Used Fiat Grande Punto review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Fiat Grande Punto covering the Grande Punto Mk1 (2006-2018)VerdictThe Punto is an old design and was built to a price, so it may not be immediately appealing – but don’t be too dismissive. While it’s no class leader, you get a stylish supermini with a surprisingly roomy cabin and reasonable kit if you avoid entry-level models. It’s also quite a lot of fun to drive, especially in Abarth spec. So if you’re after a cheap runabout or a first car, a Punto Continue reading “Used Fiat Grande Punto review”

Dacia Duster 4×2 Comfort: long term test review

First report: Does our new diesel Dacia Duster have a kind of magic? Early impressions are goodVerdict4.5Our new Duster is already stirring us into song with its back-to-basics interior and low running costs. It’s also a bargain to buy, costing less than many superminis, but with more than enough space for our snapper.

Mileage: 2,040
Economy: 52.6mpg

I want to Break Free, Radio Ga Ga, Under Pressure, A Kind of Magic – like most people, whether they choose to admit it or not, Continue reading “Dacia Duster 4×2 Comfort: long term test review”

Citroen C5 Aircross vs Kia Sportage vs Skoda Karoq

We see if the chunky new Citroen C5 Aircross SUV can offer anything different from the Kia Sportage and Skoda Karoq

Like many brands, Citroen knows the importance of SUVs and is moving to incorporate many more into its line-up, with each wearing its ‘Aircross’ tag to signify the practical, higher-riding body style.

The latest is the C5 Aircross. Following the supermini-based C3 Aircross SUV, it enters a class already packed with talented contenders, many of which are either also new or Continue reading “Citroen C5 Aircross vs Kia Sportage vs Skoda Karoq”

New Renault Kadjar S Edition 2019 review

The updated Renault Kadjar has gained a new trim level called S Edition. We drive it with the brand's new 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol unitVerdict4Our first taste of the revised Renault Kadjar in the UK confirms that the new 1.3-litre turbocharged engine is the pick of the updated model range. The smooth, refined petrol engine is more frugal than the 1.2-litre unit it replaces, while elsewhere the Kadjar remains just as easy to drive and live with as before. The S Edition comes with Continue reading “New Renault Kadjar S Edition 2019 review”

New Toyota Corolla 2019 review

Is the new Toyota Corolla a serious player in the hatchback sector? We drive the 1.8-litre hybrid option to find out…Verdict4The Corolla is Toyota’s best family hatchback for a long time, with an appealing blend of refinement around town, as well as a comfortable ride, precise handling and solid build quality. It has relatively few glaring faults compared with the opposition – although the hybrid powertrain still won’t please driving enthusiasts, and the infotainment system is plain Continue reading “New Toyota Corolla 2019 review”

New Ford Focus Vignale Estate 2019 review

We like the new Ford Focus Estate and we like the new Focus Vignale, but does combining the two make it one of the best cars in the range?Verdict3.5We love the Ford Focus Estate, and we rate the Vignale pretty highly. However, this car’s sluggish engine and lazy gearbox lets it down. If you’ve cash to splash, do it properly; the 1.5-litre petrol auto is a much better fit.

We already rate the new Ford Focus Estate among the very best family cars on sale, and following our first drive of Continue reading “New Ford Focus Vignale Estate 2019 review”

New Range Rover Evoque ride review

We head to Welsh hills for a preview from the passenger seat of the hi-tech second generation Range Rover Evoque SUVVerdictWe have to wait a few more weeks before we can drive the new Range Rover Evoque on the road ourselves, but based on these miles in the UK, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be another smash hit. It feels like it has grown up markedly, bringing the sort of composure, refinement, luxury and tech that premium SUV buyers, and existing Evoque owners, will adore. We doubt Continue reading “New Range Rover Evoque ride review”

New Range Rover Evoque prototype off-road review

Ice drive in a prototype shows just what the new Range Rover Evoque is capable of off-roadVerdictThe new Range Rover Evoque has ambitious goals, especially for all-terrain capability and driver engagement. The news from a snowy Sweden is nothing but positive. It’s hard to imagine the UK’s worst weather will give owners any concern.

It’s -32 degrees Celsius outside, a dazzling yellow sun is clinging to the horizon and, dancing across Arjeplog’s vast frozen, snow-blanketed lake in Continue reading “New Range Rover Evoque prototype off-road review”

Jaguar XE 300 Sport vs Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce

Sporty four-cylinder saloons do battle as the Jaguar XE 300 Sport meets the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce

The Jaguar XE sat at the top of the compact executive class until recently, thanks in part to its fine handling and comfortable ride. But unlike many models in this sector, the XE was missing a range-topping performance version, after the punchy V6-engined S was discontinued because of changes to emissions regulations.

So now the British brand has launched this, the 300 Sport, a new Continue reading “Jaguar XE 300 Sport vs Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce”

Long-term test review: Nissan Leaf Tekna

Update: Temperamental app leaves us our Nissan Leaf Tekna out in the coldVerdict4The Nissan Leaf is coping with the cold weather well; better than the phone app that’s supposed to make cold mornings a little more bearable. But the car continues to prove how enjoyable and relaxing electric driving can be – and cost effective.

Mileage: 6,068
Economy: 3.6miles/kWh

One of the downsides of EV ownership is that the range is supposed to drop in cold weather. Batteries are not as Continue reading “Long-term test review: Nissan Leaf Tekna”