• April 20, 2015 - Chris Lloyd

      The Ford Focus is a massively common sight on British roads, as the second bestselling new car in the UK. And this success is well deserved – the Focus offers sharp handling, competitive prices, a reasonable list of standard equipment for your money and a wide array of models… Read More

  • June 16, 2015 - Chris Lloyd

      Off-roaders have gone from being the transport of farmers who needed something hardy to get around their land and occasionally drive into town, to being the machine of choice for families the country over. And the car leading this charge? That would be the Nissan Qashqai. The Qashqai may… Read More

  • May 12, 2017 - James Ash

    Mention the word Peugeot and hot hatch, and it won’t be long before the numbers two, oh and five come up. Unfortunately for the French company, every baby hot hatch they’ve produced since the 80s have failed to live up to the ‘iconic’ status of its fore bearer. Yes, it… Read More

  • October 17, 2014 - Chris Lloyd

      The Volkswagen Passat is the German company’s rival for comfort-focused large saloons including the Volvo S60, and Honda Accord, along with the mass market Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia. The Passat also competes with upmarket machines including the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. While some large saloons aim… Read More

  • September 5, 2014 - Chris Lloyd

      The Audi A4 is a premium saloon that fights against the immensely popular BMW 3-Series, the Mercedes C-Class and Volkswagen Passat, along with the sharply-styled Lexus IS. Where the BMW majors on providing an engaging driving experience and the C-Class and Lexus are more comfort-oriented than the A4 is… Read More

  • October 11, 2016 - Jack Evans

    The Honda HRV was first launched back in 1999, with the intention of providing the looks of a sporty hatch with a usable size, as well as a raised ride height. Initially unsuccessful, it was dropped in 2005 – but now it’s back. Based on the Jazz supermini, it’s got… Read More

  • December 22, 2014 - Chris Lloyd

      The Audi Q5 is an upmarket midsize off-roader which competes with premium rivals from BMW, Range Rover and Volvo. Despite all models including Audi’s ‘quattro’ four-wheel drive, this posh mudpluger is likely to spend all of its time on Tarmac, rather than being taken off-road as with some more… Read More

  • March 13, 2015 - Chris Lloyd

    Many car manufacturers are resorting to hybrid petrol-electric and diesel-electric technology as a way to slash the fuel consumption of their cars. One of the latest to jump on the bandwagon is Citroen with its DS5 Hybrid4. Though Toyota and sister-brand Lexus have been selling hybrids for 18 years, the… Read More

  • November 1, 2014 - Chris Lloyd

      The Mercedes SLK is an iconic compact convertible, which offers the benefit of a folding soft top and the prestigious Mercedes badge on the nose. This small sports car aims to blend the best of a chic convertible, with the refinement and sense of solidity from a metal-roofed coupe,… Read More

  • May 10, 2017 - James Ash

    SUVs are hot property at the moment, with each manufacturer clamouring to get one to market. This is Vauxhall’s – the Mokka X. With a wide range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from at a competitive price, the Mokka X is good choice for families. But how can… Read More

  • July 30, 2015 - Chris Lloyd

    Petrol prices may have plummeted over the past year but fuel still makes up one of the largest bills for car owners, with a litre weighing in at an average of 116.62p  – now more than diesel for the first time in 15 years. Don’t think this means you have… Read More

  • January 23, 2015 - Chris Lloyd

      The Mercedes B-Class is a premium compact people carrier, designed to offer a spacious, upmarket interior, a comfortable ride along with easy access for those with limited mobility – due to its relatively high driving position. The closest rivals for this practical machine are the similarly-priced BMW 2 Series… Read More

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