Skoda Citigo/Volkswagen up! – cheapest cars to insure

The Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen up! are great small cars, and both undercut their Spanish sister car, the SEAT Mii, for insurance groups

Unlike the SEAT Mii the Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen up! can sit in group 1 for insurance. For the Skoda, the 59bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine in S, SE and Monte Carlo trim qualify for group 1, while only the entry level VW Take up! qualifies. There is the option of the more powerful 74bhp 1.0-litre engine if you opt for the Citigo in SE L trim, but the Continue reading “Skoda Citigo/Volkswagen up! – cheapest cars to insure”

New Bentley Bentayga V8 2018 review

With the diesel Bentley Bentayga dead, we see how good the most economical Bentayga is on the roadVerdict4If you like your SUVs with heaps of clamorous character, few come close to the twin-turbo Bentley Bentayga V8. Opulent, ostentatious and surprisingly fun to drive, the brutish off-roader displays personality and charm by the bucket-load. While many will opt for the W12 simply for its flagship status, it’s the V8 that represents the sweet spot in the range.

With Bentley the latest in a Continue reading “New Bentley Bentayga V8 2018 review”

Skoda Fabia vs Ford Fiesta vs Citroen C3

We put the new Skoda Fabia up against its supermini rivals from Ford and Citroen

Superminis sell by the truckload in the UK, so to stay competitive manufacturers need to make sure their cars are facelifted frequently. And the latest brand to tick that box is Skoda, with this revamped Fabia. 

The range-wide updates comprisea new grille, tweaked headlights, a spec boost across the line-up that includes stronger safety tech, and LED running lights. Personalisation is a priority for buyers in Continue reading “Skoda Fabia vs Ford Fiesta vs Citroen C3”

New Audi e-tron prototype review

Our first drive in Audi's electric SUV reveals real promise, the e-tron has the Jaguar I-Pace in its sightsVerdictA thorough assessment of the Audi e-tron will follow before the end of the year but our first hands-on experience with Audi’s first EV shows it’ll be a match for the Jaguar I-Pace when it comes to tech, space and ability – it’s just a shame it doesn’t look a bit more radical. Having said that, it is comfortable, quick and crammed with technology. We’ll just have to Continue reading “New Audi e-tron prototype review”

New Mercedes S 560 e 2018 review

With over 30 miles of pure electric range, is the new plug-in Mercedes S 560 e the ultimate green limo?Verdict5If you need your limo to do long-distance runs, then we'd still steer you towards a diesel S-Class. But the S 560 e fulfils a brief that's no less worthy, giving zero-emissions, supremely refined motoring around town. The price looks set to be much higher than a 'regular' S-Class, but tax benefits will play their part, so we can see the S 560 e having real appeal Continue reading “New Mercedes S 560 e 2018 review”

New Mercedes C 300 de 2019 review

The new Mercedes C 300 de Estate proves diesel-hybrid power is a winnerVerdict4.5The Mercedes C 300 de makes compelling cases for both diesel power and electrification. It’s a refined long-distance cruiser that has enough EV range for many commutes. Given the potential benefits on tax and running costs, we think the Mercedes will be worthy of recommendation to more than a few.

Hybrids, whether they’re plug-in or so-called ‘self-charging’, tend to be based on petrol engines these days. Continue reading “New Mercedes C 300 de 2019 review”

New Mercedes E 300 e 2018 review

Mercedes E 300 e plug-in exec drives home the case for posh petrol hybridsVerdict4.5The Mercedes E 300 e builds on the traditional E-Class strengths by offering the prospect of a pure-electric commute to more users than ever. You’ll still justify it on numbers more than emotion, but it does feel like another significant step in electrification’s march towards the mainstream.

There’s barely a car on sale these days without an electrified option in the pipeline or already available. But Continue reading “New Mercedes E 300 e 2018 review”

Jaguar I-Pace vs Tesla Model S

Is the Jaguar I-Pace or Tesla Model S the better electric car? We find out in a battle of battery power

Electric cars are the future. Just look at the interest, with every big car maker scrambling to get their first EVs to market. But two premium brands have viable offerings already on sale.

The newest is the Jaguar I-Pace. It’s an all-electric model billed as an SUV. This first EV from the British firm boasts advanced tech under its modern-looking skin, but it’s not the only way. Continue reading “Jaguar I-Pace vs Tesla Model S”

Used Toyota Yaris review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Toyota Yaris covering the Yaris Mk3 (2011-date)VerdictSeven years is a long time in the car industry and the supermini sector has seen some of the most impressive strides in that time, but Toyota has done a pretty good job of keeping the Yaris up-to-date. It’s unique in this class because it’s available in petrol, diesel or hybrid forms, with the latter very popular in the UK. You should find all models are easy to live with, but healthy demand on used car Continue reading “Used Toyota Yaris review”