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.

• Best roof boxes to buy 2018

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”

Winter tyre reviews 2018: results by category

Which winter tyre performed well in which area? Our tables reveal all

We’re not sure what Bridgestone has done to its LM001 tyre for this EVO version, but it isn’t enough, particularly in the wet and on snow. Meanwhile, Falken made a solid debut in our tests, although it struggled in the wet conditions.

The next four tyres were very closely matched; Nokian’s WR D4 had the edge in the snow, but fared less well in the wet. Dunlop’s Winter Sport 5 was inconsistent, with some decent Continue reading “Winter tyre reviews 2018: results by category”

Best winter tyres 2018: tyre brands reviewed and UK prices compared

Before the temperature starts to tumble, we pick the best winter tyres available for your car

You don’t need to wait until the first snowflakes fall to decide that it’s a good idea to switch to winter tyres.

Even if there’s no snow, winter tyres perform better, particularly in the wet, than the UK default ‘summer’ tyre when temperatures drop below around seven degrees Centigrade. You can guarantee we will have conditions like that this winter, and the colder it gets, the bigger Continue reading “Best winter tyres 2018: tyre brands reviewed and UK prices compared”

Best mini jump starter packs 2018

The market offers plenty of small jump starters for every purpose, but which packs the most punch? Here's our verdict

The best mini jump starter packs are there for you when your battery can almost but not quite fire up your car. Progress in lithium battery technology means every driver can now keep a jump starter in the car, so there is no need to let a flat battery ruin your day. These power packs deliver punch beyond their sub-paperback size, and they can easily be slipped into a Continue reading “Best mini jump starter packs 2018”