Car reviews and road tests
The Ford S-MAX has been a highly popular 7-seater with families for a number of years – does the latest model push it any further ahead of its competitors?
With the addition of four-wheel drive, raised ride height and off-road styling, does the SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE end up as an interesting, practical and efficient car?
The Honda HR-V enters the increasingly crowded ‘sub-compact’ crossover sector – does it have the differentiation needed to stand out from the crowd?
Suzuki claims that the Celerio breaks new ground for city cars by offering more interior and boot space than rivals but with the same compact footprint, and at launch it also lays claim to being the most efficient petrol car on sale, but do either live up to scrutiny?
The all-electric Renault ZOE must surely be the perfect car for city driving, and the latest version is advertised as having a 149 mile range – but is that the case in real-life driving?
The Volvo V60 Cross Country may look like a 4×4, but it’s not – so you get the benefits of the crossover image together with the fuel-saving efficiency of front-wheel drive.
The petrol-engined Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion appeared on the scene before the VW emissions scandal broke; it was already one of the firm’s solutions to diesel emissions, making more sense to the majority of buyers than a diesel model.
The Ford Focus ECOnetic 1.5 TDCi is a perfect example of the brand’s aim to offer cars that offer excellent economy and a good driving experience at an affordable price without resorting to complex and expensive hybrid technology.
If you’re bored with German cars then the DS5 offers something more individual and distinctive.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport, now available with the new 2-litre diesel engine, combines good on-road manners with the usual impressive Land Rover off-road ability, and it even offers seating for seven.