Used BMW i8 review

A full used buyer’s guide on the BMW i8 covering the i8 Mk1 (2014-date)VerdictBMW didn’t cut any corners when it was developing the i8, and it’s because of this absolute focus that it has no serious rivals. The engineering that went into its design, the way it drives, the available performance combined with minimal fuel consumption make the i8 an extremely desirable car. Yes, you have to pay relatively heavily for the i8, yet it remains one of the most high-tech cars to ever hit the road. Continue reading “Used BMW i8 review”

Continental PremiumContact 6 review

A winner at the pumps and easy on the wallet, but you pay a price in the wet

We struggle to know where to start with this performance. It’s all the more surprising given this tyre was first last year and Continental also took victory in the all-season and winter tests. The results are also contrary to those we usually see from the German brand.

It normally stars in the wet, particularly in braking, while fuel economy is not at the top of its performance targets. However, here the Continue reading “Continental PremiumContact 6 review”

Best folding bikes 2019

Make your commute easier by storing a great fold-out bike in your boot

With parking costs at train stations and in city centres climbing ever higher, many drivers are swapping to two wheels for the last part of their journey – a cost-effective DIY park and ride scheme.

A folding bike will fit in your boot and can take you the last mile or so to your destination, allowing you to park where it’s cheaper, or even free. There’s also no racks needed, or fiddly straps, clips or locks to Continue reading “Best folding bikes 2019”

Tyre reviews: best car tyres 2019

What are the best tyres for your car? We test eight different SUV specific tyres to match their rising popularity to see which is best

There’s no doubt that SUVs are the current hot ticket for drivers, with just about every maker slotting one – and often more – into its line-up.

This change of focus has also seen tyre makers revamp their ranges. SUVs are usually heavier than the equivalent hatchback, as well as taller, and often come with four-wheel drive. This places different Continue reading “Tyre reviews: best car tyres 2019”

Nokian Powerproof review

Well deserved win for Nokian, with a balanced performance across wet and dry tests

We’ve long been fans of Nokian’s winter and all-season tyres, and their success is no surprise given the Finnish maker’s state-of-the-art snow-testing facilities. But its summer range (or just ‘tyres’ for most UK drivers) has failed to match that performance – until now.

The Powerproof, and the Wetproof for the touring tyre segment, were launched last year to target premium producers like Michelin Continue reading “Nokian Powerproof review”

Tyre test 2019: results by category

Focus on SUVs brings in new victor

 It’s been some time since we ventured beyond saloon and hatchback sizes for our tyre test, and the switch to SUV tyres has certainly shaken up the usual competitive order. We’ve also seen characteristics that we expect from certain brands fail to materialise.

At the bottom of the table, Michelin’s ‘good-on-fuel, less-good-in-wet’ result was a surprise because its recent tyres have been much more balanced. Sharing last place is Cooper, Continue reading “Tyre test 2019: results by category”

Michelin Primacy 4 review

A surprise result for Michelin, which had shrugged off its good-on-fuel, poor-in-wet reputation

Michelin is leading the campaign to get tyres used safely right down to their 1.6mm legal minimum. There are strong environmental reasons for this, and the latest stage in the drive is to get EU wet-grip testing done when the tyre is worn – a real-world assessment – rather than brand-new, as is the case currently.

At the launch of the Primacy 4 in 2017 Michelin claimed it delivered a high Continue reading “Michelin Primacy 4 review”

Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport review

The Zeon 4XS Sport is showing its age when it comes to fuel consumption

Cooper-owned Avon appeared in our tests for the first time for many years in 2018 and now it is the turn of the US parent brand to follow suit. The Zeon 4XS Sport is the first of the designs made specifically for SUVs and 4x4s, rather than an adapted car tyre, that we come to. 

It is good to see how the company measures up to its European and Far East rivals, but sadly the Zeon 4XS Sport is not in the first flush of Continue reading “Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport review”

Tyre reviews: best car tyres 2019

What are the best tyres for your car? We test eight different SUV specific tyres to match their rising popularity to see which is best

There’s no doubt that SUVs are the current hot ticket for drivers, with just about every maker slotting one – and often more – into its line-up.

This change of focus has also seen tyre makers revamp their ranges. SUVs are usually heavier than the equivalent hatchback, as well as taller, and often come with four-wheel drive. This places different Continue reading “Tyre reviews: best car tyres 2019”

Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 review

Quiet and very safe in poor conditions,although dry grip needs work

Hankook is another firm to produce a tyre just for SUVs, but you have to ask quite how much is a fresh design and how much marketing, because non-specific rivals will have been developed for the same weight ratings and other aspects. 

As it is, the Ventus S1 is a close match for the plain old PremiumContact 6. Deep water is the S1’s forte, because it took a first and second in the aquaplaning tests. And the deeper the Continue reading “Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 review”