Autocar magazine 8 January – on sale now


The Porsche 911 Carrera leads the way in this week’s first drives. The 911 is a tried and tested formula so no surprises here: we found it a joy to drive, showing lithe handling and excellent ergonomics that made us forget it is the starting point for the 911 line-up.

Then, we steel ourselves for a run in what is currently the fastest and most powerful car Skoda makes: the Superb 2.0 TSI 272. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but old-school thrills and a pleasing amount of wallop lend left-field appeal.

Meanwhile, the entry-level Range Rover Velar packs in an impressive amount of luxury items for an entry-grade car, the Honda Civic Sport Line gains a hot new look and the R Line Edition Passat offers quietly impressive performance, albeit at a very high price.

In the road test, it’s the turn of the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The Disco is an enviably good off-roader, but how does it fare on an everyday road?


Matt Prior kicks off the new year with a bang – or, more precisely, a rocket – when he meets the chief engineer of the Bloodhound LRS. As Bloodhound closes in on the 800mph target, our man finds out what it takes to bid for the land speed record.

Next, we dust off our crystal balls and post predictions for what 2020 has in store. We also tell you how to make the most of it, from rescuing an unloved car to going to a high-end car show.

Speaking of shows, Steve Cropley rounds off this week’s features with an account of his visit to the V&A museum’s new car exhibition: Accelerating the Modern World. Though it features just 15 vehicles, the show gives an enthralling and enlightening tour through the history of the automobile, providing an admirably neutral view on the cars that have shaped all of our lives.