Diesel Car - Issue 382 - December 2018

One of the most iconic cars in history is being recreated by Land Rover, with the first spyshots of the next Defender caught by our eagle-eyed photographers. It may still have its disguise and camouflage attached, but it’s clear that Land Rover’s designers are going for an evolutionary look to the next-generation car. On sale in 2020, we have all the latest news on the newcomer.

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One of the most iconic cars in history is being recreated by Land Rover, with the first spyshots of the next Defender caught by our eagle-eyed photographers. It may still have its disguise and camouflage attached, but it’s clear that Land Rover’s designers are going for an evolutionary look to the next-generation car. On sale in 2020, we have all the latest news on the newcomer.

We’re also reporting live from the Paris motor show floor, with the hottest news on the debutees, and some that weren’t present at the French show. There’s the first information on BMW’s new 3 Series and X7, as well as the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, SEAT Tarraco, Volvo V60 Cross Country and Hyundai’s facelifted i40. We’ve even got a sneak preview of the Mitsubishi L200 pick-up that makes its debut next month. In EcoCar we’ve got the first information on all the new models from Toyota, from Corolla to RAV4, as well as all the other hot metal that was on display at the Portes de Versailles showground. DS showed off its new DS 3 E-Tense electric and DS 7 E-Tense plug-in hybrid vehicles, with Peugeot taking the wraps off the fantastic e-Legend concept and plug-in hybrid editions of the 508, 508 SW and 3008. Across the way at the Citroën stand, the C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid concept made its first appearance. Kia had its new ProCeed Shooting Brake on parade, alongside the sporty Ceed GT-Line and the all-electric e-Niro.

Sue Baker has been driving the new Audi Q3, and Iain Dooley has been testing the latest A6 Avant on UK roads. Mazda’s CX-3 gains a new 1.8-litre diesel engine and James Fossdyke has been behind the wheel. Our editor, Ian Robertson has put the Peugeot Rifter and new 508 Fastback through its paces and driven the Volkswagen Touareg on UK tarmac for the first time. And finally, the Volvo V60 has arrived in D3 guise, and we were there to drive it at its UK launch. Other new models on test this month include the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet and the SEAT Arona in newly available SE Technology Lux specification. In EcoCar, Vicky Parrott has been driving the updated electric Renault Zoe R110.

This month’s issue has a tuning and economy flavour to the content, with Andy Goodwin targeting his five tuning heroes. We also look at Celtic Tuning’s new automatic gearbox remapping, explore StarTech’s solution to the offset number plate on the rear of the Land Rover Discovery, and examine the upgrade options available to owners of alternative fuel vehicles, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure-electric cars. And finally, Phil Huff has taken the Hyundai Kona Electric on a rally with a difference, to prove that range anxiety is a thing of the past with modern, longer-range electric vehicles.

There are also all your favourites including Doctor Diesel, Marketplace, The Extra Mile, Buying, Maintaining and Selling, and the most up-to-date data section in the business.

Tested:

  • Audi Q3 S line 35 TDI quattro
  • Audi A6 S line 50 TDI quattro Automatic
  • Ford Focus ST-Line 1.5 EcoBlue
  • Kia Ceed 2 1.6 CRDi
  • Mazda CX-3 1.8 Diesel Sport Nav+ 2WD
  • Mercedes-Benz C 220 d AMG Line Cabriolet Automatic
  • Peugeot Rifter GT-Line 1.5 BlueHDi 130
  • Peugeot 508 GT 2.0 BlueHDi 180 Automatic
  • Renault Zoe Dynamique Nav R110 Z.E. 40
  • SEAT Arona SE Technology Lux 1.6 TDI (114bhp)
  • Volkswagen Touareg R-Line Tech 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion Automatic
  • Volvo V60 Inscription Pro D3 Automatic

Long-term test reports:

  • Audi Q5 S line 2.0 TDI quattro
  • Citroen C3 Aircross BlueHDi 120
  • Dacia Logan MCV Stepway Laureate dCi 90
  • DS 3 Parthenon Cream PureTech 110
  • Ford Kuga Vignale 2.0 TDCi AWD Automatic
  • Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SR
  • Kia Stinger GT-Line S 2.2 CRDi Automatic
  • Mazda CX-5 Sport Nav 2.2 AWD
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna Automatic
  • Peugeot 5008 GT BlueHDi 180 Automatic
  • SEAT Ibiza FR 1.6 TDI
  • Skoda Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 4X4 DSG (7-seat) Automatic
  • Suzuki Swift 1.0 Boosterjet Hybrid SZ5

Features:

  • Paris Motor Show 2018
  • Five That Come Alive
  • The future of tuning electrifying
  • Don’t get caught out by used cars that hide a nasty secret
  • EcoCar Hyundai Kona rally

Used Car Buyer’s Guide

  • BMW 640d Gran Coupe

Regulars

  • News and views
  • What’s On
  • Marketplace Statistics
  • Marketplace In The Pipeline
  • Marketplace What’s New
  • Doctor Diesel
  • High Mile Club
  • Tuning News
  • Highway Cod
  • Legal i
  • The Extra Mile
  • Buying, Selling and Maintaining
  • Product Inspector
  • EcoCar News and views
  • EcoCar Marketplace
  • EcoCar Bright Spark

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