Category Archives: What’s new

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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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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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

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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SEAT ATECA XPERIENCE: family SUV that puts a smile on your face

OVER four years on from its launch and SEAT’s Ateca is still up with the best of the rest.

Its arrival was a brave move by the Spanish manufacturer as an SUV has not rolled off its production line before.

So it headed into territory dominated by cars like Nissan’s top selling Qashqai – and beat the lot.

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CITROEN C5 AIRCROSS PLUG-IN HYBRID: raising the comfort levels

 

RENOWNED for putting the quirk into car design, Citroen have scored again with their C5 Aircross SUV.

Who else produces a car that has what looks like a footstep in the door sill, or a large signature chrome C marking the sweep of the side windows?

No real surprise then that the two models that are the Plug-In Hybrid offerings in the range come with the moniker Flair and Flair Plus. Because there’s plenty of that on board..

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