Honda Civic Saloon, Dull and Proud of It

With the Accord no longer sold in the UK, the saloon version of the Civic brings normal back to Honda’s line-up. By Colin Overland

THE CIVIC HAS been many things over the years, but the best ones have all been hatchbacks and the worst ones saloons.
The last saloon that made its way to Britain was a particularly grim hybrid that set back the cause of electrification by several years, and made innocent bystanders wince at its ugliness. Some still can’t sleep.

BMW X5 Definitely Bigger. Is It Better?

Reach for the pies

The fourth-generation BMW X5 is more innovative than it looks – but it’s also bigger and heavier. By Adam Binnie

HIP HOP LEGEND DMX may not have written the lyrics ‘X gon’ give it to ya, X gon’ deliver to ya’ specifically about BMW’s burgeoning range of SUVs, but it does seem to have acted as a spur to BMW to keep adding more models to its X line-up, and to keep making those vehicles bigger and more complex, all in the cause of feeding the kayak and mountain bike fantasies of the world’s wealthier citizens.

Plucky sevens, Quick Group Test

Big families need big cars. But which is the best route to packeverything, do-anything seven-seat contentment? By Jake Groves

KIA SORENTO

Why does it look like this?
It’s meant to be a posh SUV that can do the rough stuf – think cheaper Land Rover Discovery. GT-Line S spec is ‘sporty’, so there are ‘ice cube’ DRLs, red calipers and an aggressive grille, to help pushy parents dominate after-school pick-ups.

McLaren 600LT Sport Series Goes Extreme

The rogue one

McLaren’s sublime Sport Series gets its edgy, out-there LT flagship – resistance is futile. By Ben Miller

IF I COULD pause real life I’d hit the button right now. The view through the panoramic, vaguely Group C windscreen is split at the horizon into two contrasting worlds: above, the unbroken blue of a serene September sky; and below a speed-blurred streak of hot Grand Prix circuit. Pinch me.

The McLaren and I have made our best fist yet of the Hungaroring’s first four corners: brake-bursting turn one,

AC Schnitzer ACS2 Sport, Perfection, perfected

Some people are never satisfied. AC Schnitzer has given the already fabulous BMW M2 a pricey yet brilliant upgrade. By James Taylor

FEW WOULD DISPUTE that the BMW M2 is a riotously fun car to drive. But there’s always room for more mayhem and mirth, tuner AC Schnitzer reckons.

So the car tested here is something of a rolling taster menu for the assorted upgrade parts and packages it has brewed up, all of them available separately. Particularly tasty bits fitted to this M2 include a power hike from 365bhp to 414bhp via a new ECU (£3873), valved quad exhausts the better to hear it through (£2493) and Schnitzer’s RS suspension package (£2521), a bespoke set of springs and dampers adjustable for ride height, compression and rebound damping.

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