Cupra puts you in the hot SEAT

The Advertiser Series:

12:54am Tuesday 28th April 2015

IT’S SEAT’S fastest ever production car, so it’s fab in the great wide open, but can the Leon Cupra cope just as well with clogged up urban streets?

Three cheers

The Advertiser Series:

5:07pm Sunday 26th April 2015

IT MIGHT not grab the headlines, but the medium-sized family car segment is still massively important to motor manufacturers, accounting for one-in-three cars sold in Europe.

Jeep Cherokee - heritage or heretic?

The Advertiser Series:

9:20pm Sunday 5th April 2015

HERITAGE matters if you’re a motor manufacturer.

Lexus GS300h - whisper-quiet charms of a Japanese hybrid

The Advertiser Series:

7:40pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

IT’S taken awhile, but Europe finally seems to have fallen for the whisper-quiet charms of Lexus. In the first six months of 2014 the marque notched up a record 25.4 per cent increase in European sales, making it the fastest growing premium brand across the continent.

S60 is a safe bet

The Advertiser Series:

1:26am Saturday 21st March 2015

Volvo’s challenge to Germany’s class leaders.

Vauxhall's Insignia 167,000 happy owners can't be wrong

The Advertiser Series:

12:52pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

CARLTON, Senator, Omega - Vauxhall has made some vastly underrated big cars in the past 30 years.

Infiniti thinks outside the box

The Advertiser Series:

12:26am Saturday 14th March 2015

WANT to stand out from the crowd? Then say hello to the Infiniti QX70S.

Seat's Leon roars the loudest

The Advertiser Series:

8:18pm Wednesday 11th March 2015

THE LEON CUPRA SC reminds me of the original Subaru Impreza Turbo. Of course, as a daily driver the Cupra better in every way than the old chewing-gum-and-string Subaru, but it reminds me of the classic Impreza in other ways.

Fiat 500L Beats Edition (Price, on the road, £23,210)

The Advertiser Series:

9:43am Friday 6th March 2015

FIAT gets down with the kids with a limited edition 500L inspired by a legendary rapper

Hyundai’s i20 20 vision

The Advertiser Series:

11:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

The new i20 was designed purely with the European market in mind. Hyundai believes that what we want is “class leading space, high technology and refined design”.

Sunny outlook for new Pulsar?

The Advertiser Series:

12:18pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

YOU know a car manufacturer is struggling to summon up enthusiasm for a new model when it trumpets the front door armrest as a great new design feature.

Citroen Cactus: far from a prickly customer

The Advertiser Series:

8:34pm Tuesday 17th February 2015

THE Cactus represents a new beginning for Citroen. It's quirky, fun to drive, interesting to look at, lightweight, cost-effective and, above all, priced to sell.

Jeep Renegade - real off-roader or ill-conceived toy?

The Advertiser Series:

8:26pm Sunday 15th February 2015

LET’S be honest. Compact SUVs like the Nissan Juke might look the part, but they aren’t much good off road. In fact, you may as well be in a Ford Focus for all the good the Juke’s macho looks would do you traversing a muddy field or creeping over a cratered rock bed.

New Ford special editions - any colour you like as long as it's black or white

The Advertiser Series:

8:09pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

WHITE is the new black – or is it the other way around? Whichever colour you prefer Ford has a special edition Fiesta and Ka for you.

Seat's evergreen Ibiza powers onward

The Advertiser Series:

7:12pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

IT took British Leyland a lifetime to sell five million Minis. And, thanks to the British motor industry’s aversion to actually developing its cars, by the time the Mini reached that figure it was on its last legs.

Korando - can it do premium quality at a Poundstretcher price?

The Advertiser Series:

3:16pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

PREMIUM quality at a Poundstretcher prices - that’s what Ssangyong promises with the Korando.

Ford's new Focus - can lightning strike twice?

The Advertiser Series:

7:26pm Sunday 8th February 2015

 IS it really 16 years since the Focus saved Ford's bacon in Europe? Until 1998 buyers who wanted a C-segment Ford had to make do with the increasingly grim Escort, a sort-of lowest common dominator hatchback for the terminally unadventurous.

Suzuki suspends sales of new hatch over braking problem

The Advertiser Series:

4:44pm Monday 2nd February 2015

SUZUKI has suspended UK sales of its just-introduced Celerio hatchback model following a braking problem.

Who needs a 4xphwoar? Skoda Octavia Estate review

The Advertiser Series:

5:48pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

ONCE upon a time every large car manufacturer had a 4x4 version of its large family saloon.

No longer estate of the art, but still a great buy: five cheap secondhand family estates

The Advertiser Series:

5:43pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

ESTATE cars are a great buy if you have a growing family – but not everyone can afford a new Skoda Octavia. Here’s our pick of the best used estates with prices starting from just £200.

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?


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