Diesel Car - Issue 343 - December 2015

As the Volkswagen scandal comes into full view, we separate the rumours, scaremongering and untruths from the facts, and deliver a six-page feature on everything you need to know.

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As the Volkswagen scandal comes into full view, we separate the rumours, scaremongering and untruths from the facts, and deliver a six-page feature on everything you need to know. Information on what happened, how you go about checking if your car is affected, and answers to every question you could ever think to ask, and a few that you probably hadn’t thought of. It’s the most comprehensive guide to the Volkswagen ‘defeat device’ debacle and you’ll find it in the December issue of Diesel Car.

But far from the Volkswagen situation dominating this edition, it’s our annual 4×4 and off-road issue, with a comprehensive feature identifying all of the different types and styles of four-wheel-drive, as well as the technology behind them explained. We’ve also been off-roading in some classic Land Rovers and Range Rovers, and you could, too, at Land Rover’s new Heritage Experience centre at Fen End. Camp Jeep sees owners of the legendary vehicles meet up from all over Europe, and we went to the event to see what goes on, including some of the most extreme off-roading that you’ll ever experience. And finally, with the sun setting on Land Rover Defender production, we take a look at some of the most weird and whacky conversions over the vehicle’s 67 year history.

We’ve also got first tests of the new DS 4 Crossback, the BMW X1, and Audi A4 Avant, as well as driving Kia’s facelifted cee’d, the latest Audi A4 saloon and the Renault Kadjar on UK roads for the first time. In keeping with our off-road theme, Mitsubishi’s newly launched L200 pick-up is put through its paces, facing the Isuzu D-Max – you’ll have to buy the issue to find out which one wins. Elsewhere, we’ve got tests of the facelifted Range Rover Evoque, the Skoda Octavia 4×4 Estate in top-spec Laurin & Klement trim, the Mercedes-Benz B 200 d 4MATIC and the latest Mazda CX-5, as well as one of the last tests of the outgoing Volkswagen Tiguan, fitted with its new 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI engine.

The issue really is bursting to the seams with content, as well as the old favourites like Doctor Diesel, The Extra Mile, High Mile Club, Marketplace, and one of the most up-to-date data sections in the business where we list every single diesel, hybrid and electric vehicle, as well the sub-100g/km petrol cars, too. In this month’s used car buyer’s guide we take a look at the Range Rover Evoque SD4, and in the Eco Car supplement, we put the Vauxhall Corsa SRi 1.0 Turbo through its paces.

Tested:

  • Audi A4 S line 3.0 TDI quattro (268bhp) Automatic
  • Audi A4 Avant SE 2.0 TDI ultra
  • BMW X1 xDrive20d Sport Automatic
  • DS 4 Crossback BlueHDi 180 Automatic
  • Isuzu D-Max 2.5 Utah Vision Automatic
  • Kia cee’d 4 1.6 CRDi Automatic
  • Mazda CX-5 AWD Sport Nav Diesel
  • Mercedes-Benz B 200 d Sport 4MATIC Automatic
  • Mitsubishi L200 2.4 DI-D Warrior
  • Range Rover Evoque 2.0 eD4 SE Tech 2WD 5-door
  • Renault Kadjar Signature Nav dCi 130
  • Skoda Octavia Estate Laurin & Klement 2.0 TDI 4×4
  • Vauxhall Corsa SRi 1.0 Turbo ecoFLEX 3-door
  • Volkswagen Tiguan Match 2.0 TDI 4MOTION Automatic

Long-term test reports:

  •  Audi A4 Avant SE Technik 2.0 TDI ultra
  • Citroen C4 Cactus Feel BlueHDi 100 Airdream Pack
  • Ford Mondeo Estate Titanium 2.0 TDCi (150) Automatic
  • Kia Soul Maxx 1.6 CRDi
  • Peugeot 308 GT BlueHDi 180 Automatic
  • Renault Captur Dynamique Nav dCi 110
  • SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE SE Technology 2.0 TDI (181) DSG Automatic
  • Skoda Fabia SE L 1.4 TDI DSG Automatic
  • Toyota Verso Excel 1.6 D-4D

Feature:

  • Volkswagen Scandal – Facts, figures and advice
  • A comprehensive guide to four-wheel-drive systems
  • Off-roading in classic Land Rovers and Range Rovers
  • Camp Jeep – extreme off-roading in Europe in a Jeep
  • Land Rover Defender – the weird and whacky designs

Used Car Buyer’s Guide:

  • Range Rover Evoque SD4

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