Better late than never - Jaguar Sportbrake review

The Advertiser Series:

7:59pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

THE stylish Sportbrake isn't the first estate model from Jaguar, that honour fell to the X-Type several years ago, but it is long overdue. All Jaguar’s rivals have had an estate in their premium saloon ranges for a couple of decades.

Land Rover plans last hurrah for old stager

The Advertiser Series:

3:25pm Wednesday 7th January 2015

HOW do you replace an icon? Porsche and Volkswagen managed it with the 911 and the Golf respectively, but Renault couldn’t come up with a like-for-like replacement for the Supercinq and Peugeot has spent 30 years trying to build a ‘new’ 205 GTi.

Volvo takes the honours for my Car of the Year

The Advertiser Series:

3:29pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

IT'S been a vintage year if you're a road tester - but what were our winners and losers?

Impreza’s winter workout

The Advertiser Series:

1:00am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

FOR too long now driving a car has been deemed to be the lazy alternative. The Impreza perhaps provides the perfect riposte. Prepare for a workout that’s both physical and mental.

Electric Outlander shocks rivals

The Advertiser Series:

12:08am Thursday 4th December 2014

MITSUBISHI believes it's a game-changing SUV, but does the part electric Outlander spark our interest?

Toyota Aygo - city slicker

The Advertiser Series:

11:50am Thursday 13th November 2014

SMALL city cars are supposed to be cheeky. They're the Artful Dodgers of the motoring world.

Kia sizes up the opposition

The Advertiser Series:

5:17pm Tuesday 4th November 2014

KIA is nothing if not bold and with the Optima it takes on some pretty major opposition head on in the competitive family saloon market.

MITo offers style at expense of substance

The Advertiser Series:

11:37am Saturday 18th October 2014

IF YOU don’t experience the same kind of feeling you did during your first schoolyard kiss on clapping eyes on Alfa’s MiTo then check your pulse. If you do be sure to keep that in mind when you’re driving it.

What's in a name - Renault's long-winded load lugger

The Advertiser Series:

5:59pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

WHAT'S the most protracted car name ever? Take a deep breath and welcome the Renault Megane Sport Tourer GT Line Tom Tom Energy dCI 130. With a name as long-winded as that they'd need an extra-wide boot if the full name were attached to it.

New Yaris wants to be loved

The Advertiser Series:

12:49am Thursday 9th October 2014

TOYOTA’S overhauled Yaris aims to appeal both to the heart and the head, so does it pull it off?

Fun comes as standard with new Aygo

The Advertiser Series:

4:53pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

‘GO fun yourself’ is the rather risqué tag line for the revamped Toyota city car. So did the Aygo put a smile on my face or leave me cursing?

Hatch of the Day - new MG tested

The Advertiser Series:

9:51pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

MG3 FORTY years ago the advertising men (and they were undoubtedly men) at British Leyland thought they knew their advertising demographic for MG.

Fast Jag makes a big noise

The Advertiser Series: New Jaguar F-Type is lifestyle to the max

5:14pm Monday 29th September 2014

APPRECIATION of Jag’s new supercar is best expressed in sounds not words, so I’ll do my best to convey an experience like few others.

Honda's Tourer de force

The Advertiser Series:

8:28pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

GOT a winning hatchback design, but want to offer a bit more room? Bolt a few more panels on and you have an estate. Sorry, sorry, a tourer, estate is so 70s.

Nissan’s finger on the Pulsar

The Advertiser Series: (10186997)

10:43pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

NISSAN believes it can shake up the family hatchback sector with its latest model. Matt Westcott travelled to Barcelona to test the new Pulsar.

Ibiza is the place to be in 2014

The Advertiser Series: Ibiza I-Tech:  Seat's best-selling small car is better value than ever before and helping lead the Spanish manufacturer's product-led fightback

12:50am Thursday 28th August 2014

AFTER a brush with near-death Seat is fighting fit and setting new sales records in the UK.

Mother knows best

The Advertiser Series: Volvo XC60 D4 SE Lux Geartronic FWD

8:36pm Monday 25th August 2014

I’M not one to disagree with my wife, well not to her face anyway, and she reckons this is not just the best crossover she’s been in, but the best car full stop. I dare you to say different.

