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Category : Road Tests

Road Test: Jaguar XF Sportbrake Luxury 2.2 diesel (163PS)

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Executive Price (August 2013): £35,445 Fuel: 55.4mpg CO2: 135g/km Jaguar arrived fashionably late to the executive estate party with the XF Sportbrake. Not only against … Read More »

First Drive: Volkswagen Golf GTD

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower medium Price: £25,285–£27,355 Fuel: 60.1–67.3mpg CO2: 109–122g/km Can you think of many more complete user-chooser cars than the Golf GTD? Efficient, practical and low on tax, … Read More »

Road Test: Peugeot 208 XY e-HDI 115

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price (August 2013): £18,095 Fuel: 74.3mpg CO2: 99g/km Peugeot has drawn so much media coverage with the 208 GTI, a car that marks the … Read More »

Road Test: Audi A6 allroad quattro 3.0 TDI (204PS)

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Executive Price (August 2013): £43,805 Fuel: 46.3mpg CO2: 159g/km The third generation of Audi’s A6 allroad quattro joins a confusing world of off-roaders. Amid the … Read More »

First Drive: Skoda Octavia Estate

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower-medium Price: £16,790-£24,040 Fuel: 53.3–74.3mpg CO2: 99-124g/km For Skoda, Simply Clever is more than just a slogan – it's the backbone of everything the company does. It … Read More »

First Drive: Kia pro_cee'd GT

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower medium Price: £19,995–£23,995  Fuel: 38.2mpg CO2: 171g/km Hot hatches may have become increasingly stylish in recent years, but the Kia pro_cee’d GT is one … Read More »

Road Test: Audi A4 allroad quattro 3.0 TDI

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper-medium Price (August 2013): £37,275 Fuel: 45.6mpg CO2: 161g/km Much like its A6 allroad big brother, the A4 allroad exists as a bridge between conventional … Read More »

Road Test: Peugeot RCZ GT THP 200

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Coupe Price: £26,635 Fuel: 42.1mpg CO2: 155g/km Following a very complementary facelift earlier this year, there’s a sense that perhaps Peugeot’s RCZ coupe is about … Read More »

First Drive: Nissan Note

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: MPV Price: £11,900–£16,950 Fuel: 54.3–78.5mpg CO2: 95–119g/km Nissan has taken the frumpy old Note and given it a new lease of life. And it needed to, … Read More »

Road Test: VW Passat Estate 2.0 TDI 140 Highline

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper-medium Price (July 2013): £24,620 Fuel: 61.4mpg CO2: 120g/km Volkswagen’s addition of a Highline trim level into the Passat range is excellent news for company … Read More »

First Drive: Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: TBA  Fuel: 62.8mpg  CO2: 119g/km Honda freely admits it’s a petrol specialist, which in Europe is a problem. Diesel is king here, especially … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI SE 5-door

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower-medium Price (June 2013): £19,855 Fuel: 53.3mpg CO2: 123g/km In the company car market, the words ‘Golf’ and ‘diesel’ are pretty much the default option for user-choosers thanks to a combination of … Read More »

First Drive: Volkswagen Golf GTI

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Hatchback Price: £25,845–£28,895 Fuel: 44.1–47.1mpg CO2: 139–149g/km If I was a user chooser, and had to have a mid-level company car, I would seriously consider … Read More »

First Drive: Bentley Flying Spur

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Luxury saloon Price: £140,900 Fuel: 19.2mpg CO2: 343g/km For executives immune from this age of austerity, or chauffeur fleets looking for a high luxury workhorse, there are … Read More »

Road Test: Citroën DS3 Cabrio DSport THP 155

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: £19,680 Fuel: 47.9mpg CO2: 137g/km The Citroën DS3 Cabrio is one of those models that’s so logical and well-judged, that the only real … Read More »

Road Test: Audi A8L Hybrid

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Luxury Price (June 2013): £65,550 Fuel: 44.1mpg CO2: 149g/km Never one to shy away from filling a market niche with a new model, Audi has modified its flagship A8 saloon for the … Read More »

First Drive: Citroën C4 Picasso

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: MPV Price: From £17,500 (est) Fuel: 74.3–44.8mpg CO2: 98–145g/km There are really only three or four things you need in an MPV: wipe clean surfaces, easy access … Read More »

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 CDI Sport

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower-medium Price (June 2013): £29,355 Fuel: 62.8mpg CO2: 117g/km From being a platform which could only spawn small MPVs, Mercedes-Benz has transformed the A-Class into … Read More »

Road Test: Audi A1 Sportback 2.0 TDI S line

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price (June 2013): £20,655 Fuel: 68.9mpg CO2: 108g/km Taking on the ultra-desirable MINI was never going to be an easy task for the Audi … Read More »

Road Test: BMW Z4 sDrive35i M Sport Auto

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Sports car Price: £44,760 Fuel: 31.4mpg CO2: 210g/km The Z4 nameplate has been with us for ten years now, and even this second generation version … Read More »

First Drive: BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact Executive Price (June 2013): £28,830–£40,995 Fuel: 34.9–62.8mpg CO2: 119–189g/km Buying a 3 Series used to be simple: a choice of saloon or Touring, coupe … Read More »

First Drive: Kia Carens

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: MPV Price: TBA Fuel: From 62.7mpg CO2: 118g/km It’s no wonder Kia keeps promoting its star designer Peter Schreyer. He manages to make even the most workmanlike of … Read More »

Road Test: Audi RS4 Avant

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact Executive Price: £55,525 Fuel: 26.4mpg CO2: 249g/km As usable and, in some cases, as practical as the modern supercar has become, there’s something really … Read More »

First Drive: Skoda Superb

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper-medium Price (June 2013): £18,555-£32,260 Fuel: 30.4-67.3mpg CO2: 109-217g/km According to Skoda, the Superb has been an integral part of the company’s success story in … Read More »

First Drive: Lexus IS 300h

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact executive Price: £24,495–£38,485 Fuel: 60.1–65.7mpg CO2: 99–109g/km Forget the sub 100g/km for a moment and take a look at the styling. Different. Striking. Bold. … Read More »

Road Test: Jaguar XFR

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Executive Price: £65,415 Fuel: 24.4mpg CO2: 268g/km While the automotive industry becomes ever-more fixated on low-carbon vehicles, it’s great to know that at the top … Read More »

First Drive: Kia pro_cee'd

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Three-door hatch Price (May 2013): £17,495-£20,795 Fuel: 46.3-74.3mpg CO2: 100-140g/km Kia’s line-up has improved markedly over the past few years, to the point where it has some … Read More »

First Drive: MINI Paceman

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Coupe Price (May 2013): £18,970 – £25,530 Fuel: 39.2 – 64.2mpg  CO2: 115 – 168g/km MINI’s brand heritage has been a backbone of its global … Read More »

First Drive: Renault ZOE

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: EV Supermini  Price (May 2013): £13,995 – £15,195 Fuel: up to 90 mile range CO2: 0g/km For the last couple of years Renault executives have … Read More »

First Drive: Mitsubishi Outlander

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact SUV Price (May 2013): £23,699-£33,999 Fuel: 48.7-53.3mpg CO2: 138-153g/km Much of the focus on Mitsubishi’s new Outlander has been centred on the forthcoming plug-in hybrid, with … Read More »