BMW’S iconic 3 Series is coming back to reclaim the driver’s car crown, and looking to give the likes of Mercedes, Alfa and Jaguar a good shoeing in the process.
We’ve driven the next-gen sedan at the Nurburgring, and you’ll need to check the feature to discover why a resurgent return to form from Munich has the rest of the industry a bit sweaty-palmed.
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Without wishing to appear in any way immodest, this month’s issue of Wheels is a belter. We really don’t know where to start with the good stuff, but here’s a taster.
We’ve delved into the decision making process which has led Daniel Ricciardo to jump ship from Red Bull, in what could be the riskiest gamble of his career.
Car of the Year 2019 is fast approaching, and the field is starting to come together. We’ve formulated a shortlist of the hottest new metal that will be vying for the prestigious award come November.
Our crew of journalists have been travelling the globe to drive the freshest new cars on sale now, including the tyre-shredding Mercedes-Benz C63, the tech-fest A-Class, the gutsy X350d ute, the quiet revolution that is the Audi A8, Hyundai’s updated Tucson, and McLaren’s gorgeous 570S drop top.
It’s not just BMW getting its mojo back, either. Ford’s latest Focus has been given a solid once-over, with Ash Westerman ignoring the cheese course in southern France to give the Focus a good leathering on the mountain roads of Provence.
Editor Inwood escaped the cold grasp of Melbourne’s winter for the even colder conditions in New Zealand. Thankfully, he had a box-fresh AMG-powered Aston Martin Vantage at his disposal, which he pointed towards the tallest peak and most deserted roads he could find.
Ryan Lewis flew to Pikes Peak to ride along as Audi put the next-gen regenerative brakes of its yet-to-be-released E-Tron SUV to the test, while Peter Robinson hitched a ride with Jaguar’s Ian Callum in the I-Pace electric SUV for a trip down memory lane with the famous designer.
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We sent Corby to Mongolia in an Infiniti, Bulmer to Blighty to check out resurrected Jaguars and, to prove that life’s not all business class and Bollinger, we gathered four budget SUVs to see which of the Skoda Karoq, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Peugeot 3008 and Nissan Qashqai would be the last one standing after the full Wheels road test process.
All that, plus our usual opinion, long term test reports, and all the facts and figures that matter in Showroom – phew!
The issue is available now at your local newsagent, or online at Magshop.com.au.