19 Dec: Ford Puma wins SCoTY

… Ford’s Puma has been crowned Scottish Car of the Year 2020 … The winning car revives the name of a favourite Ford of yesteryear – the original Puma was a pretty little coupe released in the 1990s – in a handsome compact crossover package that reflects the trends of […] Read more »

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 »