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Amid the hype surrounding the launch of the new 911, Porsche released the facelifted and upgraded Macan S sports SUV, the range-topping variant of what was, by far, its bestselling model throughout 2018. Can styling updates and a new V6 engine help the Alfa Romeo Stelvio rival to win over even the most inveterate of Porsche cynics? Our first drive found little to suggest otherwise.
Jaguar is also in the business of providing performance with a practical side, with its new XF Sportbrake 300 offering 296bhp and an ample amount of boot space. We find out if a more appealing price point is enough to entice buyers away from rivals like the Audi A6 Avant 50 TDI and BMW 540i Touring xDrive.
Rounding up a week of road tests is Vauxhall’s Combo Life MPV, which, with seven seats and a range of driver assist and active safety functions, has the potential to be the last word in space and usability. However, can we look past divisive styling and a lack of performance to justify choosing this over the more visually appealing and dynamic Citroen Berlingo 1.5 BlueHDi 100 Flair?
In the last issue of 2018, we take a look back at 12 months in motoring with our Road Test Yearbook. With highlights from our favourite road tests, features, comparisons and news stories, it’s 23 pages of proof, if any was needed, that it’s been a great year for cars.
Back at the beginning of the year, we cruised along memory lane behind the wheel of two very different classic car ‘continuation’ models, the Peel P50 and Aston Martin DB4 GT. As the trees got greener, so did we, conducting a shootout between three of the UK’s best-selling electric cars, before heading to the Cotswolds to try out their extreme opposite: the massive Ford F150 Raptor.
Summer saw us try out Jaguar’s most important car in years, the I-Pace SUV, which we branded “the best long-range battery electric vehicle on sale”. The 710bhp Ferrari 488 Pista impressed as well, earning itself a coveted five-star rating in our first drive verdict.