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Category : Road Test

First Drive: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: £26,195–£30,795 Fuel: 55.4–57.6mpg CO2: 115–118g/km Growing exponentially and beloved of company car drivers, mid-size crossovers are synonymous with diesel engines, particularly in fleet. It’s a crowded sector and tough to … Read More »

First Drive: Lexus RC

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Coupé Price: £34,995–£40,495 Fuel: 38.7–57.6mpg CO2: 113–168g/km Most cars are styled by attaching a corporate grille to the results of a focus group. The Lexus RC wasn’t. The Lexus RC was styled … Read More »

First Drive: Kia Sportage

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: £17,995–£31,645 Fuel: 37.2–61.4mpg CO2: 119–177g/km Kia reckons there’s even more volume to come from the Sportage and, considering its role in the brand’s recent success story, that’s no small statement. … Read More »

Road Test: Mazda3 1.5 SKYACTIV-D

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £18,895–£23,145 Fuel: 64.2­–74.3mpg CO2: 99–114g/km It’s been inevitable for at least a year. The Mazda3’s large diesel engine has curbed its full fleet potential, despite rising demand, and the … Read More »

First Drive: Kia Optima

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: £21,495–£28,895 Fuel: 37.7–67.3mpg CO2: 110–175g/km The Optima’s runaway success when it was launched in North America five years ago was arguably a turning point for the company there. It … Read More »

First Drive: Renault Megane

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: TBC Fuel: 47.0–85.6mpg CO2: 86–134g/km On the surface, you might think Renault has been crying out for a new Megane, to bolster the number of models attractive to fleets … Read More »

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Executive Coupe Price: £30,955–£67,525 Fuel: 32.8–68.9mpg CO2: 106–200g/km Mercedes-Benz has done a good job of becoming more youthful and sporty of late. The A-Class is attracting younger company car drivers, and the … Read More »

Road Test: Subaru Outback 2.0d SE Premium

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: £30,995 Fuel: 50.4mpg CO2: 145g/km Part estate car, part SUV, Subaru has offered four previous generations of Outback in the UK since 1995, carving out a small but loyal … Read More »

Road Test: Mazda MX-5 1.5i Sport Nav

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Roadster Price: £22,445 Fuel: 47.1mpg CO2: 139g/km Mazda’s recent product revival has finally come full circle with the new MX-5. Having spent the last three years injecting its ever-popular roadster’s DNA into … Read More »

Road Test: Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 4×4 Laurin & Klement Estate

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: £35,040 Fuel: 55.4mpg CO2: 135g/km Excellent new Skodas are par for the course these days, and it’s been that way for most of the 21st century. But it’s a … Read More »

Road Test: Infiniti Q70 Sport 2.2d

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Executive Price: £36,600 Fuel: 57.6mpg CO2: 128g/km Infiniti might be shifting a fraction of the volumes of the German premium brands, but there are signs that it’s steadily making moves into one … Read More »

Road Test: Peugeot 208 GT Line PureTech 110

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: £16,695 Fuel: 62.8mpg CO2: 99g/km As much as Peugeot’s 200-series cars have spawned some excellent GTIs, there’s been an equally noteworthy set of sports-styled versions bubbling just below the surface. … Read More »

Road Test: SEAT Leon Cupra ST 290

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £29,670 Fuel: 41.5mpg CO2: 158g/km There’s a real cult following for fast estate cars. A niche perhaps, but turning a load-lugger into hot rod will make it the most … Read More »

First Drive: Volkswagen Passat GTE

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: From £38,000 (before grant) Fuel: 166mpg CO2: 39g/km I fear that the new Passat GTE may go down in history in the chapter marked ‘Passat slow sellers’. Not because it’s … Read More »

Road Test: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI SE (218PS)

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Large SUV Price: £47,755 Fuel: 48.7-49.6mpg CO2: 148-150g/km At over five metres long and over two metres wide, the latest Audi Q7 is no city car. In fact, with a footprint of over … Read More »

Road Test: BMW 7 Series

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Luxury Saloon Price: £64,530–£76,320 Fuel: 60.1–35.3mpg CO2: 124–186g/km The BMW 7 Series’ biggest problem has always been the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. While BMW tended to pitch its big saloon as the drivers’ choice in … Read More »

First Drive: DS 4

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £19,495–£26,495 Fuel: 47.9–74.3mpg CO2: 100–138g/km History suggests DS might have a journey ahead of it muscling in on the premium brands. And, of its three-car model range, the DS 4 … Read More »

First Drive: MINI Clubman

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower medium Price: £19,995–£24,255 Fuel: 48.7–68.9mpg CO2: 109–144g/km When businesses are thinking about a Golf or Focus-sized car for their fleet, it would be highly irregular for MINI to come into the reckoning. … Read More »

First Drive: Nissan LEAF 30kWh

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £24,490-£27,940 (after Plug-in Car Grant)*  Range: 155 miles CO2: 0g/km It’s indicative of the relatively low consumer understanding of EV technology that the most important update for the Nissan LEAF … Read More »

First Drive: Infiniti Q30

1 year ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £20,550–£33,890 Fuel: 32.5–68.9mpg CO2: 108–156g/km With a range largely developed around North American preferences for big saloons and high performance petrol hybrids, Infiniti’s slow start in Europe isn’t much of … Read More »


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