Subaru enthusiasts get more mature choice with BRZ

EVERY driver possessing even an ounce of sanity has probably hoped at some time that spotty youths in Subaru Imprezas would one day graduate to something newer and more sophisticated – a more mature choice, if you like. The opportunity...

Swindon-built Honda CR-V leads the pack

NEVER mind the old saying: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Where mid-size SUVs are concerned, it's which came first the Honda CR-V or the Land Rover Freelander? The answer is the Honda, the first car of its...

Suzuki pulls off three-cylinder trick in style

WHEN the Japanese car industry was embryonic, it kept itself busy manufacturing designs from the west. Datson (as it then was, literally son of Dat) started with a remanufactured Austin 7. But there’s no shame in that, for BMW did...

Hyundai wants you to feel the love

EVERY car manufacturer wants the public to love its products. For Ford it seems almost to be no contest, with the Fiesta showing feisty spirit and dominating the sales charts for years. It shows no sign of weakening its grip,...

Audi’s A3 remains A1 for buyer appeal

AUDI'S A3 has been a huge hit with buyers since being launched 20 years ago. Even two years into its life in the UK market it was in such demand that the first diesels retailed for list price new, with...

Ford shrinks SUV style into supermini package with 139bhp EcoSport

IT'S not easy to combine some of the more desirable elements of a big car with the footprint of a supermini but the Ford EcoSport shows just how it can be done. Some of the appeal of larger SUV and...

Seat’s speedy SUV 4×4 takes Salisbury Plain in its stride

IT will outpace a Mark II Jag, still seen as the epitome of the British sports saloon, yet runs on diesel fuel, offers proper family space, and even offers four-wheel drive. Yet an important part of the test for the...

Eye-catching Mazda CX-3 is as great to drive as it is to look at

THESE days people imagine they have to justify everything they buy with some sensible explanation as to why it’s important in their lives. But what happened to the good, old-fashioned idea that when it comes to buying a car you...

Can demon diesel survive Kia’s sustained battery?

DIESEL has become a demon, a bête noire for campaigners. Despite their lower fuel consumption, there are concerns many of us wheeze because of the soot particles diesels pump out. True there are particulate filters in their exhaust systems designed...

Peugeot lion is roaring with 3008 launch

AFTER years of being fed a diet of industry-wide “evolutionary” car updates – in other words tweaks rather than a real effort to give us something new – Peugeot 3008 owners can be forgiven if their jaws hit the...

New C3 is a winner for Citroen

FOR those who have grown up thinking Formula One, and maybe British Touring Cars, are the only forms of motor sport it may come as something of a shock to know that Citroen is literally hard at it in...

Agile on and off road, Volvo’s V60 Cross Country lives up to its name

FOR every nonagenarian who would like to feel more like a 20-year-old, there is hope. It comes courtesy of Volvo, 90 this year yet celebrating its 20 years of all-wheel- drive cars that will go anywhere even when they don’t...

Revamped Ford Mustang still devours the miles in style

KIDS who spent the 60s with their noses pressed against car showroom windows had some pretty amazing performance hardware to drool over. But in amongst all their dreaming was one that was impossible to achieve. The Ford Mustang had whetted...

Honda Civic Type R facing the chop: I predict a riot

THE Swindon-built Honda Civic Type R, one of the best performance cars on the UK roads, is going to be one of the casualties of the new Civic which is currently being produced at the factory. The ninth Civic, of...

Volvo: Now a very tasty alternative to the German giants

JUST like Skoda has shaken off its unreliable reputation it is the same with Volvo with its staid moniker. Volvo now produce some of the finest cars around. Since the company broke away from the Ford clutches at the turning...