Category : Road Tests

First Drive: DS 3

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: €15,890–€26,340 Fuel: 3.4–5.6l/100km CO2: 87–129g/km It’s six years since the DS 3 made its first appearance, wearing Citroën badges, and since then 390,000 customers have bought one, with UK buyers …

First Drive: Ford Mustang

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Coupe/Convertible Price: €38,000–€49,000 Fuel: 8.0–13.6l/100km CO2: 179–306g/km Conceived as an affordable everyday performance car for mid-1960s America, the Mustang’s enduring appeal has made it as iconic a part of Ford’s history as the …

First Drive: Ford Ranger

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Pick-up Price: €23,400–€37,675 Fuel: 6.5–8.9l/100km CO2: 171–234g/km Ford unwrapped the face-lifted Ranger pickup at the Frankfurt Show in September 2015. There were no surprises in that it retains three body styles – …

First Drive: Toyota Prius

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: €28,150–€32,150 Fuel: 3.0–3.3l/100km CO2: 70–76g/km Arguably launched before its time, the first Prius was a 20th Century solution to 21st Century problems. Years before legislation twisted the arms of other brands, …

Road Test: Mazda3 1.5 SKYACTIV-D

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: €23,500–€32,400 Fuel: 3.8–4.9l/100km CO2: 99–114g/km It’s been an inevitable add‐on for at least a year. The Mazda3’s large diesel engine has curbed its full fleet potential, despite rising demand, …

Road Test: Range Rover Evoque

2 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: SUV   PRICE: €33,100–€56,810   FUEL: 4.2–8.6l/100km   CO2: 109–201g/km Five years after it was launched, the Range Rover Evoque has been re-worked to include a range of revisions and new technologies to bring it …

First Drive: Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Premium SUV Price: €76,705–€80,305 Fuel: 2.1l/100km CO2: 49g/km When Volvo launched the new XC90 in 2015, the range consisted of the 320hp T6 petrol powered model and the 225hp D5 diesel model. A T8 plug-in-hybrid …

First Drive: Kia Sportage

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: €19,990–€42,190 Fuel: 4.6–7.6l/100km CO2: 119–177g/km Stand the new Kia Sportage next to the outgoing model and there is an air of familiarity about it. Kia has sensibly kept the basic shape …

First Drive: DS 4

2 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: €20,600–€28,300 Fuel: 3.8–5.9/100km CO2: 100–138g/km Launching a new automotive brand is a big challenge, and as DS, Infiniti (in Europe) and now Genesis are finding out, launching a premium brand …

First Drive: Kia Optima

2 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Upper Medium   PRICE: From €24,990–€35,990   FUEL: 4.2–7.5l/100km   CO2: 110–175g/km   The Optima’s runaway success when it was launched in North America five years ago was arguably a turning point for Kia …

First Drive: Suzuki Vitara S

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Crossover   PRICE: €22,670–€24,170   FUEL: 5.4–5.5l/100km   CO2: 127–128g/km It is less than a year since Suzuki launched the latest Vitara range, giving the company’s long-running model much more appeal than before. Now it …

First Drive: SEAT Ibiza 1.4 TDI

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Supermini   PRICE: €16,280–€20,660   FUEL: 3.4–3.8l/100km   CO2: 88–102g/km   Ibiza celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015 and the 4th generation model got a substantial re-working in time for the Euro-6 emissions limits. …

Road Test: Jeep Cherokee

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Medium SUV   PRICE: €35,960–€41,440   FUEL: 5.6–6.1l/100km   CO2: 150–160g/km Jeep appears to be enjoying something of a revival at the moment, spearheaded in Europe at least by the impressive Renegade, the first Jeep …

First Drive: Nissan Navara

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Pick-up Price: €25,900–€35,200 Fuel: 6.3 –7.0l/100km CO2: 169–183g/km Crossover styling meets working truck, in Nissan’s latest NP300 Navara pick-up. Built at the firm’s Barcelona plant, new Navara boasts cleaner engines, five-link rear …

First Drive: SsangYong Tivoli

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: €15,490–€26,990 Fuel: 4.3 –7.6l/100km CO2: 133–176g/km Korean manufacturer SsangYong is a small player in Europe but, with the Tivoli crossover, it’s aiming for the region’s fastest-growing segment and hoping to …

