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Carbuyer magazine

Carbuyer magazine

Issue 17

CarBuyer helps you decide which new car to buy, with expert car reviews, car news, helpful buying guides and detailed video test drives.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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in this issue

2 min.
marking 10 years of carbuyer

WOULD you believe Carbuyer is 10 years old? Since launch, we’ve seen the market evolve almost beyond recognition – SUVs have taken over, PCP finance is now the UK’s favourite way to get into a new car, and electric cars have truly arrived. As ever, we’re your go to title for simple, easy-to-understand car reviews – and for our 10th anniversary, we’ve got a brand new website for you to explore. We’ve developed the in-depth pricing and spec data on our reviews, presenting all the info you might need at a glance, for every new car on sale. The site works brilliantly on all types of mobile devices too. Big changes – but Carbuyer is still the only automotive brand with the Plain English mark. We’ll help you find the car that…

6 min.
10 years of carbuyer the car-buying decade in numbers

CARBUYER is celebrating a decade of making sense of the often-complex UK car market, helping you to buy the best model for your needs. Right now, we’re striding forward with an all-new Carbuyer.co.uk website. It’s faster, easier to use on any device and packed with even more useful information. So the future for Carbuyer is bright, but on these pages we’re turning our attention to the wider world of cars. We’re looking back at the last 10 years of car buying and forward at what the future holds. We’ve crunched the numbers and pulled out some trends that’ll help you navigate the market of today – and tomorrow… What’s changed in the UK car market? WHEN you look at the UK’s top 10 best-selling cars in 2010 compared to 2019, seven names…

2 min.
aston martin dbx

THE Aston Martin DBX has been tasked with a big job; it not only needs to repay the significant investment made in creating it but also help revive Aston’s fortunes as a business. Built at a new factory in Wales, the marque’s first SUV is a rival to the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Jaguar F-Pace SVR and Audi RS Q8. While the Bentayga is huge, the DBX is a slightly smaller, lighter and more coupe-like affair. The Aston uses a 4.0-litre Mercedes-AMG twin-turbocharged petrol engine and it delivers serious performance, with 543bhp getting it from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds. That power is distributed by a nine-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive and clever differentials that send power to the wheel or wheels that need it. Inside you’ll find more attractive…

2 min.
ds 3 crossback e-tense

THIS is DS’ first attempt at a production electric car, priced to rival the Audi Q2, Lexus UX and BMW X2, despite sharing its platform with the humbler Vauxhall Corsa-e and Peugeot e-208. It’s safe to say that the DS 3 is very much an alternative choice in the premium small SUV class, but its interesting design – inside and out – is sure to win over potential buyers looking for something different. The E-TENSE is offered in most of the same trim levels as the regular DS 3 Crossback (reviewed opposite), except the entry-level Elegance, but there’s also a high-spec ‘La Premiere’ version that’s exclusively available with electric power. All come with a touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, parking sensors and keyless start. It’s slightly disappointing that the most…

2 min.
hyundai kona

THE Hyundai Kona is another entrant in the burgeoning small SUV class and, like many of its rivals, it looks a little less conventional than its hatchback counterpart (the i20): funkier and more eye-catching. Two petrol engines are available, including a 118bhp 1.0-litre that’s offered in five of the car’s six trim levels. It claims 50mpg economy, while those in search of more power can choose the rather expensive, range-topping Premium GT that has a 175bhp 1.6-litre engine. During 2019, Hyundai discontinued the diesel version of the Kona but introduced a 1.6-litre petrol-electric hybrid with the ability to run in zero-emissions mode for short distances, as well as returning lower CO2 emissions and claimed economy of 72mpg. Most buyers looking at a Kona should consider the mid-range SE and Premium trim levels.…

2 min.
hyundai kona electric

FILLED-in grille aside, the Hyundai Kona Electric differs little on the outside from the petrol and hybrid versions of the South Korean brand’s small SUV. It’s pretty smart inside, too – the flat, metallic-coloured centre console has a look of quality to it and the ‘floating’ infotainment screen adds a high-tech touch. Two models are available: the entry-level with a 39kWh battery and 134bhp electric motor, and the pricier 64kWh battery version, which also has a more powerful 201bhp motor. Although the latter doesn’t feel quite as fast as the claimed 7.9-second 0-62mph time suggests, the instant response is vastly superior to the petrol-engined Kona. Go gently and Hyundai claims you’ll see around 280 miles from a full charge of the 64kWh battery model. A 75-minute session plugged into a 50kW fast…