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.
SKODA might carry the label of VW Group’s budget brand, but there’s nothing down market about the fit and finish of their latest offering.
It’s a car that proves you really can have your cake and eat it, and while it might not be a Ritz afternoon tea Victoria sponge, it’s certainly no Tesco Value jaffa cake either.
Kamiq, the Czech manufacturer’s all new compact SUV, has a solid, well built interior to it that is as far removed from Skodas of old as chalk is to cheese.
THE world that the M-Class Mercedes-Benz entered 22 years ago was vastly different from today.
With but a handful of premium class SUV to pick from two decades ago, the choice now means you need more than your shoes and socks off to count up the alternatives.
The badge has changed from M-Class to GLE over the years, and with north of two million sales worldwide, there’s no question that it has been a success.
ASPIRATIONS. Everyone has them, and when it comes to cars, there’s guaranteed to be one out there that will meet your needs.
Audi’s Q8, the flagship coupe version of their big Q7 SUV, is such a car. Large and luxurious, it won’t see much off road action, if any, but then few SUVs do in any event.
HOW many cars have you driven that come with an Orrefors crystal gearshift lever as standard?
South of zero, I’d guess, but it’s one of the classy little touches you’ll find in Volvo’s latest XC60.
A car that is so well screwed together you’ll find the quality of finish hard to fault.
FANCY a Civic Type R but think the insurance premiums might be a bit on the unaffordable side? Here’s an alternative.
If you can forego the brutal power in favour of something more wallet friendly in terms of performance and economy, the latest Civic might just tempt you.
With the latest and menacing look of something hinting at more brutal underpinnings, the Civic EX Sport Line is what you might dub an insurance friendly package.