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What Car? Awards 2021

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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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Haymarket Media Group Ltd
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Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome

‘We’ve looked at everything from what cars cost to run to how practical they are’ Sometimes you hear that there’s no such thing as a bad car any more. But while it’s true that very few are now dangerous or hopelessly unreliable, the gap between the best and worst models remains huge, making this a must-read issue if you’re currently thinking about changing your car. We’ve spent the past 12 months driving every newcomer back to back with its rivals on UK roads and at our private test track.And we’ve looked at everything from how much they cost to run to how practical they are – all so we can name the best cars in every class. No matter what your priorities and budget might be, we’re confident you’ll find something that’s perfectly…

1 min.
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.…

8 min.
ford mustang mach-e

IF WE WERE to play a little word association game and say ‘Mustang’, how would you respond? Perhaps the words ‘muscle car’ would spring to mind, or even ‘Motown’. But we doubt you’d come back with ‘electric’. And why would you? For more than half a century, the Mustang formula has remained virtually unchanged; its muscular styling, simple, rear-wheel drive layout and the availability of a lumbering V8 engine have proved to be an extremely popular combination with enthusiasts the world over. The car you see here, however, is a very different type of Mustang. Called the Mustang Mach-E, it represents Ford’s first step into the dedicated electric car market and comes in the shape of a large SUV. How very on trend. While some might throw up their hands in horror…

8 min.
dacia sandero

IF THE RISE of low-price supermarket chains such as Aldi and Lidl has taught us anything, it’s that we Brits love a bargain. It’s perhaps surprising, then, that eight years after Dacia started selling cars in the UK for much less money than anyone else, the Renault-owned brand still has next to no competition. Indeed, the Ford Fiesta-sized Sandero has held the title of Britain’s cheapest new car ever since it arrived on our shores in 2013. And it’s been a perennial price point winner at our annual Car of the Year Awards for that entire time, principally because, if you had less than £10,000 to spend, you either bought a Sandero, upped your budget considerably or started scouring the classifieds for second-hand cars. But while the old Sandero was certainly cheap,…

4 min.
skoda octavia iv

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHER RALPH Waldo Emerson once said: “A great man is always willing to be little.” What a lovely advocacy of modesty. And when it comes to greatness with modesty, the Skoda Octavia is mighty, but it’s certainly never been little. That’s its thing: it’s actually rather big. But there are many reasons, not just size, that make the Octavia a fantastic family car, and it’s just added another string to its bow: plug-in hybrid power. This new iV offers the opportunity to pay less company car tax and save on fuel bills, and, when you think about it, that’s a win for most of us. It shares its 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and supporting electric motor and battery with the latest Seat Leon e-Hybrid and Volkswagen Golf GTE. The Golf has…

2 min.
ds 4

FRANCE MAY BE famous for producing some of the world’s finest food, but the perception of its cars has long been more croque monsieur than haute cuisine. DS dearly wants to change that, though, and, with German rivals in its sights, the new DS 4 aims to wean premium tastes away from stollen and onto crème brûlée. This family hatchback is poised to compete in one of the more affordable premium car classes, where buyers are perhaps more willing to take a risk on something different.And because this is one of the biggest classes in terms of sales, there’s the potential for the DS badge to become a far more common sight on the road, helping to boost brand awareness. That’s the plan, anyway, but the DS 4 has a real fight…