Southern Group happenings: March 2024

In the month of March, the SGMW members were again prolifically busy as usual. With a litany of new car reveals, drive reviews, and features being produced throughout the month. 

As usual, the automotive industry was busier than ever, with an array of new models breaking cover. Among the new car highlights were the rather stylish-looking MG3 supermini and the electrified Peugeot E-5008, a model that boasts 400 miles of range. While at the premium end of the market, Audi revealed a pair of new Tesla-rivalling electric SUVs, the Q6 e-tron and the performance-oriented SQ6 e-tron. 

SGMW Members Cars: Barry the Volkswagen T2 Westfalia Campmobile

New car reviews were also equally busy last month, with first drives of the updated versions of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV and Giulia saloon. On top of this, reviews of a large number of all-new models broke cover as well, including the BMW iX2, Mazda 2 Hybrid, Maserati Grecale Folgore, MINI Countryman, and the Suzuki Swift, to name just a few. 

Here are some of the highlights produced by the SGMW during March 2024.

SGMW digital round up: 

MG 4 XPower long-term test – Claire Evans 

While MG is best known for bringing affordable EVs to the UK these days, the brand has harked back to its performance roots with the range-topping MG 4 XPower performance EV. But should you pick a rapid electric hatchback over a petrol one? Claire Evans has been living with the new performance EV to find out.

Read the What Car long-term review here

Almost a fifth of all EVs on UK roads are Teslas – Natalie Middleton

In the decade since the Tesla Model S first arrived in the UK, the American brand has sold nearly 200,000 models to British drivers. According to the latest sales data, nearly one-fifth of all EVs on Britain’s roads have a Tesla badge. Natalie Middleton gives the full lowdown for Fleet World. 

Read the Fleet World article here

Hyundai i20N Buying Guide & Most Common Problems – Trinity Francis

The Hyundai i20N is a cracking small hot hatchback and one that’s a favourite of the SGMW members. It’s been on sale for a few years now, meaning it makes a great used buy. Trinity Francis runs through everything you need to know when buying a used i20 N.

Read the Fast Car article here

First Drive: Radical’s New Track-Only Racecar Is Brutally Quick and Responsive – Tim Pitt

The new track-ready Radical SR10 XXR is a car in the very loosest sense of the word. This 725kg track special has no roof, doors, or driver’s aids, and it doesn’t even come with a windscreen. But is this new Radical the lightweight weekend race car to have? Tim Pitt braves the freezing cold of Donington Park to find out. 

Read the Robb Report article here

Suzuki Swift – Fourth Generation First drive (2024) – Maxine Ashford

The small supermini section of the market has been decimated in recent years with the withdrawal of models like the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, and Nissan Micra. However, Suzuki is proving it still believes in the supermini with the arrival of the all-new Swift. Maxine Ashford delivers her verdict for Car Journo. 

Read the Car Journo review here

Why Red Bull Should Bring Back Carlos Sainz – Phill Tromans

While most of us mere mortals would be staying in bed after appendicitis surgery, Carlos Sainz didn’t let it slow him down at all. Just days after having a major operation, Sainz laid waste to all comers by taking the chequered flag at the Australian GP. Phill Tromans gives his take on why Carlos Sainz should be given a seat at Red Bull for next season.  

Read the Car Throttle article here

SGMW social watch: 

Tim Pitt goes for the full Chelsea look with the new (and very blacked-out) Range Rover Sport P400.

Chris Rees confirms that the Peugeot 2008 Cabriolet concept car is now on display at the Peugeot Museum in Sochaux, while also making us slightly sad that it never went into production.

In home mechanic news, Stu Bird confirms that he’s finally managed to fit an engine to Douglas, his vintage Volkswagen Beetle. Before then removing it as he’d forgotten something. 

In home furnishings related news, Tyler Heatley shares the coolest corner of his house. A statement that all SGMW members will agree with. 

I’m sure we all agree that the new Skoda Superb looks, well, superb. However, Phil Huff has noticed a small detail that once you see it, you cannot unsee it. 

Want to know more the SGMW best car picks for 2024? Read about our New Years Honours award winners here.