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i XTHE #bornelectric ALL-ELECTRIC SCAN HERE* Mpg (l/100km): Not applicable. CeOle2cetrmicisrasniognes::306g6/-k3m82. Emleilcetsri.cTehneesregyfigcournessuwmeprteioonb(tcaoinmebdinaeftde)r: 20 to 21 kWh/100Km / 3 – 3.1 miles/kWh. The iX xDrive40 electric range: 246-257 miles. The iX xDrive50 the battery had been fully charged. The iX is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. *Participating Retailers only. Test drive subject to applicant status and availability.

CONTENTS Newsweek 8 COVER Hyundai expands Ioniq line-up News | New Cars | Features | Tests | Products | Buying cars | Sport Dramatic Ioniq 6 will rival Tesla Model 3; here later this year COVER EV power for 1,972bhp Supervan 4 10 28 FIRST DRIVE HONDA CIVIC Hybrid tech moves Japanese hatch to sharp end of class New version of Ford’s show icon makes Goodwood debut Polestar, Prodrive lead Goodwood stars 13 Fast EVs, retro-themed specials – FoS had the lot COVER Red Bull confirms £5m hypercar 14 Track-only special will draw heavily on F1 team’s knowledge Consultation starts on remote-driving law 16 From taxis to delivery vehicles, issue is a potential minefield Driver Power COVER UK’s top car brands, as voted by you 20 You don’t pull any punches on which makes hit the mark New cars 28 COVER Honda Civic Full-hybrid powertrain takes Japan’s Golf rival to new heights COVER Mercedes-AMG C 43 Estate 32 Has switch to four-cylinder power dented fast wagon’s charm? Toyota Hilux Invincible X 34 Updated pick-up is a more appealing workhorse than ever Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 36 More affordable diesel option seeks to battle prejudice 10 Supervan 4 grabs Goodwood glory 8 All you need to know on new Ioniq 6 Road tests 38 COVER New Audi A8 vs Merc S-Class 52 54 Plug-in tech boosts flagship saloons – but which is best? Our cars: Land Rover Defender Jumbo plug-in hybrid is winning us over with its versatility Our cars: Skoda Fabia A conventional supermini means a return to petrol pumps Products 57 Hot kit 58 32 Verdict on four-cylinder Merc C 43 13 The pick of the Goodwood FoS stars 59 Hankook targets eco-champs with first tyre in new EV range 60 New on the shelves ZipCharge aims to help EV market with portable power pack Dash cams mini test Mio newcomer meets favourites from Kenwood and Ring Online route finders We put eight of the best free mapping options to the test Buying cars 65 Owners’ verdict on the Kia XCeed Crossover is the UK’s most satisfying car to own, you say Used-car guide: Bentley Continental GT 66 British grand tourer is a slice of luxury – if you can afford it “Find me a small automatic for £11k” 70 34 Why updated Hilux is the best yet 20 Your verdict on UK’s top car brands We suggest second-hand options from Ford, Toyota and VW 38 New plug-in A8 vs S-Class hybrid New car prices 72 All the info you need before you head to the showroom Regulars 50 Get Auto Express delivered every week 81 82 How to net a great deal on your favourite magazine Sport Red Bull on top form as F1 arrives at Silverstone for British GP Back chat Mike Rutherford names the worst offenders on price hikes 29 June 2022 5

THISWEEK Visit for all the latest new cars news Editor-in-chief: Steve Fowler Red Bull misses the point with Deputy editor: John McIlroy multimillion-pound track car Executive editor: Stuart Milne News, reviews and tests CDOETNATIALSCT Associate editor: Sean Carson News and reviews editor: James Brodie News02038903938 Tests020 3890 4039 Chief reviewer: Alex Ingram Senior test editor: Dean Gibson Consumer & Products 020 3890 3881 Video content producer: Yousuf Ashraf Staff writer: Alastair Crooks [email protected] Chief columnist: Mike Rutherford £1FOISRSSIUJXUESST I’VE always seen Red Bull Racing as a team of the Subscriptions0330 333 9491 Consumer people – the small upstarts that socked it to the big Consumer and features editor: Chris Rosamond boys. It has over-achieved, it’s got the crowds on its side @AutoExpress Deputy consumer and features editor: Tristan Shale-Hester and is the cool kid in the F1 paddock. It does things differently and its members win with the biggest of Products smiles on their faces. I’m a massive Red Bull Racing fan. USED-CAR GUIDE HOW TO BAG A BARGAIN OCTAVIA Products editor: Kim Adams So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Red Bull Racing would be making its first series vRsABNEGNETRLOEYVERBBISERSISTTUIOSEHF Production production car. And how disappointed I was to find Managing editor: Stuart Morton out that the RB17 will be yet another multimillion- BWREEITKALYINCA’SR BMEASGTA-VALUE pound, track-day special aimed at collectors. Chief sub-editor: Andy Pringle It’s not as though these mega-wealthy people don’t HABBlerEl-intnAitesaDhwyghmTaeOaoinvdyeHbwlaEfteatiAlcgeehDsotfs Sub-editor: Paul Alton have enough stupidly expensive supercars to choose from. There’s still the Aston Martin Valkyrie if you want BBERSITTIOSHF Deputy executive editor: Matt Robinson one – with aerodynamics by Red Bull’s own design genius Digital Adrian Newey. Lotus will sell you a similarly priced all- OMSwuFipt3hFerrIcoTCaorOIm-AslUfaoLyrRiNtnhgIeENpdWaoGcge, Reborn MG roadster electric Evija, while Automobili Pininfarina has another Group website editor: Steve Walker EV hypercar, the Battista. There are plenty more, too, and Bopriet nbrEaVnd’s Web producer: Pete Baiden I understand customers for some of these mega-money models are proving somewhat hard to come by. New Juke Hybrid drivenFIRST VERDICT Brit-built SUV gets EV boost RPeEuVgeEoAt mLEixDesNsaEloWon4&0SU8V Online reviews editor: Paul Adam I totally get the temptation to use a car like the RB17 as Senior content editor: Andy Goodwin a showcase for the wider Red Bull Advanced Technologies D+ RNeIVwEpNlugR-ienaVrW-dMriuvletivRa8n Content editors: Shane Wilkinson, Harry Waring, Charlie Harvey business – and a chance to boost the company coffers. Carbuyer & DrivingElectric editor: Richard Ingram There’s also no doubt that the car will leave us open- SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE Carbuyer content editors: Ben Custard, Miles Goodson, Tom Jervis mouthed at its ability when it eventually turns a wheel. DrivingElectric managing editor: Stephen Errity But what about real car fans who might want a slice of Subscribe to Auto Express today and get six issues for just DrivingElectric content editor: Ellis Hyde F1 on their driveway? Cars like the Clio Williams (above) £1. If you continue to subscribe, you’ll pay just £26.99 have legendary status, not only because of what they can every three months – 43 per cent less than the shop price. Design & Pictures do, but because they were aspirational yet accessible. Creative director: Darren Wilson F1 has struggled with its relevance to the real world Visit Senior designer: Victoria Coquet and it seems Red Bull Racing has fallen into that trap, too. I’d love to own something with a Red Bull Racing to subscribe, and enter the code D1735 Picture editor: Dawn Grant badge on it, but that’s more likely to be a cap than a car. Senior photographer: Pete Gibson I’d argue it would be a much tougher challenge – and or call 0330 333 9491 Film team worthy of higher praise – to Sixissues for £1 Every 13 issues: £26.99 Group head of motoring video: Ethan Smale produce something F1 fans Sixmonths: £53.99 Annualsubscription: £105.99 Senior video producers: Greg Dowswell, Jack Joy can afford. Will Red Bull Europe:£130 Rest ofworld:£200 Racing rise to that challenge? 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TOPSTORY Ioniq 6 builds Visit for your daily news updates OFFICIAL Elegant Mod Steve Fowler ● Exclusive access to award-winning Ioniq 5’s big brother [email protected] ● Design chief SangYup Lee talks us through styling and tech @stevefowler mindful cocoon,” Lee told us. “The light “The Ioniq 6’s shape has HYUNDAI’S all-electric Ioniq sub-brand changes depending on your mood.” not changed much from could not have got off to a better start. the Prophecy concept, The Ioniq 5 was named both Auto Express That’s especially noticeable on the door and it’s a very different Car of the Year and World Car of the Year, panels, where a gentle, striped lighting look from the Ioniq 5” with its unique design getting plenty of effect boosts the premium feel. plaudits, too. Now it’s the turn of the Ioniq 6 to take a bow – and Auto Express has been “We’ve made sure there are flat, usable given an exclusive tour of the new model surfaces inside,” said Lee. “And we’ve by Hyundai’s chief designer, SangYup Lee. taken the Hyundai emblem off the steering Think the Ioniq 6 looks familiar? Not only wheel. Instead, lights will react to voice has it been inspired by the ‘streamliner’ recognition and show the charging level.” design era of the thirties, but it was also previewed by Hyundai’s Prophecy concept Window switches sit in the centre console, from 2020. According to Lee, the car could keeping the doors slim and simple. There’s have been named Streamliner, but Hyundai decent storage throughout, and at either decided to just leave it as a nickname. end of the dash, wings house screens to The Ioniq 6 is longer than the Ioniq 5, as display the view from the side cameras. well as its clear rival from Tesla, the Model 3. Separate climate-control and infotainment Yet its width and wheelbase are nearly fast keys reduce reliance on the touchscreen. identical to those of its stablemate, hinting at their shared Electric Global Modular Platform The clever detailing gives a premium feel, (E-GMP) architecture. While tech details have while there’s eco-friendly leather or recycled not been confirmed, we’d assume similar materials on the seats and elsewhere. Even battery options: either 58kWh or 77.4kWh. the paint is environmentally sound. Despite Rear and four-wheel-drive versions are also the fastback roof, the Ioniq 6 is a proper expected. The 6’s slippery shape is likely to four-seater, with surprising rear headroom. mean slightly longer ranges, too, of around 320 miles from the big -battery cars. Full tech specs and prices have yet to be That shape hasn’t changed much from revealed, but expect the Ioniq 6 to start the Prophecy concept, and it’s a very from £40,000-plus. Order books will different look from the Ioniq 5. Lee stressed open later this year, and first that his team has been keen to avoid the deliveries are anticipated ‘Russian doll’ feel that other brands adopt. in early 2023. The ducktail-styled rear boasts intricate, full-width ‘Parametric’ pixel lights, which also feature in the main front headlights. The curves where the bonnet leads into the windscreen and roof are reminiscent of an Audi TT, while the back even has hints of the Porsche 911. The car’s surfaces are very clean, with pop-out door handles and cameras instead of mirrors. Real mirrors should be available, too. A contrasting lower colour visually reduces the mass of metal, while the slippery shape’s 0.21 drag coefficient will help make the Ioniq 6 go further on a full charge. The cabin has a similarly simple but stylish look. A single display unit houses dual 12- inch infotainment and instrument displays: “We wanted to create a 8 29 June 2022

