Due to arrive next year, we’ve been for an early drive in the forthcoming Kia Proceed GTVerdictWe fully expect the ProCeed’s good looks to sway many buyers, but so should its quality and kit count. It’s more GT than GTi to drive and there are a few practicality compromises over a traditional estate. But if you value style highly and space is only an occasional necessity, then it looks like Kia could be on to something really good with the ProCeed.
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A facelift brings safety and tech improvements to the Jeep Cherokee, but it still falls short of the class leading SUVsVerdict2.5The Jeep Cherokee’s latest facelift brings welcome improvements to safety equipment and infotainment while refining the previously challenging styling. But it’s still a car which, despite bearing one of the most iconic names in the SUV class, is just another indistinct face in the crowd, failing to trouble the best rivals in any area.
The Jeep Cherokee is one of Continue reading “New Jeep Cherokee 2018 review”
Third report: spacious Peugeot 5008 SUV swallows up music gear with ease. Is it on song elsewhere too?Verdict4Rear headroom is poor, we don’t like the speed camera warning signal, and parts of the nav and tech could be easier to work out. But on nearly all other counts the 5008 is a superb family car. There’s so much space inside and loads of tech, and it’s even quite good to drive.
When one of your teenage sons has ambitions to be a musician, Continue reading “Peugeot 5008 GT Line: long-term test review”
Aston Martin’s updated DB11 comes close to the perfect big V12 GT recipe in updated AMR specVerdict4.5The DB11 AMR is exactly what a big British V12 GT car should be. In fact, it’s what the DB11 should have been from the start. The updates have enhanced its dynamic side without compromising its grand touring credentials. With these changes, the DB11 now feels more at ease with itself and makes more sense in the Aston line-up.
Just 18 months after its launch, Aston Martin has already Continue reading “New Aston Martin DB11 AMR 2018 review”
If you want a Jaguar F-Pace that prioritises luxury over sportiness, the Portfolio trim level is the one to getVerdict4The Jaguar F-Pace is often seen at the sportier alternative to its SUV stablemates from Range Rover and Land Rover but in Portfolio trim it mixes those inherent dynamic qualities with a fair amount of comfort and luxury. Well built, spacious and sporting some classy design touches inside and out, the F-Pace package is enhanced by the Portfolio trim level, which offers a good Continue reading “New Jaguar F-Pace Portfolio review”
Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV is the best selling PHEV in the UK. We find out if the new model has the potential to continue this successVerdict3.5The revisions to the UK’s best-selling plug-in vehicle have not corrected many of its flaws – but equally, they’ve done nothing to dilute its appeal. The Outlander PHEV occupies an unusual niche in the marketplace, offering full-on family SUV practicality with low running costs and company car bills. So while more capable, plusher rivals are Continue reading “New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review”
Final report: our SsangYong Rexton's great load-lugging ability comes to fore on a track-day tour around FranceVerdict3.5The jury is still out on the Rexton’s styling and we’re certainly not going to miss the unsettled ride, but the SsangYong will be a hard act to follow when it comes to towing over thousands of miles.
The SsangYong Rexton’s time on our fleet is now sadly at an end. It’s been all about long trips, and the mileage crept Continue reading “SsangYong Rexton ELX: long-term test review”
The new all-new Audi A6 Avant is ticks all the boxes for comfort and tech, but rivals offer more practicalityVerdict4If outright carrying capacity is your top priority there are rivals that offer more space. But if you’re willing to sacrifice a few litres of storage, the all-new Audi A6 Avant ticks all the necessary boxes. It’s supremely comfortable, laden with tech and has limo-like refinement, while the upcoming RS 6 should satisfy those wanting a Continue reading “New Audi A6 Avant 2018 review”
Mid-engined Porsche twins are driver's cars honed to perfection, whichever version you choose
The Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster serve up a lot of the appeal of the 911 coupe and convertible for a lower price. They can’t match the illustrious image of their famous brother, but are every bit as good to drive. Performance is amazing whether you go for the regular 296bhp 2.0-litre Cayman or Boxster or 345bhp 2.5-litre S models (although a recent move to four cylinder engines has upset Continue reading “Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster – best sports cars”
A facelift brings with it a raft of updates to the Fiat 500X crossover, including a 1.0-litre petrol engine and updated techVerdict3The Fiat 500X still occupies a blind spot in the crossover segment; it’s larger than many of its rivals, but no more practical. However, though little changes visually, it’s a better car than before thanks to a competent 1.0-litre engine and some welcome technology updates. If you’re looking for something a bit quirky, it’s worth considering.
It’s been Continue reading “New Fiat 500X 2018 review”