How many times a year do we hear the phrase “reinventing an icon”? Plenty of hallowed nameplates and models have been resurrected recently, but rarely do these ‘reborn’ cars have tangible links with their ancestors or inspirations. Not so the new EQG, which takes one of the oldest and most recognisable cars on the road and updates its powertrain to bring it into line with its newer stablemates, without making such a fuss about it. It’s still a blocky and functional design, and though the combustion motor is no more, there’s not much to dislike about the promise of enhanced off-road ability from the quad-motor EV set-up. A fashion statement? Sure, the G-Class has been for years, but this is product safeguarding at its finest and most subtle – now wait for Mercedes to bring back the Gullwing…
When was the last time people were excited about driving a normal family hatch? The Renault Megane E-Tech Electric gives off that sort of vibe, with the sense that some real effort has been put in to learn from Renault’s 10-year’s experience with electricity. Key touch points all feel high quality and there’s encouraging noise from engineers talking of ‘focusing on dynamics’ – it all bodes well. Even the weight, normally a hefty topic where EVs are concerned, has been addressed: the Megane weighs 1624kg. Still not svelte, but heading in the right direction at least.