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...

Volvo S90 has a great deal you won’t find on classic Amazon

NON-Volvo enthusiasts may never have heard of Jan Wilsgaard. But, aged 26, he designed the car known the world over as the Volvo Amazon. That was 60 years ago and although Volvo had been a significant presence in the motoring...

Subaru’s Outback is wizard in Oz… and closer to home

MANUFACTURERS spend a great deal of time and effort, not to mention money, when it comes to choosing model names for their range. Even so, it didn’t stop Proton sheepishly coming up with Jumbuck for its pick-up truck – like...

Ford’s latest Focus RS is a blast

IT’S amazing how much fun you can have with 2.3 litres of petrol engine at the command of your right foot. And Ford is doing plenty to ensure that buyers get a really interesting time behind the wheel with the...

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...

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...

Coming to America: New Swindon-built Honda Civic sets sail to the US

PRODUCTION of the US version of the new Civic hatchback has started at Honda’s UK manufacturing base in Swindon. The first cars bound for the US have set sail, due to arrive in US dealers in September. Honda of the...

Post-Brexit: 44 great reasons to keep loving German giants Audi

THERE are 44 different Audis out on the UK roads at the moment, which means that if you drove a difficult one every week it would take you 10 months to go through the fleet. If the 44 number is...