Author Archives: Rob Auchterlonie

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

VW ARTEON SHOOTING BRAKE: more bang for your bucks

IT might have a name that harks back to the pastimes of the landed gentry in the last century, but this Arteon is bang (sorry) up to date.

A shooting brake of old was designed to carry all the necessary equipment for the hoorah Henrys to blast any wildlife that was unfortunate enough to catch their eye.

Thankfully that’s a thing of the past in most of the UK, but the name has returned with Volkswagen’s Arteon, a car that combines the good looks of a coupe with the load-lugging capability of an estate car. Continue reading

SEAT IBIZA and ARONA: upgrades to popular Spanish duo

WHY attempt a repair of something that isn’t actually broken? That could be SEAT’s logic behind their updated Ibiza and Arona models.

Ibiza has been a significant part of the brand’s success since it was first introduced back in 1984 and, after 37 years, five generations and nearly six million sales, it‘s SEAT’s most successful vehicle to ever roll off the production line. Continue reading

POLESTAR 2: now that’s what we call build quality


THERE’S build quality and there’s build quality – and the all-electric Polestar 2 takes it on to a new level.

And that’s all the more remarkable when you consider it’s built in China – a land noted more for flooding the internet with inferior products and not necessarily for building top notch motor cars.

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SKODA ENYAQ iV: here’s a carrot to nibble on….

IF the carrot on a stick of giving your car a 300 plus mile range in exchange for a £5 overnight recharge on your household electricity gets your attention, read on.

That’s the claim of one of the big energy giants, with a few provisos thrown in, but it certainly makes a compelling case for electric car ownership. Continue reading

SUZUKI SWACE: Haven’t we met somewhere before?

IF you think the car in front is a Toyota then the chances are it might not be – take a careful look at the badges.

The Suzuki Swace can easily be mistaken for the former, as it’s based on the Toyota Corolla Hybrid estate – the second new model launched under a collaborative business agreement between the two Japanese manufacturers.

It’s a UK built car, at Toyota’s Derbyshire factory, but it’s been tweaked with new Suzuki front end treatment.

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AUDI e-tron SPORTBACK 55 quattro: relax with the sound of silence

ELECTRIC cars have a reputation for being quiet – but Audi’s e-tron Sportback takes it to almost funereal levels.

In a good way, of course. You are so well cocooned in the vast cockpit that the only sound you might pick up is the faint whine from the powerful electric motor working away somewhere underneath.

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