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THIS WEEK

Issue 6451 | Volume 307 | No 9

NEWS

JLR reboot Bold reinvention for Jaguar Land Rover 4 Mercedes C-Class Full details of new saloon, estate 10 Nissan Qashqai Roomier Mk3 SUV i s hybrid only 14 Ford’s EV push Pledged to be ful ly electric by 2030 17 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Electric crossover gets serious tech 18 Autonomous cars How to fast-track their arrival 20

TESTED

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Practical, fast EV 26 Tolman Talbot Sunbeam Lotus Classy restomod 31 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 296bhp hatch in UK 32 Mazda CX-5 2.5 New totally atmo flagship engine 33 Dacia Sandero Stepway Value hatch takes step up 33 Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDi 100 48V ROAD TEST 34

FEATURES GT-R Nismo, GR Yaris, A110 Three glorious misfits 42 Pace oddities Oddball firecrackers and what to pay 48 Renault Clio V6 255 Mid-engined hatch revisited 50 Suzuki Ignis vs real life Extended everyday-use test 54 Formula E DS racer Jean-Eric Vergne on ’21 season 63

OUR CARS Land Rover Discovery Sport Verdict after 6k miles 68 Suzuki Across Plug-in hybrid RAV4 clone arrives 70 Toyota GR Yaris On a circuit against a Nissan GT-R 71 Mazda CX-30 Why this SUV stands out in a crowd 73

EVERY WEEK Jesse Crosse Self-driving cars to learn like humans 19 Jim Holder Pros and cons of car subscription deals 21 Subscribe Save money and get exclusive benefits 22 Steve Cropley Drive a Bentley and then test a Dacia 23 Damien Smith Broken jaw won’t slow down Alonso 60 Motorsport round-up F1, BTCC, WRC, F2, Indycar 61 Your Views Polestar 2 in snow, Jaguar XF, car dials 66 Matt Prior Could EVs signal a new era of car design? 90

DEALS

James Ruppert Tyre kicking at independent dealers 74 As good as new Bag a new-shape BMW X5 for less 77 Spied in the classifieds Five diverse seven-seaters 78 Used buying guide DeLorean DMC-12 from £20k 80 New cars A-Z Key car stats , from Abarth to Zenos 82 Road test index Track down that road test here 89

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PORSCHE TAYCAN CROSS TURISMO DRIVEN 26

TODAY’S VIEW ON THE V6 MID ENGINED CLIO 50

WHO DARES WINS: THEY DARED, THEY WON 42

COVER STORY

❝JAGUAR AND LAND ROVER WILL HAVE CLEAR, UNIQUE PERSONALITIES, ROOTED IN THEIR RICH HISTORY ❞ CEO THIERRY BOLLORE ‘REIMAGINES’ JLR 4

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JAGUAR TO BECOME AN ELECTRIC ONLY BRAND 4

COMMENT

GOING EV ISN’T THE REAL CHALLENGE FOR JAGUAR

WHAT OTHER option did Jaguar have but to go all-electric, given the UK’s ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030? Even with a once seven-strong product range, its annual global sales didn’t top 200,000 – less than 10% of BMW’s. However much of the market it has covered off, Jaguar has remained a global minnow. Now everything must go. No existing product will be directly replaced; each will be retired at the end of its current lifecycle. Even the new XJ, which was pretty much ready to go, ironically as an electric car, has been cancelled. This is bold stuff.

So what happens next? If the decision to make Jaguar an electric brand feels a no-brainer, the real boldness lies in repositioning Jaguar as a luxury brand, not a ‘mere’ premium one. To compete in this rarefied area of the market, building cars that are great to drive and look at isn’t enough. The cars must be truly class-leading in every area: connectivity, desirability, quality, reliability and the dealer and ownership experience. These are tough nuts to crack even if you’ve been doing it a long time as a known luxury name, let alone a brand looking to trade up and reinvent itself.

A big challenge lies ahead for Jaguar, then, but with it a clear ambition and a future. It has been a long while since we’ve been able to say that. Mark Tisshaw Editor mark.tisshaw@haymarket.com

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