Category Archives: Road Tests

HONDA HR-V e-CVT: don’t let lack of choice cloud your judgement

HR-V is a name that’s been used before by Honda on a unique looking vehicle, but now maybe it’s not quite so unique.

Competing in a very crowded sector of the market, medium sized SUVs are all around and there’s a lot to compete with.

But it remains a decent option for anyone looking for a compact SUV that’ll give them pretty decent fuel economy and family car levels of interior space. Continue reading

SKODA KODIAQ: A car that bears close inspection….


ANYONE with any interest in the natural world will know that the Kodiak is, to put it succinctly, a ruddy great bear.

There’s also another one around, with considerably less fur and less likely to bite you on the bum.

Skoda – who have had something of a penchant for exotic animal names in the past (remember Yeti?) have updated their very own ‘Kodiaq’ – and it’s a car that bears (!) close scrutiny. Continue reading

LEXUS NX350h: very possibly the best Lexus yet


LEXUS know a thing or two about electrified powertrains – just about every model in their range has one.

Now the NX – the best selling model in their range – has gone non-plug-in hybrid, giving you the benefit of a car that can run either on petrol or electric power depending on the traffic. Continue reading

GENESIS G70: a brand new brand for premium buyers

MANY have tried, some have failed miserably, but the lucrative premium new car market has a new contender.

Genesis, a luxury offshoot of Hyundai, has lined up a range of decent looking vehicles to try and wrest sales from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the acknowledged market leaders.

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AUDI Q4 e-tron SPORTBACK: surge in demand will make it a best seller

IF you need a clincher to sway you towards electric car ownership then the pace of improvement in range should do it.

With well over the 200 mile mark now on offer from a variety of EVs, the choice is growing as quickly as the hair on Queen’s guitarist Brian May’s head.

Audi are predicting that their Q4 Sportback e-tron will become the second best selling model in their range, such is the surge in demand for electric SUVs that can walk the walk. Continue reading

BMW M3 COMPETITION: now you’re torqueing

M3. One letter and one number. A combination that can really stir the old emotions.

Fear, trepidation, anticipation. Will I get home safely tonight or will the traffic get me.

Only here were talking about a different M3. The two sit well together, but only when the traffic is light and you can get a decent run in BMW’s powerhouse saloon. Continue reading

VW ARTEON SHOOTING BRAKE: more bang for your bucks

IT might have a name that harks back to the pastimes of the landed gentry in the last century, but this Arteon is bang (sorry) up to date.

A shooting brake of old was designed to carry all the necessary equipment for the hoorah Henrys to blast any wildlife that was unfortunate enough to catch their eye.

Thankfully that’s a thing of the past in most of the UK, but the name has returned with Volkswagen’s Arteon, a car that combines the good looks of a coupe with the load-lugging capability of an estate car. Continue reading

SEAT IBIZA and ARONA: upgrades to popular Spanish duo

WHY attempt a repair of something that isn’t actually broken? That could be SEAT’s logic behind their updated Ibiza and Arona models.

Ibiza has been a significant part of the brand’s success since it was first introduced back in 1984 and, after 37 years, five generations and nearly six million sales, it‘s SEAT’s most successful vehicle to ever roll off the production line. Continue reading