Nissan Qashqai vs Vauxhall Grandland X vs Skoda Karoq

Can the punchy engine help Nissan's Qashqai regain its place at the top of the crossover pile as it faces Vauxhall and Skoda?

The original Nissan Qashqai might not have been the first crossover, but it captured the essence of a movement in the motor industry at a perfect time, delivering SUV looks on a hatchback budget. It’s no surprise, then, that the Mk1 model and the updated Mk2 version, which moved the game on successfully, took the accolade of Auto Express’s car of the past 30 Continue reading “Nissan Qashqai vs Vauxhall Grandland X vs Skoda Karoq”

Used BMW X5 review

A full used buyer’s guide on the BMW X5 covering the X5 Mk3 (2013-2018)VerdictWhile you’ll need to remain on the road to get the best out of an X5, if you spend time behind the wheel you’ll see you can have your cake and eat it. You’ll enjoy a lofty seating position with the advantages of forward visibility that brings, but there’s no real dynamic penalty to pay. These are sought-after cars, though, so the X5 is costly to buy on the used market, while running costs tend to be steep, Continue reading “Used BMW X5 review”

New MINI Cooper Classic 2019 review

MINI has simplified its range for 2019, and this new MINI Cooper Classic is expected to be the biggest sellerVerdict4Whether MINI’s new five-step order process is any more intuitive than before is open to debate. The extra standard kit helps cement the 5-door hatch’s place at the top of the premium supermini class, however, while the fact it remains a true driver’s car continues to set it apart from the competition.

The original Mini launched nearly 60 years ago to the day. Since then, Continue reading “New MINI Cooper Classic 2019 review”

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S vs Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Muscular flagship premium saloons face off with identical power as the V8 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S meets the V6 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The Mercedes C-Class was updated last year, and while sports saloon fans might not have thought there was too much to get excited about, it means there’s a new AMG version at the top of the refreshed range.

Mercedes-AMG’s C 63 S delivers near-supercar levels of power, with 503bhp from its baritone twin-turbo V8. The C 63 has long been a favourite of Continue reading “Mercedes-AMG C 63 S vs Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio”

New Volvo V60 T8 Twin Engine 2019 review

The new Volvo V60 T8 Twin Engine is currently the most powerful model in the V60 range with almost 400bhp, but what's it like to drive?Verdict4The new T8 Twin Engine is one of three plug-in hybrid V60s due over the next year or so. This will be the middle offering in the PHEV range and just like the regular estate it’s a hugely desirable car. While the performance doesn’t feel quite as punchy as the figures suggest, the luxurious interior and rock-bottom company car tax more than make Continue reading “New Volvo V60 T8 Twin Engine 2019 review”

Volkswagen Polo vs Volkswagen Golf

Our first intra-brand twin test pits the VW Polo supermini against the VW Golf family hatch

Car makers’ model ranges are growing at an incredible rate, with more and more niches being filled and vehicles evolving to the point where there is plenty of crossover between products in the line-ups.

So where once only a family hatchback would do, some buyers could now get away with a larger, more modern supermini – and that’s exactly the theory we’re putting under the spotlight with this Continue reading “Volkswagen Polo vs Volkswagen Golf”

New Volvo V60 Cross Country 2019 review

Is the jacked-up Volvo V60 Cross Country a better bet than the standard estate? We went to Sweden to find out…Verdict4The V60 impressed as soon as it arrived last year; here was a car that represented everything we love about ‘new Volvo’, while also bringing the Swedish brand back to great estate cars with big boots. The Cross Country will have a more niche appeal than the regular V60 but for those who are tired of following the SUV trend, the Cross Country is a great antidote. It’s Continue reading “New Volvo V60 Cross Country 2019 review”

New BMW 745Le xDrive plug-in hybrid 2019 review

The plug-in BMW 745Le has switched from four to six cylinders, but is it better than ever? We drive a late pre-production model to find outVerdictWe'll leave you to make your own judgement on the styling, but by switching from four to six cylinders, BMW’s plug-in hybrid 7 Series is far more befitting of the segment it sits within. It’s calm and quiet around town, but with a chunk more power feels quick and wonderfully refined at speed. It looks set to be even more efficient than its Continue reading “New BMW 745Le xDrive plug-in hybrid 2019 review”

New Nissan Micra N-Sport 2019 review

The new Nissan Micra N-Sport warm hatch has arrived as part of a series of updates to the Micra range. We try it out…Verdict3.5The Nissan Micra has upped its game in the face of fresh competition. The new 1.0-litre motor is key to this, replacing the sluggish and unspectacular old engine by delivering a much-needed shot in the arm. The chassis updates on this 115bhp version is the cherry on top; it’s a much better car to drive than before. But, be in no doubt, the racy looking N-Sport model Continue reading “New Nissan Micra N-Sport 2019 review”

New Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 review

Can the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door blend sports-car performance with saloon practicality? We drive it to find out…Verdict4.5The new GT 4-door represents exactly what we’ve come to expect from Mercedes-AMG. While it won’t be to all tastes, it’s hugely fast and beautifully built, filling yet another niche we never knew existed. It’s sharper to drive than an equivalent AMG E 63 S, and while you do have to pay for the privilege, it’ll no doubt be a hugely impressive and desirable car to Continue reading “New Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 review”