The £5k Bentley: Is this Britain’s best-value motor?

A BENTLEY limousine which originally cost almost £150,000 could be Britain’s best-value motor after it was put up for sale for just £5,000. The 1997 Bentley Turbo R Long Wheelbase was designed by the iconic manufacture to offer the ultimate in...

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...

Local mechanic set to represent UK at World Skills Olympics

AWARD-WINNING mechanic Mark Illsley is flying to South Korea this week, to represent the UK in a major automotive competition. Mark is one of only two technicians from the UK who have qualified to represent their country at Hyundai’s World...

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...

DRIVEN: The jury is out on the Nissan Juke

THE Nissan Juke has been described as the perfect example of the crossover. Other people can’t stand it. So it is a sort of Marmite car. I guess I’m the man in the middle. I like all the Nissan range...

DRIVEN: The Formidable 2015 Audi TT Coupé

GEOFF MAXTED of DriveWrite puts Audi's TT through its paces... WHEN people think about the name of Audi there's a good chance they will immediately associate it with the word 'quattro' because that, in a way, sums up the brand. Thus...

Wiltshire Mitsubishi dominate as group reveals award winners

THE UK's largest independent Mitsubishi dealer group, CCR, has presented its annual awards to its top-performing dealers. The Wiltshire dealerships in Swindon and Melksham won four of the nine awards between them at the ceremony held at Alexandra House, near...

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...

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...

DRIVEN: Kia Soul – Bringing Back The Fun

TODAY'S featured car is the Kia Soul, seen here in the well specified 'Mixx' trim. The original car first saw the light of day seven years ago and, I'm pleased to say, this current model is a huge step...

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...

Lydiard Park gearing up for Auto & Retro Festival

MORE than 150 classic, vintage and performance cars will be on display in front of Lydiard House on Saturday. The display will form part of the Lydiard Park Auto & Retro Festival, which is organised by Swindon Borough Council and...

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...

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...

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...