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”

Suzuki Swift Sport: long-term test review

Third report: our Suzuki Swift Sport impresses on Yorkshire tripVerdict4A trip along some fantastic roads in Yorkshire has proven once again that the Swift is great to drive, but it’s not as rewarding as we would like when pushing hard. It’s easier to live with day to day as a result, aside from a few small niggles.

Mileage: 3,048
Economy: 42.8mpg

Thanks to our Swift Sport’s bright yellow paintjob, I spend about 70 per cent of my time around the little hot hatch squinting. Continue reading “Suzuki Swift Sport: long-term test review”

New Rolls-Royce Cullinan 2018 review

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the ultimate luxury SUV, and we've been for a driveVerdict4.5The Cullinan takes its name from the largest and most flawless diamond ever found – and Rolls-Royce’s first attempt at a luxury off-roader is worthy of its title. It offers an incredible insight into the lives of the super-rich, and deserves its place at the very top of the SUV tree. Audacious, awesome, luxuriously practical and beautifully crafted: if you’ve got the cash there’s nothing quite Continue reading “New Rolls-Royce Cullinan 2018 review”

Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series vs Volvo S90

We pitch the new Audi A6 against the BMW 5 Series and Volvo S90 in exec saloon shoot-out

The battle in the company car market is incredibly tight. Premium quality and badge image count for a lot in the exec saloon class, so the more tech that’s on offer to make life on the road easier for business users, the more that should correlate with sales.

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Audi is hoping that’s the case with its latest A6. Taking inspiration from the manufacturer’s A8 Continue reading “Audi A6 vs BMW 5 Series vs Volvo S90”

New Kia Ceed 2018 review

Kia's Ford Focus rival shows real promise but it's pricey in this First Edition guise.Verdict4Even though its 1.4-litre engine is a strong performer, the Kia Ceed First Edition simply has too much extraneous equipment and too high a price tag – cash or on finance – to be our pick of the range. There’s plenty of kit on cheaper models and they won’t be any less practical. Added to the fact they’ll also be more comfortable due to their smaller wheels, these elements could make Continue reading “New Kia Ceed 2018 review”

New 2018 Kia Ceed UK review

Kia's Focus rival shows real promise but it's pricey in this First Edition guise.Verdict4Even though its 1.4-litre engine is a strong performer, the Kia Ceed First Edition simply has too much extraneous equipment and too high a price tag – cash or on finance – to be our pick of the range. There’s plenty of kit on cheaper models and they won’t be any less practical. Added to the fact they’ll also be more comfortable due to their smaller wheels, these elements could make the Continue reading “New 2018 Kia Ceed UK review”

Used Hyundai Tucson review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Hyundai Tucson covering the Tucson Mk2 (2015-date)VerdictIt’s easy to see why the Tucson is one of Hyundai’s best-selling cars in the UK and across Europe. It looks smart and is well equipped, comes with a decent range of engines and transmissions, and is widely available second-hand. We’d avoid the underpowered entry-level 1.6 petrol, but the diesels and turbocharged petrol engine are more accomplished. If you’re buying to tow, seek out a Continue reading “Used Hyundai Tucson review”

Toyota C-HR Excel: long-term test review

Third report: will hybrid version of the Toyota C-HR cure thirsty petrol woe?Verdict4The Toyota C-HR has really grown on me. It looks cool, is great to drive, and the punchy petrol engine is a peach. But its relatively poor fuel economy is letting it down. I’m hoping a stint in the Hybrid will fix this.

Mileage: 6,544
Economy: 38.7mpg

Covering as many miles as I do (around 30,000 per year, if you’re interested) means I’m constantly keeping an eye on fuel consumption. Sporty Continue reading “Toyota C-HR Excel: long-term test review”