A full used buyer’s guide on the BMW X3 covering the X3 Mk2 (2010-2017)VerdictWith the X3 Mk2 not featuring any petrol engines, the used market will be a little bit more limited in the future, as people turn their back on diesel. But for now, in a car of this size, diesel still makes the most sense; and once you’ve driven the X3, you’ll see why shunning the fuel might be a hasty move for some. Offering the class, poise, build quality and efficiency of its X5 big brother, this car isn’t Continue reading “Used BMW X3 review”
A full used buyer’s guide on the Kia Sportage covering the Sportage Mk3 (2010-2016) and the Sportage Mk2 (2004-2010)
Kia had made huge progress in improving its image before the third-generation Sportage arrived just over seven years ago, but this car really allowed the brand to turn the corner.
Showrooms and British roads were already awash with compact SUVs when the Sportage Mk3 appeared. Yet while many of them failed to stand out from the class crowd, the Kia’s concept car styling Continue reading “Used Kia Sportage review”
A full used buyer’s guide on the Jeep Grand Cherokee covering the Grand Cherokee Mk3 (2005-2011)VerdictThere is plenty to like about the Jeep, although the American SUV is generally outclassed by more sophisticated, and usually better built, European rivals. You get a lot of car for your money and the Jeep is very versatile. Well equipped, comfortable and with some very good engines, it offers plenty of appeal, yet it always came with only five seats, with no option of seven seats. Expect Continue reading “Used Jeep Grand Cherokee review”
A full used buyer’s guide on the Hyundai i30 covering the i30 Mk2 (2012-2017)VerdictThere’s a lot to like about the i30 because you get so much for your money. Buy a Continue reading “Used Hyundai i30 review”
A full used buyer’s guide on the BMW 3 Series covering the 3 Series Mk6 (2012-date)VerdictThere are cheaper family cars and some offer more practicality, but if you’re looking for a car that majors on image, build quality and a brilliant driving experience, the BMW 3 Series might well be the choice for you. Efficient engines mean you get power without crippling fuel bills, and if you buy a model with xDrive, you’ll have driving security all year round. In 2014 the 3 Series won our Best Continue reading “Used BMW 3 Series review”
A full used buyer's guide on the Ford S-MAX covering the S-MAX Mk1 (2006-2015)VerdictFord created a new genre when it introduced the S-MAX: the sporting people carrier. Importantly, the focus remained on comfort and practicality, with luxury on the posher editions. We’re such fans of the S-MAX that we voted it Britain’s Best MPV at our New Car Awards three years in a row, because of “its eye-catching interior, razor-sharp chassis and adaptable seven-seat cabin”. The S-MAX also Continue reading “Used Ford S-MAX review”
A full used car buyer's guide on the Skoda Superb covering the Mk2 (2008-2015)
When Skoda started to work with the VW Group in 1991, the Czech firm was the butt of endless jokes. No one could understand why one of the world’s slickest car makers would team up with a manufacturer from the other side of the old Iron Curtain. But the partnership has been an incredible success at every stage.
Nowhere is this more evident than with Skoda’s biggest and plushest car, the Superb. Continue reading “Used Skoda Superb review”
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We test the best wireless charger phone holders to find out which you should buy.
A wireless car charger makes charging your smartphone on the go incredibly easy, but what if you need to use your phone for sat-nav while driving? Inductive phone holders are the answer.
Most of us charge our phones at home or at work, but a QI (pronounced chee) inductive wireless holder lets you revive it in-car without fiddling with cables. Newer smartphones have QI built-in, but most models can be adapted Continue reading “Best wireless charger phone holders”
Which are the best tyres for your car? Our experts test the biggest-selling 17-inch size to the limit to give you the answer
Which are the safest, most fuel efficient and quietest tyres for your car? That’s what our annual tyre test aims to find out – and it’s more comprehensive than ever! The pace at of tyre development is frenetic as drivers and car makers demand ever more performance.
That shorter development cycle can be seen in this year’s tyre test, where not one of the 10 Continue reading “Tyre reviews: best car tyres 2018”