Author Archives: Rob Auchterlonie

HYUNDAI TUCSON HYBRID: striking styling that catches the eye

YOU might not expect something from the Hyundai stable to be locking horns with the premium sector rivals but they’ve taken the plunge.

The Korean company’s 2022 Tucson SUV is far and away a classier offering than its predecessor with its striking, sculpted looks and its bold new signature grille.

They’ve improved just about every area – the interior is much improved and looks like a premium product and there is an awful lot of useful on-board technology. Continue reading

SUZUKI VITARA HYBRID: simple recipe with all the ingredients

THERE’S no simple recipe for making a good car better – but Suzuki have come up with a vital ingredient to add to one of their best sellers.

Hybrid technology has found its way into the smart and popular Vitara – a car with compact dimensions which is surprisingly roomy inside, and one which is highly capable both on and off road. Continue reading

KIA EV6: all electric with some hidden talents

SOMETIMES when conducting a test on a car it’s the little extras that create a lasting impression.

Like the V2L system on Kia’s all electric EV6 – a car that’s been picking up plaudits and awards in equal measure. Called vehicle to load, basically it means the car can power household kit like a kettle or even a microwave from its charging port. Seriously handy in a power cut, and I wouldn’t rule them out in future if things escalate further in eastern Europe. Continue reading

HONDA HR-V e-CVT: don’t let lack of choice cloud your judgement

HR-V is a name that’s been used before by Honda on a unique looking vehicle, but now maybe it’s not quite so unique.

Competing in a very crowded sector of the market, medium sized SUVs are all around and there’s a lot to compete with.

But it remains a decent option for anyone looking for a compact SUV that’ll give them pretty decent fuel economy and family car levels of interior space. Continue reading

SKODA KODIAQ: A car that bears close inspection….


ANYONE with any interest in the natural world will know that the Kodiak is, to put it succinctly, a ruddy great bear.

There’s also another one around, with considerably less fur and less likely to bite you on the bum.

Skoda – who have had something of a penchant for exotic animal names in the past (remember Yeti?) have updated their very own ‘Kodiaq’ – and it’s a car that bears (!) close scrutiny. Continue reading

LEXUS NX350h: very possibly the best Lexus yet


LEXUS know a thing or two about electrified powertrains – just about every model in their range has one.

Now the NX – the best selling model in their range – has gone non-plug-in hybrid, giving you the benefit of a car that can run either on petrol or electric power depending on the traffic. Continue reading

GENESIS G70: a brand new brand for premium buyers

MANY have tried, some have failed miserably, but the lucrative premium new car market has a new contender.

Genesis, a luxury offshoot of Hyundai, has lined up a range of decent looking vehicles to try and wrest sales from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the acknowledged market leaders.

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AUDI Q4 e-tron SPORTBACK: surge in demand will make it a best seller

IF you need a clincher to sway you towards electric car ownership then the pace of improvement in range should do it.

With well over the 200 mile mark now on offer from a variety of EVs, the choice is growing as quickly as the hair on Queen’s guitarist Brian May’s head.

Audi are predicting that their Q4 Sportback e-tron will become the second best selling model in their range, such is the surge in demand for electric SUVs that can walk the walk. Continue reading

BMW M3 COMPETITION: now you’re torqueing

M3. One letter and one number. A combination that can really stir the old emotions.

Fear, trepidation, anticipation. Will I get home safely tonight or will the traffic get me.

Only here were talking about a different M3. The two sit well together, but only when the traffic is light and you can get a decent run in BMW’s powerhouse saloon. Continue reading