Diesel Car - Issue 408 - January 2021

This month we test a car that has been billed as a game changer for the car industry, with the new pure electric Volkswagen ID.3 coming under the scrutiny of our testers. Not only that, but we’ve also driven it side-by-side up against one of its biggest rivals from Korea, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. Has Volkswagen set new standards in the electric arena, or has it been disgraced by one of its older rivals? You can’t miss this test – it really is essential reading.

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This month we test a car that has been billed as a game changer for the car industry, with the new pure electric Volkswagen ID.3 coming under the scrutiny of our testers. Not only that, but we’ve also driven it side-by-side up against one of its biggest rivals from Korea, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. Has Volkswagen set new standards in the electric arena, or has it been disgraced by one of its older rivals? You can’t miss this test – it really is essential reading.

We’ve also been driving another brand-new electric car that is set to take the market by storm, the Citroën e-C4. While its petrol and diesel engine predecessor were disappointing, this newcomer is exceptional in a number of areas. Bravo Citroën for doing something a little different. We’ve also tested Jeep’s plug-in hybrid Renegade 4xe, driven the facelifted Peugeot 5008 and been entertained by the silky new 3.0-litre straight six diesel engine in the Range Rover Sport HST.

We’ve got a whole host of new year gadgets for the inspector to review, so that you’ve got something to spend that Christmas money on, that has been burning a hole in your pocket. We welcome two new cars to the long-term test fleet – a SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI and Suzuki Ignis mild hybrid – and in the news section of the magazine, there’s spyshots of the next Nissan Qashqai, first details of Toyota’s Camry hybrid and there’s the first information on the forthcoming MINI Electric John Cooper Works and a futuristic MINI Urbanaut. In the Buying, Selling and Maintaining section of the magazine, this month’s used car buyer’s guide is all about the Jaguar F-Pace.

There are also your favourites like Doctor Diesel, The Extra Mile, Legal i, Buying, Selling and Maintaining, Marketplace, and the most up-to-date vehicle statistics anywhere in the magazine world. We’ve also got five brand new columns called Autojumble, Fuel for Thought, Motorgrump, Retrospective and Roadwatch, so if you haven’t seen DieselCar and EcoCar magazine lately, be sure to pick up a copy to test drive for yourself, the latest, facelifted content.

Tested:

  • Citroen e-C4 Shine Automatic
  • Jeep Renegade 4xe Limited PHEV Automatic
  • Peugeot 5008 Allure BlueHDi 130
  • Range Rover Sport D350 HST Automatic

Twin test:

  • Hyundai Ioniq Electric Premium SE vs Volkswagen ID.3 Life

Long-term test reports:

  • Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X 2.2 DI-D Automatic
  • Peugeot 308 GT Line PureTech 130 Automatic
  • Peugeot 508 SW GT Line BlueHDi 130 Automatic
  • Range Rover Evoque HSE R-Dynamic D180 AWD Automatic
  • Renault Clio Iconic dCi 85
  • SEAT Leon SE Dynamic 2.0 TDI (115)
  • Skoda Octavia Estate SE L First Edition 2.0 TDI 115
  • SsangYong Musso Rhino LWB Automatic
  • Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Hybrid SZ5 Allgrip

Features:

  • New Year Gadget Inspector
  • Christmas Crossword Answers

New columns:

  • Fuel for thought
  • Road watch

Used Car Buyer’s Guide

  • Jaguar F-Pace (2016-2020)

Regulars

  • News and views
  • Marketplace Statistics
  • Marketplace In The Pipeline
  • Marketplace What’s New
  • Tuning News
  • Techzone
  • Gadget Inspector
  • Doctor Diesel
  • How it works
  • Highway Cod
  • The Extra Mile
  • Legal i
  • This Month
  • Techzone
  • Roadwatch
  • Autojumble
  • Motorgrump
  • Retrospective
  • Fuel for thought
  • DM@il
  • Buying, Selling and Maintaining
  • Doctor Diesel’s Hero or Zero
  • EcoCar News and views
  • EcoCar Marketplace
  • EcoCar Current Affairs
  • EcoCar Bright Spark

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Europe (£5.65 P&P), UK (£1.05 P&P), Worldwide (£8.40 P&P)

1 review for Diesel Car – Issue 408 – January 2021

  1. Phil Ramsden

    I cannot see where I can purchase a single digital copy of the Christmas edition of Diesel Car?

    • Ian Robertson

      If you log onto http://www.pocketmags.com you’ll see the digital single issues there. Pocketmags takes care of our digital service for us.

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