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”

New Mercedes-AMG A 35 2019 review

The new Mercedes-AMG A 35 is the most potent A-Class for now, boasting 302bhp and 400Nm of torqueVerdict4Some people will disregard the A 35 as little more than a junior AMG, but those people will be missing a treat. Mercedes has worked hard to turn the regular A-Class into a proper AMG, and the A 35 is proof of its hard work. It’s hugely fast and incredibly adept, and it’s all backed up with a gorgeous interior. It certainly bodes well for the forthcoming A 45 flagship.

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New Citroen C5 Aircross 2019 review

We give our verdict as the refined new Citroen C5 Aircross SUV hits British roadsVerdict3.5The Citroen C5 Aircross should be praised for its uniquely plush take on the family SUV formula. It is totally unpretentious in its design, disregarding driver engagement in favour of solid comfort. However, a Peugeot 3008 is better to drive, has a higher-quality feel and is more composed in day-to-day use. Unless you live on a street lined with potholes and speed bumps, the Peugeot is a bett Continue reading “New Citroen C5 Aircross 2019 review”