AUDI Q3 SPORTBACK: coupe SUV a nailed-on success story?

IN one way, shape and many forms, Audi’s ‘3’ has been around for quite some time – and it’s been doing good business for them.

With SUVs growing in popularity with every passing month, the latest variant, the Q3 Sportback, looks a nailed on certainty to carry on the sales success on looks alone.

Q3 is the company’s fifth best seller in the UK and its new sportified body gives it a classier, sleeker look. Continue reading

MINI Electric: an addictive addition

MINI circa 2020 bears little or no resemblance to the one born out of the Suez crisis in the mid 1950s and the ensuing oil shortage that hastened the demand for affordable motoring.

But with the world now facing new environmental and economic challenges, it was inevitable that MINI would ditch fossil fuels and go electric.

So does pairing up one of the world’s most iconic cars that’s small, nimble and has kart-like handling, with a powertrain that brings instant acceleration, low running costs and near silent progress, work? Continue reading

JAGUAR E-PACE: ready to pounce on its rivals

SMALLER premium SUVs are enjoying a surge of popularity and they don’t come much more prestigious than having a Jaguar badge on the grille.

The F-Pace might be a little on the large side for your needs, but its smaller sibling E-Pace is no less attractive to look at, drives reasonably well and there’s plenty of choice.

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PEUGEOT 2008: upmarket quality feel to new crossover

YOU can’t say you aren’t spoilt for choice if a compact crossover is on your wish list.

And when you start looking there’s very little chance you’ll overlook the latest Peugeot 2008 with its choice of virulent paint jobs.

Fusion Orange metallic is certainly one that stands out in a crowded car park as foolhardy shoppers attempt to cram their boots with more toilet roll than any sane person would need at the start of Lockdown 2.

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SEAT LEON FR: All new model bids for family hatch honours

ALL too often, car makers update models and you end up indulging in a game of spot the difference.

Thankfully that’s not the case with the new SEAT Leon, which now comes with a refreshing makeover that moves it on from the version that has been one of their best sellers.

And its success here has proved it’s not just Spanish holiday resorts and sangria that Brits have a strong liking for.

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SKODA OCTAVIA SE L ESTATE: Czech out this new talented all-rounder

A FAIR few years ago, I wrote a piece about Skoda’s Octavia winning a major award – and it’s still at it.

The all-new fourth generation model has just scooped the estate car category in the Auto Express awards, as well as the overall Car of the Year category.

And I can’t say I’m in the least surprised.

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TYRE-D OF GETTING DIRTY FINGERS? THEN READ ON…..

AN easier, quicker and cleaner way to check your tyre pressures? What’s not to like!

Here’s a handy little gadget that allows you to just that, accurately and in double quick time.

Michelin”s Pressure Checker can be used on everything from bicycles, mopeds, scooters, motorbikes, cars, 4x4s, vans, minibuses, motorcaravans and light-duty trailers – and that includes caravans and horse box trailers.

It allows you to check all four pressures accurately and without the need to connect a pressure gauge to the valve, which is unhygienic and removes air from the tyre.

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TOYOTA C-HR HYBRID: Japanese giant’s 21st century Transformer

THERE’S very little chance of Toyota’s reputation for building decent hybrid powered cars getting a kicking with the latest C-HR.

They just seem to get better with each update and upgrade and from a drivers point of view the process is simplicity itself.

Toyota’s full hybrids are engineered to run on power from their petrol engine and their electric motor but they’re also capable of running on electric impetus alone – which is what makes a full hybrid different from other mild versions.

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SUZUKI SWIFT SPORT HYBRID: form an orderly queue…..

ADDING a lithium-ion battery and a Hybrid badge to Suzuki’s Swift Sport might have helped add a modest bit of excess weight – but it hasn’t made it any less enjoyable to drive.

It’s still what we refer to hereabouts as the Japanese Mini Cooper. It’s got the same compact dimensions, it comes as standard with the sort of agile handling that has had MINI owners dribbling for years, and it’s got a sweet high revving engine.

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KIA CEED SPORTSWAGON PHEV: Korean estate joins the charge….


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.

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