TOPSTORYHyundai Ioniq 6 6 EV targets Tesla as it on sub-brand’s success del 3 rival takes Hyundai’s all-electric range to the next level STYLISH Inspired by the ‘streamliner’ design era of the thirties, and previewed by the Prophecy concept, the Ioniq 6 is longer than the Ioniq 5 with which it shares its E-GMP architecture PLUS Ioniq range expansion is on horizon THE Ioniq 6 has only just broken cover, but suggestion that additional electric N cars Name badge will spawn additional models future iterations are on the cards. Asked are in the plan. It’s likely the Ioniq 6 N will whether his team had considered a hatch- use a similar set-up to Kia’s EV6 GT, with a style liftback, design boss SangYup Lee told 77.4kWh battery and up to 600bhp. Auto Express: “I can make a great hatchback out of that – a shooting brake.” Indeed, Lee also hinted that more impactful design sister brand Genesis has form in this part could mean future Hyundais have a shorter of the market, in the GV70 Shooting Brake. overall lifespan, and that the conventional mid-life facelifts might focus more on major Lee also said the Ioniq 6 could “make over-the-air updates rather than minor a great performance model”. We already tweaks to the lights and bumpers as they do know the Ioniq 5 will gain a hot N-badged now: “Making a timeless EV makes lifecycle variant in 2023, but this is the first management much easier,” Lee said. 29 June 2022 9

NEWS Ford Pro Electric Supervan Latest Supervan uses an E-Transit Custom platform with a steel spaceframe and lightweight composite panels Ford unleashes 1,972bhp ● Pro Electric Supervan debuts Alastair Crooks ● Race-ready for fast deliveries DEBUT [email protected] battery and a bespoke control system Track-ready @AllieCrooks resulting in an estimated 1,972bhp. That van was makes it more than twice as powerful as introduced at FORD’S racetrack-ready Supervans have a McLaren P1 hypercar. Four-wheel drive the Goodwood been a handy promotional tool for the results in a sub-2.0-second 0-62mph time. Festival of brand’s beloved Transit van over the past Speed five decades. The latest one – the Ford Pro One of the few components the Supervan Electric Supervan – is unofficially Supervan shares with the E-Transit Custom is the basic 4. And as the name suggests, it is battery- platform. It teams this with a steel spaceframe powered and zero emissions. and composite panels. Its aggressive look Somewhere underneath the performance- is achieved with a front splitter, side skirts focused body is a ‘track-ready chassis’, based and rear diffuser, as well as huge cutaways on that of the new electric E-Transit. True to at the back to help flow air to the rear wing Supervan tradition, there’s little crossover in an effort to boost downforce and make between the Transit and this motorsport- the most of the incredible power output. spec offspring. The first Supervan arrived in 1971 as part of the marketing campaign To overcome the Supervan’s commercial- for the Mk1 Transit. Since then, various new vehicle proportions, there’s double- Transit generations have featured a Supervan wishbone suspension at each corner with special, but we’ve not seen one since the motorsport-grade subframes, uprights and Cosworth F1 V8-powered Mk3 from 1994. brakes. A full roll cage and FIA-standard Propelling the new Electric Supervan is a bucket seats feature inside as well. There’s quad-motor, all-electric drivetrain, a 50kWh 10 29 June 2022

NEWSFord Pro Electric Supervan Generations of performance: Ford Supervans through the decades SUPERVAN – 1971 THE first Supervan SUPERVAN 2 – 1984 A CHASSIS taken SUPERVAN 3 – 1994 EQUIPPED with promoted the Mk1 Transit and used the chassis from Ford’s Group C racer and power from Formula 1 power from Cosworth, this was built and 400bhp V8 of the Le Mans-winning Ford Cosworth, combined with a major aerodynamic at reduced seven-eighths scale and launched GT40, with a Transit body crudely bolted on top. overhaul, enabled a top speed of 174mph. to coincide with the Mk3 Transit facelift. Quick delivery: Ford newcomer’s quad-motor 4WD drivetrain means 0-62mph in less than 2.0 seconds Transit van load space behind the driver, a side loading door and a new secure-release system. plenty of car-like tech on board the Pro Electric Supervan. On the dash is a large As with other Supervans, the new portrait SYNC touchscreen from the Mustang model made its first public appearance Mach-E, and the car retains most of the at one of the UK’s top motorsport events: same features, including WiFi connectivity. the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Behind the wheel was Le Mans winner and current The display also allows for different drive holder of the festival’s all-electric hillclimb modes. ‘Road’ setting is for ‘normal’ driving, record, Romain Dumas. ‘Track’ is obviously for circuit work, ‘Drag’ means maximum acceleration designed for 29 June 2022 11 use with drag-racing radial tyres, ‘Drift’ can make the Supervan go sideways as well as perform on snow, and ‘Rally’ is for tarmac and gravel rally stages. On top of these modes there are traction and launch-control systems, a pit-lane speed limiter, and regenerative braking to maximise battery efficiency. Surprisingly, there’s even an ‘Eco’ setting for low speeds, which helps conserve energy. Despite the crazy performance on offer, the Pro Electric Supervan retains some of the practical elements you’d usually expect of a commercial vehicle. This includes a

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NEWSFestival of Speed highlights Special stars of Goodwood 2022 ● First public run for Polestar 5 ● Prodrive’s Impreza tribute ● Lexus Electrified Sport concept ● Bentley Speed Six Continuation Series tPaorlgeesttsara5repreervfeoarmleadnce FORD’S Pro Electric Supervan wasn’t the technological advances to bring lightweight, Polestar’s dual-motor Porsche Taycan competitor took to the Goodwood FoS hillclimb only EV to charge in at Goodwood. The high-rigidity, sports-car chassis technology Polestar 5 had its first public run, too, with into mass production.” the Swedish brand confirming performance targets for its Porsche Taycan rival. CEO Thomas Ingenlath has previously Some of the car’s development is being suggested that the Polestar 5, set to arrive undertaken in the UK, and its maker is in 2024, is likely to offer no more than a 310- aiming at an output of 872bhp and 900Nm mile range, instead focusing on responsible, of torque from the luxury four-door GT’s practical battery sizes and fast recharging. dual-motor powertrain. The Polestar 5 is also aiming to deliver engaging driving “A premium sports car has to have a dynamics to accompany the impressive competitive range,” he said. “But we can’t power and torque targets. drift away into that race for range. If you’re Pete Allen, head of Polestar UK R&D, talking about making a car more efficient, said: “The platform combines low-volume that’s great. If you’re talking about packing performance-car attributes with modern more kWh into the car to make the best range figure, it’s crazy because that doesn’t help us get closer to making a sustainable car.” Prodrive P25 evokes spirit of iconic Impreza Only 25 P25 models will be IT wasn’t just EVs that stole headlines and brakes. The bootlid, bonnet, roof, side made to celebrate Subaru at the 2022 Festival of Speed, however. sills, door mirrors, front and rear quarters, 22B’s quarter century Motorsport firm Prodrive has dabbled with rear wing and bumpers are all made from road-car development in the past, and with carbon composites, which mean the its P25 model making a dynamic debut at Prodrive model weighs less than 1,200kg. Goodwood, it wowed crowds with a special Impreza to celebrate 25 years of the Gearchanges are controlled by a shifter legendary Subaru Impreza 22B. paddle on the steering wheel, while the This was our first chance to see – and car also features a launch-control system. hear – the P25, with its 400bhp 2.5-litre All-wheel drive with an active centre diff, turbocharged flat-four engine rocketing the adjustable Bilstein dampers and AP Racing car up the hill accompanied by a WRC-style brakes deliver handling and stopping soundtrack. Allied to the rally-spec chassis performance to match the 3.5-second are a number of modern weight-saving 0-62mph sprint time. Just 25 examples tactics, more power and vehicle dynamics of the car will be made at Prodrive’s made possible with higher-tech suspension Banbury factory. Each will cost £552,000, and all of them have already been sold. Lexus EV concept sports ‘secret sauce’ Bentley’s classic Speed Six lives again GOODWOOD marked our first chance to get a glimpse of Lexus’s Electrified Sport BENTLEY brought its retro game to Goodwood with a new Speed Six Continuation Series concept – a fully electric successor to the Japanese brand’s LFA sports car. And while by Mulliner, following the brand’s Blower Continuation car from 2020. Using Speed Six the EV might not offer a soundtrack to match its V10-engined ancestor when it comes blueprints, and a 3D CAD model of the original, a mere 12 cars will be built. to market by 2030, its performance will eclipse the LFA’s. Lexus CEO Akio Toyoda talked about the car inheriting the ‘secret sauce’ cultivated with the LFA and a low The 200bhp model will use parts identical to the originals from heritage specialists 2.0-second 0-62mph time. This means a four-figure power output could be possible. across the UK. In some cases, these will be made using the same methods. A tribute to the Bentley Boys of the twenties and thirties, each Speed Six will cost £1.5million. All are sold. Tucked away in a Perspex- protected box on Lexus’s 29 June 2022 13 small stand, the car’s styling really has the wow factor. With a long bonnet and super-sleek rear, it still offers superb proportions, despite the lack of a large combustion engine.

