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Alfa Romeo’s electrified future, BMW X7 M60i road tested and Ford Ranger Raptor vs. Jeep Wrangler

This week in Autocar we reveal details of Alfa Romeo’s electric-only Giulia, get behind the wheel of the facelifted BMW X7 and pit the Ford Ranger Raptor against the Jeep Wrangler. 


Alfa Romeo is preparing to become an electric-only brand with an electric SUV to be launched next year and the Giulia range set to get EV treatment, bringing a 986bhp Giulia Quadrifoglio edition. Meanwhile, the Skoda Superb will get a 62-mile plug-in hybrid edition and we cover Kia’s shock reveal of the sharply-styled EV5 SUV. 


We get behind the wheel of the facelifted Mercedes-Benz A-Class to find out if the plush hatchback can still hold its own against the UK’s best-sellers and SUVs. 

Also on test is the Bentley Continental GTC S, combining heavyweight luxury and V8 brawn in a similar vein to the M60i variant of the BMW X7, which features as road test 5617.


The V6-propelled Ford Ranger Raptor sports 288bhp, motorsport-inspired dampers and a £58,900 asking price. Can it compete against the £62,280 Jeep Wrangler amid some muddy-shire off-roading?

James Ruppert has been busy compiling the perfect used buys for every stage in your lifetime, from young and free to grandkids and dogs. Young or old, there’s a car for you. 

Meanwhile, John Evans meets expert detailer Gary Scott whose attention to car cleaning has earned him a considerable internet fanbase – what are his secrets?


Matt Prior comments on his lack of nostalgia for the soon-to-be-defunct Mini Clubman and takes a look at the Dodge Challenger Demon SRT 170 – in other words, a car that can do 0-62mph in 1.66sec.

Steve Cropley recounts his drive of the Ineos Grenadier at Goodwood 75, is amazed by how much of a difference a couple of inches make in a car’s agility and considers some similarities between the Lotus Emira and Alpine A110. 


Oliver Young takes a look at the Lexus ES as your next potential nearly-new buy and why it’s not simply a Toyota in a fancy frock. 

Alex Trethewey explains why love is all that’s needed to overlook the Volkswagen T2’s many faults in this week’s Cult Hero.

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