Tesla Model 3 vs BMW 3 Series: electric car vs diesel showdown

The new Tesla Model 3 is ruffling feathers in the junior exec class. We put the electric saloon up against the class-leading BMW 3 Series

Have we reached the point where you’re better off buying an electric car than a conventionally powered alternative? That’s the question we’re aiming to answer by examining every area of these two titans in this Auto Express twin test.

The Tesla Model 3 has been hotly anticipated – and now it’s finally here in right-hand-drive form. There has Continue reading “Tesla Model 3 vs BMW 3 Series: electric car vs diesel showdown”

New 2020 Nissan GT-R: pricing announced

The updated Nissan GT-R is available to order now, priced from £83,995 for the entry-level version and rising to £174,995 for the NISMO

Nissan’s revised 2020 GT-R is on sale now. Prices for the entry-level Pure model start from £83,995 and rise to £99,995 for the Track Edition model. First deliveries are due to arrive by November 2019.

As standard, buyers get a set of 20-inch RAYS alloy wheels, electrically adjustable Bilstein dampers and a downshift rev-matching function for the Continue reading “New 2020 Nissan GT-R: pricing announced”

New McLaren 750LT spied: 720S supercar to get ‘longtail’ treatment

The next longtail McLaren is on its way, with spy shots showing a McLaren 750LT testing at the Nurburgring

A new variant of the McLaren 720S supercar has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring, pointing to a hardcore, uprated ‘longtail’ version of McLaren’s Ferrari F8 Tributo rival being in the works. 

Rumoured to take on the 750LT name, it’ll employ the same ethos as the 675LT and the 600LT, packing more power than the 710bhp 720 it’s based on, shedding weight and majoring on Continue reading “New McLaren 750LT spied: 720S supercar to get ‘longtail’ treatment”

Electric cars have lower lifetime CO2 emissions than petrol or diesel cars

New study reveals that EVs produce less lifetime CO2 than petrol or diesel cars in the UK due to the country decarbonising its energy

Electric cars in the UK are cleaner than their petrol or diesel counterparts even when their production is taken into account, thanks to the country’s continuing move towards renewable energy and decarbonisation.

On average, EVs are responsible for a quarter of the amount of CO2 that conventionally powered cars produce, a figure that increases to half when Continue reading “Electric cars have lower lifetime CO2 emissions than petrol or diesel cars”

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S: prices, specs and full details

Hot 415bhp Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S saloon has reached the UK market, with a base-price of £52,145

The new Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ is on sale in the UK now, priced from £52,145. It’s Affalterbach’s latest rival for the Audi RS3 saloon, which it now outguns by 20bhp thanks a total power output of 415bhp. First deliveries are due to arrive by winter this year.

Like the new Mercedes-AMG A 45 S, the CLA 45 S is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, producing 415bhp Continue reading “Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S: prices, specs and full details”

New 2019 Mercedes CLA 45 S Shooting Brake on sale now

Mercedes's more practical alternative to the Audi RS3 saloon has arrived, with brand-new turbocharged power

Another hot new Mercedes has arrived in the form of the new CLA 45 Shooting Brake, bringing the total number of hot ‘A-cluster’ AMG models to six. It’s available to order now, priced from £53,570, and features the same brand-new, turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine found in the new AMG A 45 S. 

Power stands at 382bhp in the basic model but this won’t be Continue reading “New 2019 Mercedes CLA 45 S Shooting Brake on sale now”

New 2019 Mercedes-AMG A 45 S to cost from £50,570

The Mercedes-AMG A 45 S superhatch boasts a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with 415bhp, and it's on sale in the UK now

The second-generation, 415bhp Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4MATIC+ is on sale in the UK now, priced from £50,570. First customers are due to take delivery in winter.

Mercedes-AMG’s latest A 45 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, offered in two states of tune. UK ‘S’ tuned cars produce 415bhp and 500Nm of torque, providing a claimed 0–62mph Continue reading “New 2019 Mercedes-AMG A 45 S to cost from £50,570”

Best travel mugs 2019

Looking for the best durable, leak-free travel mug that’ll keep your brew piping hot? We try eight top-selling designs

Swapping from a disposable cup to a reusable mug isn’t just better for the environment, it can also save you money. Most of the high-street coffee shops now offer a discount for using your own cup,
or you can make a drink at home and rely on a decent insulated mug to keep it hot for an entire journey.

So which is the best for your coffee fix in the car? We filled Continue reading “Best travel mugs 2019”

Facelifted Smart EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour teased

Nipped and tucked all-electric Smart EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour gearing up for Frankfurt debut

These design sketches are our first official look at the facelifted Smart EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour. The revised all-electric Smart range will be introduced at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, before going on sale early next year.

Mercedes says both models will receive a “reduced and grown-up” design rethink. Based on what we can see in the sketches, revisions are fairly minor, stretching to Continue reading “Facelifted Smart EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour teased”

New Audi e-tron compact hatch to lead brand’s electrification plans

Audi to electrify its entire range, with a new baby e-tron hatch and an all-electric R8 replacement on the cards

Audi is fast-tracking an electric vehicle programme that will see the German firm launch 20 fully electric cars by the middle of the next decade. A range of never-before-seen EVs is in the pipeline, but some of the brand’s best-known models will also make the switch to electric power.

While Audi’s focus will initially be on launching EVs at the upper end of its product Continue reading “New Audi e-tron compact hatch to lead brand’s electrification plans”