Highways England report reveals smart motorways increase danger of breakdowns

Report reveals breaking down in a live lane on an all-lane-running motorway is 216% more dangerous than doing so on a conventional one

Breaking down in a live lane on an all-lane-running (ALR) section of a ‘digital road’ – more commonly known as a smart motorway – is 216 per cent more dangerous than doing so on a conventional motorway with a hard shoulder, a damning report by the organisation responsible for running motorways has revealed.

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New Audi Q3 Sportback 2019 review

The new Audi Q3 Sportback has arrived, but it costs around £3k more than a standard Q3. Is it worth the extra cash?Verdict4From an objective point of view, it’s hard to justify the price premium that the Sportback carries over the standard Q3. However, the extra style it adds – without significantly compromising practicality – means that this is one of the most convincing coupe SUVs yet. It’s just a shame that, like the regular Q3, the largely positive driving experience is let down by Continue reading “New Audi Q3 Sportback 2019 review”

Genius G4-10K and G12CX-15D1 Review

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In every industry, there are levels to that industries products. You will almost always find entry level or budget friendly products all the way to the elite or who cares about money line. Most of us end up somewhere in the middle and are completely happy with that, but there are some of us that desire more. These are the people that want the biggest and baddest equipment on the block. Along with that normally comes a significant cost that most Continue reading “Genius G4-10K and G12CX-15D1 Review”

New Vauxhall Astra 2019 review

Can Vauxhall top the hatchback class with the revised Astra?Verdict3.5Visually it’s not a lot different from the current car, but the revised Astra is much improved machine beneath the skin, with a range of fine new engines and gearboxes that should make it appeal to families and fleet managers alike. A quietly impressive car overall.

Not long ago a revised new Vauxhall Astra would have represented a reasonably seismic event in the world of cars. But nowadays, with centre stage being Continue reading “New Vauxhall Astra 2019 review”

Facelifted 2020 Audi Q5 caught on camera

Our spy photographers have snapped a revamped version of the German brand’s mid-sized SUV undergoing testing

This is our first look at the facelifted Audi Q5. Revisions will stretch to a handful of exterior styling tweaks, a mildly redesigned interior and, most importantly, the adoption of mild-hybrid technology. The new model will likely reach the UK by the end of 2020, with a starting price of around £42,000.

Exterior styling revisions are subtle. The outgoing model’s chrome Continue reading “Facelifted 2020 Audi Q5 caught on camera”

Customize Your Show Vehicle Brake Calipers

WHEN MATCHING YOUR BRAKE CALIPERS TO YOUR SHOW VEHICLE,
USE AUTOMOTIVE TOUCH UP FOR AN EXACT COLOR FIT

NEW ORLEANS – A popular way to customize a show vehicle is painting brake calipers to protect them from rust while making them aesthetically pleasing. The process involved can quickly add up, though, if taken to a professional shop. With a jack, a lug wrench, cleaning solution and paint from AutomotiveTouchup, the job can be done in a garage or in the driveway without involving a Continue reading “Customize Your Show Vehicle Brake Calipers”

New Porsche 911 Carrera 2019 review

The Carrera is the cheapest Porsche 911 you can buy, but is it the best?Verdict4.5Porsche 911 buyers often upgrade to the Carrera S as a matter of course, but there’s still a lot to be said for the basic Carrera. The entry-level model is hugely fast and very capable, even if it doesn’t feel quite as involving to drive as its predecessor.

The hardcore GT3 models might generate all the headlines, but it’s the cheaper models the Porsche 911 range that have always been the go-to variants Continue reading “New Porsche 911 Carrera 2019 review”

Now electric car drivers can use 400 UK chargers with one app or card

Energy company Vattenfall and EV charging solutions provider NewMotion sign roaming agreement

Electric car drivers will be able to access 400 UK charging points using a single payment method, thanks to a newly signed deal.

Energy company Vattenfall and EV charging solutions provider NewMotion have made a roaming agreement allowing drivers to access each of their charging networks using one app or payment card.

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Mercedes GLE vs Volvo XC90

Who needs an MPV when large premium SUVs can carry seven? We pit the refreshed Mercedes GLE against the updated Volvo XC90

Mercedes has revamped its large GLE SUV. Its predecessor was getting on a bit, but this is an all-new car so it should stand a better chance of stealing customers from key luxury rivals, such as Volvo.

The GLE now comes with the option of seven seats, which means it has a hugely talented (and newly updated) rival to face: the Volvo XC90 B5 (D). This version of the Continue reading “Mercedes GLE vs Volvo XC90”

New Peugeot 3008 and 508 plug-in hybrids announced

New Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid SUV will arrive in October with a 296bhp four-wheel-drive powertrain

Peugeot has revealed new plug-in hybrid editions of the 3008 SUV and the 508 saloon. A flagship four-wheel drive 3008 PHEV will reach UK showrooms in spring next year, while the 508 PHEV will arrive in early 2020.

The four-wheel-drive Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, a pair of electric motors and a 13.2kWh battery pack. The engine sends Continue reading “New Peugeot 3008 and 508 plug-in hybrids announced”