If you want to see the kind of cars that will be sitting on the nation’s driveways next year, you really can’t miss the December issue of DieselCar Magazine. Fresh from the Paris motor show, all the latest hot metal unveiled at the expo is revealed, including the new Vauxhall Corsa, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Fiat 500X, Jaguar XE and Skoda Fabia, as well as the Suzuki Vitara, Volkswagen Passat, Kia Sorento, Ford S-MAX and Audi’s TT Sportback concept, which set the crowds wild. Honda took the wraps off the new HR-V crossover, the facelifted Civic and CR-V, as well as the next generation Jazz, and Kia showed off its updated Rio and Venga ranges.
Ford exhibited the Focus ST, the facelifted C-MAX, and the Edge, its new large SUV, while Volvo took the wraps off its XC90, making its motor show debut. Peugeot had the hot new 308 GT on its stand, Citroën wowed the crowds with its C4 Cactus, capable of 141mpg, and the DS brand gave an insight into its future with the Divine concept car. Across the way, Renault took the wraps off the Espace, though for now, it isn’t destined for these shores. SsangYong gave a strong hint about its upcoming baby SUV with the XIV-Air and Adventure, Volkswagen exhibited a new crossover, the Golf Alltrack, boasting estate car space and all-wheel-drive. Finally, Infiniti showed off its facelifted Q70 executive saloon, and gave a look at the future of the brand with the Q80 Inspiration, while Hyundai took the covers off its all-new i20 supermini.
Two of the most popular large cars are on test this month, with the all-new Mondeo and Passat both put through their paces, with Jeep’s Renegade and the facelifted Volkswagen Touareg tested, too. We’ve also pitched the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class up against the Audi A4 in a battle of the company car park, and Peugeot’s 308 SW meets the SEAT Leon FR. Which of these enviable pair wins the space race? We’ve also been driving the Volvo V40 Cross Country D4, Ford EcoSport 1.5 TDCi, SsangYong Korando, Nissan X-Trail and recently updated Fiat 500. In our used car section, the Hyundai ix20 is the subject of our buyer’s guide, and we look at the scrapping of the tax disc and what it means for the everyday motorist.
There’s also all your favourite sections, including Marketplace, Doctor Diesel, The Extra Mile and Meals on Wheels, as well as whole rundown on our long-term test fleet, including the arrival of our capacious new Citroën Grand C4 Picasso, and we wave goodbye to the SEAT Leon ST and Peugeot 2008, delivering final reports on both.
- Audi A4 SE Technik 2.0 TDI ultra (161)
- Fiat 500 1.3 16v MultiJet Lounge
- Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.5 TDCi
- Ford Mondeo Titanium 2.0 TDCi (180) 5-door
- Jeep Renegade Limited 2.0 MultiJet II 4WD
- Mercedes-Benz C 220 BlueTec Sport Automatic
- Nissan X-Trail n-tec 1.6 dCi 2WD
- Peugeot 308 SW Feline 2.0 BlueHDi 150
- SEAT Leon ST FR 2.0 TDI (150)
- SsangYong Korando SE 2WD
- Volkswagen Passat Estate GT 2.0 TDI (150)
- Volkswagen Touareg R-Line 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION Automatic (259bhp)
- Volvo V40 Cross Country D4 SE Nav Geartronic
Long-term test reports
- Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Exclusive+ BlueHDi 150 Automatic
- Ford Tourneo Connect Titanium 1.6 TDCi (114)
- Kia pro_cee’d SE 1.6 CRDi
- MG6 Magnette 1.9 DTi
- Mitsubishi ASX 4 2.2 DI-D 4WD Automatic
- Peugeot 2008 Feline 1.6 e-HDi (91)
- Renault Clio Dynamique MediaNav dCi 90
- SEAT Leon ST SE 1.6 TDI DSG Automatic
- Skoda Yeti Outdoor Elegance 1.6 TDI GreenLine II
- Volkswagen Sharan SE 2.0 TDI (148) DSG Automatic
Used car buyer’s guide
- Hyundai ix20 (2010-onwards)