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...

What future is in the stars for the Vauxhall Astra?

GOOGLE searches are so yesterday, a bit like the history of the British car industry. These days when you’re on the road, there’s no need to pull over and search on Google or Google Maps for a filling station or...

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...