Category : Road Tests

First Drive: BMW 3 Series

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact Executive Price: €30,200–€53,860 Fuel: 3.8–7.9l/100km CO2: 99–185g/km While BMW might seem focused on niche models, the 3 Series is a reminder that its core products are the most important. Claimed to be …

Road Test: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: €34,950 Fuel: 4.2l/100km CO2: 99g/km Press the start button in the Mondeo Hybrid and something unusual happens – it’s silent. We’ve become so used to Ford’s fleet stalwart rumbling into …

First Drive: Renault Kadjar

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover   PRICE €22,990–€32,800   FUEL 3.8–5.8l/100km   CO2 99–130g/km Renault admits it’s better known for superminis and MPVs than crossovers, but the Kadjar is aiming to alter that. Positioned to take on the Nissan Qashqai …

First Drive: Volvo XC90

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Large SUV Price: €52,400–€76,160 Fuel: 2.5–8.0l/100km CO2: 59–179g/km Volvo did a great job of building up expectations before the XC90 was seen in public for the first time at the Paris Show last …

First Drive: Mazda CX-3

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Crossover Price: €17,990–€28,190 Fuel: 4.0–6.4/100km CO2: 105–150g/km The small SUV currently seems unstoppable, with Mazda the latest to introduce a model to take on the Nissan Juke, Ford EcoSport, Jeep Renegade and Opel …

First Drive: Toyota Avensis

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Upper Medium Price: €23,640–€36,340 Fuel: 4.2–6.5l/100km CO2: 108–149g/km Toyota reckons word of mouth plays a big part in Avensis sales, and they’re probably right. This might not be the most high-profile car in …

First Drive: Fiat 500X

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Compact crossover PRICE: From €13,600   FUEL: 4.1–6.4l/100km   CO2: 109–147g/km   Fiat has been quite clever with the design of the 500X, first seen at the Paris Show last year and now on sale …

Road Test: Mazda6

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Upper-medium   PRICE: From €19,250   FUEL: 3.9–5.9l/100km   CO2: 106–137g/km I t was clear from launch that Mazda had a winner on its hands with the third generation Mazda6, launched in 2013. The design, using …

Road Test: MG6

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Lower-medium   PRICE: From €14,560   FUEL: 4.6l/100km   CO2: 119g/km It may only be available in the UK at present, but MG is planning to launch into the compact SUV sector in the next year …

Road Test: Volkswagen Golf GTE

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Lower-medium   PRICE: From €36,900   FUEL: 1.5l/100km//11.4kW/100km   CO2: 39g/km Volkswagen launched the Golf GTE earlier this year, designed to join the GT range of Golfs alongside the GTI and diesel powered GTD. The GTE …

Road Test: Ford S-Max

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Large MPV   PRICE: €30,150–€40,750   FUEL: 5.0–8.9l/100km   CO2: 129–204g/km   The outgoing Ford S-Max was one of those segment-busting vehicles which could so easily have not worked. Emerging from its MPV joint venture with …

Road Test: Jeep Renegade

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: SUV   PRICE: From €16,380   FUEL: 4.6–6.9l/100km   CO2: 120–160g/km   SUVs and me don't always hit it off. While I like the relatively good accommodation that the high rise seating position often gives, I'm …

Road Test: SEAT Leon X-Perience

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Crossover   PRICE: From €23,227   FUEL: 4.9l/100km   CO2: 122–150g/km   To say that within the VW Group, SEAT has been a bit light on the SUV and crossover front is a bit of an …

Road Test: Citroën C4

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Lower Medium   PRICE: €18,950–€30,490   FUEL: 3.3–6.1l/100km   CO2: 86–140g/km   Citroën’s latest C4 models, the Picasso and Cactus, have given it a pair of very strong products right at the core of its range. …

Road Test: Suzuki Vitara

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Crossover   PRICE: €17,990–25,990   FUEL: 4.0–5.74l/100km   CO2: 111–131g/km   It would be an unwise manufacturer that ignores the compact SUV sector around the world, but particularly in Europe, where it accounts for some 20% …

