Car: Class Act by Merc

Mercedes-Benz 220 CDI Executive SE Merc is Still a Class Act The big surprise about the Mercedes-Benz 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Executive SE parked outside my door is the price. Yes, it’’s expensive, but only because it had 9 grand’’s worth of extras, but in ‘basic’ spec it was a mere […] Read more »

Car: Grand Tourer in the Old Tradition

Vauxhall Astra GTC SRi I’’m no fan of the new Vauxhall Astra shape, much preferring the sharper lines of the previous model. A bit like me perhaps, the once-svelte figure now replaced by a more pie-enriched outline – but still game for a gurry on a quiet stretch of road. […] Read more »

Car: Astra does Touring

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.7 CDTi It must be an age thing. I find I am becoming more resistant to and less appreciative of new designs, or is it that I just don’t like change? For instance, I prefer the old model shape Astra to the latest version. When’ Baby […] Read more »

Car: Renault Megane Renaultsport 250 RS

Renault Megane Renaultsport 250 RS Va Va Voom – with Extras! I don’’t know what the French are putting in their porridge these days, but it must be quite fruity. The Megane Renaultsport 250 is a case in point. A year ago I drove the Clio Renaultsport 200 Cup and […] Read more »

Car: Volvo V60 R-Design

Volvo V60 R-Design DRIVe Green at Peace Road Warrior When you think of Volvo, you think of box vans with windows, but it’’s been a while since the 740 series. In fact it’’s over 25 years since it was launched on an expectant public who wanted to carry lots of […] Read more »

Car: Volkswagen Polo GTI

Volkswagen Polo GTI Hoots Mon! And Plenty of Them There’’s something honest about the Volkswagen Polo GTI. I mean, you buy a car with 178 bhp’’s worth of performance and you can pretty much use it anywhere. On the other hand, if you buy a Golf R with the power […] Read more »

Car: Nissan Juke Tekna

Nissan Juke Tekna 1.6 DiG-T It Won’t Give You Black Eyes! What do you get if you cross a Nissan Micra with a glamour model -– the Nissan Jordon, oops, I mean the Nissan Juke. It just proves what can be done by taking something modest like a Nissan Micra […] Read more »

Car: Lexus CT200h

Lexus CT200h Smug and Green You know those horrible lengthened commercial vehicles that enterprising private hire firms call stretch limousines? The ones where a perfectly respectable car or SUV has been sawn in half by a demented Paul Daniels with a buzz saw, and then joined together again with a […] Read more »

Car: Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback 2.0 SE Old Fashioned Fun Loved it. Do I need to say more, or are you happy with that? If I was spending my own money I would buy one. Is that enough? Or shall I go on? It’’s a great galumphin’’ lolloper of a car. If it […] Read more »

Car: Jaguar XKR

Jaguar XKR Pace with Grace You know that wee dug in the Jim Carey film ‘’The Mask’’? The wee Jack Russell that looked so cute, cuddly and wouldn’’t touch an Andrex bog roll even if it had a sticky back end. The one that changed into a snarling, Rottweiler of […] Read more »