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This week in Autocar, we detail Alfa Romeo's new BMW M3-beater, drive Skoda's Swiss army knife, and find out why the boss of Jeep is bullish about the company's future.


The next Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio will arrive in 2026 as its most potent car to date, nudging 1000bhp and on-board AI that can tweak its handling - we have every detail. We also take a look at Alfa's long-awaited new SUV, the Milano, as it looks to target a 'new generation' of buyers.

Meanwhile at Mercedes, the EQS has been treated to a new face and range boosted by 11% - we've got the lowdown on the BMW i7 rival.


The best-selling Nissan Qashqai has also received a mild facelift to bring it in line with the electric Ariya, complete with sharper lines and a new face inspired by Japanese samurai helmets.

We also cover Porsche's decision to keep the Boxster, Cayman and Macan on sale in the UK, and why Aston Martin is set to keep combustion powertrains for as long as it can.


The new Skoda Kodiaq has arrived bigger and swisher, offering seven-seat petrols and diesels and, for the first time, a plug-in hybrid. We find out if it still has the enduring appeal of the outgoing car.

BMW's best-seller, the X3, has been given an overhaul in every department - we head to France to drive a pre-production prototype.

Speaking of prototypes, the Audi RS E-tron GT has been given a range of updates with the promise of being a more well-rounded and dynamic GT. Does it fulfil that billing?

Omoda, the Chinese firm planning an offensive on UK shores, is heading for our markets with a competitively priced rival to the Hyundai Kona, simply called the 5. We drive the plug-in hybrid and electric version to see what's what.

Elsewhere in a packed reviews section, we're testing three brand new Volkswagens, the Aston Martin DB12 Volante, and the Citroen C5 Aircrews Hybrid.


New Jeep CEO Antonia Filosa understands what makes the American brand different. James Attwood hears how he plans to turn it into a global success story.

Horiba MIRA, the 80-year-old automotive validation station, is transforming itself into a one-stop vehicle development shop. Matt Saunders takes the tour.


Matt Prior discusses the government's decision to look into headlight glare and the nifty solution he has come up with. He also talks about the SMMT's call to halve VAT on EVs.

Steve Cropley, meanwhile, riffs on the beautiful and bold Wells Vertige, the revival of the Vauxhall Frontera, and how a corner of the Bicester Heritage circuit has been given a familiar name.


You can now buy a second-hand Ford Focus ST for around £6000 - but should you? John Evans is your guide.