelifted Mercedes-Benz E-Class was able to knock it off the top spot. But BMW is not a manufacturer that likes to take chances – certainly not with a cash cow like this. BMW has sold more than 600,000 of the current-generation 5 Series, and to galvanise its position at the top of the luxury car class, it has been treated to a mid-life update. Cosmetically,…