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Category : Road Tests

Road Test: Fiat 500X 1.6 MultiJet 120hp Lounge

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact Crossover Price: £20,845 Fuel: 68.9mpg CO2: 109g/km Despite the ever-broadening choice of segments and bodystyles on offer, some cars launch with all the right … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI 262 R-Line

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: SUV Price: £48,405 Fuel: 42.8mpg CO2: 174g/km With an all-new Touareg at least two years away, Volkswagen has given the current model a gentle refresh … Read More »

Road Test: Peugeot 308 GT BlueHDI 180

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £25,945 Fuel: 70.6mpg CO2: 103g/km A credible range of performance cars speaks volumes about a brand – able to appeal not only … Read More »

Road Test: Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI (90PS) SE

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: £13,390 Fuel: 60.1mpg CO2: 107g/km Skoda may have gone back to straight lines with the new Fabia, but what’s underneath that creased new … Read More »

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 d Shooting Brake

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £29,225 Fuel: 68.9mpg CO2: 106g/km Given the size and scope of the increasingly multi-faceted C-segment, the recent switch to a sharable platform … Read More »

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz CLS 220 d Shooting Brake

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Executive Price: £47,895 Fuel: 56.5mpg CO2: 132g/km With its three-pointed crosshair aimed firmly at Audi and BMW, Mercedes-Benz is out to grow its share of … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Passat SE Business 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: £26,840 Fuel: 64.2mpg CO2: 116g/km The lines between premium and volume brands are increasingly blurred, but the Volkswagen Passat is still slotted … Read More »

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz GLC

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: SUV Price: £34,950–£36,105 Fuel: 56.5mpg CO2: 129g/km If you add up all the vehicles Mercedes-Benz currently offer with an all-wheel drive system it would total … Read More »

First Drive: Volvo S60/V60 Cross Country

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper medium Price: £30,195–£38,025 Fuel: 49.6–67.3mpg CO2: 111–149g/km Volvo might seem like a late arrival to the cladded D-segment, but it pioneered this niche with … Read More »

First Drive: Jaguar XF

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Premium saloon Price: £32,300–£49,950 Fuel: 34.0–70.6mpg CO2: 104–198g/km Uncompetitive CO2 emissions from the outgoing Jaguar XF did not help fleet sales. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel … Read More »

First Drive: Ford Galaxy

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Large MPV Price: £26,445–£36,760 Fuel: 35.7–56.5mpg CO2: 129–180g/km Ford once likened the Galaxy to first class air travel – an ironic comparison for a car … Read More »

First Drive: Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 TD4

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact SUV Price: £30,695–£43,000 Fuel: 53.3–57.7mpg CO2: 129–139g/km Packaging family-friendly versatility and genuine off-road ability with a large slice of Evoque style, the Discovery Sport … Read More »

Road Test: Suzuki Vitara SZ5 1.6 DDiS ALLGRIP

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: £21,299 Fuel: 67.2mpg CO2: 111g/km For just under 30 years, the Suzuki Vitara has been synonymous with fashionable beach-combers and subsequently with caravan … Read More »

First Drive: Citroën Berlingo Multispace

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: People carrier Price: £13,355–£18,540 Fuel: 44.1–68.9mpg CO2: 109–48g/km Those looking for a practical people carrier that can take the knocks of occasional load-lugging duties, or … Read More »

First Drive: DS 5

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact Executive Price: £25,980–£34,890 Fuel: 47.9–72.4mpg CO2: 103–136g/km With its own website and the beginnings of a dealer network, DS Automobiles has been taking steady … Read More »

First Drive: Fiat 500

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: City car Price: £10,890–£17,070 Fuel: 60.1–74.3mpg CO2: 90–110g/km Launched in July 1957, the Nuova 500 – ‘new’ because it replaced the 500 ‘Topolino’ – was … Read More »

First Drive: Honda HR-V

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: £17,995–£24,945 Fuel: 50.4–70.6mpg CO2: 108–134g/km Launched in 1999, the original Honda HR-V might not have been a big seller in the UK, but … Read More »

First Drive: Volkswagen Touran

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact MPV Price: TBA Fuel: 50.4–67.3mpg CO2: 111–132g/km You can tell a lot about a car’s target audience from the options list. For Volkswagen, building … Read More »

First Drive: BMW 3 Series

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact Executive Price: £24,975–£41,665 Fuel: 38.2–74.3mpg CO2: 99–179g/km BMW might seem focused on niche models, but the 3 Series is a reminder that its core … Read More »

First Drive: BMW X1

4 years ago / 1 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: £31,225–£36,060 Fuel: 44.8–65.7mpg CO2: 114–146g/km BMW managed to beat its direct rivals to the crossover segment with the X1, and it’s done well … Read More »

Road Test: SEAT Leon X-Perience 2.0 TDI SE Technology

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £26,905 Fuel: 58.9mpg CO2: 125g/km In a range targeting style-conscious young buyers, crossovers seem suspicious by their absence in the SEAT line-up. … Read More »

Road Test: Audi A7 S line Ultra

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Executive Price: £48,705 Fuel: 57.6mpg CO2: 128g/km There’s plenty of direct rivalry between even the niche models of the ‘Big Three’ German premium manufacturers, but … Read More »

First Drive: Toyota Auris

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £15,245–£25,095 Fuel: 40.4–83.1mpg CO2: 79–126g/km Another day, and yet another hybrid launch. For Toyota the hybrid has become so integral to its … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Polo GTI

4 years ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen Polo GTI Sector: Supermini Price: £18,900 (£19,530 5dr) Fuel: 47.1mpg CO2: 139g/km Almost 40 years ago, Volkswagen defined what has since become the formula for hot … Read More »

First Drive: Volkswagen Sharan

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Large MPV Price: £26,300–£36,280 Fuel: 42.2–56.5mpg CO2: 130–156g/km Over a two-decade lifespan, Volkswagen has carved out some surprisingly broad global niches for the Sharan. The … Read More »

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: SUV Price: £49,280–£96,555 Fuel: 23.9–76.4mpg CO2: 78–278g/km While new niches seem to be de rigeur for the German premium brands at the moment, the GLE-Class … Read More »

First Drive: Toyota Avensis

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: £17,765–£28,440 Fuel: 45.6–67.3mpg CO2: 108–143g/km Toyota reckons word of mouth plays a big part in maintaining and building the customer base for … Read More »

First Drive: Renault Kadjar

4 years ago / 0 comments

It’s a late arrival, but Renault is joining the crossover set at the top of the class, says Alex Grant.Sector: Crossover Price: £17,995–£26,295 Fuel: 48.7–74.3mpg CO2: … Read More »

First Drive: Peugeot 208

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: £11,695–£21,995 Fuel: 52.3–94.2mpg CO2: 79–125g/km Peugeot’s B-segment 208 hatch remains the French firm’s best selling car, both in the UK and across Europe. … Read More »

First Drive: BMW 1 Series

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: £20,245-£31,730 Fuel: 35.3–83.1mpg CO2: 89–188g/km It’s a little under four years since BMW launched the second-generation 1 Series, which says a lot … Read More »