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NEXT WEEK’S ISSUE O N S A L E 3 0 N OV E M B E R FIRST DRIVE Clean-shaven crew included Volkswagen Group’s Michael Mauer

Irreplaceable Kangoo

With reference to Steve Cropley’s quandary about replacing his original Citroën Berlingo with a car of the same size and practicality, I sympathise with him (My Week in Cars, 2 November). I have been the owner of a 2003 Renault Kangoo for 12 years and don’t know what to get in its place. All of the original van-based cars – Berlingo/Peugeot Partner, Kangoo and Fiat Doblo – have now gone up a platform size from their original underpinnings. In fact, the Kangoo has now been withdrawn from the UK and effectively replaced by the almost identical Mercedes-Benz Citan. Ford has the Tourneo Connect and Volkswagen the Caddy, which are also larger. The only really small van-based car on the UK market is the Fiat Qubo, but that is a bit smaller, so the boot size is rather tight with the seats up. The one car that would fit the bill is the Ford Tourneo Courier, but it isn’t imported, presumably because

the sales would be small and it might steal a few B-Max sales. Philip Davis Via email

Thumbs-up for Polo SUV

Searching the internet for details of my next car, the new VW Polo SUV, it would appear that the dimensions are practically identical to the Audi Q2’s. This, of course, makes sense when you consider the Polo/Audi A1 and VW Golf/Audi A3 similarities. There are several recent photos of the Polo SUV from different sources. To my mind, the design is cohesive and looks ‘right’ and far better than many current small SUVs. Considering the long-term success of Nissan’s Qashqai and Juke and the more recent compact SUVs, and taking into account the demand for the Q2 and Seat Ateca, the delay in producing the Polo and Golf SUVs appears to have been a marketing mistake by VW.

New Mercedes-AMG E63

Supercar-slaying pace on paper. Does that make it a spectacular driver’s car on the road? C O M PA R I S O N

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New Audi TT RS vs rivals

Autocar designs a new car

Jaw-droppingly raucous TT against Ford Focus RS and Merc-AMG A45

Part two of our project to create a people’s car for 2025 and beyond

Ray H Dover Via email

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Maserati Levante

Seven-seat VW Atlas will be sold in the US but not in Europe

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