Hauling grass - Peugeot 308SW

The Advertiser Series:

8:52pm Monday 18th August 2014

“WHAT’S a station wagon dad?” It’s a good question. For the past 60 years or so we’ve called them estate cars but, before then, they were called station wagons.

Groovy mover - BMW 1-Series secondhand selection

The Advertiser Series:

1:48pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

BMW 1- Series IT took BMW the best part of ten years to come up with a suitable response to the runaway success of the Audi A3.

Fiat's 500L Trekking - muddy two shoes?

The Advertiser Series:

3:19pm Friday 1st August 2014

BRINGING the Fiat 500 back from the dead was an inspired idea. The cheeky little city car has been Fiat’s best-seller ever since.

Cooper does it just like that

The Advertiser Series:

8:14pm Friday 18th July 2014

THE Cooper name should be used with respect. So is the latest MINI Cooper S a fitting tribute?

Suited and booted - the new Seat ST FR

The Advertiser Series:

4:40pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

FASHION, passion or practicality - that’s the perennial headache designers have to juggle with when they sketch a new estate car.

Leon ST goes haul in

The Advertiser Series:

7:45pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

On the road: THE Leon benefits from being built on the same chassis as the VW Golf and Audi A3 and as such bears many of their characteristics, including above average handling and a ride that should suit most drivers. On occasions it can be deceptive, in a positive note, driving not unlike a saloon. The 1.4 TSI engine is quiet and refined and has enough power for every situation.

Vauxhall's new Meriva - small car, big news

The Advertiser Series: Vauxhall's new Meriva - small car, big news

5:56pm Monday 30th June 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I asked if there really was a place for honest-to-goodness family hatchbacks in today’s market.

BMWs are torque of the town

The Advertiser Series: M3 and M4

3:22pm Sunday 29th June 2014

ONE engine, two cars – and a whole lot of torque.

Full phat milk!

The Advertiser Series: The milk float makes its run

5:41pm Thursday 26th June 2014

A SUPERCHARGED milk float has picked up a new world record after reaching a speed of 84mph on a racing circuit.

Jaguar adverts banned for focusing on speed and encouraging dangerous driving

The Advertiser Series: Jaguar

12:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

ADVERTS for Jaguar have been banned for focusing on the cars' speed and encouraging dangerous driving.

Honda, Mazda, Nissan recall cars over airbag fears

The Advertiser Series: Honda Civic - the hatch that keeps raising the bar

10:22am Monday 23rd June 2014

JAPANESE car giants Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles worldwide amid fears that a defect in airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp could cause them to explode.

I can 'C' clearly now...

The Advertiser Series: I can 'C' clearly now...

9:06pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

I FEEL a bit sorry for the Citroen C3. It’s a perfectly good car: smart, well-built, comfortable, practical and cheap to run.

For VW the only way is up!

The Advertiser Series: The Volkswagen e-up!

12:30am Saturday 21st June 2014

NOT a car for those proud of their Yorkshire heritage. No, the e-up! is Volkswagen’s foray into the world of electric motoring. More models are planned, so how does this trailblazer fare?

Golf estate puts boot into rivals

The Advertiser Series: Golf estate puts boot into rivals

9:50pm Monday 16th June 2014

THE regular Golf is one of the best cars in the world, so does the estate mirror those credentials?

Green machine

The Advertiser Series: Green machine

9:47pm Sunday 15th June 2014

EVERYBODY loves SUVs, right? People love the way they look, the upright driving position, the interior room and the big boot.

German cars are the most satisfying, say British motorists

The Advertiser Series: Volkswagen’s Up!

1:03am Thursday 29th May 2014

CARS made by German-owned manufacturers are the most satisfying, according to a survey of more than 15,000 motorists.

Sun shines on new Nissans

The Advertiser Series: X-Factor: The all new X-Trail

11:34am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Motoring writer Matt Westcott headed to Portugal for the launch of two important Nissans.

