Matt Prior

Matt Prior
Title: Editor-at-large

Matt is Autocar’s lead features writer and presenter, is the main face of Autocar’s YouTube channel, presents the My Week In Cars podcast and has written his weekly column, Tester’s Notes, since 2013.

Matt is an automotive engineer who has been writing and talking about cars since 1997. He joined Autocar in 2005 as deputy road test editor, prior to which he was road test editor and world rally editor for Channel 4’s automotive website, 4Car. 

Into all things engineering and automotive from any era, Matt is as comfortable regularly contributing to sibling titles Move Electric and Classic & Sports Car as he is writing for Autocar. He has a racing licence, and some malfunctioning classic cars and motorbikes. 

Matt is an expert in:

  • Engineering and technology
  • Road testing
  • Vehicle dynamics

Matt Prior Q&A

What was your biggest news story?

Matt is consistently among the first journalists to drive the world’s most important new cars. Nearly 2m people have watched his thoughts on the McLaren F1, P1, and Senna specials. Was first to break the news that Mitsubishi was cancelling the Evo and pivoting to electrification, a story picked-up (and initially disbelieved) worldwide.

What’s the best car you’ve ever driven?

Arguably not a McLaren F1, nor a Bugatti Chiron or Bentley Batur, but a 2009 Ford Fiesta Zetec S. So much fun on the road, in a compact package with a superb ride and handling mix, brilliant steering, and all for under £15,000 at the time.

What will the car industry look like in 20 years?

For most of us, the car will still be the quickest, easiest and most cost-efficient way to get around.

Matt Prior testers notes autonomous commute
A commute like this will remain the stuff of dreams – for now, at least...
Opinion

Self-driving isn't dead, but the autonomous car might be

Various car makers have recently pulled investment from autonomous cars, favouring buses and taxis instead

Self-driving isn't dead, but the autonomous car might be
Car review

Used Ford Focus ST 2012-2018 review

The Focus ST once held its own against the Golf GTI, but does it have the edge on your second-hand shortlist?

Used Ford Focus ST 2012-2018 review
Car review

Ineos Quartermaster review

Hard-grafting and capable off-roader gains a longer, pick-up truck variant

Ineos Quartermaster review
Opinion

It's harder than ever to know what car makers will do next

From JLR re-adopting its ancient 5.0-litre V8 to Rimac ditching EVs, the headlines seem to be changing fast

It's harder than ever to know what car makers will do next
Car review

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin's Vantage enters a new age with an old-school sports coupé demeanour

Aston Martin Vantage
Matt Prior opinion
The Picanto is tired of being picked on so it’s taken some design steroids
Opinion

When will cars stop looking so angry?

Prior talks design characteristics making cars more aggressive, and wonders if it's all just a fad

When will cars stop looking so angry?
Car review

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

Four-wheel-drive 641bhp hatch is both technically complex and simply entertaining

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
Car review

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Originator of the SUV launches new PHEV-only Land Rover rival

Jeep Grand Cherokee
Caterham drift day
You’ll have fun in a Seven, whichever way you’re going
Opinion

Why the return of Caterham's Drift Experience is a good thing

Prior riffs on Caterham's drift experience, and explains what it's like to go sideways in a jacked-up 360R

Why the return of Caterham's Drift Experience is a good thing
Car review

Ferrari SF90 XX and Spider review

Ferrari piles on the downforce for its first road-legal, special-series XX model

Ferrari SF90 XX and Spider review
Prior opinion
Even April showers can’t dampen our feelings about the Clio 1.0 TCe
Opinion

The best cars in life are free... of pointless options

Prior drives a standard Renault Clio, which ends up being better than the market's most expensive machines

The best cars in life are free... of pointless options

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