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The best family cars must meet the needs of their demanding owners each and every day. Fortunately, carmakers are up to the challenge, and buyers looking for their next family car are spoilt for choice.These days, family car buyers have a variety of options at their disposal. You have conventional hatchbacks and estates but also SUVs and a growing group of models that attempt to merge the qualities of all three. Beyond that, there are petrol, diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powert...
Best family cars to buy 2024
The best family cars must meet the needs of their demanding owners each and every day. Fortunately, carmakers are up to the challenge, and buyers looking for their next family car are spoilt for choice.These days, family car buyers have a variety of options at their disposal. You have conventional hatchbacks and estates but also SUVs and a growing group of models that attempt to merge the qualities of all three. Beyond that, there are petrol, diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powert...
The last thing anyone wants is to be stranded at the roadside with a car full of increasingly restless kids. While no car is guaranteed to not break down, choosing one of the most reliable family cars will certainly improve your odds of a stress-free ownership experience. Of course, it’s very difficult to tell which cars will actually be reliable without living with them first, so we’ve rounded up the most reliable family cars according to data from the latest edition of Driver Power - the UK...
Most reliable family cars to buy 2024
The last thing anyone wants is to be stranded at the roadside with a car full of increasingly restless kids. While no car is guaranteed to not break down, choosing one of the most reliable family cars will certainly improve your odds of a stress-free ownership experience. Of course, it’s very difficult to tell which cars will actually be reliable without living with them first, so we’ve rounded up the most reliable family cars according to data from the latest edition of Driver Power - the UK...
The Goodwood Festival of Speed’s central theme of ‘Horseless to Hybrid’ celebrates over 130 years of engine tech in 2024, while also looking to the future ​The 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed is up and running, featuring cars of all types and vintages. This year’s show is celebrating 130 years of automotive engineering with its central theme of ‘Horseless to Hybrid’, while MG is going all-out to celebrate its centenary. New cars at Goodwood 2024 Running from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th of Ju...
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2024: new cars, dates, tickets and MG centenary theme
The Goodwood Festival of Speed’s central theme of ‘Horseless to Hybrid’ celebrates over 130 years of engine tech in 2024, while also looking to the future ​The 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed is up and running, featuring cars of all types and vintages. This year’s show is celebrating 130 years of automotive engineering with its central theme of ‘Horseless to Hybrid’, while MG is going all-out to celebrate its centenary. New cars at Goodwood 2024 Running from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th of Ju...
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BMW iX1 eDrive20 M Sport long-term test: electric SUV is a bit too loud and proud
Verdict As efficient, handsome and premium as the BMW iX1 is, the amount of noise, particularly at motorway speeds, makes it difficult for us to appreciate the electric SUV’s other qualities. We can’t blame the car entirely of course, but unless Britain’s motorway network goes through a sudden restoration or we find a different wheel and tyre solution, this issue has the potential to sour our time with what should be an appealing car. Mileage: 1,417Efficiency: 3.6mi/kWh The idea of a long-te...
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New electric cars coming soon: the fresh EVs of 2024 and beyond
Car manufacturers are under ever-increasing pressure to fill out their ranges with zero-emissions vehicles. The result is that electric car buyers will soon be spoiled for choice, with 2024 set to be a vintage year for new EVs of all shapes and sizes. Large multi-brand organisations like Stellantis and the Volkswagen Group are leading the way with cost-saving platform sharing, which helps ever-improving technology to trickle down to cheaper cars – and that’s especially true with electric mode...
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Luxury Car of the Year 2024: BMW 7 Series
For years the Mercedes S-Class was the king of the luxury car class, but in 2023 arch-rival BMW finally turned the tables. And the good news for the Bavarian brand is that the 7 Series – and the all-electric i7 in particular – is still the one to buy. Thanks to its all-electric drivetrain, the i7 serves up unrivalled refinement on the move. With its quiet motors and bank vault-like insulation, the BMW slips along in near total silence. As if that wasn’t already enough, its air suspension deli...
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Premium Hybrid Car of the Year 2024: BMW 530e
BMW knows a thing or two when it comes to building big, posh saloons, and much like its predecessors, the latest eighth-generation 5 Series manages to move the game on from the competition. It’s a truly superb all-round executive car, but a key string to its bow is the quality of its plug-in hybrid options – particularly the 530e. Here, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is paired with an electric motor; producing 187bhp and 181bhp respectively, the petrol and electric elements provide i...
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BMW 5 Series - Reliability & safety
We don’t have any data yet for the BMW 5 Series, but the BMW brand has slipped down our Driver Power rankings, moving from 16th out of 32 manufacturers in 2022, to 21st out of 32 in the latest 2023 results. That’s worrying, considering newer companies like 3rd place Tesla are doing much better. Hopefully, a fresh range of models – including the BMW i5 – can reverse this trend. Owners of the previous generation 5 Series praised its high-quality interior, and we reckon there’s been a noticeable...
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BMW 5 Series - Boot space, comfort & practicality
The BMW 5 Series is available as a sizeable five-seat, four-door saloon car, and a more practical five-door estate called the 5 Series Touring, which should cope with a family's demands without resorting to an inefficient SUV. With its generous exterior dimensions, the 5 Series is a big car inside, with plenty of space for five. The front seats are supremely comfortable and include electric lumbar adjustment as standard. Adding the pricey Comfort Plus pack gives you full electric adjustment ...
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BMW 5 Series - Interior, design & technology
In contrast to some of the brand’s more controversial designs, the BMW 5 Series is fairly constrained, but it’s definitely more bloated-looking than the previous model. Anyone not keen on the size of its grille will need to opt for the M Sport Pro specification to get a darker, high-gloss black grille surround that helps to make it less obvious. Inside is where the latest 5 Series really delivers on its premium feel. The finish is excellent and gives the impression it’s been lifted straight o...
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BMW 5 Series - MPG, emissions & running costs
Fuel economy for the BMW 5 Series is competitive with its rivals. The entry-level 520i petrol engine outdoes its Mercedes E-Class equivalent by offering up to 48.7mpg and emissions of 132g/km. Based on our experience testing plug-in hybrid models, you’re unlikely to get anything like the 470.8mpg quoted for the 530e or the 353.1mpg for the 550e, even with regular charging. The 5 Series is no longer offered in the UK with a diesel engine, so those needing a car to tackle lots of motorway mile...
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BMW 5 Series - Engines, performance & drive
The driving experience is generally where the BMW 5 Series excels, and the latest eighth-generation model sets a new standard in the class with superb refinement and comfort coming on leaps and bounds, too. The 5 Series handles tidily, even though the 530e plug-in hybrid we’ve tried so far weighs a portly 2,080kg. Its quick steering and well-controlled body movements help disguise this heft well even on twisty B roads, with its suspension (coil springs at the front and air suspension over a m...
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Best sports cars to buy 2024
​The traditional sports car market may be shrinking, but these highly entertaining models still have a place alongside other performance-oriented cars, like hot hatchbacks or fast SUVs. While the sports car genre incorporates a wide range of sizes, layouts and power outputs, the bottom line is that the best sports cars are all designed with driving fun and engagement as the top priority. There’s a sports car for almost every budget, too. For under £30,000, the Mazda MX-5 is a pure, traditiona...
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New BMW M3 CS Touring spotted: hardcore family estate could be packing 542bhp
It appears that a new, hardcore version of the thrilling BMW M3 Touring is coming in hot. Our spy photographers spotted what is almost certainly an M3 CS Touring hauling it around the Nurburgring race track in Germany. The visual giveaways that this is the BMW M3 CS Touring are the new front grille pattern, the aggressive front splitter with aero fins and a glimpse of yellow headlight elements, all of which are featured on the latest BMW M4 CS that was unveiled in May, and the BMW M3 CS we dr...
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Dramatic new BMW M5 revealed with potent 716bhp powertrain
This is the latest, long-awaited BMW M5, complete with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, bespoke wide body and an aggressive new look. Always one to create plenty of controversy when a new generation arrives, the latest M5 is no different. It’s the first to feature an electrified powertrain – all to the benefit of performance and driver engagement, or so BMW says. Available to order now priced from £110,500, customer cars will arrive from November, alongside a Touring version that’ll be revea...