Are Young Drivers More Likely To Be Involved In High Impact Collisions?

Global pioneer of telematics based car insurance, insurethebox, has welcomed the recent EU law requiring cars to be fitted with an e-call button that alerts emergency services in the event of an accident. However, eCall will only be standard on brand-new cars manufactured after 1 April 2018; it won’t be retrofitted to older cars or existing models, leaving potentially millions of motorists without access to this potentially life-saving technology – especially young drivers who Continue reading “Are Young Drivers More Likely To Be Involved In High Impact Collisions?”

SEAT brings digital dials to its Arona and Ibiza lineups

The SEAT Arona is the first car in its class to feature a digital display, with the Ibiza supermini also getting the tech

SEAT has announced that its Digital Cockpit technology will make its debut on the Arona compact crossover and the Ibiza supermini.

The new tech replaces the traditional analogue speedometer and rev counter with a 10.25-inch screen, which can be customised to display a range of driving, navigation and infotainment functions.

The tech has been offered on the larger Continue reading “SEAT brings digital dials to its Arona and Ibiza lineups”

2019 Porsche Taycan: Specs for production Mission E confirmed

Porsche is targeting more than 600bhp, 310 miles of range and 350kW charging compatibility with its first EV

Porsche has confirmed some of the figures it is aiming for with its first production electric vehicle – the Taycan – which will launch towards the end of 2019. 

Revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, the Taycan, wihch builds on the Mission E Concept, will be revealed in full early next year.

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Prototypes of the Taycan electric saloon have Continue reading “2019 Porsche Taycan: Specs for production Mission E confirmed”

‘Perfect storm’ fuels sharp decline in domestic UK car manufacturing

June 2018 saw a 5.5 per cent overall decline in UK car manufacturing, but 47.2 per cent fewer cars were made for the domestic market

June’s manufacturing figures have revealed a sharp 47.2 per cent decline in the number of cars built for the UK domestic market. Of the 128,799 cars made here in June, just 15,647 went to UK buyers, compared to 29,631 in June 2017.   

The number of cars built in the UK for export grew by 6 per cent, but that increase wasn’t enough to offset the decline Continue reading “‘Perfect storm’ fuels sharp decline in domestic UK car manufacturing”

Used Audi A5 Coupe review

A full used buyer’s guide on the A5 Coupe, covering the A5 Coupe Mk1 (2007-2017)VerdictWhile Audis of this vintage were often criticised for their disappointing dynamics, the A5 was better; it is still very enjoyable to drive, as well as great to look at and well built. Opt for a car with the optional Sport package and the handling is even better, but comfort is adversely affected, so try before you buy. Indeed, before you buy any A5 you need to make sure it has the right engine, gearbox, Continue reading “Used Audi A5 Coupe review”

Used Nissan Note review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Nissan Note covering the Note Mk2 (2013-2017)VerdictThe second-generation Nissan Note wasn’t a game-changer, although it did introduce a series of safety features to the segment. It’s neatly designed and, as long as you avoid entry-level cars, equipment levels are generous. The Note is popular mainly with private and Motability buyers, so there are lots of low-mileage examples around. Read the owner reviews on our sister website Carbuyer and you’ll see Continue reading “Used Nissan Note review”

Used Volkswagen Scirocco review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Volkswagen Scirocco covering the Scirocco Mk3 (2008-2017)VerdictWe reckoned that the Scirocco Mk3 was so good that we gave it a maximum five-star rating when we first drove it. We loved the driving position, looks, practicality and the flexible 2.0 TSI engine. If there was a downside it was the generic VW dash that led to some fans thinking that the Scirocco was little more than a dressed-up Golf. But that short-changed the car because it amounted to much more Continue reading “Used Volkswagen Scirocco review”

Best cars for £3,000 or less

Got £3k to spend on a used car? There are tonnes of tempting options. We’ve located seven of the best…

We discovered every single one of the following cars on sale for £3,000 or less, covering everything from hot hatches to everyday family cars. Proof, if any were needed, that cheaper options are out there for those willing to delve into the classifieds.

For example, we discovered a Vauxhall Insignia – one of the UK’s most popular family cars – from 2011 with less than 100,000 Continue reading “Best cars for £3,000 or less”

Used Citroen C1 review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Citroen C1 covering the C1 Mk2 (2014-date)VerdictCitroen has rediscovered distinctive design in the past few years and the C1 is a great example of that. This neat-looking car stands out in a crowd and costs very little to run, but some of its rivals offer a more complete package. The C1 is easy to drive and if you buy a range-topper you get lots of equipment, but the interior is cramped and feels a bit low-rent in places. The warranty also only runs to three Continue reading “Used Citroen C1 review”

Used Nissan X-Trail review

A full used buyer’s guide Nissan X-Trail covering the X-Trail Mk3 (2013-date)VerdictThe X-Trail sits in a crowded market, especially if five seats are enough for your needs. But even if you need space for seven, there are many accomplished choices and it doesn’t really stand out. Still, the Nissan isn’t a poor buy; it looks smart, is well equipped and has a roomy cabin, but there are alternatives that offer these things and feel more special to drive and more solidly built, and are just Continue reading “Used Nissan X-Trail review”