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

FORD FIESTA ST LINE Mhev: Ford-ward on the battery route

 

AS motoring icons go, Ford’s Fiesta is right up there with the best, and has been there for a long, long time.

More and more of us are turning towards smaller cars that offer good levels of comfort, good economy, low cost of ownership, high levels of safety and smart looks – cars to put a smile on your face.

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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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BMW 420d M SPORT COUPE: building on the legend

BMW are aiming to raise the bar with their latest all-new 4 Series Coupe.

So among the heady list of equipment on offer you’ll find mild hybrid technology, weight saving chassis wizardry and, for the first time, their M Sport Pro package.

Launched worldwide back in October 2020, the UK media got a first drive soon after, where its excellent performance and handling credentials were there to sample.

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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