Category Archives: Road Tests

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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FORD FOCUS ST-LINE X EDITION: here’s one to focus on….

YOU can’t keep a good Ford down – and the latest version of the ubiquitous Focus proves the point.

It’s been a firm favourite with the British buying public – no mean feat, when it’s up against a rising tide of decent motors all vying for our money.

Ford’s family sized hatchback was – and still is – the ideal car for many. It has bold modern looks, it’s spacious and it’s a great car to drive.

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CUPRA Formentor VZ2: stylish addition to premium ranks

THE name will be know to many – it’s been around for a while – but now it’s very much a brand in its own right.

And one that’s on an upward spiral. The CUPRA name was first used back in 1996 on the SEAT Ibiza – and it’s a name that has grown in popularity with UK buyers.

Now, as a standalone brand after splitting from SEAT in 2018, CUPRA is viewed as an alternative premium brand.

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Volvo XC40 Recharge: baby Volvo keeps it in the family

WHEN it’s time for a recharge, you could do a lot worse than heading to your local Volvo emporium.

The mainstay of motoring for well over a century has been the suck, squeeze, bang, blow of the internal combustion engine – we’ve had a long time to perfect it and we’re really quite good at it. But now it’s time to move on to a more planet-friendly method of propulsion.

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VOLKSWAGEN ID.3: three-sy way to go electric

THREE is a very significant number for Volkswagen, and it doesn’t mean third time lucky – they definitely got things right twice before with the Beetle and the Golf.

The new ID.3 heralds the beginning of the third major chapter in the history of the German marque, their first purpose built electric vehicle developed from the ground up for zero emission motoring. Continue reading

FORD FIESTA ST LINE Mhev: Ford-ward on the battery route

 

AS motoring icons go, Ford’s Fiesta is right up there with the best, and has been there for a long, long time.

More and more of us are turning towards smaller cars that offer good levels of comfort, good economy, low cost of ownership, high levels of safety and smart looks – cars to put a smile on your face.

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VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN LIFE: staycationers may well boost its popularity

THERE’S a good chance that the hugely popular VW Tiguan could see a surge in sales, even during the current restrictive pandemic.

With more and more of us eschewing the sunny destinations of the past in favour of staycations in the UK, leisure vehicles like caravans are being snapped up almost as soon as they arrive on dealer forecourts. Continue reading

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R GT: track king just as ready for the roads

TO earn the title of King of the Circuit a car has to be a bit special. The Type R GT is such a car.

And not just on the daunting Nurburgring Nordschleife track – the Honda has also taken front wheel drive lap records across the world from Bathurst in Australia and Suzuka in Japan to closer to home circuits at Estoril, Spa, Magny Cours and our own Silverstone. Continue reading

TOYOTA GR YARIS 1.6 TURBO 4WD: rally round for a real treat

HERE we have a car that is not actually well suited to the potholed collection of roads that make up our network – but it will have caught the attention of dentists up and down the land.

They’ll be sitting up and taking notice, not because their high fees mean they can afford one, but because they smell business.

And that’s because the super firm underpinnings of Toyota’s GR Yaris are more suited to rougher thoroughfares, and you might find your teeth fillings rolling around the footwell after a while…

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