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Britain’s biggest and best car buyer’s guide

What’s new? 15 First drives, new models and news

Test centre 55 The UK’s most thorough car comparisons

Star Cars this month

Triple test Chic hatches, p56

Audi A3, Volvo V40

A3 takes interior quality to new heights; V40 replaces S40 and V50

Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Peugeot 208 GTI

Stylish executive estate; hot hatch recaptures 205 GTI’s spirit


First drives

Alfa Romeo Giulietta p33 Alpina D5 Biturbo p36 Bentley Continental GTC V8 p34 BMW 3 Series p39 BMW Hybrid 5 p31 BMW X1 p39 Fiat Panda p31 Fiat Punto p36 Ford Focus p32, 33 Hyundai i30 p34 Mercedes-Benz SL p30 Mini Roadster p38 Porsche 911 Cabriolet p37 Renault Scénic p33 Seat Exeo p37 Subaru XV p36 Vauxhall Zafira Tourer p39


Fiat unveils the 500L p42 MoT remains an annual test p48

Coming soon Brilliant cars just around the corner p50






New Volkswagen Beetle vs Mini Cooper S and Nissan Juke


Retro styling meets 21st century brashness. Which is the one to be seen in?

Twin test: small family cars New Mercedes-Benz B-Class vs Volkswagen Golf

Quick test: diesel drop-tops New Mercedes-Benz SLK vs Audi TT Roadster

Triple test: £30k cars New Audi A5 vs new Chevrolet Volt vs Range Rover Evoque

Quick triple test: superminis New Chevrolet Aveo vs Skoda Fabia vs Suzuki Swift

Quick test: small family cars New Honda Civic vs new Mazda 3



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Our cars Final reports on our time with the BMW 5 Series Touring and Audi A2, plus reliability woes with our Audi A1, numberplate cloning, retro-fitting a DAB radio and dodgy automatic wipers



8 | APRIL 2012

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