First Drive: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: SUV Price: From €40,480 Fuel: 1.8l/100km CO2: 42g/km Mitsubishi has enjoyed phenomenal success with the Outlander PHEV since it was launched in 2014. The intuitive controls make it one of the best …

First Drive: Range Rover Hybrid

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Premium SUV Price: From €120,850 Fuel: 6.2l/100km CO2: 164g/km Few of us will get to choose a Range Rover as a company car. For those that do, it’s likely that fuel consumption and …

First Drive: Opel Astra

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: €17,260–€31,120 Fuel: 3.8–5.9l/100km CO2: 99–136g/km If not born to be a fleet car, the Opel Astra has been at the heart of the fleet sector since it was launched (as …

First Drive: Audi A4

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact Executive Price: €28,240–€42,460 Fuel: 3.8 –5.9l/100km CO2: 99–136g/km A new Audi A4 is likely to be a car to be reckoned with, particularly when premium models are becoming increasingly important for the leasing …

First Drive: Mazda MX-5

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Roadster Price: €20,170–€25,400 Fuel: 6.0–6.9l/100km CO2: 139–161g/km Replacing one of the most popular and affordable two-seat roadsters on the market must rate as one of the more difficult tasks facing a car design and …

First Drive: Volkswagen Caddy

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Small Van  Engines: 151–178hp Payloads: 582–735kg Cargo Volume: 3.2m3 or 4.2m3 “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, seems to have been Volkswagen’s guide in re-working its successful small van. It uses much …

First Drive: Kia cee’d

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: €20,280–€27,660 Fuel: 3.6–7.4l/100km CO2: 94–170g/km It may be an upgrade, but Kia has packed a lot into the tweaks to the latest Kia cee’d, including subtle changes to both interior …

Road Test: Ford Focus ST 2.0 TDCi

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower Medium Price: €29,900–€30,850 Fuel: 4.2/100km CO2: 110g/km XR, ST, RS, Cosworth – Ford has an impressive history of bringing performance to the masses. An iconic lineage which the first diesel-powered Focus ST …

First Drive: Hyundai Tucson

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: €22,400–39,850 Fuel: 4.6–6.7l/100km CO2: 119–177g/km Although the locally-focused i30 and cee’d hatchbacks have had a large-volume role in changing the image of their respective brands in Europe, it’s aspirational crossovers which …

Road Test: Jaguar XF

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Premium saloon  PRICE: From €37,230–€58,900   FUEL: 4.0–8.3l/100km   CO2: 104-198g/km   Uncompetitive CO2 emissions from the outgoing Jaguar XF did not help fleet sales. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel was an afterthought; aimed at making it more fleet-friendly for a car …

Road Test: Fiat 500

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: City car   PRICE: €12,250–€19,150   FUEL: 3.8–4.9l/100km   CO2: 88–111g/km Launched in July 1957, the Nuova 500 – ‘new’ because it replaced the 500 ‘Topolino’ – was a seminal moment for Fiat. It was the …

Road Test: DS 5

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Compact Executive   PRICE: €29,550–€47,500   FUEL: 3.8–5.9/100km   CO2: 100–136g/km With its own website and the beginnings of a dealer network, DS Automobiles has been taking steady steps away from Citroën for just over a …

Road Test: BMW X1

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Crossover   PRICE: €32,900–€42,760   FUEL: 4.1–6.6l/100km   CO2: 114–152g/km   BMW managed to beat its direct rivals to the crossover segment with the X1, and the outgoing car has performed well. Despite a lukewarm reception …

First Drive: Volkswagen Polo GTI

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Lower medium Price: From €22,275 Fuel: 5.6–6.0/100km CO2: 129–139g/km The latest Polo range was launched at the Paris Show in September 2014 and the GTI model was among the models to be launched …

First Drive: Volkswagen Transporter

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Mid-weight van Price: From €24,700 Fuel: 5.9–9.3l/100km CO2: 153–219g/km Volkswagen’s mid-weight Transporter light commercial, and its people-carrying Caravelle and Multivan counterparts, have been a huge success since the first generation ‘Bulli’ was launched …