NEWS Red Bull RB17 Red Bull draws up plans f ● V8 hybrid with over 1,100bhp Steve Fowler ● Just 50 of £5m car to be built the Red Bull Racing team, getting access name, also reflecting the number of years to the vehicle development programme, Red Bull racing has existed. [email protected] model, freeing up Newey to focus purely use of the team’s simulators, plus on-track @stevefowler on the aerodynamics rather than having training and experiences. As for what the RB17 will look like, Red to adhere to road-car regulations. Bull has only released a sketch showing the FOUR-time F1 world champion Red The name RB17 comes from the lineage swooping aerodynamic lines of the car and Bull Racing is to enter the car-making Power comes from a V8 hybrid engine of Red Bull Racing’s F1 cars. Red Bull raced a cockpit for two people covered by a racing business with a £5million track-only expected to deliver over 1,100bhp. When the RB16 in 2020, but the following year’s canopy. However, it hints at the real thing hypercar, the RB17, which will be built combined with the RB17’s low kerbweight, car was not deemed different enough to looking similar to a series of virtual racers by the racing team’s Red Bull Advanced it should offer scintillating performance. take the RB17 name, instead being called – the Red Bull X2010, X2014 and X2019 Technologies division. RB16B. This year’s car, running under (right) – that were designed by Newey for Described as “the purest execution of Production is set to start in 2025 at Red revised regulations, has taken the RB18 the Gran Turismo racing game series, and an F1-inspired hypercar”, the RB17 is the Bull’s campus in Milton Keynes. Only 50 feature similar bodywork to the sketch. brainchild of Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s RB17s will be made, all left-hand drive, “RB17 is a track-only Chief Technical Officer, who promises that it with a price of £5million plus local taxes. model, so designer Speaking at the launch of the RB17, will push “design and technical boundaries Newey can focus purely Christian Horner, CEO of Red Bull Racing far beyond what has been previously Buyers have access to a package that will on the aerodynamics” and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, said: available to enthusiasts and collectors.” be tailored to their use of the car, with full “The RB17 marks an important milestone Newey worked with former team partner support from the factory, including servicing in the evolution of Red Bull Advanced Aston Martin on the Valkyrie hypercar. But and maintenance. The 50 owners will also Technologies, now capable of creating and unlike the Valkyrie, the RB17 is a track-only benefit from an exclusive relationship with manufacturing a series production car.” Restyled DS 7 Crossback is on sale in August THE DS 7 Crossback has been given a mid- offers tailored lighting settings for certain UPDATES life facelift, introducing a new look for the types of roads and weather conditions. French premium brand’s largest SUV. Facelift brings At the rear, the designers have added larger grille, new At the front, the big change is the new creases to give the appearance of a wider, front bumper LED running lights. Four illuminated strakes squarer stance, as well as slimmer LED tail- and slimmer run down from each headlight and over the lights and a new “DS Automobiles” script tail-lights front bumper, which has been redesigned to replace the old “Crossback” badging. to accommodate a larger front grille and a tweaked ‘DS wing’ motif. Inside, a new 12-inch central touchscreen is joined by a 12-inch digital instrument DS has also updated the car’s headlights panel. Power comes from a 128bhp diesel to incorporate its Pixel LED Vision 3.0 tech, unit and a trio of plug-in hybrid models with which shines more brightly and illuminates a new 14.2kWh battery for more all-electric more of the road ahead. The system also range, with over 40 miles possible in some models. A new range-topping variant called “Four illuminated LED E-Tense 4x4 360 combines electric power strakes run down from each and a petrol engine for a 355bhp output. headlight over the bumper” Order books for the new DS 7 are expected to open in August, with first deliveries scheduled for October 2022. 14 29 June 2022

NEWSRed Bull RB17 for its own hypercar ninebwrisef STYLING Red Bull has only released Bentley ups luxury on new Conti GT model one sketch of the RB17 (below), but it looks like three virtual racers designed A NEW ultra-luxurious version of the by Adrian Newey, which feature similar Bentley Continental GT, the GT Mulliner bodywork and a canopy over the driver (above), has been revealed. It’s named after the brand’s in-house bespoke FRESH FACE modification division, which has applied its touch to a W12-powered version. Even beneath the camouflage, we Exterior changes include an exclusive can see a new paint palette and black detailing, while lower grille with buyers can also choose from a unique vRS-style side array of leather upholstery and trim, air intakes plus diamond quilted seats as standard, along with Mulliner badging. New-look Octavia caught in the open EU’s proposed ICE ban THE current Octavia was our Car of the Year grille flanked by side air intakes in the be a 1.5-litre TSI petrol with 148bhp, which rejected in Germany in 2020, but Skoda is already working on a same vein as the hot vRS variant. will also be available as a mild hybrid. refreshed version for next year. GERMANY’S rejection of EU plans to ban The new Octavia will be based on the Skoda is likely to retain the selection of the sale of combustion-engine cars by The updated Octavia will retain much same MQB Evo platform as the current car, 2.0-litre turbodiesels, with 114, 148 and 2035 provides some hope for enthusiasts. of the same styling as the pre-facelift so we expect the same powertrains. Kicking 197bhp, plus a 2.0-litre petrol and the 1.4- model. The hatchback variant we’ve spied off will be the 108bhp, 1.0-litre petrol litre petrol with plug-in hybrid tech – both While European Commission looks like a higher specification than the three-cylinder engine, then the mild-hybrid with 242bhp. Four-wheel drive should be proposals were backed by the bloc’s estate, and the wagon has a different lower version of that unit. Above these there will offered on some more powerful models. parliament, Germany has bowed to lobbying from the domestic car industry. Porsche is just one of the companies that has declared its interest in eFuel developments for future sports models. aRecchoarrdge74f7ormMileerscoEnV THE Mercedes EQXX long-range electric prototype (below) has broken its own record for distance covered on a single charge, by completing a non-stop journey from Stuttgart to Silverstone. The trip of 747 miles surpasses the 626-mile journey completed by the car in April, and when it arrived at the home of the British Grand Prix, it was able to complete 11 laps of the track. Elements of the EQXX’s powertrain technology will appear in next-generation electric Mercedes models from 2024 onwards. 29 June 2022 15

NEWS Remote-driving consultation ROAD SAFETY RULE CHANGE Public consultation set to define remote-driving laws OFFICIAL Caution balances innovation as study on roads of future moves to next phase HANDS-OFF Many questions remain to be answered regarding safety, security and legal liability in future remote-control driving situations Tristan Shale-Hester remotely without a line of sight, potentially “We’d need to know trials of remote driving are currently many miles away. It mentions the possibility more, and we’d need under way in Milton Keynes, extending [email protected] of cars on UK roads being driven remotely to see it trialled for a the capability to potentially allow all drivers @tristan_shale from foreign countries – something the long time before getting to sit miles away and ‘drive’ a car will need Commission says “has the potential to any seal of approval” extensive testing, tough regulation and THE Law Commission has launched a create serious practical and legal difficulties a conversation that brings the public new consultation to grapple with the in enforcement” – and questions whether Rod McKenzie along for the journey. potential legal minefield of remote-control this would need to be prohibited. Road Haulage Association vehicles, as firms continue to push for ways “While not wishing to stand in the way to bring the tech to UK roads. Other key enquiries include how a strong, of progress, most drivers just want the With a live remote-control trial currently reliable connection between the remote basics solved, such as fixing potholes.” taking place on private routes in Milton driver and the vehicle could be maintained; Keynes (Issue 1,713), it has been suggested how remote drivers could remain aware of the Rod McKenzie, executive director that members of the public accessing the surroundings of the vehicle without feeling of policy and public affairs at the Road trial could be able to hail a car and have it sensations such as acceleration; how could Haulage Association, said a “massive delivered by remote control before the year fatigue, motion sickness and distraction be dose of caution” was required. He told is out. The Commission is asking for views avoided; and what cybersecurity measures us: “There are so many factors when you on regulating such activity on public roads. would be needed to prevent an unauthorised are a lorry driver that you couldn’t really Similar technology is already used in user taking control of a vehicle. see on a computer video. environments such as warehouses, farms and mines. The Commission wants to find Public law commissioner Nicholas Paines “There are blind spots on trucks that out how existing laws might apply as and QC said he’s hoping “for a healthy debate need monitoring, and a range of other when remote-control driving technology about the appropriate regulation of this tech factors, and just sitting behind a computer is deployed on the road, and what new and what can be done to maximise protection screen with a steering wheel isn’t going to legislation would be required to back it up. of road users while encouraging innovation”. mimic all those things. I’d be very cautious. The consultation focuses on situations We’d need to know more, and we’d need to where someone is operating a vehicle Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at see it trialled for a long time before getting the AA, explained to Auto Express: “While any seal of approval.” 16 29 June 2022

