Volkswagen California Ocean: long-term test review

First report: reviews and features editor Rich fulfils a childhood dream with his very own Hotel CaliforniaVerdict4.5We’ve loved the first six weeks in our Volkswagen California Ocean camper. With various trips already in the calendar and a longer European excursion on the horizon, the VW looks to have a tough summer ahead of it. A boyhood dream come true? You bet.

Mileage: 1,889
Economy: 32.9mpg

I’ve always been a bit of a fair-weather camper. The prospect of setting up a Continue reading “Volkswagen California Ocean: long-term test review”

Toyota Camry vs Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport vs Skoda Superb

We pit the new Toyota Camry against the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport and Skoda Superb to find out if the Camry is a welcomed return

Family saloons used to be at the very heart of the automotive industry, but fashions change and now everyone wants an SUV instead.

The new Toyota Camry – a big family four-door car that’s also reintroducing the Japanese brand’s famous nameplate back into the UK after a 15-year break – is offering an alternative, though, and it’s no surprise this Continue reading “Toyota Camry vs Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport vs Skoda Superb”

Used Audi R8 review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Audi R8 supercar covering the R8 Mk1 (2007-2015)VerdictAudi’s first attempt at a supercar shook up the establishment and it continues to do so. With the earliest examples now a dozen years old, some reliability and build quality glitches are starting to appear. These can be expensive to fix, but this model is relatively cheap to buy and run compared with many rivals, and it’s proving to be made to a very high standard. Running an Aston, Porsche, Ferrari or Continue reading “Used Audi R8 review”

New Mercedes GLC 300 Coupe 2019 review

The Mercedes GLC Coupe has been refreshed for 2019, and we try it out for the first time in 300 petrol guiseVerdict3The newly updated Mercedes GLC Coupe introduces all of the welcome upgrades seen on the standard SUV, while maintaining its swoopy roofline at the expense of boot space and rear headroom. Whether that sportier look is worth the near-£3,000 premium over the regular GLC is open to debate, but the choice between petrol and diesel is more clear cut. The mild hybrid tech works well, Continue reading “New Mercedes GLC 300 Coupe 2019 review”

Used Fiat 500X review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Fiat 500X covering the 500X Mk1 (2015-date)VerdictThe Fiat 500X didn’t feature in our Driver Power 2019 survey but came 71st out of 75 cars last year, suggesting things could be better. Owners on our sister site carbuyer.co.uk give a very wide spread of opinions on the 500X. There are several one or two-star ratings, but plenty of five-star verdicts, too. The key seems to be to buy the right model for you, and thoroughly check over any car before you buy it. Continue reading “Used Fiat 500X review”

DS 3 Crossback vs MINI Countryman

The classy new DS 3 Crossback has the MINI Countryman in its sights, but can it win the posh small SUV battle?

How do you establish a new premium car brand? That’s a question the PSA Group is continually attempting to answer with its infant DS brand, which is only just starting to find its feet after a tricky start as a rebadging of a Citroen supermini – the DS3. After a few years of building below-par alternatives to upmarket German saloon cars and hatchbacks, DS has turned its attention Continue reading “DS 3 Crossback vs MINI Countryman”

New Mitsubishi ASX 2019 review

Can another round of updates help the decade-old Mitsubishi ASX keep pace with the compact SUV competition?Verdict2Despite an extensive facelift, a new engine and extra kit, the Mitsubishi ASX is feeling its age. The small SUV segment has exploded in the past 10 years, and rivals better it in near enough every area – making it tough to recommend. If you’re after a small crossover with good road manners, lots of kit and space for the family, there’s better value to be had elsewhere.

Most Continue reading “New Mitsubishi ASX 2019 review”

New Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic 2019 review

The new flagship Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic has arrived with 542bhp, but what's it like on the road?Verdict4If such a class of a five-seat GT car existed, the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic would be near the top of it. Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations wanted to add performance to the Velar without sacrificing comfort, and it looks to have nailed the brief, building on the standard car’s strengths of style and refinement, while adding extra Continue reading “New Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic 2019 review”

Porsche 911 vs Audi R8

We pitch the new Porsche 911 against a revised Audi R8 V10 in this four-wheel drive supercar showdown

The launch of a new generation of the Porsche 911 is always big news – mainly because the German sports car has ruled the roost for so long that with every successive model, sports car fans always wonder whether the status quo will change. 

Opinion is usually divided among the purists by the inevitable updates and innovations to the 56-year-old icon – and it’s no different here. Continue reading “Porsche 911 vs Audi R8”

New Mercedes GLC 2019 review

The new Mercedes GLC has been updated for 2019 to keep it competitive against the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60Verdict3.5The revised Mercedes GLC takes what was already an accomplished SUV and adds to the appeal. Buyers are sure to love the improved on-board tech, while the engines are more refined and stronger than ever. However, question marks over the economy of this powerful diesel version mean that the six-cylinder BMW X3 xDrive30d might still be a better alternative. We’ll Continue reading “New Mercedes GLC 2019 review”