Diesel Car - Issue 328 - October 2014 - Tuning and economy special

It’s a bumper month for new model debuts and we’ve got them all in the November issue of Diesel Car Magazine. And with a distinct off-road and 4×4 theme throughout the issue, fresh new metal like the Volvo XC90, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Suzuki Vitara ties in perfectly. We’ve also got the first details on the baby Jaguar, the new XE, along with all the essential facts and figures for the brand-new Skoda Fabia, all-new Ford S-MAX and hot hatch versions of the Peugeot 308, powered by a 178bhp 2.0-litre BlueHDi engine and wearing the GT 180 nameplate. There’s news of the facelifted Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, as well as the Honda HR-V, and there’s the first photos of BMW’s new 2 Series Convertible. Not wanting to be left out, Audi has facelifted its A6 line-up, too, and Infiniti has announced a series of changes to its Q70 executive car, as well as the introduction of a fleet-friendly Mercedes-Benz 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine for the first time.

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We’ve got our hands on the first right-hand-drive example of what is undoubtedly one of the most talked about cars of this year, the Citroën C4 Cactus. You can read our verdict on the boldly different crossover vehicle, as we test it on UK tarmac for the first time. We’ve also been driving Toyota’s new Yaris, in both diesel and hybrid guises, and been off-road in Fiat’s new Panda Cross 4×4. We’ve put BMW’s X4 through its paces on UK roads, driven the updated Volkswagen Scirocco and enjoyed the silence of VW’s all-electric e-Golf.

We’ve got reactions to the news from Boris Johnson that he plans to introduce an extra diesel tax for entering central London, and tell you why you needn’t worry, as well as the first photos of the facelifted Porsche Cayenne. It’s a bumper month for reveals, with pictures of the new Kia Sorento and Hyundai i20, too. Honda’s Civic Tourer faces the UK’s best-selling estate car, the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer – which one wins the cargo carrying conundrum.

This month’s special issue focuses on tuning and economy, and apart from a comprehensive question and answers section hosted by Doctor Diesel, we test a raft of the most economical cars on sale today. The Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion, Nissan Note 1.5 dCi, Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTi 16v ecoFLEX, Skoda Octavia GreenLine III and SEAT Leon Ecomotive are all put through their paces, and we test the Mercedes-Benz S 300 Bluetec Hybrid, which is set to shake up the luxury car market. We also celebrate 25 years of Audi TDI power, looking at the past, present and what’s in store for the future, and examine what F1-style KERS can do for the family car.

There’s also all your favourite sections, including Doctor Diesel, The Extra Mile and Meals on Wheels, as well as whole rundown on our long-term test fleet. This month we welcome two new additions, a Ford Tourneo Connect and Volkswagen Sharan. In our bigger and better used car section, Skoda’s Fabia GreenLine II is under the spotlight in this month’s second-hand buyer’s guide.

Tested:

  • BMW X4 xDrive30d M Sport Auto
  • Citroen C4 Cactus Flair 1.6 e-HDi 92 ETG6
  • Fiat Panda Cross 4×4 1.3 MultiJet
  • Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC S
  • Mercedes-Benz S 300 BlueTec Hybrid L AMG Line
  • Nissan Note Acenta Premium 1.5 dCi
  • SEAT Leon SE 1.6 TDI Ecomotive 5-door
  • Skoda Octavia GreenLine III 1.6 TDI CR
  • Toyota Yaris Icon 1.4 D-4D
  • Toyota Yaris Hybrid Icon 1.5 VVT-i
  • Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Tech Line 1.6CDTi (134)
  • Vauxhall Insignia Design Nav 2.0CDTi ecoFLEX (138) 5-door
  • Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion 1.6 TDI 3-door
  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Volkswagen Scirocco GT 2.0 TDI (181)

Long-term test reports

  • Ford Tourneo Connect Titanium 1.6 TDCi (114)
  • Kia pro_cee’d SE 1.6 CRDi
  • MG6 Magnette 1.9 DTi
  • Mitsubishi ASX 4 2.2 DI-D 4WD Automatic
  • Peugeot 2008 Feline 1.6 e-HDi (91)
  • SEAT Leon ST SE 1.6 TDI DSG Automatic
  • Skoda Yeti Outdoor Elegance 1.6 TDI GreenLine II
  • Volkswagen Sharan SE 2.0 TDI (148) DSG Automatic

Used car buyer’s guide

  • Skoda Fabia GreenLine II 1.2 TDI CR (2010-onwards)

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