Inbox Your views We want to hear your views. Send your questions or opinions to the E-mail address below Contact Tristan Shale-Hester HOT TOPIC Soaring fuel prices FROM: Paul Rowley THESE FROM: Dave Green IT’S shameful the unprecedented prices aren’t totally Government hasn’t done anything to do with the cost of oil. The retailers about this, other than make a small are seeking to make back the money cut in fuel duty back in March that they lost during lockdown, and the wasn’t even passed on to drivers. A Government is taking the chance to major drop in duty should be at the fill its coffers from VAT and duty. forefront of cost-of-living measures. OFFICIAL ROCKETING ID. Aero previews VW’s all- Record-breaking electric Passat stablemate fuel prices have made travelling around the UK a problem for some readers VOLKSWAGEN has revealed a refined version of the CONCEPT Join the debate at ID. Vizzion electric saloon concept first seen in 2018. The new ID. Aero is a close preview of an all-electric sister model to the ID. Aero refines ■ “With rail strikes, ■ “Highest I’ve seen ■ “Everyone should Passat that will line up against the Tesla Model S and ID. Vizzion airport chaos and these is 208.9p per litre for work from home again Mercedes-Benz EQE when the production car arrives in 2023. fuel prices, travelling in diesel at a BP garage and stop buying fuel. predecessor the UK is impossible.” just outside Glasgow.” Prices would drop.” The style of the older ID. Vizzion morphs into something boasting low, Ian Gregory Justin Bose Theresa Maung more production-ready here, but the concept retains a low slippery lines nose and a smooth, four-door coupé-like shape, giving an and platform impressive drag coefficient of just 0.23. enhancements VW had previously promised that the production saloon I can’t see why cars Special kei could – which will measure over five metres in length – would be have no rear wiper certainly tempt me capable of 600km (327 miles) on a charge. Since then, it has confirmed “enhancements” are coming for the MEB FROM: Ray Knight I NOTE the Toyota FROM: Curt Lam I AGREE with Patrick platform that will underpin the new ID. Aero. As such, bZ4X (Issue 1,733) joins a growing Wantling (Issue 1,731). The Nissan a 77kWh underfloor battery will be capable of providing list of cars that don’t come with a rear Sakura would be a perfect match for a range of up to 385 miles, with faster refills, too; the wiper. What are the implications people such as me, who do the school evolved platform is set to come with 200kW charging. when you’re driving in the wet and run and go to the supermarket daily. can’t see out of the back window? I would definitely sell my large, thirsty Facelifted Kuga noses into view And don’t get me started on the petrol car if a kei car such as this were fact there’s no glovebox, either! to be offered in the UK. WITH a newly minted, third-generation SPIED version of the Ford Kuga in the pipeline, Numbers add up for VED supplement on our spies have caught an undisguised, Aston’s hottest SUV £40k cars seems fair heavily facelifted model on camera. FROM: Faisal Rafique I RECKON it FROM: Desmond Heathcote I DISAGREE As with the reworked Fiesta and Focus, was a good move for Aston Martin to with Chris Smith (Issue 1,731). If you the Kuga will adopt a fresh nose with a enter the SUV sector, and I can see can afford a car that costs £40,000 or large Ford badge mid-grille, above which the DBX707 being a money-spinner. more new, then you can afford to pay sits a full-width LED running light. The It has all the required tech, styling and a £355 annual vehicle excise duty tougher-looking lower bumper is all new, interior space, and will undoubtedly supplement for five years. If that’s too too. Inside, we expect to see SYNC 4 appeal to the existing customer base. high a tax bill, maybe you shouldn’t infotainment with a 12-inch touchscreen. How will it stand up to rivals, though? buy a premium motor. UCosenftualcts THE following provide help Legal Used car inspections Car registration/history Problems with dealers Problems with makers with motoring problems. AA: 0345 850 1130 (m) AA: 0800 056 8040 HPI: 0113 222 2010 The Motor Ombudsman: The Motor Ombudsman: Some services are free, RAC: 0330 159 1446 (m) RAC: 0330 159 0720 AA: 0800 316 3564 0345 241 3008 0345 241 3008 others charge a fee or Citizens Advice Consumer DVLA: 0300 790 6802 Consumer Ombudsman: Financial problems operate on premium-rate helpline: 03454 040506 Technical advice RAC: 0808 164 1923 womwbwu.cdosnmsaunm.oerrg- Financial Ombudsman: lines (p), while some offer Local Trading Standards AA: 0370 142 0002 (m) Traffic information RMIF: 0845 305 4230 0800 023 4567 advice for members only (m) Local Citizens Advice Bureau AA: 0906 888 4322 Scottish Motor Trade Safety concerns/recalls Driving licences RAC: 09003 444999 (p) Assoc. 0131 331 5510 www.check-mot. DVLA: 0300 790 6801 29 June 2022 17

TOP LINE-UP: With everything from hardcore road racers to practical four-doors now in its range, German performance marque impresses right across the board in our Brands Survey 1. Porsche Key points: Classic Porsche strong points make a great showing here, with top ratings for exterior, ride and handling, reliability and infotainment 90.74% FOR the second year running, it’s Porsche that braking responsiveness, ride quality, road absolutely slated in the survey, but there’s AVERAGE SHARE tops the Driver Power Brands Survey. Although handling, driving pleasure, overall build no getting around the fact that Porsches are none of the German sports car manufacturer’s quality, and controls for the satellite navigation, expensive cars to buy. 30L07OFOWNERS individual models is plentiful enough to make heating and air-conditioning. WITH FAULTS it into the Driver Power New Car Survey, the data Boot space gets a strong rating – most likely 29.63% shows owners are extremely happy. Unsurprisingly, Porsche also scores very due to the existence of the Panamera, Taycan, well for its legendary engines and gearboxes, Macan and Cayenne rather than the Boxster, As you might expect, Porsche scores very particularly acceleration and transmission Cayman and 911 – and owners think Porsches highly in the majority of categories. It comes smoothness. There are some complaints about have versatile seating. There are a decent first for exterior, ride and handling, reliability running costs – Porsches are expensive to number of cubbyholes, but more child-friendly and infotainment. A few highlighted areas within service, insure and tax, you tell us – but fuel features would be welcome. these categories that owners really rave about economy isn’t as bad as might be anticipated. include exterior styling and finish, steering and Value for money, meanwhile, doesn’t get Overall, however, the brand paints a very strong picture, and it is a worthy winner for 2022. 26 29 June 2022

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NEWCARS Visit for the latest new cars and drives Honda Civic Practicality Running costs Boot (seats up/down) 56.5mpg (official) 410/820 litres £73 fill-up FIRST DRIVE We try out the latest version of a small hatchback with a 50-year history Sean Carson torque, it also has the smooth performance combustion engine can be manipulated to with a Winding Road Detection feature, when you often associate with such a car. give a kick and also simulate gearchanges. the engine drives the wheels to reduce lag [email protected] on acceleration. However, it’s still more The petrol engine can drive the wheels In practice, it doesn’t quite feel like this, effective at a leisurely pace, where you’ll get FEW cars have a history like the Honda directly, and the window in which this takes but the Civic is still a good car to drive. The closer to its claimed 56.5mpg. We easily Civic. This all-new version is the 11th place has been widened compared with the steering has a surprising weight to it and managed more than 46mpg on our test. generation of the model, so the Volkswagen similar system in the hybrid CR-V SUV. It the suspension delivers good body control Golf rival’s story spans 50 years – and the means, in theory, accelerating on A-roads balanced with a supple, fluid ride. The Civic This efficiency is, in part, due to a tailgate Golf is actually a good place to start. or motorways is more relaxing because the doesn’t roll too much, but nor does it crash made of resin, which is 20 per cent lighter That’s because the VW’s hold on this engine doesn’t kick in with the revs roaring. or bounce over bumps. Instead, it damps than its predecessor’s, plus an aluminium class has slipped, and with this latest Civic, out most intrusions with fair composure. bonnet that saves 43 per cent over the old Honda has developed a recipe very much of The only real cry from the engine comes model’s steel panel. The Civic’s new body the moment. While many competitors offer under hard acceleration, when the petrol Flat out, this top-spec Advance model will is also 22 per cent more rigid and 30mm plug-in hybrid power alongside the more unit sends power to the battery, which is deliver a 0-62mph time of 8.1 seconds, but longer, while the wheelbase has grown by conventional choice of petrol or diesel then fed to the electric motor. this is far from where the Civic is at its most 35mm. This means pretty generous legroom engines, Honda is offering just one option comfortable. With the electric motor giving inside, and although the roof is 25mm in its new car: a full-hybrid powertrain. When you do that with the Sport driving a strong surge of torque from low down, it’s lower, headroom is still acceptable. The However, it’s a hybrid with a slight twist. mode selected, Honda has even engineered best on part throttle, accelerating swiftly, but 410-litre boot can’t match a Skoda Octavia’s, The Civic’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine – in what it claims to be a VTEC-like feeling. keeping a focus on refinement too. but it beats the Golf’s and Toyota Corolla’s. now featuring direction injection – mostly According to the company’s technical drives a generator, which charges a compact consultant, Kotaro Yamamoto, because the Honda markets this car as “the driver’s Whereas the Golf used to be the most 1.05kWh battery. This then supplies an electric motor does most of the work, the hybrid”, and it mostly lives up to that title, premium-feeling mainstream family hatch, electric motor on the front axle, which that’s not true of the current car, and this means most of the time the Civic drives like “With good body control, the Civic doesn’t roll new Civic feels more upmarket in places. an EV – and with 181bhp and 315Nm of too much, but nor does it bounce over bumps” Material quality is good, and just as in 28 29 June 2022 the recent HR-V compact SUV, there’s a clean

32 C 43 34 TOYOTA HILUX 36 MAZDACX-5 ed C 43 We see if revised pick- Is a diesel SUV still a ar the up is good enough to good option in today’s adge? replace a family SUV electrified world? Hybrid system allows for RIDE Civic balances agile handling with INTERIOR Latest infotainment set-up strong performance without droning from petrol engine a comfortable and composed ride, even on is good and you don’t have to operate the our top-spec Advance model’s 18-inch alloy climate controls though the screen. Physical Essentials wheels. We’ll have to see if this is replicated knobs are used instead, which are simple to in the UK when we try a car here soon use on the move and a functional delight Honda Civic e:HEV Advance Price: £32,995 Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl petrol hybrid Power/torque: 181bhp/315Nm Transmission: eCVT automatic, front-wheel drive 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 111mph Economy: 56.5mpg CO2: 114g/km ONSALE Now Honda has used several low- weight parts to help boost new Civic’s fuel economy PRACTICALITY Honda is elongated for a hatchback. This means lots of legroom inside, while the lower roofline doesn’t impact headroom too much. The 410-litre boot retains the old car’s sliding load cover, plus there’s plenty of space in the front and a premium-feeling cabin in top-spec form 29 June 2022 29

