Diesel Car - Issue 391 - August 2019

In our summer special issue, it’s a bumper month for new car unveilings, with the new Ford Puma taking pride of place on the cover. Inside there’s news of the new Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur, the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class, BMW 3 Series Touring, Kia XCeed, revised BMW X1, Audi A6 allroad and the updated Renault Koleos and Nissan Navara. In EcoCar, the updated Renault Zoe makes its first appearance alongside the facelifted Kia Niro and Lexus RX, as well as the Hyundai Kona Hybrid.

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In our summer special issue, it’s a bumper month for new car unveilings, with the new Ford Puma taking pride of place on the cover. Inside there’s news of the new Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur, the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class, BMW 3 Series Touring, Kia XCeed, revised BMW X1, Audi A6 allroad and the updated Renault Koleos and Nissan Navara. In EcoCar, the updated Renault Zoe makes its first appearance alongside the facelifted Kia Niro and Lexus RX, as well as the Hyundai Kona Hybrid.

We’ve been testing the Volkswagen Passat Estate, Alltrack and plug-in hybrid GTE, in addition to the Peugeot 508 SW on UK roads. Renault’s Clio has been driven in petrol guise, and the longer range Nissan Leaf e+ has been put through its paces This month’s twin test matches two hatchbacks from Japanese car makers, with the Honda Civic facing the Mazda3, and we’ve also been testing the Hyundai Tucson N-Line and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.

There’s an invaluable guide to driving abroad, a spotlight on five-cylinder engines and this month’s reader’s drives is all about a pair of E39 BMW 525tds models. The Audi TT Coupé and Roadster is the subject of the used car buyer’s guide, and Doctor Diesel picks out another trio of delights in his new column, Heroes or Zeros. We wave goodbye to the Dacia Duster and SEAT Alhambra from our long-term fleet and take a look at car sharing, a kind of Netflix for cars.

If you’ve haven’t seen the facelifted Diesel Car & Eco Car magazine, then get yourself a copy, as we’ve freshened the design and made it easier to read. There’s brand new features and items being added in every issue, and this month there’s the launch of Marketplace Interview, with Renault’s Managing Director, Vincent Tourette, under the spotlight this month. That’s in addition to all your favourites, including Doctor Diesel, The Extra Mile, Marketplace, Legal i and of course we have the most up-to-date data section in the business. You really can’t miss it.

Tested:

  • Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SR 5-door
  • Hyundai Tucson N-Line 1.6 CRDi 48V 2WD
  • Mazda3 SEL-Lux 1.8 Diesel 5-door
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE 300 d AMG Line Automatic
  • Nissan Leaf e+ Tekna Automatic
  • Peugeot 508 SW GT-Line BlueHDi 130 Automatic
  • Renault Clio Iconic TCe 100 5-door
  • Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2.0 TDI 4Motion Automatic
  • Volkswagen Passat Estate R-Line Edition 2.0 Bi-TDI 4Motion Automatic
  • Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE 1.4 TSI plug-in hybrid Automatic

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
  • Ford Focus Estate ST-Line X 2.0 EcoBlue Automatic
  • Kia ProCeed GT-Line 1.6 CRDi
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE SD4 Automatic
  • Mazda6 Tourer GT Sport Nav+
  • Peugeot 508 GT-Line 2.0 BlueHDi 160 Automatic
  • SEAT Alhambra Xcellence 2.0 TDI (148bhp) DSG Automatic
  • Skoda Karoq SE L 1.6 TDI DSG Automatic
  • Volvo V60 D3 R-Design Pro Automatic

Features:

  • Guide to driving abroad
  • The power of five – five-cylinder engines
  • Reader’s Drives – BMW E39 525tds

 Used Car Buyer’s Guide

  • Audi TT Coupe and Roadster 2.0 TDI (2014-2018)

Regulars

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

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