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THIS WEEK

Issue 6483 | Volume 310 | No 2

NEWS

BMW 3 Series Bold new saloon heralds f i rm’s new era 4 Rolls-Royce EV Electric Spectre coupé due in 2023 8 Volkswagen ID Life Precursor to £17k ID 2 EV driven 10 Jeep Grand Cherokee Electrified 4x4 is UK bound 12 UK gov’t funds overseas EV firms We f ind out why 14

TESTED

E-Type UK Unleashed Special 400bhp V12 restomod 18 Mercedes-Benz C300e PHEV doubles i ts EV range 23 Xpeng P5 Chinese electric saloon packed with tech 24 Seat Ibiza Inside story on the revamped supermini 25 Volkswagen Golf R Estate Plenty of pace and space 25 Mercedes-Benz E300 Cabriolet ROAD TEST 26

FEATURES Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Unpicked in 640-mile day 36 Car crime in 2021 What crooks do; how to stay safe 42 UK seeks iconic EV charger Is our design a winner? 46 Touched by Lotus From Ford Cortina to Isuzu Piazza 50 BTCC’s hybrid era 2022 tech gets 2021 race debut 57

OUR CARS Volvo XC60 Revealed: why i ts battery stayed f lat 62 Ford Tourneo Custom Six-up trip to the I sle of Arran 63 Audi Q4 E-tron It’s wooing friends – and strangers 65

EVERY WEEK Jesse Crosse Hydrogen BMW iX5 bites the bullet 13 Jim Holder Why Norway i s ahead of the EV curve 15 Steve Cropley Fuel rush and Ferrari’s new designers 17 Subscribe Save money and get exclusive benefits 34 Damien Smith Why Martin Whitmarsh i s back in F 1 54 Motorsport round-up F1, BTCC, F2, Indycars, F3 55 Your Views Epic road trip ; EVs; banned L-test cars 60 Matt Prior Lorry drivers deserve better in the UK 82

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E TYPE SERIES 3 FIXED: WORTH THE WAIT? 18

MERCEDES BENZ E300 CABRIOLET ROAD TEST 26

WE DESIGN AN ‘ICONIC’ PUBLIC E CHARGER 46

COVER STORY

❝WEEKS LATER, THE POLICE DON’T KNOW HOW TOM CRUISE’S CAR WAS STOLEN IN BIRMINGHAM❞

IS KEEPING YOUR CAR SAFE IN 2021 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE? NOT SO, SAYS JOHN EVANS 42

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COMMENT

FUEL CRISIS UNDERLINES HOW VITAL CARS ARE

THAT OUR WEBSITE, among many others, saw big traffic spikes in stories about electric cars and car ownership during the fuel crisis shows a mindset shift may have occurred among the wider public about how to steer clear of such regrettable scenes should they happen again.

Perhaps people are also mindful that the unrelated wider energy crisis has already pushed up diesel prices to a record high, with petrol prices not far behind. Although the doubling of domestic electricity supply costs in one year makes charging an EV more expensive as well. Whatever the reasons behind it and whatever happens next, the fuel crisis showed most of all just how important personal mobility and car ownership are to people. Whatever powers it, the car itself and the freedom it gives us is what we value the most.

In rural areas, cars are often the only way to get around. To cover big distances, cars are preferable to public transport for many, even before you factor in cost and reliability, or the prospect of sitting so close to others as we emerge from a pandemic. Cars simply work to your schedule and fit in around your lifestyle. No fuel crisis, legislation around what powers them, or concerns about their costs will diminish their appeal, or relevance and necessity to society.

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