Best rain repellents 2018

A good rain repellent can improve visibility in the wet and improve safety when driving.

It seems that drivers love or loathe rain repellents, but this hasn’t prevented new products being introduced to the market in time for the autumn showers.

• Best microfibre cloths and car drying towels 2018

Fans love the super-slick coating these products leave on glass, which allows rain to run rapidly off. This means you won’t need to use your car’s wipers so much, plus repellents can Continue reading “Best rain repellents 2018”

Used Toyota Yaris review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Toyota Yaris covering the Yaris Mk3 (2011-date)VerdictSeven years is a long time in the car industry and the supermini sector has seen some of the most impressive strides in that time, but Toyota has done a pretty good job of keeping the Yaris up-to-date. It’s unique in this class because it’s available in petrol, diesel or hybrid forms, with the latter very popular in the UK. You should find all models are easy to live with, but healthy demand on used car Continue reading “Used Toyota Yaris review”

Used Hyundai Tucson review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Hyundai Tucson covering the Tucson Mk2 (2015-date)VerdictIt’s easy to see why the Tucson is one of Hyundai’s best-selling cars in the UK and across Europe. It looks smart and is well equipped, comes with a decent range of engines and transmissions, and is widely available second-hand. We’d avoid the underpowered entry-level 1.6 petrol, but the diesels and turbocharged petrol engine are more accomplished. If you’re buying to tow, seek out a Continue reading “Used Hyundai Tucson review”

How to choose the best car roof tent 2018

Look for shelter to strap to the roof of your car? Here’s our buying guide to the best car roof tents

Roof tents for cars first originated in Australia a couple of decades ago, and they’ve been a fixture on many an Aussie SUV since. In more recent times, car roof tents have entered the market in Europe and North America, and they are steadily growing in popularity.

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It’s easy to see why they became so ubiquitous in Oz: a country where camping Continue reading “How to choose the best car roof tent 2018”

Best online tyre retailers 2018

Save money by buying new tyres on the web, but where is the best place to buy car tyres online?

Looking for new tyres isn’t top of everyone’s list of fun things to do, but a raft of online tyre retailers has made it easier than ever. New tyres can be expensive, especially if you have to replace the whole set at once but, as we always stress in our comprehensive tests, you can’t put a price on these safety essentials. Not only is driving with worn rubber illegal, it’s also dangerous for Continue reading “Best online tyre retailers 2018”

Best microfibre cloths and car drying towels 2018

Which microfibre is best for a freshly rinsed car? We test the market leaders for the ultimate drying power…

After the effort of washing and rinsing, it is tempting to let the car dry itself. But that shiny, wet finish soon disappears, leaving behind spots from the minerals in the water, so it pays to dry the bodywork thoroughly. 

There’s a range of options from pricey air blowers to blades that shift water quickly, but run the risk of dragging grit across paintwork. The most Continue reading “Best microfibre cloths and car drying towels 2018”

Used Ford Edge review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Ford Edge covering the Edge Mk2 (2016-date)VerdictWhen we ran an Edge on our fleet, we were impressed by its ability to despatch motorway miles with four or five people aboard, but it was clear that this was a car designed first and foremost with US buyers in mind. The Edge’s generous proportions mean parking in a standard space is tricky, while on twisty roads it’s disappointing dynamically; we have come to expect much better from Ford. Unsurprisingly, Continue reading “Used Ford Edge review”

Best car seat covers and protectors 2018

Protecting your car seats by covering them is an excellent way to keep your interior in top condition. We test the best covers on sale

The best car seat covers can help your vehicle hold on to more of its value come resale time, so it pays to look after them. But which protectors should you buy? To find the best we tested eight front and rear combination sets on a Renault Clio.

They were all ‘universal’, which means they will suit some cars better than others. Not all are compatible Continue reading “Best car seat covers and protectors 2018”

Used Range Rover Sport review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Range Rover Sport covering the Sport Mk2 (2014-date)

It has been 70 years since the first Land Rover appeared, and what the company has achieved during that time is nothing short of miraculous.

From building some of the most crude cars ever devised to producing some of the most sophisticated and luxurious machines on the road, Land Rover has displayed its engineering skills more than anywhere on the Range Rover Sport.

Proving that fast, refined and Continue reading “Used Range Rover Sport review”

Best clay bars 2018

We pick the best clay bars to help you prepare bodywork for a top finish

Removing grime you can’t see sounds like a waste of time, but that’s what a clay bar does and it’s vital for preparing paint for a wax or sealant. Iron particles, brake dust and tree sap are just some of the minute contaminants left behind by even the most thorough of washes, and are found most often on horizontal panels like the bonnet and roof.

These can reduce the bond between paint and any protective coating Continue reading “Best clay bars 2018”