Mazda CX-3 vs Hyundai Kona vs Peugeot 2008

Refreshed Mazda CX-3 takes on new diesel-engined small SUV rivals from Hyundai and Peugeot

A glut of new supermini-SUVs has been launched this year, with brands fighting hard for attention in this still-growing new car segment. The onslaught might have slowed slightly in recent months, but now one of the top models in this class, the Mazda CX-3, has been revamped for 2019.

These updates for the Mazda coincided with the launch of new diesel engines in the Hyundai Kona and Peugeot 2008, and Continue reading “Mazda CX-3 vs Hyundai Kona vs Peugeot 2008”

New Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 2019 review

The 707bhp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is mighty in a straight line, but how does the rest of the driving experience compare?Verdict3.5We should celebrate the fact that cars like the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk exist. This car is a £90,000 Top Trumps card, really, with phenomenal on-paper performance figures that you’d need several brave pills to match on in reality. For some, that will be enough. For us, a Range Rover Sport SVR would be a more sensible choice – but then, you could Continue reading “New Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 2019 review”

New Skoda Superb 1.5 TSI 2019 review

The Skoda Superb is now available with the VW Group's new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, but is it a better bet than the excellent diesel?Verdict4The Skoda Superb remains one of our favourite family cars. It can’t be beaten for space, and the kit list is strong, too. This new 1.5-litre engine is a relaxed performer and suits the car’s character; if you cover relatively few miles it could make more sense than the excellent diesel. We’d still opt for the better value SE Technology Continue reading “New Skoda Superb 1.5 TSI 2019 review”

New Audi e-tron 55 quattro review

We've been behind the wheel of the brand’s first pure-electric production model, the 402bhp, 249-mile range Audi e-tronVerdict4.5Audi's first electric car is a hit. The e-tron is quieter, more comfortable and better to drive than Tesla’s Model X. Its 249-mile electric range may not change the game, but it excels as a high-quality family SUV.

The e-tron is Audi’s first all-electric production car. Arriving in the UK a full two years after Tesla’s Model X and several months Continue reading “New Audi e-tron 55 quattro review”

New Mercedes-AMG A 35 2018 review

The new Mercedes-AMG A 35 is the most potent A-Class for now, and is a real barnstorming hot hatchbackVerdict4.5Sitting between the standard petrol models and the forthcoming AMG range-topper, the A 35 is seen by Mercedes as the perfect middle ground. Yet that’s underselling it. Everything Mercedes-AMG touches turns to gold; this a fine hot hatch that deserves as much of a following as the firm’s hooligan V8s. AMG’s future is looking brighter than ever.

The hot hatch power war shows Continue reading “New Mercedes-AMG A 35 2018 review”

Ford Fiesta ST: long-term test review

First report: We take the new Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch to Wales to meet its rally cousinsVerdict5The Fiesta ST’s driving experience makes us feel like a rally driver on a twisty road, but Ford’s hot supermini doesn’t sacrifice road manners or equipment to do so. It’s one of the best all-rounders you can buy.

Mileage: 2,107
Economy: 39.8mpg

The World Rally Championship has just wrapped up in Australia, but back in October I took a trip up to North Wales for the series’ Continue reading “Ford Fiesta ST: long-term test review”

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Jaguar F-Pace

The petrol-engined Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Jaguar F-Pace slug it out for performance SUV honours

Premium SUVs have pretty much supplanted executive saloons as the market’s favourite family cars, certainly putting a big dent in four-door sales. Now manufacturers are making them more dynamic than ever.

The two models we’ve lined up here put the sports in Sports Utility Vehicle, and the latest 276bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine in the Alfa Romeo Stelvio combines the off-roader’s agility with Continue reading “Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Jaguar F-Pace”

New Kia e-Niro 2019 review

With a range approaching 300 miles, the new Kia e-Niro is an affordable electric car that’s viable for the massesVerdict4.5With every passing month, the progress in technology makes electric vehicles an ever-more appealing prospect for the average motorist. The Kia e-Niro – alongside its Hyundai Kona Electric sister car – is among the first that fully make the grade. Here is a spacious five-door family car that offers the performance, range and charge times to make electric motoring Continue reading “New Kia e-Niro 2019 review”

Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE: long-term test review

First report: Affordable battery-powered Hyundai Kona Electric SUV joins our fleet. Is it a hit?Verdict4Real-world usability is what we’re really looking forward to exploring with the Hyundai Kona Electric. It has the potential to slot into our fleet easily thanks to the near-300-mile range between charges.

Mileage: 3,000
Efficiency: 4.4 miles/kWh

These are exciting times if you’re considering switching to an electric car. Prices are falling as battery range continues to grow Continue reading “Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE: long-term test review”