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NEW CARS Mercedes-AMG C 43 Essentials Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Estate Price: £64,760 Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl turbo petrol Power/torque: 402bhp/500Nm Transmission: Nine-speed automatic, four-wheel drive 0-62mph: 4.7 seconds Top speed: 155mph Economy: 31.4mpg CO2: 205g/km ONSALE Now Basic cabin is carried over from regular C-Class, but C 43 gets AMG steering wheel Malte Büttner can forgive the C 43 this transgression, settings in the three-stage profile) you Merced given its breadth of ability. feel a good connection with the car, FORGET three, Mercedes-AMG thinks making it easy to place on the road, FIRST DRIVE Does dow four is the magic number for its new C 43 In the default Comfort setting, the ride inspiring confidence and delivering a sports saloon. That’s because, unlike its is impressively smooth over even bad feeling of fun. Even though the C43 is all- NTOEEKDNOW predecessor, this car does not use a V6 surfaces, given the car’s performance wheel drive, that’s helped by a system engine. Instead, the performance arm of potential. The engine is also quiet and that can send up to 69 per cent of the C 43 comes in the German firm has opted for a 2.0-litre refined, with the nine-speed gearbox engine’s output to the rear axle. Premium and turbocharged four-cylinder mild-hybrid shuffling ratios effectively to maximise Premium Plus unit tuned to produce 402bhp and efficiency. On that subject, Mercedes claims Appearance is a key element in any trims, the latter 500Nm of torque – so there’s a jump 31.4mpg and 205g/km of CO2 emissions. AMG model, and the C 43 looks the part, bringing larger in power over its predecessor too. featuring the firm’s Panamericana grille wheels and a Move from Comfort to Sport and Sport +, with vertical bars, a deep front bumper, panoramic roof We’ve already seen how effective a and the engine and transmission’s subtly flared wheelarches covering four-cylinder engine can be in the brand’s responses to your throttle inputs become bespoke 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels A 45 S hot hatchback, so does the C 43 sharper, while you can appreciate AMG’s (depending on wether you pick Premium deliver with its new downsized motor? engineers’ efforts with the C 43’s chassis. or Premium Plus trim), and a diffuser element in the rear bumper that splits In estate form, the 0-62mph sprint is Rear-wheel steering helps to boost the pair of twin exhaust pipes. It’s a dispatched in 4.7 seconds, and thanks low-speed agility (and reduce the car’s similar story inside, with a pair of sporty to a 48-volt mild-hybrid boost delivering turning circle at low speed, so it’s easier to an extra 14bhp, there’s a little added hit manoeuvre), and for a relatively big machine of performance away from the line, even the C 43 feels sharp and alert. Clearly there’s if it isn’t totally apparent. more to come from the latest iteration of Mercedes’ MRA platform with the 2.0-litre With 500Nm of torque deployed to all plug-in hybrid C 63, but this car bodes well four wheels through Mercedes-AMG’s for the brand’s forthcoming hottest compact 4MATIC system, mid-range performance performance saloon and estate. and traction are strong too, with the C 43 pulling hard if you’re in Sport mode. In The steering isn’t overflowing with its Comfort setting, throttle response and feedback, but it is direct. And between this the gearbox’s reaction are much duller. and the chassis (with the adaptive dampers stiffening up in the two more aggressive And compared with the previous six- cylinder C 43, so is this new four-cylinder “The car is easy to place on the road, inspiring model’s sound signature. There’s an confidence and delivering a feeling of fun” amplified note piped in through the speakers in the sportier settings that won’t set purists’ pulses racing, but we 32 29 June 2022

NEW CARS PRACTICALITY There’s lots of space in the rear despite the chunky sports front seats, while C 43’s standard powered tailgate reveals a 490-litre boot. It means this estate offers plenty of performance and strong practicality des-AMG C 43 Running costs EQUIPMENT MBUX infotainment system is nsized sports estate deserve to wear AMG badge? 31.4mpg (official) impressive, with a huge 11.9-inch central screen alongside a 12.3-inch digital dash. Augmented- £120 fill-up reality sat-nav comes as standard on the C 43, while graphics are sharp and responses good Performance 0-62mph/top speed 4.7 seconds/155mph two-piece seats in the front that fix you Verdict securely in place and help save some weight. The package also includes an LIKE the high-performance plug-in AMG performance steering wheel, sportier hybrid C 63 that is soon to follow, the stitching and black leather upholstery. new Mercedes-AMG C 43 with its four- cylinder engine is a victim of emissions Given that its £64,760 price makes it the regulations. But while it might not current range-topper, you’d expect the C 43 match its V6 predecessor’s character, to offer lots of standard kit – and it does. it more than makes up for this with its performance and breadth of ability, The MBUX 11.9-inch infotainment system combining comfort and agility. It is on and 12.3-inch digital dash from the regular the pricey side, but in estate form it C-Class are included, along with adaptive blends this with plenty of practicality, high beam, augmented-reality satellite making a brilliant hot estate. navigation and a 360-degree parking camera, as well as full keyless go. Opt for ____^ Premium Plus trim and you’ll get those larger wheels and a full panoramic roof, too. 29 June 2022 33 There’s plenty of space in the rear of the C 43 Estate, albeit reduced slightly over a regular model due to the car’s sporty seats. And with a standard powered tailgate that opens to reveal 490 litres of boot space (rising to 1,510 litres with the rear seats folded down), the C 43 Estate nails the practicality bases of a fast wagon, too.

NEW CARS Toyota Hilux OFF ROAD Hilux’s skills really come into their own away from the road, thanks to high and low-range four-wheel-drive and impressive ground clearance Toyota Hilux Practicality Running costs Towing/payload 30.0mpg (official) 3,500/1,025kg £144 fill-up FIRST DRIVE Do latest tweaks make workhorse a viable replacement for a family SUV? “As a package, this Hilux offers a strong mix of qualities that put it very near the top of its class” 34 29 June 2022

NEW CARSToyota Hilux Sean Carson [email protected] Essentials MANUFACTURERS making model-year which is a lot less than for many SUVs. INTERIOR Seats are comfortable, improvements is nothing new. Given It’s true that you will have to make some Transmission: Six-speed automatic, how far pick-ups have progressed over compromises for this, but in truth the while wheel and chairs are heated. The four-wheel drive recent times, however, could Toyota’s Hilux hasn’t been designed as an SUV materials will last, which is what pick-up enhancements for this MY22 Hilux make rival; its breadth of ability is simply so wide buyers will be looking for, and the Hilux 0-62/top spd: 10.7secs/108mph the truck a viable replacement for a family that it can actually operate as a family car feels like it’s beautifully screwed together Economy/CO2: 30.0mpg/248g/km SUV that’s sometimes put to work – on some occasions, although space in especially in top-spec Invincible X trim? the rear isn’t exactly super-roomy. TECH Hilux now has more connectivity, ONSALE Now Looking at the extra equipment for 2022, the Hilux features some kit that SUV buyers However, one compromise you won’t including remote service reminders and Larger engine addresses would be envious of, so it seems good so have to make is when it comes to off-road a top-down view to help manoeuvring. power issues of smaller, far. The range is now available with a performance. With permanent four-wheel But the standard infotainment isn’t as panoramic top-down camera monitor to drive, the Toyota is incredibly capable away good as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto 2.4-litre unit, giving help parking this 5.3-metre-plus pick-up, from the tarmac, boasting superb traction stronger performance while there’s also dual-zone climate control, and impressive ground clearance to conquer Verdict an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, improved most surfaces you’re willing to point it at. connectivity with remote fault diagnosis and Hill-descent control and clever traction aids IT’S a pricey machine in Invincible X service reminders (both handy on a working help progress, and on the rough stuff the spec, but tweaks for 2022 have vehicle) and e-call safety tech. Hilux feels robust and dependable. kept the Hilux at the sharp end of The Invincible X gets lots of other kit, the pick-up truck market. It feels too, including Toyota’s Touch 2 with Go With Toyota’s 10-year warranty scheme solid and dependable – and as multimedia set-up – although Android (as long as you meet the conditions we know, it now offers the Auto or Apple CarPlay might be a better surrounding servicing requirements and the performance required in 2.8-litre bet, because the basic system isn’t as good like), the Hilux should be exactly that. The turbodiesel form. Practicality is as that found in Toyota’s latest passenger model has built a reputation for reliability, a given, even if ride quality is models. Part-electrically adjustable heated and the engineering underneath matches not, but it’s worth remembering seats and 18-inch alloys are also included. its robust looks and go-anywhere appeal. this is a working machine that But then, at £44,835 including VAT – or acquits itself very well. £37,420 if you can claim the VAT back – Rivals such as the Ford Ranger offer you’d expect the equipment list to be good. better in-car tech and more refinement 29 June 2022 35 The material quality isn’t quite a match, when it comes to ride and powertrain, while though, because while there’s soft leather pick-ups such as SsangYong’s updated for the seats, the cabin plastics feel robust, Musso are more affordable. As a package, betraying the pick-up’s origins. So although however, this 2022 Hilux offers a strong mix it’s more hi-tech than ever and boasts enough of qualities that put it very near the top of its kit to match an SUV’s, when it comes to class – and the extra tech here will make it perceived quality the Hilux can’t quite cut it. much easier to live and work with, too. We would say the same on the move. While the chassis is soft, the rear axle in particular can judder over bumps, especially when the bed is unloaded. It does feel more settled with some weight on board, however – as we found out during a trip to the tip. Engine The 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel is agricultural but characterful, and at least having 500Nm of torque means strong performance (for a pick-up), along with an impressive 3,500kg towing capability and a 1,025kg payload. Boasting a maximum 1.54 metres across the load bay and 1.53 metres from bulkhead to tailgate, the load space is a good, uniform shape, too. This 2.8-litre pick-up addresses the lacklustre 2.4-litre model’s issues, because the 0-62mph sprint takes only 10.7 seconds. However, the shift on the automatic gearbox is sluggish, so it’s best to settle to a leisurely pace, keep the revs – and therefore noise – low and enjoy the high-set driving position; the Hilux’s slow steering means it’s not the most agile machine, either. So we know it can’t match an SUV dynamically, but despite claimed efficiency of 30mpg and 248g/km of CO2 emissions, running a pick-up compared with an SUV brings a running-costs loophole – but only if you’re a company car user-chooser. Because the Hilux can carry more than 1,000kg, it attracts a flat rate of Benefit-in- Kind tax of a mere £3,150 for this tax year,

