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What Car? March 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

‘The latest Nissan Qashqai has the potential to be one of the year’s best cars’ You don’t use a search engine, you Google, and you don’t edit images, you Photoshop them. Yes, occasionally a service or product is so successful that it becomes a verb. And, similarly, there are certain cars that end up transcending their brands. For example, a manufacturer might think it’s produced a new C-segment hatchback, but to the rest of the world it’s launching a new Golf, regardless of whether or not the brand in question is Volkswagen. Fiesta, 3 Series, Range Rover… they have all become standards against which everything similar is measured. And when it comes to family SUVs, the car is the Qashqai. But why should car buyers care? Well, this status inevitably makes a model more…

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.…

9 min.
nissan qashqai

VISIT A MODERN coffee shop and you can choose from a scarcely believable array of drinks. Yet whether you settle on a latte,a macchiato or aristretto, it’s still coffee. And the same sort of variations on a theme are the norm in the car world. You see, while dozens of new models are launched every year, the vast majority are just different takes on something that’s already available. However, occasionally a car comes along that changes buying trends and leaves rival brands scrambling to catch up, and the original Nissan Qashqai was one of them. True, it wasn’t the first family SUV, but it was the first to popularise the idea that an SUV doesn’t need to be a heavy, four-wheel-drive off-roader that’s far more expensive to run than a conventional family…

1 min.
how the new qashqai compares with rivals

Nissan Qashqai Price from £24,000 (est) Length 4429mm Width 2092mm Height 1605mm While the new Qashqai is more upmarket and practical than its predecessor, Nissan will have to keep pricing similar, given the strength of the competition. Peugeot 3008 Price from £27,160 Length 4447mm Width 2098mm Height 1639mm A mix of unusual materials and avant-garde design make the 3008’s interior very appealing, but the new Qashqai’s has it beaten for ease of use. Seat Ateca Price from £23,670 Length 4381mm Width 2078mm Height 1625mm The Ateca is the current benchmark for driving fun, thanks to precise steering and tight body control. However, it doesn’t feels as classy as the new Qashqai inside. Skoda Karoq Price from £23,220 Length 4382mm Width 2025mm Height 1603mm Family SUVs don’t come any more practical than the Karoq, with it offering even more space than the new Qashqai, plus rear seats that slide, fold and lift out entirely. Volvo…

3 min.
bmw 5 series touring

IN THE 2021 What Car? Car of the Year Awards, the BMW 5 Series Touring was singled out as having the best interior of any estate out there. Well, it may be what’s inside that counts, but that’s not all there is to this car. Like its saloon counterpart (which won our luxury car category outright), the Touring has received a range of cosmetic, mechanical and technological tweaks to keep it at the pointy end of the class. All engines now feature electrical assistance: plug-in hybrid for the 530e and 48-volt mild hybrid in the case of every other model in the range. While diesel is no longer a fashionable fuel choice, we’d still skip past the 520i petrol and head straight for the 520d. It’s our favourite engine in the range,…

3 min.
peugeot 5008

OVER THE YEARS, the Peugeot 5008 has certainly earned some plaudits on these pages. With seven usable seats, a generous equipment list and competitive pricing, it quickly became something of a What Car? favourite, taking home the Large SUV of the Year title at our annual awards three years on the bounce. However, things move fast in the world of SUVs, and in the past couple of years the competition has got tougher with the arrival of the all-new Ford Kuga, Seat Tarraco and our current favourite, the Kia Sorento. So, in a bid to keep the 5008 competitive, Peugeot has treated its seven-seater to a bit of a nip and tuck, focusing primarily on the car’s styling and tech. Outside, there are new LED headlights and tail-lights (now standard across the…