Volvo XC40 – best crossovers

The new Volvo XC40 has been worth the wait, with classy styling and quality cabins it is a hard act to beat

Compared to some of its main rivals, Volvo’s SUV heritage is a little limited, but that hasn’t stopped it from building some of the very best SUVs and crossovers money can buy – the Swedish brand picked up two prizes at the 2018 Auto Express New Car Awards.

The XC40 looks sharp, packs a strong mix of technology and as it’s a Volvo there is a healthy dollop of safety Continue reading “Volvo XC40 – best crossovers”

Used Volkswagen Scirocco review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Volkswagen Scirocco covering the Scirocco Mk3 (2008-2017)VerdictWe reckoned that the Scirocco Mk3 was so good that we gave it a maximum five-star rating when we first drove it. We loved the driving position, looks, practicality and the flexible 2.0 TSI engine. If there was a downside it was the generic VW dash that led to some fans thinking that the Scirocco was little more than a dressed-up Golf. But that short-changed the car because it amounted to much more Continue reading “Used Volkswagen Scirocco review”

DS X E-Tense concept review

We get behind the wheel of the DS X E-Tense concept in FranceVerdictIs this really how we will be driving in 2035? Who knows? The DS X E-Tense is a fanciful vision of what cars could be like in the future. On a practical level the X E-Tense is a tangible link to DS’s efforts in the world of Formula E, as beneath the wacky concept it’s based on the firm’s Formula E racer. But on a simply amusing level, it’s a well-made, exciting idea of not just a car of the future, but also where the Continue reading “DS X E-Tense concept review”

New Audi TT S 2018 review

The Audi TT S is fast, refined and beautifully built, but can it match the Porsche 718 Cayman or BMW M240i?Verdict3.5The Audi TT S is a fast, refined and beautifully built premium coupe – albeit one that ultimately lacks any kind of character. It’s not as exciting as a Porsche 718 Cayman or rewarding as a BMW M240i, instead sitting as a more style-focused and composed sports coupe. The TT S is hard to fault, but hard to recommend at this price; for that reason you may be better off with the Continue reading “New Audi TT S 2018 review”

New Maserati Levante 2018 review

The Maserati Levante is a well-rounded performance SUV, but this diesel is the weakest engine in the range…Verdict3Desirable, great to drive and comfortable, the Levante is a well-rounded performance SUV. The expanding range is hitting its stride in its third year, but the introduction of a more affordable V6 petrol makes this diesel harder to recommend than ever. Unless you cover big distances on a regular basis, this is the weakest engine in the range.

The idea of an iconic Italian marque Continue reading “New Maserati Levante 2018 review”

New MINI Cooper S Convertible 2018 facelift review

This mid-life facelift for the MINI Cooper S Convertible hits the sweet spot, offering both performance and valueVerdict4Judged on its merits as a small and fun drop-top, the MINI Cooper S Convertible hits the sweet spot. It boasts an excellent blend of performance and value – and this mid-life facelift keeps things fresh. This isn’t the particular MINI Convertible we’d choose, however – the regular Cooper version serves up very nearly as much fun, is more affordable and is cheaper to Continue reading “New MINI Cooper S Convertible 2018 facelift review”

Volkswagen Golf R vs Honda Civic Type R

New Volkswagen Golf R Performance pack meets the class-leading Honda Civic Type R in a hot hatch battle

The current Volkswagen Golf R has been the hottest model in the accomplished hatchback range since it arrived in showrooms in 2014, but it’s just got even hotter with the addition of a new Performance pack, plus some fruitier options, such as a high-performance exhaust.

However, it’s only available on cars equipped with the DSG auto box. Also, the Performance pack costs £2,300 on Continue reading “Volkswagen Golf R vs Honda Civic Type R”

Early Tesla Model 3 Performance reviews are positive

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The first reviews of the Tesla Model 3 Performance are in, and they are positive—even occasionally glowing.

Tesla has trickled out cars for review to a handful of outlets so far, including the The Wall Street Journal (and its affiliated website, Market Watch), CNET, CleanTechnica, Motor Trend, and Autoweek.

Reviewers say that in most circumstances the Performance version of the Model 3 feels like any other Model 3, which they note is mainly a good Continue reading “Early Tesla Model 3 Performance reviews are positive”

SCG 007 hypercar, Lamborghini ‘Ring record, Porsche 718 Cayman GT4: Today’s Car News

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America’s Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has revealed plans for its most ambitious car yet. The new model is a hypercar that SCG will build and sell to fund a racing program for the car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Lamborghini’s new Aventador SVJ will be revealed next month during 2018 Monterey Car Week. Ahead of the reveal, the Italian firm announced that the Aventador SVJ is now the fastest production car around the Nürburgring. Yes, faster Continue reading “SCG 007 hypercar, Lamborghini ‘Ring record, Porsche 718 Cayman GT4: Today’s Car News”