Road Test: Mazda2

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Supermini   PRICE: €12,790–€18,790   FUEL: 3.4–4.9l/100km   CO2: 89–117g/km  No manufacturer selling cars in Europe can afford to ignore the B-segment. While the C-segment tends to be the best-seller, both privately and in fleet – …

Road Test: BMW 2 Series Cabrio

3 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Convertible   PRICE: €32,200–€51,350   FUEL: 4.1–8.5l/100km   CO2: 108–199g/km   With over 130,000 sales globally, BMW’s old 1 Series Cabrio was the world’s biggest-selling premium compact open-top car. So while there’s a new badge on …

First Drive: Iveco Daily

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Large van Gross Weight: 3.3–7.2 tonnes Load Volume: 7.3–19.6m3 Power: 106–205hp In a rapidly changing marketplace it is perhaps surprising that Iveco’s Daily van range is only now in its third generation. Daily …

First Drive: Suzuki Celerio

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: City car Price: TBA Fuel: 3.6–4.3l/100km CO2: 84–99g/km First seen in Europe at the Geneva Show 2014, the Suzuki Celerio replaces both the current Indian-built Alto and the Splash, built in a joint …

First Drive: Kia Sorento

3 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: SUV Price: TBA Fuel: 5.7–9.4l/100km CO2: 149–219g/km it may look similar to the outgoing Sorento, but the latest incarnation of Kia’s large SUV comes with a new body shell, designed to improve ride, …

First Drive: Honda CR-V

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Medium SUV Price: TBA Fuel: 4.4–7.7l/100km CO2: 115–179g/km Over 750,000 Honda CR-Vs have been sold in Europe since the original model was launched in 1997, reckons Honda. The current model has been with …

First Drive: Opel Corsa

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: €11,980-€19,440 Fuel: 3.2–6.0l/100km CO2: 85–140g/km 32 years on and almost 12 million sold means that the new Opel Corsa has quite a reputation to live up to. The current model is the …

Road Test: MINI One D

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Supermini Price: €18,950-£19,850 Fuel: 3.4-3.5l/100km CO2: 89-92g/km Of all the myriad trim levels and option packs available for the new MINI, it’s the basic One version that’s perhaps closest to the design brief …

Road Test: Porsche Macan S Diesel

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: SUV Price: €58,442 Fuel: 6.1–6.3l/100km CO2: 159–164g/km It would be entirely appropriate to be a little sceptical of claims that an SUV can match up to the sports car DNA mentioned in the Porsche …

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Compact MPV Price: €39,151 Electric range: 200–230km CO2: 0g/km It’s just over two decades since Mercedes-Benz first showed the potential of its sandwich floor design with the Vision A Concept car, hinting that …

Road Test: Lexus NX 300h

4 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Compact premium SUV   PRICE: €39,800–€56,600   FUEL: 5.0–5.3l/100km   CO2: 116–123g/km  With hybrid versions of its existing five models representing 60% of European sales, it’s hardly surprising the first compact SUV from Lexus sports a …

Road Test: Nissan Pulsar

4 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Lower-medium   PRICE: €17,490–€25,670   FUEL: 3.6–5.1l/100km   CO2: 94–119g/km  A decade or so ago, Nissan stopped making worthy but dull cars, reasoning that the modern buyer wanted something with a little more character that fitted …

Road Test: Ford Focus

4 years ago / 0 comments

Mid-life refreshes don’t come much more important than this. Now sold in 140 global markets, the Ford Focus is the world’s best-selling car, typically only outsold in Europe by the Fiesta, and over a …

Road Test: Infiniti Q50 2.0t

4 years ago / 0 comments

SECTOR: Compact Executive   PRICE: €39,260–€43,790   FUEL: 6.3–6.5l/100km   CO2: 146–151g/km   The third engine option for European versions of Infiniti’s Q50 compact executive saloon is an interesting one. If it wasn’t for carbon-based taxation, this …

First Drive: Jeep Renegade

4 years ago / 0 comments

Sector: Small SUV crossover Price: €16,000–€25,600 Fuel: 5.1–6.9l/100km CO2: 120–155g/km Built in Fiat’s Italian Melfi factory, with co-operative, trans-Atlantic engineering and design input, Jeep’s new compact Renegade is a significant contender in the expanding …