Old vs new: 30 years of Auto Express road testing (1988-2018)
To celebrate our 30th anniversary we put the star cars we were testing in 1988 up against the class leaders of 2018
Auto Express is 30, with 2018 symbolising a landmark three decades of Britain’s biggest-selling weekly car magazine. So to mark this special anniversary (and deliver something a bit different for the festive season), we’re looking back through the ages and pages to see how the automotive landscape has changed since 1988.
But there’s another pertinent point that’s worth mentioning. With Britain and its car manufacturers staring down the barrel of a difficult Brexit, the industry is on the cusp of yet another change.
While there’s been turmoil and torment over the past 30 years, certainly, there have been many success stories, too. Auto Express has always been a champion of the British motor industry (we featured an important new British car on the front cover of Issue 1, no less), so with the iconic pairings we’ve assembled here, we’re looking at how the products we’ve been buying have morphed over this time – and without getting too political, what we hope for the future.
Click on the links to the left or below to see our old vs new head-to-head tests...
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingTo celebrate our 30th anniversary we put the star cars we were testing in 1988 up against the class leaders of 2018
- 2MINI Jet Black vs MINI Cooper 5drIgnore the big difference in size, and there’s clear lineage between the Jet Black Mini and current MINI Cooper 5dr
- 3McLaren 12C Spider vs McLaren SennaJust six years separate the 12C Spider and Senna, but the latter shows just how far McLaren has come
- 4Jaguar XJ40 vs Jaguar I-PaceThe I-Pace favours glossy cabin materials to the XJ’s traditional wood, and instruments and switchgear show how things have moved on
- 5Ford Fiesta XR2 vs Ford Fiesta STThe Fiesta XR2 was many an enthusiast’s fast Ford of choice back in 1988. 30 years on, the ST has picked up the mantle
- 6Nissan Bluebird vs Nissan QashqaiDespite their very different body styles, the Nissan Bluebird and Qashqai have proven big hits
- 7Best of British - Aston Martin to VauxhallFrom homegrown brands to foreign-owned marques, the UK still builds great cars