New 2019 Ford Focus ST is hotter than ever with 276bhp

New Ford Focus ST hatch and Estate boosted to 276bhp, while a diesel-version producing 187bhp will also be offered

This is the new Ford Focus ST, which will get more power than ever as it prepares to go into battle with the Renault Megane R.S., Honda Civic Type R and the next generation of VW Golf GTI.

The Mk4 ST will pack up to 12 per cent more power and 17 per cent more torque than the previous iteration. Those gains are likely to be necessary as the car squares up to the 316bhp Continue reading “New 2019 Ford Focus ST is hotter than ever with 276bhp”

Meet the e-Golf’s Biggest Fan

We speak to Jonathan Hampson, General Manager for Zipcar UK, who explains why the e-Golf is such a popular choice for him and his members

Ever thought about car sharing? Not the kind of car sharing where Phil from Accounts gives you a lift to work every Tuesday, but the real deal; sign up, pay a fee and drive around in cars that never belong to you. If that still sounds far-fetched, there are several hundred thousand people already living in the future; Zipcar is the UK’s largest Continue reading “Meet the e-Golf’s Biggest Fan”

New V6 petrol engine to be added to Volkswagen Touareg range

The Volkswagen Touareg will be offered with a 335bhp V6 petrol, due to arrive in the middle of 2019

The Volkswagen Touareg SUV’s engine lineup is set to expand soon with the introduction of a new petrol engine.

Growing the range beyond the two diesel options currently available will be 3.0-litre V6 unit producing 335bhp. That’s 53bhp up on the current range-topping V6 TDI, enough to deliver a 0-62 time which, at 5.9 seconds, makes the petrol two tenths quicker. Fuel emissions for the Continue reading “New V6 petrol engine to be added to Volkswagen Touareg range”

2021 Ford Mach E: What we know about 300-mile electric SUV

Ford crossover EV teaser photo

Grab some of the pony-car attitude and affordability of the Ford Mustang. Put it into a fully electric vehicle that channels some of what makes the Tesla Model 3 Performance so much in demand, versus other EVs. Support it and nurture it.

On a much-simplified level, that’s the recipe behind Ford’s electric vehicle project, which will result in a performance crossover EV—perhaps called Mach E, perhaps Mach 1, perhaps something else entirely—reaching Continue reading “2021 Ford Mach E: What we know about 300-mile electric SUV”

Do You Know Your Highway Code?

Almost one-in-four motorists hasn’t picked up a Highway Code since they first passed their driving test, according to data gathered by Halfords Autocentres as part of its Roadworthiness Week campaign.

The nationwide servicing and repair chain surveyed over 22,000 drivers as part of the Halfords Autocentres Roadworthiness Quiz, which revealed the disturbing statistic.

A total of 36% of drivers confessed to not reading the rules of the road since passing their driving test, with Continue reading “Do You Know Your Highway Code?”

‘The UK car industry is still the best in the world for new cars’

Despite all the negativity about the UK car industry, Mike Rutherford thinks it's still better than its American and Japanese counterparts

After the first round of voting for the 2019 World Car Awards, the unexpected happened. Britain’s battered and bruised motor industry was, in effect, voted third on the planet for desirable, quality products that impress and satisfy the people who drive them. Or, to be more precise, four British cars – the Aston Martin Vantage, Jaguar’s E-Pace Continue reading “‘The UK car industry is still the best in the world for new cars’”

Dacia Duster 4×2 Comfort: long term test review

First report: Does our new diesel Dacia Duster have a kind of magic? Early impressions are goodVerdict4.5Our new Duster is already stirring us into song with its back-to-basics interior and low running costs. It’s also a bargain to buy, costing less than many superminis, but with more than enough space for our snapper.

Mileage: 2,040
Economy: 52.6mpg

I want to Break Free, Radio Ga Ga, Under Pressure, A Kind of Magic – like most people, whether they choose to admit it or not, Continue reading “Dacia Duster 4×2 Comfort: long term test review”

The quietest cars on sale 2019

Hushed refinement is the order of the day with our list of 10 of the quietest cars for sale in the UK in 2019

There are plenty of cars for sale that offer driving thrills and excitement, but what do you buy if you want to take things easy? Sometimes you don’t want a car with raw responses and the kind driving most motorists do on our traffic-clogged, potholed roads is often more suited to the relaxed approach anyway. If you want the quietest experience possible when driving, you’ve come to Continue reading “The quietest cars on sale 2019”

Drivers To Save Significant Time During Half Term

Drivers will save a total of 25 minutes or more on their commute to work next week – thanks to the school half-term break.

More than half of Britain’s car commuters will gain at least five minutes each morning, as school traffic disappears from the roads.

It all adds up to a spectacular total of 1,365 years saved across the whole country in just one week.

Nearly 22 million people commute daily in cars and new research by the online motor retail specialist Continue reading “Drivers To Save Significant Time During Half Term”

Citroen C5 Aircross vs Kia Sportage vs Skoda Karoq

We see if the chunky new Citroen C5 Aircross SUV can offer anything different from the Kia Sportage and Skoda Karoq

Like many brands, Citroen knows the importance of SUVs and is moving to incorporate many more into its line-up, with each wearing its ‘Aircross’ tag to signify the practical, higher-riding body style.

The latest is the C5 Aircross. Following the supermini-based C3 Aircross SUV, it enters a class already packed with talented contenders, many of which are either also new or Continue reading “Citroen C5 Aircross vs Kia Sportage vs Skoda Karoq”