The all-new Toyota Supra has finally arrived, but has it been worth the wait? We find out…Verdict4The Toyota Supra blends balance, agility, grip and poise with a punchy six-cylinder motor that delivers a hit of performance and (mostly) the engine note we were after. Whether or not Toyota’s collaboration with BMW affects the Supra’s authenticity, we’ll leave up to you. But there’s no doubting that this is a coupe with real talent and welcome character at a time when those traits should Continue reading “New Toyota Supra 2019 review”
We get taken for a ride in the new, all-electric Porsche Taycan ahead of its official arrival later this yearVerdictTesla’s grasp on the luxury EV market has been unchallenged for years, but Porsche is leading the charge to provide serious competition. The Taycan is fast, effortlessly refined and very well built. It marks a huge turning point in Porsche’s history. We won’t drive the car until the end of the year, but on this basis the 10,000 customers who have placed deposits won’t be Continue reading “New Porsche Taycan ride review”
First report: Skoda Fabia supermini mixes old and new tech – but does that limit its appeal?Verdict3.5On first impressions the Fabia is a bit of a mixed bag, but it’s clear that this is a car Skoda doesn’t feel is in need of flashy new trinkets to find buyers. We’ll see if it holds up over the coming months.
We’ve welcomed a fresh supermini to our fleet. Say hello to our very new and very blue Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI SE L, which we’ll be Continue reading “Skoda Fabia SE L: long-term test review”
The new SEAT Tarraco takes on the Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008 in a seven-seater SUV shootout
SEAT’S SUV range is growing quickly in more ways than one. Around a third of the cars the brand sells are Ateca and Arona SUVs – and now there’s another model that will boost that proportion further: the new Tarraco.
It’s a seven-seat flagship model that’s aimed at buyers who are looking for a bit more space and a couple of extra seats, but without sacrificing a stylish body shape. Continue reading “SEAT Tarraco vs Skoda Kodiaq vs Peugeot 5008”
How does range-topping BMW Z4 M40i cabriolet cope with British roads?Verdict3.5In a world of downsized three and four-cylinder petrol engines, it’s refreshing to see BMW continue to offer its sonorous in-line six in the latest Z4. That’s not enough to make this version our pick of the range, though; the cheaper four-cylinder models make more sense. A Porsche 718 Boxster is still sharper to drive, too, but that’s unlikely to put off potential buyers, who will love the BMW’s mix of style, Continue reading “New BMW Z4 M40i 2019 review”
The Skoda Octavia vRS Challenge adds more kit and chassis upgrades to the standard vRS, but is it worth the extra outlay?Verdict4The Skoda Octavia vRS Challenge is a highly specified and well-configured version of the standard hot hatchback. That’s no bad thing, however: if you want or need the features it comes with, the Challenge more than justifies its relatively high price, to the extent it looks Continue reading “New Skoda Octavia vRS Challenge 2019 review”
The MINI Cooper S 60 Years Edition celebrates the brand's anniversary and is limited to just 500 examples, but what's it like on the road?Verdict4This is not truly a new car; the MINI Cooper S 60 Years is a straightforward paint-and-stickers special edition, albeit one that only 500 of which will be made. It is also the only MINI for now that comes with the delectable British Racing Green IV paint. It’s an anniversary worth celebrating, clearly, and the Cooper S remains a delight to Continue reading “New MINI Cooper S 60 Years Edition 2019 review”
We love the Dacia Duster, but does the cheap as chips SUV still make sense with all-wheel drive?Verdict3Be sure you need the added assurance of four-wheel drive before opting for this new 4×4-equipped Dacia Duster dCi. It’s more challenging to drive due to the short gearing, and it’ll cost more to buy and run than a 2WD model, too. As ever then, the bargain SUV makes more sense in its cheaper trims.
Despite the fact Dacia launched in UK less than a decade ago, the Duster requires little Continue reading “New Dacia Duster 4×4 2019 review”
The new rugged Mercedes GLB SUV is set to arrive in November. We join the development team to see if it stands a chance of successVerdictThe new Mercedes GLB offers a lot of space and versatility despite its compact dimensions. With its rustic but elegant design it will likely attract a range of buyers especially if Mercedes can bring it to market at around the £30,000 price bracket it’s aiming for. The Tiguan may have to watch out.
The door of a Mercedes used to close like the sound of a Continue reading “New Mercedes GLB ride review”
Can the new Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life knock the Citroen Berlingo XL off the top step of the MPV podium?
SUVs tend to steal the limelight for buyers wanting flexible transport, because they combine usability with a trendy image. But what if you need maximum practicality on a budget?
We’re talking about seven-seaters that can accommodate a large family in an affordable package delivering decent efficiency and comfort. A van-based MPV fits these criteria and there are new ones on the Continue reading “Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life vs Citroen Berlingo XL”