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What’s new? 15 First drives, new models and news
Test centre 47 The UK’s most thorough car comparisons
Star Cars this month
Triple test SUVs, p66
Why the five-door hatch is better equipped to steal sales from BMW
Reader Test Team
Up close with the world’s first petrol-electric MPV: Toyota’s Prius+
Audi A1 Sportback p29 Audi A4 Allroad p33 Audi A4 Avant p34 BMW 5 Series M550d p35 Citroën C1 p31 Hyundai i30 p33 Jaguar XF p28 Peugeot 208 p24 Peugeot 508 RXH p28 Porsche 911 Carrera p31 Porsche Boxster p26 Renault Mégane p34 Vauxhall Ampera p35 Vauxhall Insignia Biturbo p33 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack p29
New Subaru XV vs Audi Q3 and BMW X3 66
Can Subaru follow in the tracks of these premium SUVs?
The big test: small family cars New Hyundai i30 vs Ford Focus vs Vauxhall Astra vs VW Golf
Twin test: city cars New Fiat Panda vs new Seat Mii
Quick test: hot diesel superminis New Audi A1 vs Mini Cooper
Twin test: compact executives New Audi A4 vs new BMW 3 Series
Our cars It’s been an eventful 12 months for the Seat Alhambra MPV and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer – our photographers covered more than 60,000 miles in them. We also welcome a Range Rover Evoque to the fleet and have updates on 16 other long-termers
Your cars Readers give their verdicts on the Citroën C4, Mazda CX-7, Skoda Octavia vRS and Volkswagen Scirocco, plus reader polls
New SUVs on the way p38 and ‘Help older drivers’ call p40
Coming soon Brilliant cars just around corner p42
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This month’s big surprise...
‘At 975kg, the 1.2 version could be the pick of the range’
The three-cylinder petrol engine in the Peugeot 208 will emit 95g/km CO2 when it gets stop-start p24
Buying and 101 owning Advice and tips to save you £££s
New cars 127 A to Z Every new car tested and rated
Green cars driven
Save £££s This month’s best new car deals
Do eco-cars make sense in the real world? 106
We test the Chevrolet Volt, Lexus CT200h, Nissan Leaf and VW Golf
371 new cars reviewed and pictured
Every new car on sale reviewed and rated
Optional extras: worth the cash? Get it wrong when speccing your car and you could lose £1000s
Buying used: Nissan X-Trail Genuine oﬀ-road ability and practicality from £7000
Used twin test: estates Ford Mondeo Estate vs Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
Hot used deals Vauxhall Meriva and bargain SUVs
Personal shopper Comparing the Hyundai ix35, Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti
Helpdesk What happens when a spare part takes too long to arrive?
Ask us anything Which cars are best for a bad back?
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