New Ford Ranger Raptor 2018 review

Dusty Aussie trails reveal if the Ford Ranger Raptor is the Focus RS of pick-upsVerdict3.5The Ford Ranger Raptor takes the concept of a sporty pick-up to new extremes. It’s sharper to drive than near enough any rival on the market, with sweet steering and a compliant ride. It doesn’t sacrifice off-road ability in the pursuit of performance on the road, either. But ultimately, the engine disappoints; fitting a torquey V6 diesel could’ve made a good truck a really great one.

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Renault Megane R.S. vs Honda Civic Type R vs Hyundai i30 N

The new Renault Megane R.S. slugs it out with Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai i30 N for hot hatch glory

Renault has a rich history with hot hatches. The last two generations of Megane were benchmarks for performance, with the firm’s Renault Sport division creating cars that prioritised driver involvement.

After a hiatus there’s now a new Megane R.S., but while it’s not been on sale, a wealth of competitors have arrived. The Honda Civic Type R took the Best Hot Hatchback trophy at our Continue reading “Renault Megane R.S. vs Honda Civic Type R vs Hyundai i30 N”

BMW i3 – best low emissions green cars

You can have zero emissions with the all-electric i3, or there's a petrol range extender, too

The BMW i3 is a great green car that shouts about its eco ability with its radical looks. The funky one-box design is a love it or loathe it shape, and is unlike any other BMW in the range, while its compact dimensions and tall body hide a spacious four-seater cabin. There are rear-hinged half-doors to boost access to the cabin, while the i3’s door sills are finished in bare carbon Continue reading “BMW i3 – best low emissions green cars”

Long-term test review: Kia Stinger

First report: The Kia Stinger has arrived on our fleet and the high-end executive sports saloon has made a positive early impressionVerdict4The Kia Stinger is no shrinking violet; striking looks, punchy performance and a load of standard equipment make the new executive saloon an appealing alternative to the German opposition on first impression.

Mileage: 2,164
Economy: 34.0mpg

There aren’t many car companies that have gone through a brand transformation quite as extensive as Continue reading “Long-term test review: Kia Stinger”

New Hyundai Kona Electric 2018 UK review

The Hyundai Kona Electric is an attractive proposition, and we've driven a late prototype version in the UKVerdict4.5The Hyundai Kona Electric is decent to drive, refined and comfortable, and it’s just about big enough for a small family. But it really stands out because of two things: its range and its pricing. This really is the first car that delivers Tesla-esque range between charging stations, but for less than £30k. That’s a great achievement, and it’s likely to ensure that Continue reading “New Hyundai Kona Electric 2018 UK review”

New Kia Sportage 2018 facelift review

The Kia Sportage has been facelifted for 2018, adding subtle exterior changes and this new 48V mild-hybrid option…Verdict3.5The Kia Sportage has competed towards the top of the family SUV class ever since this fourth-generation model came out in 2015 – and the latest round of updates have only strengthened its position. The lower powered petrol and diesel engines will continue to make more sense to most buyers, but those after a smooth, quiet and refined powertrain shouldn’t discount this Continue reading “New Kia Sportage 2018 facelift review”

New Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe 2018 review

Updated twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe gets tweaks inside and out, as well as new boxVerdict5Subtle improvements across the board mean the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe remains right at the top of its class. The interior is a big step up thanks to the installation of the brand’s latest dual-screen displays, while gentle exterior massaging has left the design looking fresh, too. But it’s how the V8, rear-wheel-drive Coupe entertains and excites that still makes it a stand-out sports car. Continue reading “New Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe 2018 review”

Used Nissan Note review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Nissan Note covering the Note Mk2 (2013-2017)VerdictThe second-generation Nissan Note wasn’t a game-changer, although it did introduce a series of safety features to the segment. It’s neatly designed and, as long as you avoid entry-level cars, equipment levels are generous. The Note is popular mainly with private and Motability buyers, so there are lots of low-mileage examples around. Read the owner reviews on our sister website Carbuyer and you’ll see Continue reading “Used Nissan Note review”

BMW X4 vs Mercedes GLC Coupe

BMW’s second-generation X4 has just arrived. We find out if it has the measure of the Mercedes GLC Coupe

BMW cottoned on to the coupé-SUV niche early on with its large X6. It had a body of a similar size to the X5, but with more curvaceous styling.

The firm then added the smaller, sportier X4, and it’s the new, second-generation X4 we’re testing here, updated with better infotainment and a higher- quality interior among other features.

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