Matt Saunders Road test editor

Matt Saunders Autocar
Matt joined Autocar in 2003. After stints on the news, features and web desks, he’s finally got the job he was looking for all along, as part of the road test team. He devotes most of his week to brake disc sizes, bore and stroke measurements and wet weather stopping distances. He frequently indulges in various foolish errands like maxing out a 227mph Brabus Rocket on the autobahn, driving 500 miles across the UK in an electric Mini, or to trade his way to riches out of a £650 Fiat Cinquecento. Follow Matt on Google+
Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 UK first drive review - hero front

Volkswagen Up GTI 2020 UK review

Reintroduced baby GTI remains bigger on character than outright pace or grip but still has simple, accessible driver appeal in spades.

3 March 2020
First Drive
Renault Captur 2020 UK first drive review - tracking front

Renault Captur 1.0 TCE 100 2020 UK review

Second generation of one of Europe's favourite compact crossovers arrives on British roads in modest spec, but doesn't suffer for it

26 February 2020
First Drive
Skoda Superb IV 2020 UK first drive review - action front

Skoda Superb iV SE-L 2020 UK review

Skoda’s first-ever plug-in hybrid brings petrol-electric motoring remarkably close to bargain territory.

24 January 2020
First Drive
Aston Martin DBX 2020 prototype drive - hero front

First drive: 2020 Aston Martin DBX prototype

New big Aston doesn’t try to be the biggest, fastest SUV on the block, and may be all the more appealing and successful for it

15 January 2020
Land Rover Gerry McGovern
Gerry McGovern

Land Rover's McGovern honoured with OBE

Design boss recognised 'for services to automotive design'

28 December 2019
Mercedes-Benz C-Class - car of the decade - front

Matt Saunders' car of the decade: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

We asked leading Autocar writers to pick a favourite car of the last 10 years. Saunders chooses Merc's saloon over its German counterparts

26 December 2019
Volkswagen passat Estate R Line 2019 UK review - hero front

Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI R-Line Edition Estate 2019 UK review

Not easy to justify for BMW 330i M Sport money, but likably understated and rare-groove all the same. One for the VW diehard with a family – and the means

20 December 2019
First Drive
Rolls-Royce Phantom

Top 10 best super-luxury cars 2020

If money is no object, what's the very best limousine in the world? Here's our guide to the cream of the super-luxury crop

19 December 2019
BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 2019 UK first drive review - hero right

BMW 8 Series 840d xDrive Gran Coupe 2019 UK review

Four-door diesel version of BMW’s new flagship has abundant rational appeal and plenty of dynamism but isn’t as practical or as versatile as rivals

12 December 2019
First Drive
BMW X5 xDrive 45e 2019 UK first drive review - hero front

BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport 2020 UK review

A six-cylinder petrol engine and a bigger battery work wonders for BMW's plug-in hybrid SUV

6 December 2019
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