New hatch-based saloons and refreshed SUVs for your delectation. By Jake Groves
Mercedes A-Class Saloon
No, this isn’t the next CLA – that’s a separate model we’ll see next year.
This is the booted version of the recently launched A-Class hatch, and it’ll join the line-up towards the end of 2018. It’s available with the same high-spec interior – see page 30 for more detail on that.
The long list of clever safety tech reads like the spec sheet from the S-Class. It will initially be available with a 1.4 petrol and a 1.5 diesel, but not the hotter 221bhp 2.0 petrol used to good efect in the A250 hatch.
Mercedes claims that, like the old CLA, the new A-Class Saloon has the lowest drag coeficient of any current production vehicle.
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> What is it? Merc’s new baby saloon > Tech specs MBUX infotainment, S-Class safety kit, sleekest aerodynamics around > Aimed at? Expanding the A-Class into a family of cars again > When can I have one? Orders start this winter, when specs and prices will be confirmed. Deliveries next spring
Honda Civic four-door
Already big in the USA, Honda’s four-door Civic is now available in the UK, straight from the Swindon factory. It shares much of its DNA with the new Civic hatch, so there’s a decent chassis, surprisingly roomy interior and a toned-down version of the hatch’s not universally popular styling. It’s also slightly longer. The engine choice is restricted to the puny 1.0-litre turbo petrol and eficient 1.6-litre diesel – so the hatch gets to keep the 1.5 turbo petrol for itself, and there’s no four-door version of the Type R. A six-speed manual is standard; the petrol is also available with a CVT and the diesel with a nine-speed auto.
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> What is it? Saloonified Honda family car > Tech specs Honda’s ‘Sensing’ safety kit is standard (active cruise, lane departure warning, trafic sign recognition), 83.1mpg diesel or lame petrol > Aimed at? Traditionalists > When can I have one? You can order it now, priced from £19,395
Around 1.1 million first-generation Q3s found homes – a lot in just seven years, considering it’s taken 20 years to sell 600,000 TTs. It was the right car in the right place at the right time. For the slightly bigger new Q3, Audi’s taking no risks; the biggest styling departures are angular details from the A1 and wheels from the RS6.
Three petrols and one diesel make up the engine range, with all but the basic petrol coming with quattro all- wheel drive. A stretched wheelbase boosts interior space, and a slideable rear bench expands boot space from 530 litres (60 litres more than the old car) to 675 litres with the rear pews slid all the way forward.
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> What is it? More diferent than it looks > Tech specs Virtual Cockpit as standard, Alexa voice command > Aimed at? Aspirational families, and continuing Audi’s SUV domination by giving the people what they want > When can I have one? Orders open now; first deliveries this summer
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
Wrong, according to Porsche. The Macan’s facelift includes plenty of minor tweaks that add up to a thorough interior and exterior update. Hardware revisions include new mixed-width tyres for improved handling, LED headlights as standard, revised bumpers and a 3D rear light strip like the Cayenne.
Inside there’s a new Panamera- esque infotainment system that uses Porsche’s latest Connect Plus tech with mapping experts Here’s swarm- based trafic data to help you avoid congestion, and Trafic Jam Assist to make life easier should you find yourself snared in a queue.
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> What is it? Facelift of Porsche’s incredibly successful SUV cash cow > Tech specs Widescreen Cayenne infotainment, connected Here mapping, mixed-width tyres > Aimed at? You, me and everyone else who wants to have their cake and eat it > When can I have one? Available to order now