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Issue 6400 | Volume 303 | No 10 ‘It turned the car over and tore off its back axle’

THIS WEEK

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NEWS

Hot Golfs More muscle for new GTI, GTE and GTD 8 Fiat 500 New gen is roomier, plusher and electric 12 Porsche 911 Turbo Up to 641bhp for hottest 992 yet 14 Audi A3 Sportback Sportier looks, smarter tech 16 McLaren 675LT 754bhp, 1229kg, 0-62mph 2.8sec 18 Bentley Mulliner Bacalar Exclusive £1.5m open GT 20 Mercedes E-Class Details of facelift, including E53 22 BMW i4 Electric saloon edges closer to showrooms 24 Renault Morphoz Shape-shifter is two cars in one 26 Skoda Octavia vRS iV New plug-in hybrid hot hatch 28 Coronavirus fallout How the car industry is affected 31

TESTED

BMW X6 M Firm’s fastest-accelerating SUV yet 36 Mini Electric 100% electric, 100% Mini in character 38 Kia Soul EV Quirky crossover with 280-mile range 39 Mercedes-AMG A45 S 4Matic+ Plus ROAD TEST 40

FEATURES Supermini super-shootout Rated, slated and feted 48 Where cars go to die What happens at the scrapyard 62

OUR CARS Volkswagen Touareg 10,000-mile test: final verdict 66 Toyota Corolla People like it, government doesn’t 68 Suzuki Jimny How to turn it into a mini G-Wagen 69

EVERY WEEK Jesse Crosse 718 for six declared: how Porsche did it 27 Damien Smith Electric touring cars set to do battle 29 Steve Cropley Cardio workout in a Skoda Citigo-e iV 33 Subscribe Save money and get exclusive benefits 34 Your Views Is making more EVs really the answer? 64 Matt Prior Potential impact of axing Geneva show 90

DEALS

James Ruppert Let’s buy a £12,800 car, as you do 70 As good as new Used BMW 1 Series from £3k-£30k 72 Spied in the classifieds Hummer and other bruisers 74 Used buying guide Mk1 Ford Focus RS for under £9k 76 Road test results Autocar’s gold mine of data 79 New cars A-Z Key car stats, from Abarth to Zenos 82

NINE CAR SUPERMINI MEGA TEST: WE REVEAL BRITAIN’S BEST SMALL CAR 48

ROAD TEST: 416BHP MERCEDES AMG A45 S 40 THIS CAR IS ABOUT TO BE CRUSHED TO DEATH 62

❝FEW CARS, REGARDLESS OF PRICE, STEER AS WELL OR HOLD A LINE AS ACCURATELY ❞

NO, NOT THE MERCEDES AMG A45 BUT THE MINI ELECTRIC. STEVE CROPLEY DRIVES IT IN THE UK 38

BAG THE ORIGINAL FORD FOCUS RS 76

COVER STORY

ALL NEW VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI: FULL DETAILS, PLUS HOT NEW GTD AND GTE 8

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