Saturday, August 19, 2017

Road test: Crossland shows benefit of new ownership for Vauxhall

THE ink may barely be dry on the agreement that transfers Vauxhall and Opel to PSA Peugeot – Citroen ownership but the fruits of cooperation were already appearing. Here and on sale is the Vauxhall Crossland X, using the platform...

Road test: Modern sporty Subaru perfect for a trip back in time

YOU can’t beat a bit of nostalgia, especially when you get to our age. So it was that the Subaru Levorg GT was pressed into service taking us back to the days of steam trains and when rally cars...

Road test: Quiet revolution underlines new Fiesta’s arrival

THESE days, a new car model is more likely to be an evolution than a revolution. It’s the case with the new Fiesta from Ford, much to the relief of those who bought into Britain’s best-selling car over the last...

Road test: Hats off to Mazda – a brilliant car emerges from confusion

MAZDA'S stylish little sports car, the MX-5, seems to have been overcome by a confusion of styles in its latest RF format. Don’t let that put you off, though, because both Auto Express and website Honest John named it roadster...

Road test: Cleaner, meaner family travel in SEAT’s Leon

ONE of the biggest headaches facing the VW Group has been positioning each of the marques it controls to best exploit the market. With the likes of Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche it has been fairly straightforward – VW and Audi...

Road test: Just AdBlue sky for perfect diesel droptop experience

THIS report has to start with an apology to the tourism businesses on the Isle of Wight. Why? Because the end of the June heatwave had nothing to do with complex weather systems, high or low pressure, or anything other...

Road test: Supercar connection lifts Ford to higher level

HERE in the UK, car buyers love motors specced up to the nines. We don’t just travel for the sake of it but want to enjoy time behind the wheel in a comfortable environment where we can literally feel at...

Cool-headed motoring for nostalgia fans

FIAT knows a thing or two about nostalgia. The phenomenal success of the 500 city car is illustration enough. But whether or not it needs to revive memories of the 124 Spider from 50 years ago to sell its latest...

New Lexus hybrid is compact and clean way to let off steam

IMAGINE a world where you can drive a compact sports saloon with plenty of muscle and promising 50-plus mpg – without waking up with a diesel clatter. It may seem impossible but a Lexus dealer would say stop imagining and...

Petrol-powered Kodiaq knocks rival SUVs for six

THE row about diesel cars shows no sign of abating, with NOx now the noxious substance of choice rather than CO2. So the higher NOx output of diesels is seen as far more damaging than the higher CO2 generated by...

Trains, boats, planes and Peugeot with limited lifespan

SOME cars survive in the cut-throat modern market, others seems to wither on the vine and leave you wondering why. A good example of the latter is the Peugeot 508 RXH. It comes as either a 180bhp diesel with six-speed...

Space tourism – available now at Citroen dealers!

“Fly me to the moon” crooned Frank Sinatra. That, and watching the Apollo landings almost 40 years ago, was the closest many of us would ever get to space travel. Now there’s a trend among billionaire entrepreneurs to launch space...

Can performance of Toyota’s 4×4 SUV live up to its looks?

Toyota’s C-HR is an undeniably striking car. But the overwhelming sense of something different goes far deeper than the amazing body styling – so stunning it makes the hugely popular Nissan Juke look conservative. As soon as you clamp eyes...

Optima delivers optimism over cleaner driving

Alternative fuel cars, those with electric or hybrid powertrains, were in the ascendancy during the March registration rush, an enthusiasm fuelled in part by the desire to take advantage of their road tax-saving abilities. That saving has largely evaporated. It...

Take on a nomadic lifestyle in Nissan’s Qashqai

FEW people will have seen the real Qashqai. These are the people who make up the tribe that wanders the deserts of South West Iran. But lots of people will have seen the Nissan Qashqai, which borrowed the nomads’ identity...