NEW CARS MazdaCX-5 Essentials Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2.2 FIRST DRIVE We see if a diesel SUV still SkyActiv-D Auto makes a sensible buy in today’s world Sport Edition Auto Express powered, lower-priced option that develops Price: £34,590 148bhp and 380Nm of torque. Engine: 2.2-litre 4cyl turbodiesel IT’S almost a surprise that Mazda chose Power/torque: 148bhp/380Nm to retain a diesel option in the facelifted Those figures sound great on paper, Transmission: Six-speed automatic, CX-5 line-up – especially given the brand’s especially given that Mazda’s diesel has an emission-cutting electrification drive. It extra 20Nm of torque over SEAT’s equivalent front-wheel drive plans three electric cars by 2025 and has 2.0-litre diesel Ateca. But the CX-5 feels 0-62mph: 10.7 seconds just launched its first plug-in hybrid, in the slower than its output would suggest, which Top speed: 124mph premium-brand-chasing CX-60, and there’s is mostly down to the car’s less-than-swift Economy/CO2: 46.3mpg/160g/km a range of cleaner 48-volt mild-hybrid six-speed automatic gearbox. However, the petrols. So why bother with diesel at all? Mazda’s engine is also available with the ONSALE Now company’s excellent six-speed manual There are two main reasons. The first is transmission, and that’s the better option. EQUIPMENT Sport Edition includes 19-inch that for now, at least, it’s a good option for those who cover long distances regularly. The engine does its best work by around wheels and a sharper look, while buyers also The second is down to competition – other 3,000rpm, but the automatic ’box holds get a 10.25-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and mainstream manufacturers still offer a onto gears for too long, which makes the Android Auto, plus dual-zone climate control diesel version of the CX-5’s rivals, so Mazda engine seem less punchy than it is. The and a heated steering wheel and seats is simply keeping up with the class. extra ratio in the Ateca’s seven-speed dual- clutch automatic transmission also makes The 2.2-litre four-cylinder unit is available up for the deficit in torque – so much so, in in two power outputs. The more expensive fact, that the SEAT is more than a second model has 181bhp and 445Nm of torque, quicker than the Mazda from 0-62mph. but here we’re focusing on the lower- When it comes to the car’s other vital stats, the CX-5 manages a claimed 46.3mpg on the combined cycle, which is also a little way behind the manual model’s 50.4mpg. The revised CX-5 features new dampers, softer springs and more supportive seats – all of which aim to improve comfort and filter out a little more road noise than in its predecessor. The changes have certainly made the CX-5 a more refined cruiser, but PRACTICALITY With a capacity of 510 litres, “More supportive seats, new dampers and TNOEEKDNOW softer springs all aim to improve comfort” the Mazda’s boot isn’t the biggest in the class, Recent revisions to but it’s a practical shape and offers plenty of CX-5 range brought load space. The rear seats are roomy, too, so more kit, updated the CX-5 serves up strong flexibility suspension and a new trim line-up 36 29 June 2022

MazdaCX-5 NEW CARS the suspension tweaks have given the car Running costs a little more body roll as a trade-off. 46.3mpg (official) However, the CX-5 retains its trademark £102 fill-up agility – even with a heavier diesel engine – and with a lovely steering weight, this is one Performance of the best mainstream family SUVs to drive. 0-62mph/top speed The chassis updates are backed up by 10.7 seconds/124mph a handful of styling revisions, some more safety equipment and an updated trim Verdict line-up, which features Newground, Sport Edition, Sport Black Edition and GT Sport. MAZDA’S more affordable diesel option still offers a great balance Standard equipment is impressive on of punchy performance and good Sport Edition, including LED lights, 19-inch economy, but both are dulled slightly alloys, front and rear parking sensors, a here compared with the brilliant (and reversing camera and a powered tailgate. much cheaper) manual version, which The interior gets dual-zone climate control, is our choice. Our rating reflects the heated front seats, a heated steering wheel auto box’s price and performance, and a 10.25-inch infotainment system. And but when it comes to quality, kit and while the CX-5 is a bit more expensive than practicality, the CX-5 is still a strong the equivalent Ateca or Nissan Qashqai, we contender in the family SUV sector. think it’s a better-finished product. 29 June 2022 37 There’s plenty of space inside, too, with more than enough room in the back seats for taller passengers. The boot measures a respectable 510 litres, as well. Overall, we’d say the 148bhp CX-5 diesel is a solid car, but the automatic gearbox is not the greatest. If you’re happy to choose the manual, you’ll save almost £2,000 in the process and reap the benefits of its improved fuel economy. There’s an added element of engagement, too.

ROAD TESTS Visit for the latest new cars and drives Director’s Plug-in hybrid limos from Audi and Mercedes can help captains of industry to reduce their emissions LARGE cars make a fine starting point for plug-in hybrid technology, because they offer plenty of space to fit in the batteries and electric motors alongside a conventional combustion engine. And few new cars offer as much space as a luxury limousine. Combining a petrol engine and hybrid running gear helps to reduce emissions, yet it also means that these cars are still able to cover long distances in comfort, giving them an advantage over pure-electric models. One car that adopts plug-in hybrid drive to good effect is the Audi A8 60 TFSI e, which was the subject of a range update earlier this year. The hybrid system promises to deliver silent running in EV mode, but also offers decent performance from its V6 petrol engine. But the A8 will have its work cut out to beat its rival here. The Mercedes S-Class is now into the brand’s second-gen plug-in hybrid technology, so the engine and electric motor system is even more finely honed to make driving as efficient as possible. Of course, hybrid tech is only half the story, because these cars will need to deliver the comfort and luxury that buyers normally expect from this sort of model. We’ve lined up long-wheelbase versions of both, and we’ll place the emphasis on the back seats, where comfort and refinement will be especially important in cars that are more about being driven in, rather than getting behind the wheel. Pictures: Pete Gibson 38 29 June 2022

52 54 Testers’ notes “Previous versions of the S-Class have set the benchmark for comfort and refinement in the limo class, but the current model has failed to shine quite as brightly, and Mercedes’s rivals have caught up. Can plug-in power help it beat the A8 here?” Sean Carson Associate editor MSPr5ee8rmc0eiuedmeLsAPMluGs ELixneecutive q6A0uuadTtiFtASro8I eSLport Price: £118,095 Price: £90,690 Engine: 3.0-litre 6cyl turbo/e-motor, 503bhp Powertrain: 3.0-litre V6 turbo/e-motor, 456bhp 0-62mph: 5.2 seconds 0-62mph: 4.9 seconds Test economy: 60.2mpg/13.2mpl Test economy: 35.1mpg/7.7mpl CO2: 17g/km Annual road tax: £510 CO2: 43g/km Annual road tax: £510

ROAD TESTS Audi A8 vs Mercedes S-Class MODEL TESTED: Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro Sport PRICE: £90,690 ENGINE: 3.0-litre V6/e-motor, 456bhp THE current Audi A8 is the latest iteration of � Running costs the firm’s luxury limousine, and it was given an � update earlier this year with new lighting and subtly 35.1mpg (on test) revised looks. The 60 TFSI e is available in long and £118 fill-up/£510 or 12% tax standard wheelbases, and it’s the former that we’re testing here in Sport trim. Practicality Design & 4sco.r5e Boot engineering 390 litres CONSTANT evolution is a common theme within the luxury car class, and Performance this is something that’s clearly evident with the Audi A8. This is only the fourth generation since it was 0-62mph/top speed first revealed as the replacement for the Audi V8 in 4.9 seconds/155mph 1994, and the car’s conventional saloon shape is instantly recognisable as a result. Details The most recent set of updates for the A8 were Latest update introduced new subtle, but saw a redesign of the large grille – although wheel designs and intricate the chrome finish used by the Sport model tested here LED lighting front and rear is a little chintzy when compared with the darker look of other trims – while new LED lights front and Audi A8 TFSI e rear showcase the cutting-edge tech that Audi uses. Latest version of luxury limo ramps up the tech and The A8 uses the VW Group’s MLB scalable platform, delivers a smooth and near-silent drive in hybrid guise with a longitudinally mounted petrol engine and quattro four-wheel drive on every car. Every version is fitted with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox, too. For an extra £4,000 you can move from a standard model to the A8 L long-wheelbase version. This adds an extra 130mm between the axles to increase rear passenger space, while the additional length is neatly blended into the A8’s back doors. For the 60 TFSI e, there’s a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol engine, which is joined by an electric motor for a total output of 456bhp and 700Nm of torque. There’s also a 17.9kWh battery, which is located under the boot floor. This has a WLTP-tested range of 36 miles, and that’s what the car delivered during its time with us in mild weather conditions, although there is only AC charging tech on board, so the fastest that you can recharge the battery is around two and a half hours. Given that the A8 is the flagship of the Audi range, it’s not left wanting for kit, even in ‘entry-level’ Sport trim. Adaptive air suspension, LED headlights and interior lighting, powered door closure, electric heated memory seats in Valcona leather, four-zone climate control and multiple touchscreens are all included The A8 L also adds some kit over standard, with heated rear seats and a rear-seat remote that allows passengers in the back to control the climate, seats and infotainment via a 5.7-inch touchscreen. Driving 4sco.r3e CARS such as this offer a relaxed atmosphere for passengers in the back, but the Audi is one model that’s equally pleasing from behind the wheel. A kerbweight of 2,340kg is 60kg less than the Mercedes’s, and the A8 feels more agile than its rival. The steering is faster, the car’s responses are keener and the quattro system delivers lots of grip. There’s a sense that Audi has designed the A8 to be enjoyed by everyone on board, not just those in the back. Audi’s Drive Select system sets the car up in different ways, with Eco, Comfort and Dynamic settings, plus an Individual mode where you can define the parameters for the dampers, steering weight, engine response and air-conditioning to 40 29 June 2022

