15 Jan: Kia Ceed

… Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi … No more apostrophes, remember the Cee’d? And no need for gimmicks. If anyone still harbours any doubts about Korean built cars then the latest Ceed from Kia should dispel those anxieties immediately. Cover up the badges and it would flummox a new buyer. This […] Read more »

Categories:

08 Jan: Mazda MX5 GT

… Mazda MX5 GT Sport Nav+ … I know it’s not British, and it’s certainly not made from fibreglass, but the Mazda MX5 is surely the spiritual successor to the original Lotus Elan. Small, perfectly formed, and not overburdened with excessive amounts of power, this is a car with handling […] Read more »

Categories:

30 Dec: Range Rover PHEV

… Range Rover Sport Si4 PHEV … Highlight of the year … Like any other job, working as a motoring journalist has its highs and lows. Most of my friends think it’s glamorous. Perhaps it was – once! Not any more. These days motoring journalists can often spend more time […] Read more »

Categories:

22 Dec: Mustang GT 5.0 V8

… Ford Mustang GT 5.0 V8 … “But I would drive 500 miles, and I would drive 500 more” – if only I could afford the petrol. “Just to be the man who’s driven a thousand miles to fall down at your door” – broke and penniless. Apologies to the […] Read more »

Categories:

21 Nov: Citroen Berlingo

… Citroen Berlingo … As the proud owner of a 9 year old Citroen Berlingo Multispace, the arrival of a test example of the latest version of the leisure/family car was much anticipated. My own car is used very much as a second vehicle. At weekends it’s either transporting mountain […] Read more »

Categories:

12 Nov: MG ZS

… MG ZS … The fastest growing segment amongst car buyers these days is the Crossover/SUV, especially the compact and mid-size jobs. They seem to be the ‘family car’ of choice for Mums and Dads with buggies and weans and other such essential paraphernalia. So if ‘new’ auto manufacturing companies […] Read more »

Categories:

31 Oct: Volvo XC40 T5 AWD

… Volvo XC40 T5 AWD … When Chinese car manufacturer Geely bought Volvo 8 years ago, there were fears that the ethos of the original Swedish based company would become lost. Not so, Volvo is still turning out well-designed, well-built and desirable motor cars. Take the new XC40 compact SUV […] Read more »

Categories:

17 Oct: Mazda6 Tourer

… Mazda6 Tourer … The Mazda6 sits just under the radar of many of those everyday folk who are looking for premium saloons, but that’s their loss. Instead of sticking to instantly recognisable badges and grilles, prospective buyers should perhaps spend a bit more time looking around before spending money […] Read more »

Categories:

28 Sep: Vauxhall Combo Life

… Vauxhall Combo Life 1.5TD … Here’s a question. Define the term ‘family car’. What exactly is a ‘family car’? There are so many categories these days that some vehicles fall into not just one or two categories, but three or four, and the poor great British public has to […] Read more »

Categories:

26 Sep: Jeep Compass

… Jeep Compass 2.0 Multijet-2 4WD … Once upon a time I drove a Jeep Wrangler and a Cherokee across the Rockies. That was the real Rockies. The ones out there in Americaland. It was part of a trip organised by Jeep for a group of motoring journalists and we […] Read more »

Categories: