Autocar magazine 27 September – out now

This week: brilliant new Aston Martin DB11 V8; Volvo XC40 first pics; Lambo saloon is go; Ford GT first drive

For this week's Autocar, it's time to meet and greet the Volvo XC40, which will have its sights set on the Range Rover Evoque when it lands in spring 2018.

While we're here, we also stop by at Lamborghini to reveal its plans for a super-saloon model to follow the Urus SUV.

But the car that's grabbed our attention is the new Aston Martin DB11 in AMG V8 form. Can it really be a better offering than the already impressive V12? Our first drive reveals all.

And then there's the Ford GT, which has already dazzled us in the US, but now has to keep up the good work on Britain's challenging roads.

Also in this issue

Mercedes-Benz's thoroughly revamped S350D L is tested to see if it's still the market's best saloon, the Citroën C3 Aircross is driven to see if that style is matched by substance, and the Kia Stonic impresses dynamically. The all-new Volkswagen Arteon is subjected to the 5339th Autocar road test.

We hit the road to visit every single one of the UK's top car manufacturing facilities, travelling 1500 miles on the way. Then we're onto the continent to speak to Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller (below), who picked up the poisoned chalice after the Dieselgate scandal broke.

And what of car manufacturers that have been using engines from other brands in their cars? We argue for the case, which includes the likes of the BMW-powered McLaren F1.

Then we meet the man who has saved a million lives through the invention of ESP. That gives us an excuse to look at more groundbreaking inventions that have appeared since the dawn of the motor car.

Our cars

It's a welcome hello to a new BMW 5 Series in 520d form, which arrives as the curtain begins to fall on our Aston Martin Vanquish. The Alfa Romeo Giulia causes alarm, literally, because its break-in sensors are rather sensitive…

We also take the Skoda Kodiaq on holiday and the Volvo V90 on an 800-mile-filled week, and brim the Volkswagen Passat GTE's boot.

Deals

Our Past Master review this week is for the Audi A2, which remains an underappreciated five-door hatch 17 years after it was launched.

Then we explain why you need a Hummer H2 or H3 – yes, seriously - in your life.

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