Car reviews and road tests
The growth in sales of crossovers suggests that everyone wants a car that looks more adventurous than a family hatchback, even though no off-roading is likely to be involved; so here’s Sweden’s answer, the Volvo V40 Cross Country.
The Suzuki Vitara 1.6 DDiS ALLGRIP is the most economical conventionally-engined 4×4 that you can buy, and it’s also practical and affordable.
The Peugeot 208 has had a mid-life refresh, but the highlights are still the small steering wheel and the potential 83.1mpg economy from the 1.6 BlueHDi 100 diesel engine.
The Mazda2 is a refreshing approach in the supermini segment, and our week with the diesel model proved that it’s extremely economical in real-life driving.
The all-electric Tesla Model S was outstanding when it first appeared, but there’s now an all-wheel drive 691hp P85D version which is best summed up by the ability to select its acceleration level as ‘insane’.
Beating Spirit exists to look for cars that are great to drive and also efficient – this combination doesn’t happen very often, but the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid hits the mark.
In our view the new Mazda CX-3 is the best looking car in its class, and this is backed up by a good driving experience and impressive economy, especially in the case of the diesel model.
The Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid aims to offer a driving experience similar to a Golf GTI but with economy of 166mpg and 39g/km CO2 emissions – along with low BIK company car tax liability of just 5%.
Question: Is the new Subaru Outback the ideal all-round car for people who live in areas of the countryside such as the Lake District? Answer: We’ve had two weeks to find out, read on…
The Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi has turned out to be the most economical car we’ve tested, returning an average of 63.9mpg after a week of driving.