Diesel Car & Eco Car - Issue 409 - February 2021

It’s the super-hot Skoda Octavia vRS TDI that adorns the cover of the February 2021 issue of DieselCar and EcoCar, as we grab the keys to the first example that has arrived in the UK. Our test team have also behind the wheel of the facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan, the latest Toyota Hilux pick-up and the recently updated Audi Q5 SUV, too. Over in EcoCar, Vicky Parrott managed to get a drive in an early prototype of the Toyota Mirai, and we’ve been testing the superb new Audi A3 40 TFSI e and the Range Rover Evoque PHEV.

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It’s the super-hot Skoda Octavia vRS TDI that adorns the cover of the February 2021 issue of DieselCar and EcoCar, as we grab the keys to the first example that has arrived in the UK. Our test team have also behind the wheel of the facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan, the latest Toyota Hilux pick-up and the recently updated Audi Q5 SUV, too. Over in EcoCar, Vicky Parrott managed to get a drive in an early prototype of the Toyota Mirai, and we’ve been testing the superb new Audi A3 40 TFSI e and the Range Rover Evoque PHEV.

This month’s twin test sees two newcomers to the PHEV world, with the MG HS PHEV facing the Suzuki Across PHEV. Which one is worthy of your hard-earned cash?  This month’s used car buyer’s guide is all about one of the cheapest cars on the road, the Suzuki Celerio, while elsewhere in EcoCar, we explain what the term ‘self-charging hybrid’ means. In our news pages, there’s the 2021 European Car of the Year finalists, the full story on Kia’s fresh new logo and first pictures of Bentley’s Bentayga Hybrid. There’s also news on the Audi A3 45 TFSI e S line Competition and Q3 40 TFSI e, the Hyundai Tucson PHEV and classic versions of the original Range Rover, now fitted with an electric drivetrain. Toyota and Subaru’s plans for a jointly developed EV are revealed and news about cutting-edge solid state batteries that will change the future for ever.

There are also your favourites like Doctor Diesel, Legal i, Buying, Selling and Maintaining, Marketplace, and the most up-to-date vehicle statistics anywhere in the motoring world. We’ve also got five brand new columns called Autojumble, Fuel for Thought, Motorgrump, Retrospective and Roadwatch, so if you haven’t seen DieselCar and EcoCar magazine lately, be sure to pick up a copy to test drive for yourself, the latest, facelifted content.

Tested:

  • Audi A3 Sportback S line 40 TFSI e S tronic Automatic
  • Audi Q5 Sport 40 TDI quattro S tronic Automatic
  • Range Rover Evoque P300e S AWD Automatic
  • Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0 TDI DSG Automatic
  • Toyota Mirai Prototype
  • Toyota Hilux Double Cab Invincible X 3.0 D-4D Automatic
  • Volkswagen Tiguan Elegance 2.0 TDI (150) 4Motion DSG Automatic

Twin test:

  • MG HS PHEV Exclusive vs Suzuki Across PHEV 2.5 E-Four

Long-term test reports:

  • Citroen C3 Flair Plus BlueHDi 100
  • Ford Kuga Vignale 2.0 EcoBlue AWD (190) Automatic
  • Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab Barbarian X Automatic
  • Peugeot 508 SW GT Line BlueHDi 130 Automatic
  • Range Rover Evoque HSE R-Dynamic D180 AWD Automatic
  • Renault Clio Iconic dCi 85
  • SEAT Leon SE Dynamic 2.0 TDI (115)
  • Skoda Octavia Estate SE L First Edition 2.0 TDI 115
  • SsangYong Musso Rhino LWB Automatic
  • Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Hybrid SZ5 Allgrip
  • Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 AWD Inscription Automatic

Features:

  • Citroen Ami drive experience

New columns:

  • Fuel for thought
  • Road watch

Used Car Buyer’s Guide

  • Suzuki Celerio (2015-2019)

Regulars

  • News and views
  • Marketplace Statistics
  • Marketplace In The Pipeline
  • Marketplace What’s New
  • Tuning News
  • Techzone
  • Gadget Inspector
  • Doctor Diesel
  • How it works
  • Highway Cod
  • The Extra Mile
  • Legal i
  • This Month
  • Techzone
  • Roadwatch
  • Autojumble
  • Motorgrump
  • Retrospective
  • Fuel for thought
  • DM@il
  • Buying, Selling and Maintaining
  • Doctor Diesel’s Hero or Zero
  • EcoCar News and views
  • EcoCar Marketplace
  • EcoCar Current Affairs
  • EcoCar Bright Spark

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