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Issue 6543 | Volume 314 | No 10

NEWS

Vauxhall Astra EVs Hatch and estate from next June 4 Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato Off-road supercar 8 VW Golf name safe It’ll live on in new electric ID era 10 Euro 7 regs What new emission rules will really mean 12 Mazda’s new MX-5 Coupé hints at future generation 14 Ora sets out UK plan Funky Cat maker’s British aims 16

TESTED

Honda Civic Type R Why new hot hatch is class best 24 Audi R8 V10 GT RWD A no-holding-back swansong 28 Jeep Avenger Europe-friendly small electric SUV 30 Mercedes-AMG SL 55 Hot roadster vs wet UK roads 33 Aston Martin DBX 707 ROAD TEST 34

FEATURES Capital chargers E-mobility ‘race’ through London 44 Future of car finance How it’s changing – and why 50 Boeing 747 vs Range Rover Icons of 1970 meet up 52 Derek Bell Exclusive interview with racing legend 56 Drivers of Change winners Stars of 2022 initiative 58

OUR CARS Volkswagen ID 4 GTX Final verdict after 12k miles 64 Mazda CX-60 How much booze can you pack in it? 66 Honda Civic Three hours at a dealer: time well spent 67

EVERY WEEK Jesse Crosse Why hydrogen is now back in the frame 13 Jim Holder Boom time for dealers, but for how long? 15 Matt Prior New Prius should be in Grand Theft Auto 17 Steve Cropley More insight into JLR after boss quit 19 Subscribe Save money and get exclusive benefits 20 Damien Smith Formula 1 grid’s end-of-season report 22 Your Views Premium cars; Citroën Oli; simple fun 60 On this day 1977: Subaru enters UK; MG ad furore 63 Slideshow Eastern European cars that time forgot 82

DEALS

As good as new Inside line on buying a used BMW M2 68 James Ruppert Properly useful city cars from £2k 69 Cult hero Honda Integra Type R – and how to get one 70 New cars A-Z Key car stats, from Abarth to Zenvo 72 Road test index Track down that road test here 81

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THIS WEEK

ELECTRIC MEGA-TEST SHOOTOUT IN LONDON 44

THE JET SET: RANGE ROVER MEETS 747 52

ASTON MARTIN DBX 707: FULL ROAD TEST 34

C O V E R STORY

❝FIERY BRILLIANT SPANIARD MEETS HEADSTRONG CANADIAN BILLIONAIRE❞

DAMIEN SMITH EYES FORMULA 1, INCLUDING ALONSO JOINING STROLL’S ASTON IN 2023 22

COMMENT

DO WE REALLY WANT EURO 7 EMISSIONS REGS?

AH, EURO 7 regulations – the incoming rules intended to make internal combustion engines as clean as possible. They have hugely important ramifications for the industry and car buyers, as Julian Rendell reports (p12).

Stellantis boss Carlos Tavares recently made his thoughts clear to Autocar when he told us: “Euro 7 will draw resources we should be spending on electrification… Why use scarce resources for something for a short period of time? It’s counterproductive.”

Renault boss Luca de Meo echoed that: “It’s going to cost [Renault] more than a billion in development, it’s going to occupy 80% of the R&D capacity of powertrains for a year or more… and it doesn’t make sense, even from an ecological point of view.”

In short, the car industry argues that complying with Euro 7 will redirect vital resources from its development of new electric tech and towards the pursuit of complex, expensive, timeconsuming combustion fixes that deliver only minimal, short-term gains. We all want cleaner air and a sustainable planet for many more generations, but at what cost? The suggestion is that Euro 7 will slow electrification development – the chosen path for making the car industry cleaner and greener – and do nothing to halt the rising cost of buying a car.

Rachel Burgess Magazine editor rachel.burgess@haymarket.com

@theburgeword

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