Nissan's finger on the Pulsar

The Advertiser Series: Nissan Pulsar

9:35pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

THIS is the car Nissan will put up against the all-conquering VW Golf.

Honda's NSX supercar for Goodwood

The Advertiser Series: Honda's new NSX

10:46am Tuesday 29th April 2014

THE ground-breaking NSX supercar, powered by an innovative three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, and set for launch in 2015, will take centre stage at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Government to invest £500m in drive to get more using electric cars

The Advertiser Series: There are still nagging doubts about the all-electric Nissan Leaf

12:00am Tuesday 29th April 2014

THE Government is to invest £500m in a drive to get more travellers using electric cars.

More spent on keeping cars on road than anything else, survey finds

The Advertiser Series: Thief walks out of store with new bike

10:59am Thursday 10th April 2014

NEARLY half of drivers in the UK spend more disposable income on their car than anything else, according to a survey.

Toyota recalls 35,000 UK cars over airbag faults

The Advertiser Series: Toyota Yaris Icon+

10:01am Wednesday 9th April 2014

TOYOTA is recalling more than 35,000 UK cars after it discovered faults that could deactivate airbags, cause seats to move while driving and break steering columns.

Suffering's good for the Soul

The Advertiser Series: Suffering's good for the Soul

7:43pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

I DIDN’T quite “get” the original Soul. I mean, what was it supposed to be? Did Kia intend for us to buy a Soul in preference to an off-roader, a people carrier or a crossover? Or maybe it was just the oddest-looking hatchback since the Nissan Cube (the one that came with a pointless piece of shag-pile carpet for the dash and no one bought).

Kia sticks the boot in - new cee'd Sportswagon

The Advertiser Series: Kia sticks the boot in - new cee'd Sportswagon

6:57pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

WHATEVER happened to the estate car? When I was a nipper we used to see them all the time, chocka with kids, on their way to the seaside or heading to Butlins, in Filey.

Pocket rocket - Fiesta ST review

The Advertiser Series: Pocket rocket - Fiesta ST review

5:45pm Monday 7th April 2014

We pit the newest hot Fiesta against its great-granddad - the XR2. The result? A massacre.

Picasso paints a pretty picture

The Advertiser Series: Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

11:07pm Friday 4th April 2014

Five seats not enough? Then Citroen has the answer.

Attention-grabbing exterior clothes practical performer

The Advertiser Series: Vauxhall’s Corsa Sting has been designed with just one thing in mind – to grab as much attention as possible

3:00pm Friday 28th March 2014

IF you are something of a shrinking violet who likes their car to quietly vanish when you pull up in the office car park then save yourself a couple of minutes of your life and stop reading now.

Honda to cut production at Swindon

The Advertiser Series: What's going to be hot in 2012?

12:02pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

IT had to stop sometime. After months of nothing but good news about the UK motor industry, Honda announced today that it is cutting production at its Swindon plant.

Peugeot's Grr-eight new contender

The Advertiser Series: Peugeot's Grr-eight new contender

7:32pm Monday 24th March 2014

AFTER surviving a near-death experience earlier this year, Peugeot is a car company reborn.

Honda proves that size doesn’t really matter

The Advertiser Series: Honda C-RV

12:00am Friday 21st March 2014

THE latest version of the C-RV promises improvements across the board. One of the main areas is efficiency. So does the smaller engined SUV cut the mustard?

Citroen hopes to Benefit from new tie-up

The Advertiser Series: Citroen hopes to Benefit from new tie-up

3:21pm Thursday 13th March 2014

THANK the Lord for the DS range, the one consistently bright spot in the Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) firmament these past few years. It’s no secret that the French giant has had its problems ever since the recession began in 2008.

3-Styling the Mazda way

The Advertiser Series: Mazda 3

12:00am Friday 7th March 2014

IT’S called Kodo and it’s the design inspiration behind the new Mazda 3. Call it psycho-babble if you like, but if this is the end result, then who are we to argue?

Top of the Range

The Advertiser Series: The new Range Rover

8:35pm Monday 3rd March 2014

IT’S easy to become blase in this job, but every now and then there comes a car that makes you appreciate just what a privilege it is. The new Range Rover is just such a car.


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