Diesel & Eco Car – Issue 434 – January 2023

The brightly coloured 500e on the front cover indelibly marks the introduction of electric power to the Abarth brand, with a boosted version of the excellent city car.



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The brightly coloured 500e on the front cover indelibly marks the introduction of electric power to the Abarth brand, with a boosted version of the excellent city car.

We’ve also got the first photographs of the e-Tourneo Custom, which will serve as a replacement for Ford’s S-MAX and Galaxy when production ends in a few months. In addition to a pure electric drivetrain, there’s also diesel and plug-in hybrid drivetrains, too. And it is good news for Ford Halewood workers, as we reveal an electric boost to the production facility. We also have the first pictures of the Vauxhall Astra Electric, official sketches of the facelifted Volkswagen ID.3 and news of a UK project to build hydrogen fuel-cell editions of the Hilux pick-up truck.

This month’s twin test sees the latest Mercedes-Benz C-Class estate take on its venerable rival, the Audi A4 Avant. Which one wins this German grudge match? We also have tests of the BMW 220d M Sport Coupé, the Alfa Romeo Tonale, Kia XCeed and Peugeot 408 plug-in hybrids, as well as the pure electric GWM Ora Funky Cat. In our used car section, there’s a comprehensive buying guide for the SEAT Ibiza 1.6 TDI.

But that’s not all, we also have your favourites, including The Doctor, Fuel for Thought, Motor Grump, Autojumble, Bright Spark, Road Watch, Techzone, Current Affairs and Gadget Inspector, as well as focusing on wheels and tyres in our Tuning and Modifying section. That’s in addition to the most up-to-date data section in the business.


  • Alfa Romeo Tonale Veloce PHEV Q4
  • BMW 220d M Sport Coupe Automatic
  • GWM Ora Funky Cat First Edition Automatic
  • Kia XCeed 3 1.6 GDi PHEV Automatic
  • Peugeot 408 GT Hybrid 225 Automatic

Twin test:

  • Audi A4 Avant S line 40 TDI quattro Automatic vs Mercedes-Benz C 220 d Sport Estate Automatic

Long-term test reports:

  • Citroen e-C4 Sense
  • Cupra Born V3 58kWh 201bhp
  • Hyundai i20 Ultimate 1.0 T-GDi Automatic
  • Kia Niro Hybrid 4 1.6 GDi
  • Mazda CX-5 GT Sport Nav 2.2D Automatic
  • Peugeot e-Rifter Long Allure Premium Automatic
  • Skoda Scala Monte Carlo 1.0 TSI
  • Suzuki Swift Sport 1.6 Boosterjet Mild Hybrid
  • Vauxhall Grandland Ultimate 1.5 Turbo D Automatic
  • Volvo V90 Cross Country D5 AWD Automatic


  • Current affairs – How does the energy price cap affect EV charging?

Tuning & Modifying

  • Wheels and tyres

Used Car Buyer’s Guide

  • SEAT Ibiza 1.6 TDI


  • News and views
  • Motoring Morsels
  • Refuelling Costs
  • Gadget Inspector
  • The Doctor
  • How it works
  • Legal i
  • This Month
  • Current Affairs
  • Techzone
  • Roadwatch
  • Autojumble
  • Motorgrump
  • Bright Spark
  • Fuel for thought
  • Forbidden Fruit
  • DM@il
  • Tuning specialists directory
  • Buying and Selling
  • The Doctor’s Hero or Zero
  • Marketplace Statistics
  • Marketplace In The Pipeline
  • Marketplace What’s New
  • Data Files
  • Hall of Fame
  • Next month

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