ROAD TESTSAudi A8 vs Mercedes S-Class Performance Hybrid drive delivers smooth acceleration, while A8 is quiet at all speeds 29 June 2022 41

ROAD TESTS Audi A8 vs Mercedes S-Class suit your personal tastes. While it’s nice to have � the option to set up a sporty drive mode, the A8 � is at its best in the Comfort setting. � It matches the S-Class in most situations, and the Audi is marginally more refined on coarse tarmac, with less road noise heard in the cabin. Considering that the A8 has traditionally lagged behind the S-Class for refinement, that’s a major compliment. Practicality 4sco.r0e THERE’S a longer wheelbase for the A8 L when compared with the standard car, but it’s still 88mm less than in the S-Class. However, the A8 L isn’t exactly gasping for any extra legroom. There’s plenty of space to stretch out, the seats recline and are heated in the long-wheelbase model for some additional comfort. But while the seats are decent, they’re not quite as plush as the S-Class’s. Boot space is also at a premium, thanks to the fitment of the drive battery. A capacity of 390 litres is 145 litres behind the Mercedes, and 115 litres down on the combustion-engined A8 L, too. Ownership 4sco.r2e NEITHERof thesecarshavebeentestedby Euro NCAP, but because they are at the top of their respective ranges, they’re a showcase for the latest safety tech from each manufacturer. There is the usual swathe of airbags and electronic driver aids in the A8, including lane assist, forward collision and blind-spot alert, but we found some of these systems rather intrusive, so they ended up spoiling the way the Audi drives. Automatic adaptive speed control system was decent to use, though. This radar system checks the distance to the car ahead and can also anticipate junctions to automatically adjust your speed. Running costs 3sco.r5e FUEL economy results for a plug-in hybrid will depend on how frequently the battery is charged. This will happen more often in the A8 simply because it has a smaller pack than the S-Class. It’s fastest charge time of two hours is slower, too, which might put some drivers off spending time charging it. We tried to run the batteries down in both cars to get a feel for fuel economy once it was flat, and the A8 returned 35.1mpg. The Mercedes’s bigger battery Boot and its eagerness to hold on to its charge meant we never managed to get the battery down to zero, so it Capacity is managed 60.2mpg in similar driving conditions. compromised by Packaging constraints mean that not only does battery pack, and the A8 TFSI e have a smaller boot than the petrol or there’s no under- diesel A8s, but it has a smaller fuel tank, too. It’s floor storage for down from 82 litres to 65 litres, although the idea is charging cables that you make up for this deficit with electric driving. Testers’ notes “There’s energy recovery under braking, but the A8’s brake lights illuminate every time you lift off the throttle. It makes you look like a hesitant driver.” 42 29 June 2022

ROAD TESTSAudi A8 vs Mercedes S-Class THROUGH THE RANGE Which trim level might suit you? AUDI offers the 60 TFSI e powertrain in standard and long-wheelbases and in all three trim levels, too: Sport, S line and Vorsprung. Even the entry-level car is well equipped, although it’s easy to add more extras to bump up the £90,690 price. Our car’s £2,125 Comfort and Sound Pack includes 3D surround-view cameras, park assist with remote parking and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and it adds another layer of tech to make the A8 feel that bit more appealing. The S line model is £5,000 more than Sport trim, and swaps the chrome grille for a black look, while smarter matrix LED headlights are added, as is rear privacy glass with acoustic double glazing. At the top of the plug-in range, the Vorsprung is £18,500 more than S line and adds 21-inch wheels, black exterior styling, four-wheel steering for improved agility, a panoramic sunroof and more advanced digital matrix-LED headlights. Our choice: 60 TFSI e quattro Sport NEXT CAR Interior Digital Virtual Cockpit dials still look great. Blue line on map shows limits of EV range Dashboard layout is more conservative than the Mercedes’s, with lots of gloss- black trim and three digital displays Rear seats Drive mode selector doubles as a useful wrist rest for when you’re using the screens There’s lots of room in A8, while rear armrest features controls for climate, audio and seat functions Rear screens can stream content and are able to pair with Bluetooth headphones 29 June 2022 43

ROAD TESTS Audi A8 vs Mercedes S-Class MODELTESTED: Merc S 580 e L AMG Line Prem+ Exec PRICE: £118,095 ENGINE: 3.0-litre 6cyl/e-motor, 503bhp ONE difference between the S-Class and A8 � Running costs is that plug-in drive is only available in the � long-wheelbase version of the Mercedes. It’s badged 60.2mpg (on test) the S 580 e and starts from £108,705, making it the £122 fill-up/£510 or 8% tax most expensive drivetrain outside of the Maybach models. That nets you a car in AMG Line Premium Practicality trim, while here we test the fully loaded AMG Lime Premium Plus Executive, priced at £118,095. Boot 535 litres eDnegsiingnee&ring 4sco.r7e Performance NOT many cars set the design and technology trends for a generation of 0-62mph/top speed models from a manufacturer, but that’s what 5.2 seconds/155mph happens when Mercedes launches a new S-Class. Details The current W223 arrived in 2020, and with it came Mercedes’s latest design language, featuring Clever LED headlights are sculpted lines, a large grille, small headlights and great at night, while ride on slender tail-lights. Overall, the long-wheelbase 20-inch wheels is comfortable S-Class is slightly shorter than the A8 L, but there’s little in it and both cars have plenty of presence. Mercedes S 580 e The latest S-Class uses the Mercedes MRA 2 Long range from the plug-in hybrid system helps to platform, which is an evolution of the previous- boost German limousine’s comfort and refinement generation model’s tech and is scalable, so is also used on the C-Class and will appear under other new Mercedes as they come on stream. It’s large enough here to accommodate a hybrid drive system that comprises a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, electric motor and a 28.6kWh battery with the ability to recharge from a high-voltage CCS source. The battery offers an all-electric driving range of up to 65 miles, and that’s exactly what our car’s trip computer showed from a full charge. Inside, the S-Class delivers luxury, but it’s not quite up to the high standards of previous models. The large digital displays are impressive, while there’s plenty of metal, leather and wood on show, but some of the plastics, such as on top of the dashboard, seem a little low-rent for such an expensive car. The air vents also feel a little flimsy. There’s no criticising the kit on board, though. Every conceivable extra you can think of is included, and probably quite a few that you hadn’t even considered. This Premium Plus Executive model features kit such as driver profile activation via thumbprint, active seats that firm up their bolsters in corners, a comprehensive head-up display and electrically adjustable rear seats. Driving 4sco.r0e THE first surprise when getting into the S-Class is that the driving position feels more cramped than the A8’s. Despite its length, the driver’s seat feels like it has been pushed forward to maximise space in the back. It reinforces the feeling that this is a car you buy to be driven around in. When you do get behind the wheel, the S-Class feels like a big, heavy machine. It’s not as agile as the A8 L on twisty roads, and it feels like it fights harder to keep its weight in check when changing direction. Slow steering adds to this, and the car positively encourages you to take things easy. The hybrid system is smooth, but where the A8 feels like it’s getting some assistance from the electric motor to boost acceleration, there isn’t the same sensation here. A 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds 44 29 June 2022

ROAD TESTSAudi A8 vs Mercedes S-Class Performance S-Class is a big, heavy car, which encourages you to make the most of its cruising comfort 29 June 2022 45

ROAD TESTS Audi A8 vs Mercedes S-Class is only 0.3 seconds behind the Audi’s, but overall the � Mercedes feels more leisurely when accelerating, as if the engine and electric motor are working � together to build speed, rather than one offering � assistance to the other. Refinement is fantastic, with next to no wind noise at motorway speeds, but there is a bit more tyre roar than in the Audi, and the S-Class’s suspension seemed to fidget more on uneven surfaces. It’s all relative, though, and the Mercedes is still a comfortable and upmarket place to spend time. Practicality 4sco.r1e WHILE these cars are large, they’re designed to carry two people in the back rather than three, so both cars feature a firm, narrow middle seat that’s only for occasional use. Flip the back down and you’re left with a plush armrest with assorted controls for outer-seat occupants to fiddle with. The Mercedes has a pop-out tablet controller that allows you to adjust the seats, LED ambient lighting, built-in window blinds, four-zone climate control and infotainment, and it’s a more comprehensive set-up than the Audi’s system. The seats themselves are great, with soft leather, plush headrest cushions and support in all the right places, while the nearside passenger seat can be extended to create an Ottoman-style bed. Up front, the seats are heated and cooled, while a massage function is controlled via the main touchscreen. Ownership 4sco.r3e THE S-Class has always been a pioneer for safety kit, and the current car is no different. The digital LED headlights can cast a beam up to 650 metres ahead, but also dip in sections so as to not dazzle oncoming traffic. As well as the usual lane, blind spot and brake assist systems, the S-Class features kit such as an active lane change system that actively steers you into the next lane, active evasive steering to guide you out of danger, active speed limit assist and route-based speed adjustment. All of these systems might sound excessive, but they work well, and aren’t as intrusive as Audi’s tech. Running costs 3sco.r8e WHERE the Mercedes pulls ahead is with all-electric running. Not only can it travel further on a charge, but it also takes Boot less time to recharge the battery, thanks to standard- fit CCS charging. This means you can use fast DC As with the Audi, chargers to top up the battery in as little as 20 minutes. the battery limits This will cut running costs, as will an eight per cent rear space, so the Benefit-in-Kind tax classification. That’s four per cent charge cables lower than the A8’s, so 40 per cent taxpayers will have take up room annual bills of £3,777, with the Audi costing £4,351 a in the boot year. In comparison, an S 350 d L costs £13,714 a year. Testers’ notes “If you’re in the back seats, you can move the front passenger seat fully forward to make space, but the seatback’s position obscures the driver’s view.” 46 29 June 2022

