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Category : Road Tests

First Drive: Ford B-MAX

6 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Compact MPV  PRICE £12,995 – £18,895  FUEL 44.1 – 70.6mpg  CO2 104 – 149g/km Filling the shoes of the Fusion, but with a lot more … Read More »

Road Test: Vauxhall Astra 1.7 CDTi ecoFLEX Exclusiv

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower medium Price: £20,725 Fuel: 76.3mpg CO2: 99g/km It’s an unusual compliment to give a car, but one of the best things about Vauxhall’s new … Read More »

First Drive: Honda CR-V

6 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Crossover  PRICE £22,000-£33,000   FUEL 36.7-50.4mpg  CO2 149-180g/km Honda’s old CR-V was a surprising hit in the company car market, but while it helped lay the … Read More »

Road Test: Volvo XC90 D5 AWD SE Lux

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Large SUV Price: £42,695 Fuel: 34.0mpg CO2: 219g/km It’s been a formative decade for the automotive industry, dealing with the battering of a global recession, … Read More »

First Drive: Volkswagen up! Black

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: City Car Price: £11,305 Fuel: 60.1mpg CO2: 108g/km I caught a bit of The Matrix on TV the other night. As a teenager in the … Read More »

Road Test: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0 CDTi Elite

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: £28,925 Fuel: 53.3mpg CO2: 139g/km It tends to happen with test cars that, with a week to test one, you usually end … Read More »

Road Test: Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.2 TFSI

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Convertible Price: £21,185 Fuel: 49.6mpg CO2: 132g/km All this talk of EV and hybrids saving the world has masked some real engineering feats on conventional … Read More »

Land Rover Defender 110 XS Station Wagon

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Large SUV Price: £32,885 Fuel: 27.7mpg CO2: 269g/km When Maurice Wilks designed the original Land Rover back in 1947, if you’d asked him how the … Read More »

Road Test: Fiat 500 TwinAir Plus

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: £12,760 Fuel: 68.9mpg CO2: 95g/km An interesting part of getting to try lots of different cars is seeing first hand just how much … Read More »

Road Test: Mazda3 1.6D TS

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower-medium Price: £17,495 Fuel: 65.7 CO2: 115g/km Mazda is really hammering home the message that it is serious about fleet at the moment. Already this … Read More »

Road Test: SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI FR

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower-medium Price: £20,720 Fuel: 58.9mpg CO2: 127g/km Around a quarter of Leons sold in the UK come with an FR badge on them, showing how … Read More »

Road Test: Toyota Avensis 2.0 D-4D T4 saloon

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper-medium Price: £23,585 Fuel: 62.8mpg CO2:119g/km Value and comfort may be rather prosaic ambitions, but not everyone can be ultra-dynamic and expensive. Toyota knows this … Read More »

Road Test: BMW 640d Gran Coupe

6 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Saloon/Coupe  PRICE £63,900  FUEL 49.6 mpg  CO2 148 g/km When it comes to fitting new cars into niches, it has often been the case that … Read More »

Road Test: Volvo V60 T6 AWD R-Design Polestar

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact executive Price: £39,220 Fuel: 28.5mpg CO2: 237g/km   With a reputation for building safe family carriers and lifestyle cars, it’s almost easy to forget … Read More »

Road Test: Volkswagen Passat Estate BlueMotion 1.6 TDI 105PS

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: £21,925 Fuel: 65.7mpg CO2: 113g/km   The first car manufacturer to launch a separate eco label, VW has made a lot of … Read More »

Skoda Rapid

6 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Compact hatch  PRICE £12,500 – £18,500 (est)  FUEL 72.4 – 48.3mpg CO2 99 – 134g/km In an ever-more cost conscious world, surely Skoda should be one … Read More »

First Drive: Volkswagen Beetle 1.2 TSI DSG

6 years ago / 0 comments

 Sector: Lower medium Price: £16,600 Fuel: 47.9mpg CO2: 137g/km   With concept cars like the sporty E-Bugster and Beetle R, Volkswagen wants to shift the emphasis … Read More »

Road Test: Chevrolet Aveo LT 1.3 VCDi Eco

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: £12,795 Fuel: 78.4mpg CO2: 95g/km Chevrolet’s new B-segment car has had a pretty extreme first year. In short, if you’ve not managed a … Read More »

Road Test: Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC ES

6 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower medium Price: £19,380 Fuel: 47.1mpg CO2: 143g/km Once upon a time, Honda was feted for its petrol engines, screaming banshees that could be thrashed … Read More »

Road Test: Hyundai Veloster 1.6 GDI DCT

6 years ago / 0 comments

 Sector: Coupe Price: £19,250 Fuel: 44.1mpg CO2: 145g/km   With safety regulations forcing manufacturers to build similarly-proportioned cars, it’s always refreshing to see one really push … Read More »

Road Test: Porsche Boxster

6 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Sports   PRICE £37,589 – £45,384  FUEL 36.7mpg  CO2 180g/km For the lucky few, it might just be time to opt out. For the new … Read More »

Road Test: Audi A6 BiTDI quattro S line

7 years ago / 0 comments

COST: £46,160  FUEL: 44.1mpg  CO2: 169g/km Supposedly the diesel revolution is coming to an end. But it’s a sign of the times that, until the much … Read More »

Road Test: Alfa Romeo MiTo TwinAir

7 years ago / 0 comments

 SECTOR Supermini  PRICE £14,150 – £15,350  FUEL 67.3mpg  CO2 98g/km   Want a funky, sporty little car with low CO2 emissions that’s great to drive? Want … Read More »

Ford Focus Zetec S 1.6T EcoBoost

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower medium Price: £20,700 Fuel: 47.9mpg CO2: 137g/km The Focus ST may be drawing almost universal praise from the motoring press, but its 169g/km CO2 … Read More »

First Drive: BMW 3 Series Touring

7 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Compact executive  PRICE £30,400 – £37,700  FUEL 44.5 – 60.1mpg  CO2 124 – 159g/km Appealing to both head and heart, with an unusual combination of … Read More »

Road Test: SEAT Exeo ST Sport Tech 2.0 TDI CR

7 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR Upper Medium  PRICE £24,705  FUEL 56.5mpg  CO2 132g/km SEAT has perhaps the most disjointed range of the Volkswagen Group family. Topped and tailed with lightly … Read More »

BMW X3 3.0d M Sport Auto

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: SUV Price: £40,275 Fuel: 47.1mpg CO2: 159g/km I get the feeling the BMW X3 is currently like one of those faded film stars slinking along … Read More »

Mercedes-Benz B200 Sport Automatic

7 years ago / 0 comments

 Sector: MPV Price: £25,395 Fuel: 45.6mpg CO2: 145g/km When the first A-Class came out in 1998, there was a lot of talk of using that sandwich … Read More »

Mitsubishi Shogun SG3

7 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Large SUV Price: £38,799 Fuel: 37.7mpg CO2: 224g/km In a lifespan of almost three decades, the Shogun has joined an elite group of off-roaders. Hard-wearing, … Read More »

Peugeot RCZ GT 2.0 HDI 163

7 years ago / 0 comments

 Sector: Coupe Price: £25,395 Fuel: 53.2mpg CO2: 139g/km It’s a mark of a successful sports car design when not only does it get the attention of … Read More »