Diesel Car - Issue 387 - April 2019

The 2019 Geneva motor show proved that electrified cars are not only the future, but also very much now. As Jaguar’s I-Pace was crowned European Car of the Year 2019, every car maker worth its salt revealed new electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or mild hybrid technology, to futureproof its vehicles. Peugeot took the wraps off the 208, and the pure-electric e-208, while Skoda revealed the Kamiq baby SUV, SsangYong took the wraps off its new Korando and Mercedes-Benz showed off a facelift for its GLC-Class. Renault’s brand-new Clio was on show, alongside Mazda’s new CX-30 SUV, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Shooting Brake and the monstrous Volkswagen Touareg V8 TDI.

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The 2019 Geneva motor show proved that electrified cars are not only the future, but also very much now. As Jaguar’s I-Pace was crowned European Car of the Year 2019, every car maker worth its salt revealed new electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or mild hybrid technology, to futureproof its vehicles. Peugeot took the wraps off the 208, and the pure-electric e-208, while Skoda revealed the Kamiq baby SUV, SsangYong took the wraps off its new Korando and Mercedes-Benz showed off a facelift for its GLC-Class. Renault’s brand-new Clio was on show, alongside Mazda’s new CX-30 SUV, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Shooting Brake and the monstrous Volkswagen Touareg V8 TDI.

In EcoCar, we reveal Fiat’s hot new Centoventi concept car, the Skoda Vision iV, the Cupra Formentor sports SUV concept, Imagine by Kia and the exiting new Polestar 2, along with the luxurious Mercedes-Benz EQV. The SEAT el born concept got its first public viewing, with Audi showing off the Q4 e-tron just across the aisle. Peugeot had a smoking hot 508 called the Peugeot Sport Engineered, Honda revealed the e Prototype which is an evolution of the Urban EV and Volkswagen showed off the ID. Buggy. Alfa Romeo’s Tonole SUV looked so sexy alongside plug-in hybrid versions of the Jeep Renegade and Compass. A facelift for Kia’s Niro smartens things up with the arrival of the e-Niro and the Soul EV later in the year. BMW revealed a range of upgraded plug-in hybrid models designed to counteract the wave of Audi plug-in hybrid TFSI e models arriving shortly. Toyota showed its Viviz Adrenaline, Toyota exhibited the Corolla Trek and GR Sport, while Mitsubishi showed off a clumsy looking concept car called the Engelberg Tourer.

Aside from the show, we’ve also been driving the brand new Mazda3 1.8 diesel, and tested the Ford Focus Active, Jeep Wrangler and Volvo V60 Cross Country on UK roads. Skoda’s Karoq SportLine sits close to top-of-the-range, but is it worth the extra cash? Our road testers find out. In Eco Car, some new high-profile hybrids have made their debut, and we’ve been testing the Toyota Corolla, Lexus UX 250h and Honda CR-V. Finally, Ford’s Tourneo Connect MPV goes head-to-head with the Vauxhall Combo Life. Which one comes out triumphant in the space race?

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, including all the new WLTP fuel economy figures.

Tested:

  • Ford Focus Active 1.5 EcoBlue Automatic 5-door
  • Ford Tourneo Zetec 1.5 EcoBlue (99bhp)
  • Honda CR-V Hybrid 2.0 i-MMD EX AWD Automatic
  • Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 2.2 MultiJet Automatic 4-door
  • Lexus UX 250h F Sport E-Four
  • Mazda3 GT Sport 1.8 Diesel 5-door
  • Skoda Karoq SportLine 2.0 TDI 4X4
  • Toyota Corolla Hybrid Excel 2.0 VVT-i Automatic
  • Vauxhall Combo Life 1.5 Turbo D BlueInjection (101bhp)

Long-term test reports:

  • Audi A6 Avant S line 50 TDI quattro Automatic
  • Citroen C4 Cactus Flair BlueHDi 100
  • Dacia Duster Comfort 1.5 Blue dCi 115 4×2
  • DS 7 Crossback Prestige BlueHDi 180 Automatic
  • Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SR
  • Mazda6 Tourer GT Sport Nav+
  • Peugeot 5008 GT BlueHDi 180 Automatic
  • SEAT Alhambra Xcellence 2.0 TDI (148bhp) DSG Automatic
  • Skoda Karoq SE L 1.6 TDI DSG Automatic
  • Volvo V60 D4 Inscription

Features:

  • Geneva motor show special issue
  • Legal eye – putting on make-up or shaving your way to work

 Used Car Buyer’s Guide

  • Ford Edge

Regulars

  • News and views
  • What’s On
  • Marketplace Statistics
  • Marketplace In The Pipeline
  • Marketplace What’s New
  • Doctor Diesel
  • 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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