Used Citroen C4 Cactus review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Citroen C4 Cactus covering the C4 Cactus Mk1 (2014-date)VerdictAfter years of making cars that didn’t stand out from the crowd, Citroen created something different with the C4 Cactus. We recognised that when we crowned it our favourite small SUV at our New Car Awards 2017. At the time we said: “In the C4 Cactus, Citroen has not only created one of the most characterful small SUVs, but also the best. As well as its cheeky character, it drives brilliantly, Continue reading “Used Citroen C4 Cactus review”

Best travel mugs: 2018 group test

Looking for a durable, leak-free travel mug that’ll keep your brew piping hot? Look no further: here’s our pick of the best

It might for a cup of coffee, tea or even refreshing ice-cold water. Maybe it’s for your daily commute or when you’re out walking in the wild. But regardless of the details, an insulated travel mug will always be a sound investment. They may cost more than lots of standard travel mugs, but they’ll keep your beverage of choice the temperature you want and Continue reading “Best travel mugs: 2018 group test”

Best car upholstery cleaner 2018

Which is best for shifting nasty spills and stains from plastics and seats? Our upholstery cleaner test reveals all…

Dirty seats and upholstery can creep up on you, because you often don’t realise how grubby your cabin is until you’ve started cleaning. Constant use of the driver’s seat will see grime build up, particularly after a winter of wet and muddy clothes.

Our test searched for the best interior cleaner to remove not just ground-in grime, but the spills and marks that come Continue reading “Best car upholstery cleaner 2018”

Best interior trim cleaner 2018

Shift dust and grubby cabin stains as we name our pick of the best spray-on interior trim cleaners

Whether your car spends most of its life in the garage or pounding up and down motorways, it will still need the attentions of a trim cleaner. Even if it’s left parked up, dust will collect and will need removing, while high mileage will see the effects of mud, moisture and meals on the move take their toll.

A few minutes with a microfibre cloth and a cleaner can make a real difference; Continue reading “Best interior trim cleaner 2018”

Best 12V car adaptor

We put the best multi-adapters through their paces so you know which to buy for your car

In this age of USB charging, adapters that convert a car’s 12-Volt power socket into several more may seem old hat. But there are still lots of accessories that require more punch than a standard USB outlet’s 5V can provide. Powered cool boxes, travel mugs, aftermarket reversing camera systems, in-car fans and heated seat covers all require a cigarette lighter socket. 

For these, adapters which Continue reading “Best 12V car adaptor”

Best cordless vacuum cleaners: 2018 group test

Which of eight powerful cordless vacuum cleaners best tidies up messy car interiors?

Even the most careful driver will eventually have to clean their car’s interior, especially in filthy winter weather. Dust, dirt, animal hair and food crumbs can make a real mess of it. Abrasive grit in particular can ruin a carpet, and so regular cleaning will pay dividends when it comes to resale time.

A cordless vacuum removes the need to trail a mains model out to the garage or even on to the street. Continue reading “Best cordless vacuum cleaners: 2018 group test”

Best dash cams 2018: reviews and all you need to know

As dash cam sales continue to boom, we test the latest and greatest to find the very best

Dash cams are enjoying huge growth, with over 2.6 million on the road today. Drivers can not only receive insurance discounts, they can also send footage of illegal driving to the police. In fact, these cameras are becoming so popular certain car makers are offering dealer installed options, such as Citroen’s ConnectedCam and MINI’s Advanced Eye. You can scroll to the bottom of this group test to see a Continue reading “Best dash cams 2018: reviews and all you need to know”

Best car power inverters 2018

Top buys for inverters to switch a car’s 12V power to more versatile 240V

We’re relying more and more on our portable electronic gadgets, all of which demand constant power or charging. A power bank is one answer, but it won’t help with larger items and this, too, could go flat. 

For more versatility, an inverter, which converts 12V car power to 240V mains electricity, is extremely useful day to day. It is even more handy when spending longer periods away from a 240V supply, such Continue reading “Best car power inverters 2018”

Best sat-navs 2018: group test review

Which is the best portable sat-nav to guide you to your destination with ease?

Satellite navigation systems have become an everyday tool for UK motorists and if a car doesn’t have sat-nav built-in, there’s a very good chance that a portable sat-nav system will be employed by its driver. This might be in the shape of an app on a smartphone or a dedicated sat-nav unit. Here, we’re interested in the later, and more specifically, in identifying the best portable sat-nav systems on the market Continue reading “Best sat-navs 2018: group test review”

Used Citroen C4 Cactus review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Citroen C4 Cactus covering the C4 Cactus Mk1 (2014-date)VerdictAfter years of making cars that didn’t stand out from the crowd, Citroen created something different with the C4 Cactus. We recognised that when we crowned it our favourite small SUV at our New Car Awards 2017. At the time we said: “In the C4 Cactus, Citroen has not only created one of the most characterful small SUVs, but also the best. As well as its cheeky character, it drives brilliantly, Continue reading “Used Citroen C4 Cactus review”