THE car is viewed as one of the biggest technical improvements in our lives in a million years of evolution.
By replacing the four hooves of a horse with four rubber clad wheels, the world – and all the socio economic groups in it – suddenly had a high degree of freedom.
Now we’re embarking on a search to find a better and more planet friendly way of moving us all around.
THEY say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and that’s very much the case with the latest Volkswagen Golf.
Now in its eighth incarnation and 45 years on from the original, it’s still very much the family hatchback that has attracted sales of over 35 million worldwide.
But of course it isn’t. Continue reading
AS an understudy to Mazda’s CX-5, their new CX-30 fits nicely into the range line-up – but it’s got some tough competition in the family SUV category.
Based on the Mazda 3 hatchback, CX-30 is compact enough in its dimensions to feel easily at home around town and drawing as it does on the neat styling of the 3, it certainly catches the eye. Similar, but ultimately very different. Continue reading
THE French are getting the boxing gloves out of the drawer in an attempt to slug it out with the best of the rest in the small hatch market.
And while others have been the points-winning performers in the past when it comes to quality compact offerings, Peugeot’s all new 208 has delivered a knock-out blow. Continue reading
CUTESY looks are fine but when the engine under the bonnet is wheezier than a fat lad on a school cross country run you begin to question the wisdom of those buying it.
But now, thankfully, there’s been a ‘eureka’ moment and the Vauxhall Corsa now has a small engine that can keep up with the fit boys. Continue reading
YOU could forgive the French for having a little touch of German fever.
They probably caught it back in 1939 when there was a knock at the door and outside were the seried ranks of the Wermacht and the SS, intent on dominating western Europe and anyone else who got in the way.
It’s taken a while but you can’t say they’re not showing the symptoms of wanting to dominate the European small car market.
ANYONE with an eye for a bargain is bound to be interested in this Volvo – you get two engines instead of just one.
The headlong rush to make motorists switch to the hybrid route sees the Swedish manufacturer adding an 86bhp electric motor into the mix alongside its very acceptable two litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol unit. Continue reading
ANYONE considering adding a new Astra to their driveway, based on previous experience, is likely to be pleasantly surprised.
A car that has always been a firm favourite with we British motorists comes to you in 2020 in a form, shall we say, that is suitably enhanced.
The looks remain unmistakably Vauxhall‘s popular family hatch, but it’s the bits you can’t see where the most significant changes have taken place.
NOT so very long ago it was unheard of for purveyors of high class and high end machinery to contemplate adding an SUV to their rather exclusive ranks.
But slowly and surely they have. Rolls Royce have the Cullinan, there’s the Lamborghini Urus and even Aston Martin have got in on the act with their new DBX.
Heady stuff. And in this heady company Bentley’s V8 Bentayga is something of a snip, if you can couch something costing just south of £140,000 in those terms.
TASTY food; sundry electrical goods; a rather large wall that can allegedly be seen from outer space – we’ve all heard of the Chinese.
Now they seem intent on copying some goods rather larger than your average smart phone. Cars for the European market are next on the agenda for the peoples republic and rest assured they will be, shall we say, competitively priced.
An initial foray from the eastern outpost of communism has seen the rather well known MG brand back in business here.