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Issue 6583 | Volume 317 | No 13

NEWS

EV-era BMW 3 Series Neue Klasse spills the beans 4 VW ID GTI Hot hatch badge to live on in the EV age 8 Two new Minis Countryman and three-door Cooper 10 Renault Scenic MPV reborn as an electric crossover 12 Volkswagen Passat Larger, swisher and estate only 14 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale £1.7m supercar: EV and V6 16 Tesla Model 3 Big update boosts range, refinement 18 Taxing issue Will EVs usher in a pay-per-mile tax? 20 Tyre sales shake-up Top brands, er, under pressure 22

TESTED

BYD Seal Rivals Tesla Model 3 on paper. In reality? 28 Volkswagen ID 4 Powertrain uprated, cabin fettled 30 Hyundai Kona 1.0 120PS Advance ROAD TEST 46

FEATURES Lambo Huracán Sterrato On gravel, sand and road 32 Jake Hill BTCC insights from front-running driver 40 No cell-by date The firm reviving old EV batteries 42 Twisted Suzuki Jimny Thirsk tuner works its magic 44

OUR CARS DS 4 Premium credentials dissected in final report 54 BYD Atto 3 Why we’re warming to this newcomer 56

EVERY WEEK Jesse Crosse New 800bhp Mustang GTD unpicked 19 Secret Source Car fashion shoot with a fatal flaw 21 Matt Prior One thing about ULEZ we can all agree on 23 Subscribe Save money and get exclusive benefits 24 Steve Cropley A rare Chevy and even rarer Hyundai 25 Autocar Archive Issues from 1895 at your fingertips 26 Damien Smith Classic racing at Silverstone Festival 27 Your Views RS6 swapped for Ioniq 5; Fiat Multipla 58 On this day New electric taxis in London – in 1897! 65 Slideshow Novelty cars you need to see to believe 74

DEALS

Second Chance Ford S-Max: driver’s MPV for £1500 60 James Ruppert What links Macan, MX-5 and Jazz? 63 Road test index Track down that road test here 67 New cars A-Z Key car stats, from Abarth to Zenvo 68

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COMMENT

SOMETIMES YOU LOOK BACK TO GO FORWARD

MOTOR SHOWS of ten give us a peek into the car industry’s future – and what’s notable from the star cars assembled for this year’s Munich show is how familiar that future looks.

From Volkswagen’s ID GTI to BMW’s Neue Klasse, and Renault’s Scenic reinvention to Mini’s Cooper EV, the big cars from the big marques all seem designed to evoke nostalgia. That’s a notable change. At the last Munich show in 2021, to woo the next generation of car buyers VW wheeled out a radical ID Life concept that looked like no VW before. It prompted a major shuffle of staff and fundamental change in approach, exemplified by its embrace of the GTI badge. That makes perfect sense. For longstanding car makers, their brand is one of their strongest assets. Mini is a great example: the new Cooper EV and Countryman SUV are far removed from Sir Alec Issigonis’s original hatch – but there is a direct link in terms of philosophy and concept. That’s what many of the Munich show stars represent: bold new cars, but designed to meet a familiar philosophy. Ultimately a nameplate, badge or styling cue is less about the mechanicals of the machine they’re attached to and more about the philosophy that underpins it.

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