ROAD TESTSAudi A8 vs Mercedes S-Class THROUGH THE RANGE Which trim level might suit you? UNLIKE the Audi, the S 580 e version of the S-Class is only available in the long- wheelbase body. It comes in AMG Line Premium, Premium Executive, Premium Plus and Premium Plus Executive specs. Prices start from £108,705, which is a higher point than the entry-level A8 L, but even this version isn’t left wanting for kit. You get LED headlights, panoramic glass, electrically operated climate rear seats, the fingerprint scanner and much more. It’s an extra £1,695 for the Executive pack, which adds more airbags in the rear and wireless phone charging in the back. But for another £3,200, Premium Plus adds the digital LED lights, a heated windscreen, active seats, heated armrests for the doors and centre console, a heated steering wheel and an augmented-reality head-up display. This packs the windscreen with information in the driver’s line of sight, including navigation instructions and the status of any assist systems that are in use. Our choice: S 580 e L AMG Line Premium Plus INFOTAINMENT & SPECS Interior Touchscreen tablet lets you adjust climate, seat, lighting and infotainment settings Lots of premium materials are used, but the dashtop plastics feel hard and scratchy, which is disappointing Rear seats Burmester 3D surround system sounds great and features intricate speaker grilles Pillows are strapped to the headrests, while electric memory seats and window blinds boost comfort Tablet controller sits in a dock within the centre armrest when you’re not using it 29 June 2022 47

ROAD TESTS Audi A8 vs Mercedes S-Class Infotainment Which multimedia system is best for music, sat-nav & connectivity? 94L44sco.r7e Audi A8 MMI Navigation Plus Key features: Touch response, Virtual Cockpit, nav system – high IF you’ve sat in a high-end Audi A6 or Q7, then the Connected Google A8’s twin screens and Virtual Cockpit dials will be familiar. A straightforward menu system uses Maps is included as high-contrast white text on a black background, with part of a three-year different colours according to whether you’re using subscription, which also the navigation, phone, climate or audio systems. includes online traffic, weather, news and The upper screen is 10.1 inches across and controls audio streaming. Screens most systems, while a three-year Audi Connect look smart and feature subscription includes Google Maps and Google Earth, handy shortcuts 3D mapping, online traffic, weather and media streaming, Amazon Alexa and a WiFi hotspot. The lower screen is 8.6 inches across and its main function is to operate the climate controls, but is also used as a tablet to write names or postcodes. Both screens can be set up with haptic feedback, but using this takes some getting used to, because you need to press harder than on a conventional touchscreen. Fingerprints show up far more quickly because of this. FOR AND AGAINST Sharp graphics and high contrast text is easy to read, lots of connectivity options Same tech can be found in A6/Q7, haptic feedback is a distraction Mercedes S-Class 4sco.r8e MBUX Premium Key features: Augmented reality HUD, 964LOLED displays,wireless charging WHILE the Audi’s screens look smart, the Mercedes takes things to another level. The high-definition Screen Large central displays look fantastic, with sharp graphics and a vast 12.8-inch LED portrait touchscreen set high in display is easy to use, with the centre of the dashboard, so it’s easy to operate. lower third dedicated to climate controls, which It’s complemented by a 12.3-inch driver’s display, are easier to use than which comes with 3D graphics on top-spec versions. the Audi’s. Mercedes Some drivers might find this uneasy to look at, but there Me connected services is the ability to turn it off if necessary. Both screens are are complimentary for highly configurable, with a variety of instrument layouts the first three years on offer to the driver, while you can set up the driving environment to activate when you use the smartphone- style fingerprint reader on the touchscreen. But the best part of the MBUX system is the augmented-reality head-up display. This duplicates information from the two screens, but makes it easy to read because it’s directly in front of the driver, including navigation arrows that appear on the road ahead. FOR AND AGAINST Informative head-up display, crystal clear graphics, easy climate controls 3D driver display won’t be to all tastes, multifunction steering wheel tricky to use 48 29 June 2022

ROAD TESTSAudi A8 vs Mercedes S-Class Figures Mercedes FUEL COSTS Audi A8 L DEPRECIATION headHead to S 580 e L AMG THESE costs will 60 TFSI e quattro A8 loses the battle On the road price/total as tested Line Premium vary greatly Sport of the residuals, LIGHTING Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000) Plus Executive depending £90,690/£118,575 shedding its value £118,095/£118,095 on how often £35,369/39.0% quite dramatically BOTH cars offer advanced LED Depreciation £61,291/51.9% you charge the £55,321 in comparison lighting systems; for the A8, Annual tax liability std/higher rate £56,804 battery up. £2,175/£4,351 with the S-Class. the most recent facelift £1,889/£3,777 £2,827/£4,712 focused largely on new lights Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles) £1,648/£2,747 DIMENSIONS 50/£1,189/£510 BATTERY RANGE front and rear. Audi’s HD Insurance group/quote/VED 50/£2,006/£510 S-CLASS is slightly £660 (2 services) A FULL charge of matrix lights add dynamic Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service £960 (2 services) shorter than A8, 5,302/3,128mm the A8’s battery indicators and improved Length/wheelbase but has a longer 1,486/1,945mm on test managed lighting when turning at Height/width 5,289/3,216mm wheelbase to the V6/2,995cc to match the junctions, while the all- Engine 1,503/1,954mm benefit of rear 17.9kWh official WLTP weather system is designed Battery 6cyl in-line/2,999cc passenger space. 456bhp N/Arpm range of 36 miles. to reduce glare when driving Peak power/revs 28.6kWh 700Nm N/Arpm in the wet during the day. Peak torque/revs 503/5,500 bhp/rpm DRIVER POWER 8-spd auto/4WD OPTION Transmission 750/1,600 Nm/rpm MERCEDES fares 65 litres/repair kit COMFORT and The digital matrix LEDs are 9-spd auto/rwd slightly better than 390 litres Sound pack adds fitted to Vorsprung models, Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel 67 litres/repair kit Audi in our owner 2,340/610kg 360-degree and offer lane lighting and an Boot capacity 535 litres satisfaction polls, 12.9 metres cameras, LED extended beam for motorway 2,400/670kg but both could 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs ambient lighting driving. All A8s also feature a Kerbweight/payload 12.5 metres perform better. 23rd/18th and Bang & light show front and rear when Turning circle 3yrs (unlimited)/3yrs N/A Olufsen stereo. locking or unlocking the car. 13th/9th PAINT 4.9 secs/155mph Basic warranty (miles)/recovery N/A THE only cost 35.1/7.7/502 miles On the S-Class, Mercedes’s Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos option of any 148.7mpg Digital Light features an HD 5.2 secs/155mph description is 36 miles system with one million pixels NCAP: Adult/child/ped./assist/stars 60.2/13.2/887 miles Diamond White 186/43g/km/12% per headlamp, plus 84 LEDs. 0-62mph/top speed 353.1mpg metallic paint for Eight/yes/yes/£2,125 This uses data from an 59 miles £725. All other Yes/yes/yes/yes on-board camera, along with Auto Express economy/range 108/17g/km/8% metallics are 4-zone/yes sensors and the navigation WLTP combined no-cost options. Yes/heated system to optimise the lights Seven/yes/yes/yes Yes/yes in real time. This offers a beam WLTP battery range Yes/yes/yes/yes Yes/yes up to 650 metres in length, Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket 4-zone/yes Yes/yes while the system can adapt to Airbags/Isofix/park assist/360 cam Yes/yes Yes/yes suit the type of road you’re on, Air susp/lane keep/blindspot/AEB Yes/yes Yes/wireless/wireless including dipping to match Climate control/adaptive cruise Yes/yes the contours of the road. Yes/yes Leather/climate seats Yes/yes Metallic paint/adaptive LEDs Yes/yes/yes Keyless entry & go/power tailgate Sat-nav/digital dashboard DAB/connected services Wireless charge/CarPlay/Android Auto Results MERCEDES 1st 2ndAUDI ROAD TEST THE gap between the EVOLUTION has helped S-Class and A8 has the A8 turn into a strong MSE-RCCLAEDSSES narrowed so much that it’s the little contender in the limousine class. things that make all the difference. The In terms of passenger comfort, it JUN 2022 Mercedes isn’t the class benchmark matches the S-Class, while it’s a more that it once was, and if this were a test engaging car to drive, too. However, between petrol or diesel models, then the plug-in model can’t equal the the Audi may have just edged ahead. Mercedes’s range, while the cabin However, the longer EV range of the isn’t quite as special; it feels like an S 580 e is difficult to ignore, which upscaled A6, whereas the S-Class’s gives it the advantage here. quality filters into the rest of the range. AEB = Autonomous Emergency Braking. In red = equipment fitted to our test car. Insurance quotes from AA (Tel 0800 107 0680 or for a 42-year-old living in Banbury, Oxon, with three penalty points. Residual values provided by CDL VIP Data. Rivals Range Rover P440e HSE BMW i7 xDrive60 Excellence Other options in PRICE: £114,325 ENGINE: 3.0-litre 6cyl, 434bhp PRICE: £118,805 POWERTRAIN: 2x e-motor, 537bhp this category... WE were impressed by the new Range Rover diesel in Issue ONE step beyond plug-in drive is all-electric power. Mercedes 1,734, and the plug-in version offers the EQS, while the i7 is also should be even more refined. available now. It has a 0-62mph It can be specced with time of 4.7 seconds, and the comfort seats in the 105.7kWh battery offers up back, while the plug-in to 387 miles of zero- has a 68-mile EV range. emissions range. 29 June 2022 49

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